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Tax Law Changes in Saudi Arabia

by Jones Day on

On June 11, 2017, the Saudi Arabian Excise Tax Law ("Excise Tax Law"), as enacted by Royal Decree No. M/86 and dated 27/8/1438 H / May 23, 2017, came into force in Saudi Arabia. The new law implements the GCC Unified...more

Corporate E-Note - January 2017

by Burr & Forman on

The IRS has announced it will begin treating certain syndicated conservation easement transactions and “substantially similar” transactions as “listed transactions.” Notice 2017-20 published on December 23, 2016 (the...more

CFPB issues 2016 Plain Writing Act Compliance Report

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has issued its 2016 Plain Writing Act Compliance Report. Under the PWA, federal “executive agencies,” including the CFPB, are required to use plain language in documents that: are necessary for obtaining information...more

Tax Lien on Me: Fifth Circuit Holds the Transfer of a Tax Lien is not Subject to the Truth in Lending Act

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On April 29, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that the transfer of a tax lien does not constitute an extension of “credit” subject to the protections of the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”). ...more

There Was a Panel on What?? Notes on the ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting Panel on Marijuana Law

by BakerHostetler on

Attendees at this year’s Spring Meeting may have been surprised by an unexpected panel: an overview of the status of the law related to the legalization of marijuana and antitrust issues facing the nascent industry. However,...more

Illinois Appellate Court Upholds Finding of Consumer Fraud Act Violation in Sales Tax Overcollection Case

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Illinois Appellate Court recently affirmed a finding for a plaintiff individual, upholding the circuit court’s conclusion that defendant Sears, Roebuck and Co. (Sears) violated the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business...more

TTB Publishes Projected Regulatory Agenda as Part of Government’s Unified Agenda

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As it does twice per year, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently published its projected Regulatory Agenda as part of the federal government’s “Unified Agenda.” Links to the U.S. Department of...more

Complying with Regulation X §1024.17(k)(5) - Timely Disbursements from Escrow

by Locke Lord LLP on

As part of its 2014 Mortgage Servicing Rules, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued §1024.17(k) of Regulation X, which is devoted to Escrow Accounts and the requirements for disbursements made from those...more

Illinois Retailers Beware: Class Action Complaint Filed Against Grocer for Collecting Illinois Sales Tax on Manufacturers’ Coupons...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A class action complaint was filed in federal court last week against New Albertson’s, Inc. the operator of the Jewel-Osco grocery chain, alleging failure to deduct manufacturers’ coupons from the tax base on which sales tax...more

Franchise and Distribution News - January 2015

by Dickinson Wright on

TAKE ACTION NOW TO AVOID UNEXPECTED STATE TAX LIABILITIES - Traditionally, nexus for state income tax liability has required some type of physical presence or continuous contacts by the franchisor/distributor with a...more

Auto Notes - December 2014

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

In This Issue: - Retail Vehicle Installment Sale Contracts Now Regulated under PA Consumer Credit Code’s Motor Vehicle Sales Finance Provisions - Arbitration Clauses Referencing American Arbitration...more

New German VAT Rules in eCommerce as of January 2015

by Reed Smith on

Although online shop providers had to implement extensive changes to consumer rights (in particular, the new rules regarding the right of withdrawal) on the basis of the implementation of the EU Consumer Rights Directive...more

Berkeley's Measure D: What Distributors, Restaurants and Retailers need to know about the Berkeley "Sugar Tax"

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

According to its backers, the Berkeley “Sugar Tax” is the future of sugar in America. Berkeley’s Measure “D,” which garnered an overwhelming 75% “yes” vote, imposes a general excise tax of $0.01 per ounce on the distribution...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

by DLA Piper on

GMO labeling measure defeated in Colorado; results in Oregon too close to call. Colorado’s Proposition 105, which would have required manufacturers to place labels on food containing genetically modified ingredients, was...more

CFPB Issues Consumer Advisory on the “Wild West” of the Virtual Currency Economy

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) recently issued a consumer advisory summarizing the purported risks of virtual currencies, and announced that it would begin collecting complaints from the public regarding...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

by DLA Piper on

Bill aims to impose federal excise tax on sugary drinks. On July 29, Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced a bill that would tax soda and other sugary drinks. The bill, which would levy an excise tax of one...more

Long v. Dell and its Decoding of Rhode Island Consumer Protection Law

By erroneously taxing its Rhode Island customers for computer-related maintenance services, Dell, Inc. has triggered a decade of litigation and breathed life into what otherwise has been Rhode Island’s mostly underdeveloped...more

European Parliament Report on Online Gambling

by DLA Piper on

The European Parliament today published its Report on online gambling in the internal market calling for a balanced and EU compliant approach when regulating the market. The European Parliament Resolution contains more...more

CFPB Finalizes Revisions to Remittances Rule, Sets October 28 Effective Date

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has finalized revisions to its remittance transfers rule and set October 28, 2013, as the rule’s new effective date. While not entirely eliminating the requirement for remittance...more

Under the Dome: Inside The Maine State House Special Edition 1-24-13

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

With a population of roughly 1.3 million people, Maine is a small player in national markets. At the same time, Maine legislators have attempted to have an out-sized voice in the national marketplace of legislative policy by...more

CFPB Proposes Revisions to Rules on International Money Transfers by Consumers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently issued proposed changes to the rule it originally proposed on January 20, 2011, governing certain electronic money transfers by consumers that was required by the...more

CFPB proposes changes to remittance transfer rule and delay in effective date

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has issued a proposal to make revisions to the remittance transfer rule and delay the rule’s effective date. The CFPB had announced its plans to make the proposal in a bulletin it issued in November....more

Doing Business in Canada: International Trade

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Canada’s international trade law regulates the import and export of goods, the manner in which these goods are procured or sold, and the protection of foreign investments in Canada and Canadian investments abroad. Most of the...more

Tassare gli alimenti dannosi per la salute e per i bilanci? Uno sguardo al recente (e ancora in corso) dibattito italiano

by Nicola Carmine Salerno on

Tassare o non tassare le bibite analcoliche zuccherine e i superalcolici? La domanda è parte della più generale questione se ricorrere o meno alla leva fiscale per correggere abitudini alimentari dannose per...more

Understanding how Value Added Tax (VAT) is applied in the Democratic Republic of Congo

by JOSEPH YAV KATSHUNG on

Almost unknown in 1960, the value added tax (VAT) is now found in more than 130 countries, raises around 20 percent of the world’s tax revenue , and has been the centerpiece of tax reform in many developing countries...more

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