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U.S. House Passes Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act

On July 15, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA), by a voice vote. PITFA would permanently extend the moratorium on state and local taxation of Internet...more

Congress Returns from July 4th Recess - What to Expect in the Coming Months

Although the 113th Congress continues to see a dearth of legislation seeing final approval, over the past six months, Congress has managed to finalize Fiscal Year 2014 appropriations; address the Sustainable Growth Rate...more

Capital Thinking: Technology and Communications

Legislative Activity Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act of 2014 Introduced in the House and the Senate Last Tuesday, June 17, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Representative Doris Matsui (D-California)...more

Corporate Inversions Showing No Signs of Slowing Down

In a corporate inversion, a U.S. corporation (typically the parent of an affiliated group) becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of a foreign corporation (through a merger into the foreign corporation’s U.S. subsidiary) or...more

Energy & Clean Technology Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2014

Energy technology companies have gained significant traction with end users, investors, and regulators over the last several years. Given the strong showing in the capital markets so far in 2014 and the fact that last year...more

Sweeping Overhaul of Federal Energy Tax Credits Is Unveiled

This week, Senator Max Baucus, the outgoing Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee who has been developing a comprehensive overhaul and simplification of the federal income tax, introduced a bill that would scrap 42...more

Massachusetts "Tech Tax" Repealed

On September 27, 2013, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed legislation to retroactively repeal the recent extension of the 6.25 percent Massachusetts sales and use tax to certain types of computer system design and...more

The Wheeler Federal Communications Commission--What Can We expect? 2014 Outlook on Congress and the FCC (Presentation)

In This Presentation: FCC Issues - • When will we have a 5 person Commission? • Issues ..E Rate and help for broadband adoption ..Demise of Title II regulation and the rise of net...more

Massachusetts Delays Reporting for Software Services Tax; Repeal Imminent?

With the drumbeat for repeal of the new software services tax growing louder, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue today pushed back the date for reporting and remitting sales and use tax collected or accrued on sales...more

Massachusetts Lawmakers Plan to Repeal the New “Tech Tax” on Computer System Design and Software Modification Services

On September 12, 2013, Massachusetts legislators announced their intention to repeal (with retroactive effect) the recent expansion of the 6.25 percent Massachusetts sales and use tax to certain types of previously untaxed...more

Massachusetts Imposes New Sales and Use Taxes on Computer System Design and Software Modification Services

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (“DOR”) will formally announce deferral of compliance with the Massachusetts “tech tax” early next week, according to reliable and informed sources. The deferral announcement is...more

Repeal of Massachusetts “Tech Tax” May Be Imminent

The repeal of the so-called “tech tax” on certain computer system design and software services may be imminent. Key indicators include wavering support of the “tech tax” among rank-and-file state senators and representatives...more

Health Care Reform Update -- June 10th, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the News; Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Hearings and Mark-Ups...more

Capital Thinking Update - June 3, 2013

General Legislative - The Senate will convene today, Monday, June 3, at 2:00 pm and begin a period of morning business. Thereafter, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 954, the Farm Bill, provided that alfalfa...more

‘Marketplace Fairness Act’ Would Change Tax Game for Online Retailers

On May 6, 2013, the U.S. Senate passed the “Marketplace Fairness Act,” which allows states to collect sales tax on online purchases, whether or not the online retailer has a physical presence in the state. If this bill...more

Getting Over the Goal Line: Congress Shows Strong Support for Medical Device Tax Repeal, but Issues Remain

Introduction - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) generates very few areas of agreement. However, in recent months, proposals to repeal one of the most visible and controversial provisions of the...more

Argument Before Illinois Supreme Court in Performance Marketing Continued to Morning of May 22nd

An update on last week’s post on Performance Marketing Association, Inc. v. Hamer: with the posting of the Court’s docket book for the May term, we learned that the oral argument in Performance Marketing has been continued...more

Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 Passes United States Senate

On May 6, 2013, the United States Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 (the "Act") by a vote of 69 to 27. The legislation (S. 743) now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration....more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - April 26, 2013

Marilyn Tavenner received bipartisan support from members of the Senate Committee on Finance in her confirmation hearing to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) though a full Senate vote is being held up,...more

Congress Returns from Spring Recess

Congress returns to Washington today after a two-week district work period. As we enter the second quarter of the year, we are likely to see continued debate and some progress on: Budget & Appropriations; Presidential...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 4, Issue 4 - April 2013

In This Issue: New York Court of Appeals Upholds “Amazon” Statute; Guilty Plea and $5.5 Million Settlement Resolve New York’s False Claims Case; City ALJ Dismisses Case Seeking Interest on $30 Million Refund;...more

This Week in Washington - April 20, 2012

In This Issue: DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Budget/Appropriations. On April 18th, Senate Budget Committee Chair Kent Conrad (D-North Dakota) revised his plan to mark up a budget resolution and...more

Medical Device Tax Provisions in Health Care Reform Legislation

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009 (Pub. L. No. 111-148),1 which President Obama signed into law on March 23, 2010 imposes an annual fee on medical device manufacturers and importers. The “Health Care and...more

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