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PA Budget - Minor Tax & Escheat Impacts

On June 30th, the Pennsylvania House and Senate adopted a budget for FY 2014-15 which requires no major tax increases. The Governor signed the budget and accompanying Fiscal Code bill on July 10th, after making several line...more

North Carolina Update: State Tax Developments - Spring 2014

This North Carolina update discusses significant legislative, judicial, and administrative developments in North Carolina tax laws during the period October 2013 through April 2014, including the outlook for the upcoming...more

"Chairman Camp’s Proposals Place REITs in the Crosshairs"

On February 25, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp (R. Mich.) proposed a dramatic overhaul of the U.S. tax code (the Code). While the “Tax Reform Act of 2014,” (the Proposals) contains a number of previously...more

Senate tax reform proposals: “chilling effect” on real estate industry

A tax reform proposal released by the Senate Finance Committee would have a major impact on the real estate industry, according to comments submitted to the committee by a number of industry groups. If enacted in their...more

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Proposes Repeal of Like-Kind Exchange Deferral and Other Changes Affecting Real Estate

On November 21, 2013, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus released the third package in a series of "Staff Discussion Drafts" containing proposals to reform the tax code. This third set of proposals focuses on...more

Comprehensive Tax Reform Remains a Top Priority for Key Members

Congressional Consideration Continues, Including Provisions That Would Impact the Real Estate Industry - The House Ways & Means Committee is currently holding Member-level discussions on tax reform and is in the...more

Alert: Developments in Connecticut Municipal Law

Overhaul of Revenue Collection Statutes Goes into Effect this Fall - The most comprehensive overhaul of Connecticut’s municipal revenue collection statutes in decades will go into effect on October 1, 2013. Public Act...more

Update: After Rehearing, Court Of Appeal Upholds Its Previous Parcel Tax Ruling

The court of appeal recently upheld its previous ruling that a parcel tax approved by Alameda Unified School District (“District”) voters violates the Government Code’s restriction that special taxes apply “uniformly to all...more

Court of Appeal Grants Re-Hearing for School District’s Parcel Tax Case

Below is a summary of the court of appeal’s initial decision in Borikas v. Alameda Unified School District, which was filed on December 6, 2012. However, please note that the appellate court has subsequently granted a...more

Fiscal Cliff and Florida Real Estate Deals: Two Key Income Tax Exemptions Have Survived the Cliff - Good News for Florida's Real...

Today, the impact of the legislation passed by the House and Senate and autopenned into law by President Obama is still being digested and the entirety of its impact is still being analyzed for its impact on businesses,...more

New Markets Tax Credit Program Extended for Two Years by American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

On January 2, 2013, President Barack Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8) into law which, in addition to addressing other "fiscal cliff" issues, extends the New Markets Tax Credit ("NMTC") Program...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Extends Certain Energy Tax Credits

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”), passed by Congress on January 1, 2013, and expected to be quickly signed into law by the President, includes important extensions and changes to certain energy tax credit...more

Restoring The Foundation: Assessing Construction In Progress

Originally published in the Connecticut Law Tribune - November 2, 2012. Legislature Amends Statutes, Overrules Court Decisions This supplements the article published on March 5, 2012 entitled "Changing the...more

Property Taxes Impacting Ballot Access and FOIA Requests

Issues related to property taxes extend beyond levies, collections, assessment appeals and refunds. Two recent decisions, one from the Illinois Supreme Court and the other from the Illinois Appellate Court, examine the...more

Property Valuation Alert: June 2012: Governor Vetoes Revaluation Postponements

Farmington, New Britain, Norwich, Stamford and Windham pushed legislation through the Connecticut General Assembly which would have allowed them to postpone their scheduled 2012 revaluations until 2013. (They last revalued in...more

June 7, 2012 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

Budget 2012 – Stamp Duty Land Tax Reform

The UK Government Budget announced by Chancellor George Osborne on 21 March 2012 (the Budget) makes substantial changes in relation to the structure of stamp duty land tax (SDLT). The UK Government Budget announced by...more

The Significance of HMRC v Atlantic Electronics

The significance of HMRC -v- Atlantic Electronics....more

Tribunal ruling could see drop in legal costs

Tribunal Judgement could see drop in legal costs. ...more

Welcome! 2012 Legislative Session Begins

Welcome to the Davis Brown Government Relations Report! Tom Stanberry and Jessica Harder are governmental relations attorneys who lobby at the Iowa State Capitol for their clients every day during the legislative session....more

Legal Update: Redevelopment Bills Challenged: CRA Files Lawsuit Challenging Redevelopment Bills By Basil "Bill" Shiber and JoAnne...

ABX1 26 and ABX1 27 were enacted by the State Legislature in late June as “trailer bills” to help implement the state budget bill. The purpose and effect of the bills is to reallocate tax revenue which would otherwise go to...more

A Tale of Two Counties - 2

Allegheny County and Washington County are both under court orders to complete countywide reassessments. Because of an unexpected Independence Day gift from the Pennsylvania state legislature, however, Washington County is no...more

Gov. Scott Asked by Conservationists to Veto SB 2142 Which Gives Legislature Power Over Water District Budgets

Kirk Fordham, Chief Executive Officer of the Everglades Foundation has written a letter to Governor Rick Scott, asking Governor Scott to veto one of the gazillion new laws coming to him for approval from the Florida...more

Update On Redevelopment Law: No News Is...No News

This is the first in a series of blog entries monitoring the proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies and describing alternative public funding sources for redevelopment projects. After much discussion, debate and...more

Legislative Committee Issues Study of Pennsylvania Property Tax Assessment System

After the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down Allegheny County's application of a "base year" property tax assessment system as unconstitutional in Clifton v. Allegheny County, 969 A.2d 1197 (Pa. 2009), the General...more

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