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End of Year Legislative Agenda

With the House and Senate in recess this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, there are now only a very limited number of scheduled legislative days left for the year – 12 in the House and 15 in the Senate – and there is...more

NC Legislative Update: 2015 Session in Review

2015 Session in Review - The North Carolina General Assembly adjourned just after 4:00 in the morning on Wednesday September 30th, 2015. Barring the Governor calling legislators to return for a special session, the...more

News from Second and State

This was a busy week in the Commonwealth’s capitol city, and we’ve got news on a number of fronts. First, at long last, reports this week indicate that there is some movement to shake loose a 2015-2016 state spending plan....more

New Mining Code in Gabon to Give a Major Boost to Investments

“Gabon remains unexplored” is the conclusion of the Société Equatoriale des Mines (“SEM”), a wholly-owned State company created in 2011 to facilitate the development of the country’s natural resources. Developing the mining...more

Radical New Partnership Audit Rules

Last week, President Obama signed H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “Legislation”), which dramatically changes the manner in which partnerships (and LLC’s taxed as partnerships) are audited and taxed by the...more

Massachusetts Joint Committee Hears Testimony Yesterday on Bill to Ban Use of Contingent Fee Auditors

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight heard testimony on Senate Bill 1710, a bill that would prohibit the use of contingent fee auditors by state agencies,...more

RIP, Automatic Enrollment

Sixty-seven months ago, Congress ordered employers of 200 or more full-time employees to switch from opt-in to opt-out enrollment. See 29 U.S.C. § 218a. But the enforcement agencies could not write a rule that did more good...more

Bipartisan Budget Agreement Triggers New Audit Rules for Partnerships; Repeals ACA Automatic Enrollment

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015, H.R. 1314, which, in addition to lifting mandatory spending caps and raising the federal debt ceiling, has repealed the Affordable...more

Congress Overhauls the Partnership Tax Audit Rules

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “Bill”), which repeals the TEFRA Unified Audit Procedures and replaces them with a radically modified “corporate” model for partnership tax...more

Partnership-Level Tax Under New Audit Rules

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, signed into law on November 2, 2015, has significantly changed the partnership tax audit rules, effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. Under the current partnership...more

"Congress Overhauls Partnership Audit and Litigation Procedures"

On November 2, 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the Act). The Act overhauls the partnership audit and litigation rules in the Internal Revenue Code, repealing both the provisions...more

Tax Haven List Repealed by D.C. Council

After being in effect for only a week, the Council of the District of Columbia (Council) unanimously enacted legislation on November 3, 2015 that will repeal the list of tax haven jurisdictions specifically enumerated in the...more

New Legislation Makes Sweeping Changes Impacting All Partnerships

All partnerships will be audited at the entity level unless they have 100 or fewer partners AND no partnerships as direct partners. The two-year budget plan passed by Congress on October 30, 2015, and expected to be...more

Bipartisan Budget Deal Includes Provisions Impacting Employers

On Monday, President Obama signed into law a two-year bipartisan budget deal that has several implications for employers. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314) suspends the debt ceiling limit until March 2017, and...more

Congress Passes Partnership Audit Reform – Obama Expected to Sign

Last week the Senate passed H.R. 1314 (The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015), which will completely change the way partnerships (and LLCs taxed as partnerships) are audited.  The House passed the legislation on Wednesday and it...more

House Passes Budget Reconciliation Bill with ACA Mandate, Tax Repeal Provisions

On October 23, 2015, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3762, budget “reconciliation” legislation that includes provisions to repeal of four provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Specifically, the legislation...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

Governor Pat McCrory signed eight bills into law this week, leaving less than 25 bills awaiting his signature. The Governor has until October 30th to sign or veto the remaining bills. However, if the Governor takes no action...more

US China Trade War — TPP, Three False Trade Arguments, China President Trip, Trade, Customs, IP/Patent Securities

As indicated in more detail below, the Import Alliance will have meetings on November 17th and 18th in Washington DC. On the afternoon of November 17th, we will meet in our Washington DC office and then on November 18th meet...more

Candidates Begin to Detail Tax Reform Plans

As the 2016 presidential election cycle rolls on, both Republican and Democratic candidates are beginning to release details of their tax reform plans. On the Republican side, Donald Trump released more details of his...more

New Legislation Extends Future Form 5500 and 990 Deadlines, Affects Veterans Health Benefits and Extends Excess Pension Asset...

On July 31, 2015, President Obama signed the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015, temporarily extending the Highway Trust Fund to provide continued funding for federal transportation...more

California Governor Signs Bill Limiting Cities and Counties Use of Sales/Use Tax Agreements

The governor of California has signed SB 533, which, beginning on January 1, 2016, further limits the power of a city or a county to enter into an agreement with a retailer that would result in the payment, transfer,...more

Energy & Environment Update - October 2015 #2

Energy and Climate Debate - Congress is in recess this week for the Columbus Day holiday, but will return next week with full schedules in both chambers. The House will focus heavily on the leadership race to...more

Tax Policy Update

After Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s dramatic exit from the race last week, the House GOP conference is taking the week-long Columbus Day recess to do a bit of soul searching and reflect on the future of a party left in...more

Washington Healthcare Update

On Oct. 8, the House Republican caucus did not select a candidate for Speaker of the House and selection has been delayed. The current Speaker, John Boehner (R-OH), had announced that he would step down and retire from...more

News from Second and State

As promised last week, on Wednesday the House of Representatives held a vote on a portion of Governor Wolf’s budget proposal. The proposal was not a General Appropriations or “revenue spending bill”; it was a legislative...more

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