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French Legal and Regulatory Update – March 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for March 2017. Please see full...more

New 421-a Legislation

The recently adopted state budget bill included the long-awaited revisions to the 421-a program. These amendments to the Real Property Law, dubbed the “Affordable New York Housing Program,” provide partial exemptions from...more

GHG Allowance Auctions are Not a Tax; Key Element of State’s Cap-and-Trade Program Upheld

California Chamber of Commerce, et al. v. California Air Resources Board, et al., Case No. C075930 (Cal. Ct. App. 3d. Dist., 2017). On April 6, the California Court of Appeal for the Third District issued its...more

Urban Renewal Applicability Bill Provides Certainty to Urban Renewal Community; Plus Two Other Urban Renewal Bills

On Friday, March 31, more than a year of ongoing discussions and negotiations among urban renewal stakeholders came to fruition with the introduction by Colorado State Sens. Rachel Zenziger (D – Arvada) and Beth Martinez...more

Recycling Infrastructure Assets to Spur Infrastructure Investment

The Trump Administration has the admirable goal of encouraging infrastructure investment. One policy it may want to consider is promoting the recycling of existing municipal infrastructure assets. This policy was developed...more

Nashville Islamic Center’s Religious Discrimination Claims Dismissed

A federal district court in Tennessee recently dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction a claim by the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) lawsuit challenging a Tennessee property tax exemption law on religious freedom...more

New Markets Tax Credits – the Best Kept Secret in Financing Public Projects

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Right before Thanksgiving 2016, the federal government announced the release of $7 billion of tax credits aimed at spurring private equity investment into projects in low income communities. Administered through the U.S....more

Alert: Massachusetts Property Tax Alert

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

On August 9, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed The Municipal Modernization Act – An Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government – H. 4565, which was effective as of November 7, 2016, unless otherwise...more

Can Post-Acquisition Land Use Restrictions Change Ordinary Income to Capital Gain?

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In Boree v. Commissioner, 118 AFTR 2d 2016-5742 (11th Cir., Sep. 12, 2016), the Eleventh Circuit held that the county’s adoption of subdivision regulatory requirements after taxpayers had purchased certain real property was...more

(US) California Real Estate Rules to Watch in 2017

by Reed Smith on

In a Law360.com article published on January 2nd titled “California Real Estate Legislation and Regs to Watch in 2017,” Andrew McIntyre of Law360 addresses the challenges facing the California real estate market in the new...more

Green Tax Incentive Compendium

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

A. GENERAL DESCRIPTION. The Federal Internal Revenue Code provides a business income tax credit in the amount of $0.023 (2015) per kilowatt hour of electricity produced from qualifying renewable resources during a ten-year...more

South Carolina Economic Development Incentives for Warehouse and Distribution Operations

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

South Carolina offers a wide variety of economic development incentives to businesses seeking to locate or expand in the state. This incentive array focuses on certain types of businesses the state wishes to attract. One such...more

Transient Occupancy (Hotel) Taxes May be Limited by Ruling

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California public agencies that impose transient occupancy (hotel) taxes may be limited in the tax they can collect from online transactions. The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that TOT are limited to the...more

Ohio Legislature Concludes 131st General Assembly in Marathon Session Lasting Until 3:30 AM Last Friday

by Roetzel & Andress on

After a whirlwind final week of the lame duck session, where the Legislature passed various, often times emotion-evoking measures (including gun rights, abortion, unemployment compensation fund changes, municipal minimum wage...more

Renewable Energy Update - November 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - New solar, wind competitive leasing program to start for U.S. public lands - Renewable Energy World - Nov 15 - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has finalized a rule that...more

San Francisco Election Results: Which Real Estate Measures Passed?

by Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass on

Prior to the November 8 election, we reported on the long list of local propositions on the San Francisco ballot, including a number of measures impacting real estate taxes, land use and governance. The results were of...more

The Future of Airbnb in New York

One of the most controversial and popular topics in real estate today involves Airbnb, the online home rental service, and the concept of transient rentals. In New York City, Airbnb’s largest market in the United States, this...more

A Plethora of Propositions: Real Estate Tax, Land Use and Governance on the San Francisco Ballot

Admittedly the issues may appear benign compared to the Presidential race and the drugs, sex and other provocative topics on the state ballot. But San Francisco voters again face a long list of significant local propositions...more

Best in Law: How to Navigate Legal Pitfalls of Using Airbnb

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Knowing Local Laws and Rights for Short-Term Rental Success - Services such as Airbnb and VRBO offer service-sharing alternatives to traditional hotels and rentals. Indeed, these online platforms now provide a...more

Financing Increased Demand On Pre-Existing Services Constitutes “Additional Services”

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California Court Decision Rules on Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982 - Community Facilities Districts formed by a landowner vote may be used to finance increased demand on pre-existing services, a California...more

Could Your Project Utilize New Market Tax Credits?

by Butler Snow LLP on

I came home from work the other day and my middle child had a kitten in her arms. A mangy, dirty, little dark scrawny kitten…gross. I’m not a cat person. OK, that’s not completely accurate. I friggin’ hate cats. The world...more

California Ballot 2016: Los Angeles County Measures A & M

by Lewitt Hackman on

This is the fourth and final blog in our 2016 California Election Guide Series – the first three providing brief synopses of the 17 state-wide ballot initiatives residents will see in November. In this final segment, we will...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinion Affecting Local Government Law: September 22, 2016

by Sands Anderson PC on

The Virginia Supreme Court issued one additional opinion in September affecting local government law, on September 22, 2016. This opinion addressed the priority to be given a local government special assessment lien over a...more

Nashville Islamic Center Claims Tax Rules Impose Unfair Burden

The Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) recently filed a federal complaint and request for declaratory judgment against the State of Tennessee, the Metropolitan Trustee of Nashville, and the Tennessee State Board of...more

Illinois House Revenue Committee Holds Hearing on Vacancy Fraud Act

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

While overall there is little activity in the General Assembly, the House Revenue Committee is meeting today for a hearing on an interesting piece of property tax legislation. The hearing is on HB4363, which would create the...more

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