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Japan: Significant Changes In Consumption Tax

Raise in Consumption Tax Rate Postponed - On November 18, 2014, Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister, officially announced that the increase of the consumption tax rate which was originally planned to occur in October...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: $160,000. The value of one gift bag at the Oscars on Sunday night. According to the Internal Revenue Service, contents of the gift bags cannot be treated as gifts for federal income tax purposes because...more

Congressional leaders set a deadline for tax reform: key elements in the top proposals

Just prior to leaving Washington for official travel at the end of last week, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) told reporters that he is in constant touch with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew with respect...more

Details of Governor Bill Haslam’s “Revenue Modernization Act” Emerge: Broad-Sweeping Tax Proposals to all Major Tennessee Taxes

The Administration introduced the “Revenue Modernization Act” on February 11 in the Senate Finance Committee, and the proposal includes numerous modifications to all Tennessee’s major taxes, including economic nexus,...more

The President’s Groundhog’s Day Budget Casts a Shadow on Some but Offers Sunshine for Others

On February 2nd, President Obama released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget request to Congress. Along with the budget, the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) released a volume called “General Explanations of the...more

Delaware Enacts Unclaimed Property Legislation That Addresses Some (But Not All) Holder Concerns

The Delaware Legislature appears to have heard some of the complaints of the unclaimed property community. Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed Senate Bill 11, which is based on the recommendations of the Delaware Task Force...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Governor Delivers His State of the State Address - On February 3rd at 7:00 p.m.,...more

Trade Policy Update

Ambassador Michael Froman, the United States Trade Representative, was the witness at hearings last week by the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee on “President Obama’s 2015 Trade Policy Agenda.” In...more

President’s FY 2016 Budget Proposal - Analysis Of Administration Funding And Policy Priorities

On February 2, 2015, President Obama submitted his FY 2016 Budget Proposal to Congress, echoing many elements outlined in his State of the Union address. The Budget proposal exceeds restrictive spending caps (“sequestration”)...more

Potential roadmap to US tax reform: key points in the Hatch Report

As the work of the new Congress gets under way , there is general agreement that business tax reform is one of a handful of issues that may be achievable in the closing two years of the Obama Administration, and, in fact,...more

Illinois Industrial Insured Self-Procurement Tax Guidance Announced

As we have previously covered in detail, at the end of its 2014 regular legislative session, the Illinois General Assembly enacted a multimillion dollar tax on Illinois companies using captive insurance arrangements. The law...more

Tax Extenders for the 2014 Tax Year: A Holiday Tax Gift from D.C.

Just days before the 2014 tax season draws to a close, new legislation was enacted in D.C. to provide a one-year retroactive extension for over 50 tax benefits and incentives which had expired in 2014. The one-year extension...more

Congress Passes Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 and Retroactively Extends Tax Relief Provisions

Welcome Tax Relief Provided to Individuals and Businesses Extended through Calendar Year 2014 - The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 retroactively extends, through Dec. 31, various individual and business tax relief...more

Summary of the Tax Extenders in the Tax Increase Prevention Act

On Friday, December 19th, President Obama signed the Tax Increase Prevention Act (“TIPA”), H.R. 5771, into law. TIPA is commonly referred to as the “tax extenders” bill as it extends certain expiring provisions of the...more

Congress Extends QZABs, New Markets Tax Credits; Continuing Effect of Sequestration

Qualified Zone Academy Bonds - The Act authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to allocate an additional $400 million in QZABs for 2014. Prior to the Act, no additional allocations of QZABs were to be available to the...more

Congress passes tax extenders – through the end of 2014: potential impact on tax reform

In the final act of the 113th Congress, the Senate passed and sent to President Barack Obama for his signature the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, extending through the end of 2014 numerous familiar deduction and credit...more

International Tax News - December 2014

UK WILL IMPOSE CAPITAL GAINS TAX ON NON-UK RESIDENTS - The UK government aims to go ahead with plans to impose capital gains tax on sales of residential property from April 2015. The government has published...more

Unfinished Business: Illinois General Assembly Fails to Repeal Self-Procured Insurance Tax

Despite a strong effort by a coalition of opponents, efforts to repeal the new Illinois self-procured insurance tax law in the veto session of the Illinois General Assembly were unsuccessful. As a result, the law will take...more

2014 Extenders Clear the House

For many years now, Congress has contributed to tax uncertainty by extending certain favorable tax provisions on a year by year basis. Thus, for example, in 2014 these extenders have expired. Neither the IRS, who has to...more

2014 May Be the Last Year for Valuable "Tax Extenders"

Last week, President Obama threatened to veto an agreement between Senate Democrats and House Republicans on a collection of tax breaks known as “tax extenders.” The deal would have been a huge win for manufacturing, because...more

Focus on Pennsylvania Corporate Taxes

With the November 4th election of Democrat Tom Wolf as Pennsylvania’s next Governor, Pennsylvania corporate taxpayers face an interesting budget season in 2015. During the campaign, Wolf advocated for a severance or...more

Year-end Uncertainty Highlights Need for Tax Reform

As we approach year-end, we again find ourselves in an all-too-familiar and unsettling situation — one in which we do not know the rules of the game we are about to play. Many popular tax planning opportunities, like the R&D...more

Berkeley's Measure D: What Distributors, Restaurants and Retailers need to know about the Berkeley "Sugar Tax"

According to its backers, the Berkeley “Sugar Tax” is the future of sugar in America. Berkeley’s Measure “D,” which garnered an overwhelming 75% “yes” vote, imposes a general excise tax of $0.01 per ounce on the distribution...more

Year-End Tax Planning 2014

Year-end tax planning is especially challenging this year because Congress has yet to act on a host of tax breaks that expired at the end of 2013. Some of these tax breaks may be retroactively reinstated and extended, but...more

The Medical Device Tax in the Wake of 2014 Midterm Elections

Repeal of the medical device tax has seen frequent news coverage since the tax’s enactment in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act. The tax, which went into effect in January, 2013, imposes a 2.3% sales tax on a range of...more

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