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Tax Reform Bill Proposal - Much Ado About Nothing

As widely reported, on February 26, 2014, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released the proposed Tax Reform Act of 2014 (the "Camp Proposal"). In exchange for simplification...more

How Michigan’s New Personal Property Tax Law Will Affect Municipalities

Recently enacted legislation provides clarity and relief to Michigan municipalities poised to suffer revenue loss as a result of personal property tax reform legislation enacted in 2012. On March 28 and April 1, 2014, the...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 9, No. 1

In This Issue: - Congressman Camp Camp Releases His Long-Awaited Tax Reform Plan - Tax Court Addresses Valuation Issues Related to Tax on Built-In Corporate Gain - Shareholder of S Corporation Required to Include...more

The Minnesota Legislature recessed around dinnertime on Thursday, April 10 and will reconvene at noon on Tuesday, April 22.

Before departing for their planned Easter/Passover break, the House and Senate pushed through a number of bills in a flurry of activity. Unusually short committee deadlines drove this process. These deadlines were: March 21...more

House Republicans Urge FHFA Not To Direct GSEs To Start Contributing To Affordable Housing Funds Established By HERA

On April 2, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), joined by Congressmen Scott Garrett (R-NJ) and Ed Royce (R-CA), urged FHFA Director Mel Watt to continue the FHFA’s five-year-old policy of...more

The Marijuana Regulation Bill That Keeps Getting Reintroduced

After the Justice Department issued a memo authorizing states to tax and regulate marijuana, Sacramento responded. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) introduced AB 1894, a bill that may be viewed as an initial attempt...more

Energy Policy and Tax Policy Are Inseparable

In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama championed our nation's energy policy and the tremendous progress that has been made in the development and production of fossil fuels, especially natural gas. The...more

ACA’s Deductible Limits for Small Groups Repealed

On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. The primary purpose of the law is to provide a one-year delay of a 24% reduction in payment rates for physicians who participate...more

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both in session this week. The White House reported Tuesday that 7.1 million people signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, meeting their original target for enrollment before...more

Alabama Legislative Update – Sine Die – The 2014 Legislative Session Ends

The Alabama Legislature adjourned sine die on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. In previous years, sessions have ended just minutes before midnight on the 30th legislative day. This year was different. As soon as both...more

Municipal Law and Finance: Personal Property Tax Reform

Personal Property Tax Reform Background - Grand Rapids city leaders in cooperation with leaders from Ottawa and Kent Counties, Wyoming, and the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council worked with the Lieutenant Governor’s...more

Perspectives - April, 2014

In This Issue: - Making Our Downtown Better Every Day - It's Good To "B" In Deleware - The Wonderful World of Limited Liability Companies - Ohio Bill to Allow Schools and Camps to Procure Epinephrine...more

Election-Year Activities for Your Nonprofit: Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls and Understanding the Evolving Landscape

In this presentation: - McCutcheon Case - 501(c)(3) versus 501(c)(4) or (6) - Ideas for your 501(c)(3) -501(c)(4) activities –Permissible uses –Federal disclosure –State...more

Senate Finance Committee Approves PTC Extension Through 2015

Today, the Senate Finance Committee approved and reported the Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act. It includes an extension of the 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour production tax credit for wind for...more

The First Dish is Served: Chairman Camp Unveils Comprehensive Tax Reform Discussion Draft

On February 26, 2014, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) unveiled his comprehensive tax reform proposal. Chairman Camp released his proposal in discussion draft form, and the bill was not officially...more

Congress Considers Clean Energy “Tax Extenders”

Senate Finance Committee to Mark Up Extenders Package - Three months after dozens of individual and business tax provisions expired, the Senate Finance Committee is poised to mark-up a bill tomorrow that would extend...more

Energy And Environment Update

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; International; States; and...more

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both in session this week, the President was traveling overseas. President Obama announced his backing for an overhaul of the NSA bulk phone data collection program, a plan that differs from the...more

Proposed Tax Code Overhaul Introduced with the Tax Reform Act of 2014

On February 26, 2014, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp released draft (the "Discussion Draft”) that would substantially reform the current U.S. Tax Code (the “Code”). The Discussion Draft contains numerous...more

The Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2014

This article provides a brief summary of the key provisions of a new bi-partisan Senate bill, based on the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013, as well as a brief discussion of a new House of...more

Will Camp Tax Plan Impact Charitable Giving and Tax-exempt Organizations?

In late February 2014, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released a nearly 1,000 page discussion draft addressing tax reform. Chairman Camp’s proposal includes changes to numerous sections of the...more

Alabama Legislative Update - Week 10: As Session Moves Towards Close, Budgets Take Center Stage

The 2014 session of the Alabama Legislature is winding and grinding down as lawmakers hammer out the General Fund and Education Trust Fund budgets. Last week saw progress, albeit slow. ...more

Debates Continue Over Taxes And Fees On Hydraulic Fracturing In Ohio And Pennsylvania

In exchange for a $2.6 billion cut to Ohio’s state income taxes, Gov. John Kasich has proposed a package of tax increases in other areas. Included among those increases would be the gradual implementation of a 2.75 percent...more

Inside the New York Budget Bill Part Five: Net Operating Losses and Tax Credits

This is the fifth installment of a series that takes an inside look at the corporate tax reform proposals in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2014–15 New York Budget Bill. This proposed reform is sweeping and, if enacted, is likely to...more

Illinois Passes Car Lease Tax Legislation, Sends Bill To Governor

The Illinois General Assembly recently passed HB 2317, which, if signed by Governor Quinn, will subject motor vehicle leases of more than one year to Illinois Retailers’ Occupation (Sales) Tax on each lease payment. This is a...more

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