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North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

Energy Legislation Gains Momentum: Bills Pass House and Senate Committees

After much anticipation, both the House and the Senate Committees passed their long awaited energy bills. Much is covered in the two packages, and many amendments have been tabled for when the bills hit the floor in the fall....more

Tax Policy Update

First it was three years, now it’s three months. The Senate’s attempt to pass a multiyear highway bill ran off the road this week after House Republicans announced they will adjourn one day early for the month-long August...more

Senate Finance Committee Approves Energy Tax Provisions—LNG Is A Winner

On July 21, the Senate Finance Committee approved by a vote of 23 to 3 a bipartisan tax bill to renew for two years more than 50 expiring and expired tax provisions known as “tax extenders.” The provisions that are being...more

Clinton Outlines Her Capital Gains Rate Hike

Following up on my post from last week, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has now provided more specific information on her proposed capital gains rates hike. For high income filers (couples making at least $465,000...more

Tax Policy Update

The amount by which Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) said he wanted to reduce, or “haircut,” all of the 50-plus tax provisions known as extenders. Warner accurately predicted that his Senate Finance Committee colleagues wanted to keep...more

The Budget comes but twice a year

One joy of UK Parliamentary democracy is watching the annual budget with its howling Government MPs, roaring Opposition MPs and ritual interventions of the Deputy Speaker to allow the Chancellor to finish off his speech....more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2015 #3

Energy and Climate Debate - With just two or three weeks before the August recess – two for the House, three for the Senate – Congress has a full schedule. The Senate will devote much of this week to the Highway bill,...more

Pennsylvania Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update: July 2015

This is a brief update on recent Pennsylvania tax developments. Amended Return “Trap”—Court Holds That Amended Return Was Not a Petition for Refund; Possible Legislative Fix? - On June 9, the Commonwealth Court issued a...more

Alcohol Tax Breaks Brewing in Congress (May 2015)

Tax relief may be on the way for alcohol producers both large and small. Two tax breaks for brewers are vying for the spotlight on Capitol Hill, while a third piece of legislation would grant earlier tax deductions to...more

News from Second and State

Week two of the budget stalemate is behind us, and there’s very little news to report. While news of a potential stop-gap budget and possible agreement on the imposition of a natural gas extraction tax might seem encouraging,...more

NC Legislative Update for July 2015 #2

This Week - After a week-long summer recess, lawmakers returned to Raleigh to resume the business of the State. The House finally appointed budget Conferees on Tuesday, nearly a month after receiving the Senate version...more

Alert: Is an Innovation Box Coming to the US?

United States lawmakers are facing increasing pressure from technology and life science industry leaders to adopt an "innovation box" regime to level the playing field with foreign counterparts and prevent significant US job...more

Connecticut Budget Set To Impact The State's Highest Earners

Governor Dannel Malloy recently signed a budget package, retroactive to January 1st of this year, which increases the income tax rate for the state's highest earners and makes some notable changes to estate taxes and probate...more

Question on 'Another Agenda' Made Senate Debate on Tax Credit Crackle

“What else is going on here?” That’s what Bruce Tarr of Gloucester kept asking his Massachusetts Senate colleagues on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 19....more

Tax Policy Update

The number of additional months of funding for transportation projects under a $8 billion bill introduced late last night in the House. Notably — as anyone on Sesame Street could tell you — the number 5 is not the same as the...more

Louisiana Cuts Surplus Lines Tax Rate

Louisiana’s legislature recently enacted House Bill 259, which cuts the surplus lines tax rate from 5 percent to 4.85 percent. The law, which also eliminates the insurance commissioner's authority to enter into the...more

House Dems Tun Argument Lost by Senate Republicans into Win at the End

Here’s one way to think of the controversy over how the state should fund an increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit (“tax credit”), a benefit for low-income working families: the Minority Republican Leader of the...more

Alabama Department of Revenue Wisely Withdraws Controversial Proposal

Yesterday afternoon, the Alabama Department of Revenue (ADOR) withdrew its controversial proposed digital tax regulation, Rule 810-6-5-09, likely in response to the request of the Legislative Council’s newly-appointed...more

Influential Business Group Requests Legislative Rejection of Proposed Rental Tax Regulation; Legislative Council Hearing Set for...

As previously reported, the Alabama Department of Revenue proposed a regulation imposing a rental tax on digital transmissions, broadly defined as “on demand movies, television programs, streaming video, streaming audio, and...more

PA Budget Watch

On Tuesday June 30th, Republican majorities in the Pennsylvania House and Senate passed a 2015-16 budget with no new taxes and sent it to Democrat Governor Tom Wolf who promptly vetoed the bill and called upon legislative...more

Reauthorization of GSP may allow refund of two years of import duties

On June 29, 2015, almost two years after it was allowed to lapse, President Obama renewed the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade program. GSP allows duty-free imports into the United States of qualifying goods from...more

Health Care Update - June 2015 #4

In This Issue: - Pathway for Bipartisanship following King v. Burwell - Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other Health Care News - Upcoming Congressional...more

Alabama 2015 Regular Session Legislative Summary: June 2015

The Alabama Senate adjourned sine die on Thursday, June 4, and the Alabama House of Representatives met for their last day on Thursday, June 11. Although the legislature passed a record-setting, $6 billion Education Trust...more

Tax Policy Update

The top estate tax rate under Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ proposal to tax the wealthiest Americans and narrow income inequality in the U.S. The proposal splits the estate tax into four brackets...more

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