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Tax Planning for International Transportation Income

According to the most recent estimates, the quantity of goods carried by containers has risen from around 100 million metric tons in 1980 to about 1.5 billion metric tons in 2012. Out of these numbers, one container in every...more

Week in Review – Taxes, Transportation, and Goat Trails - April 24, 2015 #4

Taxes - The House Republican Omnibus Tax bill (HF848) was released on Monday. The $2 billion tax cut package includes $538 million to pay for a one-time income tax exemption and $450 million to begin phasing-out the...more

Legislative Update

The following legislation has been introduced in the Maryland legislature. The chart is current through the morning of March 9. Status of several pieces of legislation receiving committee reports are indicated in caps. The...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

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

U.S. Supreme Court Update, March/April 2015

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases involving state taxation on consecutive days in December. On 12/8/14, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Direct Marketing Ass'n v. Brohl, where the Court has...more

Feb. 2 Deadline Looming to Implement Retroactive Increase in 2014 Mass Transit Benefit Limits

Affected employers must move quickly to take advantage of a special administrative procedure regarding a retroactive increase in excludable transit benefits enacted on December 19, 2014, under the Tax Increase Prevention Act...more

Immediate Action Required to Maximize Tax Savings for Mass Transit

Congress and the IRS have expanded the availability and procedures for maximizing the income tax and FICA tax exclusion for mass transit benefits, but immediate action is required to satisfy the IRS special relief provisions...more

New York City Mayor de Blasio Signs Affordable Transit Act into Law

On October 20, 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Local Law 53, the Affordable Transit Act. Under this new law, New York City businesses with 20 or more full-time employees will be required to offer a federal...more

Conservative Kansas Joins the Liberal Ninth Circuit in Rejecting the Independent Contractor Classification of Delivery Drivers

Last month we blogged about two Ninth Circuit opinions that deemed FedEx Ground drivers to be employees rather than independent contractors under California and Oregon law. Last week the Kansas Supreme Court joined them,...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 39 - Recent Court Decisions Reflect the Rule of Reason: Totality of the Circumstances Regains Traction

Two recent court decisions from two different jurisdictions, issued several weeks apart, reflect a more balanced and reasonable approach for determining worker classification issues based on the totality of the facts and...more

California Trucking and Shipping Companies Must Evaluate Owner/Operator Relationships in Light of Los Angeles Superior Court...

Trucking companies that operate in California and also utilize independent contractor “owner-operators” to ship goods throughout the country must re-evaluate whether or not the contractors are misclassified in light of the...more

Legislative Update 2013 -- SC Tax Incentives Legislative Update

In This Presentation: - A.Economic Development: 1.Film 2.Port 3.Abandoned Buildings 4.Angel Investors 5.Nascar/Darlington Speedway 6.Unemployment Insurance - B.Practice and...more

What's Happening in Business Aviation? May 2013

This edition of the Burns & Levinson Business Aviation Report covers new developments in the following areas of business aviation: • Rentals from leasing aircraft may be subject to the new 3.8 percent tax on net...more

Treasury Releases “Green Book” of Obama Administration FY 2014 Tax Priorities

On April 10, the Treasury Department released its “General Explanations of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2014 Revenue Proposals.” Known as the “Green Book,” the document provides an explanation of the Administration’s FY...more

IRS Provides Administrative Guidance On Excludable Transportation Benefit Limits, Retroactively Increased As Of January 1, 2012

On January 16, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2013-8 providing a special administrative procedure for employers with respect to 2012 transit benefits. Under Section 132(f) of the Internal Revenue Code...more

Employers Can Obtain Refund for Excess FICA Tax Paid as Result of Increased Excludable Limit for Transit Benefits

On January 11, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service published Notice 2013-8 providing a special administrative procedure for employers with respect to 2012 transit pass benefits. The American Taxpayer Relief Act retroactively...more

IRS Guidance on Retroactive Increase in Qualified Transportation Benefits

The IRS has released guidance to address employers’ questions about the retroactive increase in the monthly income exclusion for certain transportation benefits enacted as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 on...more

Update on Fiscal Cliff Commuter Tax Benefits

On January 4, we blogged about the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012’s (the “Act”) increases in the pre-tax contribution that commuters may make towards van pools as well as transit passes....more

New York Publishes MTA Payroll Tax Protective Refund Claim Procedures

Refund claims for employers should be filed on or before November 2, 2012. On October 17, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (Department) published guidance regarding the procedures for taxpayers to...more

Potential Refund Claims: New York MTA Payroll Tax Held Unconstitutional

Taxpayers should act now to protect refund claims based on the New York Supreme Court's recent determination that the MTA Payroll Tax is unconstitutional. On August 22, the New York State Supreme Court held that the New...more

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Alert - November 2011

IN THIS ISSUE: IRS Provides Taxpayers with the Opportunity to Reclassify Independent Contractors with Reduced Tax Liability By Kelley E. Kaufman Companies’ improper classification of workers as independent...more

Legal Alert: Qualified Transportation Benefit Increases

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the "Act"), which was signed by President Obama on February 17, 2009, made many significant changes to the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code"), but one change that has so far...more

Employee Benefits Alert: New Benefit Available to Bicycle Commuters in 2009

The Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008, signed into law on October 3, 2008 (the “Act”),1 creates a new fringe benefit for bicycle commuters effective January 1, 2009. Under the Internal Revenue Code’s “fringe...more

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