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State of the Union Surprise: President Targets Inherited Assets in Middle-Class Tax Reform

After the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, many in the estate planning community thought that tax law dealing with estates and trusts was settled for some time. President Obama’s earlier budget proposals calling for a...more

The State Of The Union In 2015 - What To Expect From The 114th Congress

Last night, President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union Address before a joint session of the 114th Congress. Given six years to the day of his first Inaugural Address, this was his first address to a...more

Year in Review: Legislation and Guidance for Financial Institutions in 2014

2014 was a year replete with new legislative and regulatory initiatives impacting federally regulated financial institutions. The key initiatives introduced or implemented in 2014 are outlined in our annual year in review....more

Governor Inslee Proposes $1.5 Billion of New Revenue, Including a 7 Percent Personal Tax on Capital Gains

Washington Governor Jay Inslee recently released his proposed budget for 2015-17, which includes approximately $1.5 billion of new and increased taxes the Governor is marketing as “improving Washington’s unfair and outdated...more

Illinois Industrial Insured Self-Procurement Tax Guidance Announced

As we have previously covered in detail, at the end of its 2014 regular legislative session, the Illinois General Assembly enacted a multimillion dollar tax on Illinois companies using captive insurance arrangements. The law...more

New Laws of 2015: New Tax Infrastructure Financing Tools

The final article in the New Laws of 2015 series focuses on new legislation that makes it easier for municipalities and special districts to harness tax increment — the future incremental growth in property tax revenues — for...more

Environmental and Energy: Governor Vetoes Extension of Brownfield Cleanup Program Tax Credits (12/14)

On December 29, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have extended the availability of tax credits under New York State’s Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) until March 31, 2017....more

Minnesota Legislative Update: 2015 Legislative Session Preview

As a result of November's elections, there is no longer one party control of Minnesota government. When the 89th session of the Minnesota Legislature convenes on January 6, 2015, the new House Republican majority, along with...more

Congress Passes Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 and Retroactively Extends Tax Relief Provisions

Welcome Tax Relief Provided to Individuals and Businesses Extended through Calendar Year 2014 - The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 retroactively extends, through Dec. 31, various individual and business tax relief...more

President Approves One-Year Extension of Charitable IRA Rollover

On December 19th, President Obama signed H.R. 5771, known as the “Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014.” Among other things, this legislation extends the favorable charitable IRA rollover rule to gifts made in 2014. ...more

Summary of the Tax Extenders in the Tax Increase Prevention Act

On Friday, December 19th, President Obama signed the Tax Increase Prevention Act (“TIPA”), H.R. 5771, into law. TIPA is commonly referred to as the “tax extenders” bill as it extends certain expiring provisions of the...more

Were These The Extenders That We Were Waiting For?

The Senate on December 16 passed a tax bill that retroactively extends a package of fifty-five tax provisions through the end of 2014. In other words, by the time President Obama signs the new law, it will remain in effect...more

Congress passes tax extenders – through the end of 2014: potential impact on tax reform

In the final act of the 113th Congress, the Senate passed and sent to President Barack Obama for his signature the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, extending through the end of 2014 numerous familiar deduction and credit...more

Happy Holidays – There is a Budget Deal, Now Look Out

The just passed budget deal known as Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 contains a reduction in funding for the IRS. The Bill provides a reduction in total IRS funding of $346 million less than last...more

National Political Parties Get a Christmas Bonus: Major Campaign Finance Provisions in Must-Pass Legislation

Congressional appropriators released the details of the FY15 funding bill (the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act,” or “Cromnibus”) on December 9, 2014, funding the federal government at $1.013 trillion...more

ABLE Accounts for Disabled Individuals – Senate is Now ABLE to Act

On December 3, 2014, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would allow qualifying disabled persons to establish tax-free savings accounts similar to 529 plans to pay for a host of expenses, including, but not...more

2014 Extenders Clear the House

For many years now, Congress has contributed to tax uncertainty by extending certain favorable tax provisions on a year by year basis. Thus, for example, in 2014 these extenders have expired. Neither the IRS, who has to...more

Year-end Uncertainty Highlights Need for Tax Reform

As we approach year-end, we again find ourselves in an all-too-familiar and unsettling situation — one in which we do not know the rules of the game we are about to play. Many popular tax planning opportunities, like the R&D...more

Year-End Tax Planning 2014

Year-end tax planning is especially challenging this year because Congress has yet to act on a host of tax breaks that expired at the end of 2013. Some of these tax breaks may be retroactively reinstated and extended, but...more

The Lame Duck Has Arrived: What To Expect

In the great tradition of American democracy dating back to the election of the First Congress in 1778, voters cast their ballots last week, giving the Republican Party control of the upcoming 114th Congress. In a...more

Governor Brown Signs into Law AB 229 and SB 628, Giving New Life to Tax Increment Financing

In late September, Governor Brown signed into law AB 229 and SB 628, which are intended to finance public capital facilities or other specified projects of communitywide significance previously financed by redevelopment...more

2014 Mid-Term Congressional Elections Analysis - What To Expect From The 114th Congress In The Run Up To The 2016 Presidential...

In This Issue: -Introduction -Appropriations/Budget -Defense And National Security -Education Policy -Energy And The Environment -Financial Services -Food And Agriculture Policy -Healthcare...more

Foreign Charities and the Changing Landscape of CRA Charity Audits

There has been a flurry of recent scrutiny and activity in the areas of foreign and domestic charities – few foreign charities remain on the list of qualified donees since the changes to the definition of “qualified donee” in...more

Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts: New Hope for Cities and Counties

On September 29, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 628 (Chapter 785) which provides a mechanism for cities and counties to form Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts (EIFDs) to divert property tax...more

Luxembourg draft budget for 2015 submitted to Parliament

On 15 October 2014, the Luxembourg Minister of Finance submitted the draft budget for 2015 (the Budget Bill) to the Parliament. The Budget Bill does not overhaul the Luxembourg corporate tax environment, however, it proposes...more

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