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Government of Québec 2015-16 Budget: A Balanced Budget and Ambitious Economic Plan

On March 26, 2015, the Quebec government (Government) unveiled the 2015-16 budget (Budget). After six years of deficits and further to a significant reduction of Government expenses, Quebec is anticipating returning to a...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 03/2015

Today marks the end of the second deadline week at the Capitol. Non-finance bills which have not been heard in all required House and Senate policy committees by midnight tonight may not be acted upon. ...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: $900 billion. The amount of additional taxes that would fall on businesses and families under Republicans’ budget plans, according to a “fact check” by the Associated Press in a story with a title made of...more

Washington Update: Part II - FY 2016 Federal Budget: What You Need to Know

Both the House and Senate Budget Committees last week introduced and marked up initial drafts of their respective budget resolutions for fiscal year 2016. Each year Congress decides - or is supposed to decide - how much to...more

Congressional Report Takes Aim At Nonqualified Deferred Compensation

A recent report from ranking member Sen. Ron Wyden and the Democratic staff on the Senate Finance Committee indicates that nonqualified deferred compensation plans continue to be in the crosshairs of potential tax reform...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: - March 2015

Today was the first of three committee deadlines during the legislative session. By midnight tonight, bills must be approved by policy committees in the House or Senate. ...more

UK Budget 2015 – Key Tax Measures

The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s final Budget of the current Parliament, given on 18 March 2015, was held in the shadow of the UK’s general election on 7 May 2015. With the backdrop of the UK’s GDP growth increasing,...more

UK Budget 2015 - Private Equity

As widely expected today’s Budget did not involve any great surprises. It was full of statistics spanning the duration of this Parliament, electioneering and a recap of items previously announced in the Autumn Statement....more

UK Budget Bulletin - March 2015

The Chancellor's Budget Statement this afternoon contained a number of matters of real and immediate importance. It did however also contain details regarding measures which are either deferred or still under consideration...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 8 percent. The increase in the total amount of corporate profits kept abroad, according to the latest analysis of securities filings by Bloomberg News. The report confirms what U.S. companies have as much...more

SC Public Policy Update - March 2015: After weeks of delays and cancellations due to inclement weather across the state, the...

What's New - After weeks of delays and cancellations due to inclement weather across the state, the General Assembly finally had a full week debating and passing bills and working in committees....more

Digital Currency (incl bitcoin) inquiry report delayed; GST position should be clarified

The Senate referred an inquiry into Digital Currency (which includes, but is not limited to, bitcoin) to its Economics References Committee on 2 October 2014. Submissions to the inquiry closed on 28 November 2014 and the...more

In Like a Lion Legislative Update February 2015

This week was exhausting for your normally energetic government relations team; we had to be in so many different hearings at once that we had to wear comfortable shoes. Angel and I are excited to take it easy this weekend...more

Valentine's Day Legislative Update February 2015

Welcome to the Valentine’s Day edition of Legislative Update (not to be confused with the Friday the 13th edition). So far in 2015 one member abandoned the Democratic caucus, several high ranking Republican...more

Week in Review - March 2015

Minnesota Budget Forecast/Surplus - Management and Budget shows the State’s previously forecast $1.038 billion surplus for the next biennium has grown to $1.87 billion. Governor Mark Dayton said he will propose using...more

Cuba Today

One week ago, I visited Cuba with a delegation from the American Bar Association’s International Law Section. During our visit, we met with government officials, attorneys, law professors, foreign businessmen, journalists...more

White House Announces Nominations for Treasury, Justice Tax Division

On February 24, the White House released a number of intended nominations for key Administration posts. Among the anticipated nominations were (i) Amias Gerety as Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions, Department of...more

Texas Legislature Gets in Gear

The biennial Texas Legislative Session started January 13. Two months later, they are now setting committee hearings other than finance ones. But Mondays and Fridays are still pretty much travel days. So, last Friday I...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

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. February Vacation Results in Relatively Quiet Week in Augusta, Except the Tax Package...more

ABLE Act Allows Millions of Individuals with Disabilities to Save

ABLE Act establishes tax-free accounts that enable individuals with disabilities to invest with financial institutions without losing their government benefits. U.S. President Barack Obama signed the Achieving a Better...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

State/Local Bond Proposals in Administration's 2016 Budget

Several proposals affecting tax-exempt bonds were included in the Obama Administration's Budget for FY 2016. As usual, the overall budget proposal has immediately been declared DOA by political pundits. Nonetheless, taking...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

Trust and Estate: Passage of The ABLE Act Could Provide Additional Planning Options For Disabled Individuals (2/15)

In late December 2014, President Obama signed into law the "Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014" (known as the ABLE Act). The Act extends the 529 college savings account rules to allow for similar, tax-free "ABLE...more

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