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New York State lawmakers pass final budget

by Dentons on

The weekend of April 9 saw the passage of the New York State budget after the state Assembly and Senate, respectively, closed out Saturday and Sunday legislative sessions at the state Capitol in Albany. The final passage...more

IRS to Notify 100,000 Taxpayers That Their Information May Have Been Obtained Through Misuse of FAFSA Retrieval Tool

On Thursday, Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) Commissioner John Koskinen testified that the personal data of up to a 100,000 taxpayers could have been compromised as a result of criminal use of the Free Application for...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: What to Expect After Spring Recess?

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The legislature heads into its spring recess today, Friday, April 7. The House and Senate have spent the last several weeks finalizing and debating their budget and tax bills. When they reconvene on April 18, 2017 they will...more

IRS is Hacked, Again!

The New York Times reported yesterday that identity thieves may have compromised up to 100,000 U.S. taxpayer accounts. The criminals apparently took advantage of a software tool that loaded information from tax returns onto...more

FAFSA Data Retrieval Tool Remains Down Over Security Concerns

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Federal Student Aid (FSA) announced that the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) on fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov will be unavailable until extra security protections could be added....more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update - April 2017

by Dentons on

The Georgia General Assembly adjourned for the year in the early morning hours of Friday, sending to Governor Nathan Deal a major slate of bills, including a failing schools turnaround program, a pilot program for highly...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - March, 2017 #5

by Brooks Pierce on

This week at the Legislature, HB2 was repealed and replaced, Senate confirmation of Cabinet secretaries continued, and Legislators filed dozens of bills ahead of filing deadlines. HB2 “Reset” (HB142) - Thursday,...more

Window On Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 2

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Budget/Appropriations - April Deadline: The first deal Trump must cut is one to keep the government open past April 28, and here Republicans and Democrats mostly want him to get out of the way. Senate appropriators in...more

IRS Warns Schools of Dangerous Email Scam

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On March 28, 2017, the IRS warned schools, universities, government entities and tax exempt organizations of a dangerous email scam currently circulating nationwide and targeting employers. According to the IRS, the scammer...more

Canada Federal Budget 2017

by Dentons on

The Government of Canada has released this year’s Federal Budget, and the Tax group at Dentons has prepared a Special Report providing a detailed analysis and concise summary of the changes featured in the Budget. The Report...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Legislation Continues to Move as First Committee Deadline Nears

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Today marks the first committee deadline in the legislative session. By midnight tonight, bills must be approved by policy committees in the House or the Senate. Next Friday is the second committee deadline, by which all...more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update - March 2017

by Dentons on

The Georgia General Assembly will turn the page this evening on one of the session’s most frenzied legislative weeks, sprinting to the Crossover hard stop by which all non-budgetary bills must have cleared at least one...more

ABLE Accounts Begin to Spread Across Nation

A law signed by President Obama in 2014 allows people with disabilities who became disabled before they turned 26 to set aside up to $14,000 a year in tax-free savings accounts without affecting their eligibility for...more

Governor Baker Files FY2018 Budget

On Wednesday, January 25th, Governor Charlie Baker announced a $40.508 billion budget for FY2018 that increases state spending by a projected $1.65 billion, or 4.3 percent, over FY2017 levels. The budget proposal, Baker’s...more

IRS Warns Schools of Targeted W-2 Phishing Scams

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Originally published in the IRS EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits newsletter - February 3, 2017. The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry issued an urgent alert today to all...more

Governor Kasich Releases $144 Billion State Budget Proposal - What You Need to Know

by Roetzel & Andress on

Yesterday, Governor Kasich released the executive version of the state’s two-year operating budget (Fiscal Years 2018-2019), which includes proposed spending of over $144 billion during the biennium. Similar to his previous...more

Real Property Tax Alert - October 2016

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Nassau County Class 4 Commercial Property – Disputed Assessment Fund (“DAF”) Started with October 2016 School Bill - All Class 4 commercial properties have been impacted by the increase in the school tax rate...more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2017 #2

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

What's New - SENATE - The Senate spent the week working at the committee level in an effort to move bills to the floor for debate. Members will return to meeting in regular session on Tuesday, January 24th....more

Ole Miss Substantially Prevails in Tax Court Case over Taxability of Coach Appearances

by Butler Snow LLP on

Tax exempt organizations must report and pay tax on their “unrelated business income.” Butler Snow recently represented The University of Mississippi (“UM”) in a federal income tax dispute in the United States Tax Court...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Legislature’s First Regular Session Launches - On Wednesday, January 4, the Maine...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 2017 Legislative Session Preview

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On January 3, 2017, not only will the 90th session of the Minnesota Legislature convene, but the Minnesota Capitol building will once again be open to the public after undergoing a three-year, $272 million comprehensive...more

Municipalities Must Pay Refunds from Dissolved TIF Districts

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Illinois Appellate Court recently upheld a trial court’s ruling that property tax refunds from a dissolved TIF District must be paid by the municipality, not by the other affected taxing agencies. The case, Village of...more

Year-End Tax Planning with Tax Credit-Funded Scholarships

The Alabama Accountability Act provides state income tax credits to certain donors who make contributions to a state-approved scholarship granting organization (SGO). Alabama’s neediest school children can be helped at little...more

How Election Results Will Impact North Carolina Businesses

by Brooks Pierce on

After a lengthy and contentious campaign, voters have chosen new leaders for our nation and state. Those choices could impact North Carolina businesses in a number of significant ways....more

Higher Education Tax and Benefits Memo: Recent IRS Audit is a Reminder to Check Whether Your Employment Agreements and Appointment...

by Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC on

The Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") recently notified a major university that it is being audited, and as part of that audit requested copies of the employment agreements of the president of the university, the provost of...more

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