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New IRS guidance for certain entities benefitting from tax-exempt bond financings

The IRS has released guidance in three areas of interest to entities that benefit from tax-exempt bond financings, particularly hospitals and educational institutions....more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 02/2015

The release of the Minnesota Legislative Auditor’s MNSure report this week dominated conversations at the Capitol. Commissioner pay raises were also in the spotlight while Governor Mark Dayton tried to direct attention toward...more

Change in Illinois Property Tax Code Establishes Waiver Distribution Payments

Taxing districts in Cook County may see a slight increase in the funds they receive because of a new type of collection referred to as an Exemption Waiver Distribution. This new collection was established by an amendment to...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 02/2015

This past week, commissioner salary raises were amended into deficiency funding legislation, tax committees heard a host of potential omnibus bill legislation, and additional testimony was heard on teacher tenure policy, as...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending February 6, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Service of Process: return of service is not required to expressly list the factors defining the “manner of service” contained in Section 48.031(1)(a), Florida Statutes, not included in the...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 02/2015

Bills are starting to move from Minnesota legislator hands to the committee calendar. The House’s introduction calendar on Thursday brought forth a record 102 bills to be included in this year’s session....more

Recent Favorable IRS Guidance for Tax-Exempt Bond Financed Facilities

The IRS has released guidance in three areas of interest to entities that benefit from tax-exempt bond financings, particularly hospitals and educational institutions. This guidance creates new rules related to management...more

The Economic Development Toolbox: "The Utility Player" - Tax Increment Financing

Tax increment financing (“TIF”) is a tool that is commonly used throughout the country to finance public infrastructure and other improvements. But while its use may appear to be fairly limited, TIF is actually extremely...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 01/2015

The Minnesota Legislature had a short week after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This week was one of transition as committees had fewer introductory hearings and more testimony on bills that are being considered. ...more

NC Legislative Update for January 2015

2015-16 Session of the NCGA Gavels In - Last Wednesday, the North Carolina General Assembly convened for the first time since August of last year to kick off its 2015-16 session. The opening day of session is both...more

U.S. Supreme Court Update - January 2015

Briefs Filed in Three State Tax Cases Set for Oral Argument - Merits briefs were filed in each of the three state tax cases on the Court's docket for the October 2014 Term. In Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v....more

2015 Property Tax Levies Will Be Limited to 0.8% Growth

Last week the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for All Urban Consumers that will be used in the PTELL limiting rate calculations for 2015 property tax levies collected in 2016. The 2015...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Governor’s Budget Proposal Released - On January 9th, Governor LePage submitted his biennial budget proposal to the 127th Maine Legislature. This document is the blueprint for state taxing and spending over the next...more

One State Explores Imposing Real Property Tax on Nonprofits

In states such as New York, where local governments and public schools are funded by taxes on real property, exemptions are often highly scrutinized by assessors and taxpayers alike. However, the exemption provided to...more

School Districts: New York State Amends Real Property Tax Law to Allow School Districts to "Charge Back" Tax Refunds to School...

On December 29, 2014, Governor Cuomo signed a law granting school districts the authority to "charge back" real property tax certiorari refunds to school district public libraries. Until now, school districts that levied real...more

Religious Institution - January 2015

Experience over the last couple decades teaches that religious institutions face as much or perhaps more liability than secular organizations and, therefore, need to take risk management seriously. From operating their own...more

2015 Minnesota Legislative Session Preview

With the 2014 elections in the rearview mirror, the focus has turned to the fast-approaching 2015 legislative session. For the first time since 1985, Democrats control both the Governor’s Office and the Senate, while the...more

Extenders, Extenders, Extenders

Wondering if your favorite individual “tax break” was extended by Congress on December 16, 2014? This article sheds some light on that question....more

Congress Extends QZABs, New Markets Tax Credits; Continuing Effect of Sequestration

Qualified Zone Academy Bonds - The Act authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to allocate an additional $400 million in QZABs for 2014. Prior to the Act, no additional allocations of QZABs were to be available to the...more

Saving for college is also good for your estate plan

A 529 plan is one of the most powerful and flexible tools available for college savings, but it also provides some unique estate planning benefits. This article explains how 529 plans work for savings purposes, but also notes...more

Alert: Conversion of a Postsecondary Educational Institution from a For-Profit to a Nonprofit, Tax-Exempt Entity

The recent announcements that Grand Canyon University would explore nonprofit status and that Corinthian Colleges plans to sell a group of schools to a nonprofit entity have encouraged higher education companies to take a...more

South Carolina Post-Election Newsletter

South Carolina Elections 2014 - The highlights of South Carolina’s races include Governor Nikki Haley fending off Democratic State Senator Vincent Sheheen to return to the governor’s mansion for a second term; U.S....more

Health Care Reform Challenges for Educational Institutions

Educational institutions will face some unique challenges as the Affordable Care Act's “employer shared responsibility” requirement becomes effective next year. Beginning January 1, 2015, large employers that do not offer...more

Student Employees under the Affordable Care Act's Employer Mandate

Effective January 1, 2015, colleges and universities will need to comply with the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act, which will have particular implications involving certain student employees. The employer...more

Community College Allowed to Proceed with Complaint of Over Abatement of Property Taxes

The Illinois Appellate Court recently allowed Illinois Valley Community College District No. 513 and several county governments to proceed with a complaint challenging the administration of a property tax abatement. At issue...more

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