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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

Happy Holidays – There is a Budget Deal, Now Look Out

The just passed budget deal known as Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 contains a reduction in funding for the IRS. The Bill provides a reduction in total IRS funding of $346 million less than last...more

National Political Parties Get a Christmas Bonus: Major Campaign Finance Provisions in Must-Pass Legislation

Congressional appropriators released the details of the FY15 funding bill (the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act,” or “Cromnibus”) on December 9, 2014, funding the federal government at $1.013 trillion...more

ABLE Accounts for Disabled Individuals – Senate is Now ABLE to Act

On December 3, 2014, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would allow qualifying disabled persons to establish tax-free savings accounts similar to 529 plans to pay for a host of expenses, including, but not...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

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

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 Lame Duck Has Arrived: What To Expect

In the great tradition of American democracy dating back to the election of the First Congress in 1778, voters cast their ballots last week, giving the Republican Party control of the upcoming 114th Congress. In a...more

Governor Brown Signs into Law AB 229 and SB 628, Giving New Life to Tax Increment Financing

In late September, Governor Brown signed into law AB 229 and SB 628, which are intended to finance public capital facilities or other specified projects of communitywide significance previously financed by redevelopment...more

2014 Mid-Term Congressional Elections Analysis - What To Expect From The 114th Congress In The Run Up To The 2016 Presidential...

In This Issue: -Introduction -Appropriations/Budget -Defense And National Security -Education Policy -Energy And The Environment -Financial Services -Food And Agriculture Policy -Healthcare...more

Foreign Charities and the Changing Landscape of CRA Charity Audits

There has been a flurry of recent scrutiny and activity in the areas of foreign and domestic charities – few foreign charities remain on the list of qualified donees since the changes to the definition of “qualified donee” in...more

Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts: New Hope for Cities and Counties

On September 29, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 628 (Chapter 785) which provides a mechanism for cities and counties to form Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts (EIFDs) to divert property tax...more

Luxembourg draft budget for 2015 submitted to Parliament

On 15 October 2014, the Luxembourg Minister of Finance submitted the draft budget for 2015 (the Budget Bill) to the Parliament. The Budget Bill does not overhaul the Luxembourg corporate tax environment, however, it proposes...more

D.C. Bill Ostensibly Lowers Tax on Capital Gains from QHTC Investments… But How?

On September 23, District of Columbia Council Chairman Mendelson introduced the Promoting Economic Growth and Job Creation Through Technology Act of 2014 (Bill 20-0945 , hereinafter the “Act”) at the request of Mayor Vincent...more

Cutting the BS(A): California's Prop 2 Re the Budget Stabilization Account

In our second blog examining the propositions we'll be seeing on the election ballot November 4th, we'll take a look at California's Proposition 2, or the Rainy Day Budget Stabilization Fund Act (formerly known as Proposition...more

Cutting the BS(A): California's Prop 2 Re the Budget Stabilization Account

In our second blog examining the propositions we'll be seeing on the election ballot November 4th, we'll take a look at California's Proposition 2, or the Rainy Day Budget Stabilization Fund Act (formerly known as Proposition...more

From Second and State: Capitol Wrap – Week of September 2014

They say a week is a lifetime in politics, and given how much happened last week, we can see where that saying comes from. During the final session days of September, we saw the legislature finally pass the Philadelphia...more

IRS and Department of Treasury Release 2014-2015 Priority Guidance Plan

On August 26, 2014, the IRS and the Department of the Treasury issued the 2014-2015 Priority Guidance Plan. The Priority Guidance Plan includes 18 exempt organization law projects and four projects relating to charitable...more

From Second and State: Capitol Wrap — September 2014

This week the House and Senate returned to Harrisburg for their first session week since summer recess. Only a few voting days loom between now and the November 4 election, which leaves a great deal of speculation regarding...more

From Second and State: Legislative Preview — September 2014

The legislature returns to Harrisburg next week for three of the remaining nine days of the 2013-2014 legislative session. While it is still unclear as of Friday what bills will see floor action, these three session days are...more

Legislature Approves Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts; Awaiting Governor Signature

Gov. Jerry Brown’s vision for “Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts” was approved by the Legislature and is awaiting Brown’s signature. SB 628 (Beall, D-Campbell), a gut-and-amend bill passed in the last week of the...more

Sine Die Die Die!

Sine Die, folks! The North Carolina General Assembly has adjourned until a new legislature convenes January 14, 2015 with the members elected this November....more

Weekly Update from the NC State House - August 2014: After an unusually lengthy short session that started May 14th, lawmakers...

And The Gavel Drops! - After an unusually lengthy short session that started May 14th, lawmakers finally agreed on Wednesday August 20th to adjourn sine die, and conclude the business of the 2013-14 General Assembly. ...more

Politics and the Pulpit—Political Activity by Nevada Religious Institutions

Are you part of a church or religious organization in Nevada? If so, the subject of how ?far, or even whether the church can become involved in political activity may have crossed your ?mind. As we head into the Fall 2014...more

Highways, Taxes, and Partisanship: The Next Crisis

The Highway Trust Fund is almost empty; it is running on fumes. Without congressional action before the August recess, the fund that has been essential since the 1950s to maintain the nation's transportation infrastructure...more

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