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Establishing A Property’s Tax Valuation – Earlier is Better

Few developers think of spending precious time and resources on working with a municipality to determine the appropriate property tax valuation method and an estimated preliminary value of a real estate project during the...more

Legal Briefs - False Claims Act Liability for CRNAs Related to Medical Direction

It has never been a secret to Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) that anesthesiologists are often not able to consistently comply with all of the requirements of TEFRA (Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of...more

Energy Storage: Opportunities, Challenges and Solutions

As our nation pursues ambitious goals towards substantially increased renewable energy resources and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, new energy storage projects will play a major role in achieving these goals....more

2013 Amendments to New York’s False Claims Act

New York recently amended its False Claims Act (New York State Finance Law § 187, et seq.) (the “NY FCA”) in response to the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ findings that the NY FCA was...more

Important New and Amended ADOR Regulations Now in Effect

Replacement Local Nexus Rule: The Alabama Department of Revenue’s (ADOR) new local nexus regulation, Rule 810-6-5-.04.02, is now in effect and applies to all transactions occurring on or after January 1, 2014. The ADOR...more

Alabama's New Sales Tax Exemption Procedure For Contractors And Subcontractors Beginning On January 1, 2014

The Alabama legislature recently passed Act 2013-205 granting the Alabama Department of Revenue (ADOR) the authority to issue certifications of exemption to contractors for work on certain governmental construction projects....more

Focus on Tax Controversy - December 2013

In This Issue: A Decade of Lessons Learned from State Tax False Claims Act Cases; Second Circuit Reaffirms Taxpayer’s Use of Protective Refund Claims; and Challenging Regulations After Mayo and Home...more

Alabama Tax Developments: 2013 Year in Review

Our final Alabama SALT Alert of 2013 summarizes the major legislative, judicial, and administrative developments affecting Alabama taxpayers with respect to income, transactional, and property taxes so far this year. The 2013...more

White Collar Watch - November 2013

In This Issue: - The true cost of fines: Bills would address tax break for corporate fines - Senate approves new protection for criminal antitrust whistleblowers - Justice Department sinks ex-Navy...more

California Utilities Poised to Commence Renewable Energy Procurement

At its November 14, 2013 Commission meeting, the California Public Utilities Commission (the “CPUC”) conditionally accepted the renewables portfolio standard (“RPS”) procurement plans filed by various California utilities....more

Beanie Baby Founder Pleads Guilty to $53-Million Tax Evasion

Beanie Baby Founder Pleads Guilty to $53-Million Tax Evasion by Frank L. Brunetti on October 7, 2013 Ty Warner, founder of the iconic Beanie Baby empire, has agreed to plead guilty to federal tax evasion charges. His...more

Taxation on Indian Reservations: To Balance or Not to Balance, That Is the Question

Introduction - The ability of the states to impose a tax upon transactions occurring on an Indian reservation has evolved substantially in the past 50 years. After numerous court decisions, the Indian preemption...more

Under Construction - September 2013: Arizona Contractors and Design Professionals Receive Additional Protections Under Arizona’s...

For good reason, much of the focus for Arizona contractors during the recently-concluded legislative session was on transaction privilege tax (TPT) reform. That bill, HB 2111, was ultimately signed by the Governor, but only...more

Challenges To Deducting Settlement Payments Under The False Claims Act: Fresenius Sheds Light On The Burden

Whether a business may deduct litigation settlement payments can have a substantial real dollar impact on the business. In the midst of combating potential litigation, companies rarely first focus on the potential tax impact...more

Department of Justice Considers Personal Benefit an Important Factor in Prosecuting Employment Tax Cases

Department of Justice Considers Personal Benefit an Important Factor in Prosecuting Employment Tax Cases by Frank L. Brunetti on September 24, 2013 Since 2008, the U.S. economy has struggled and employers faced with the...more

Connecticut Selects Maine Wind Farm And Connecticut Solar Project For Long-Term Contracts For Energy And RECs

On September 20, 2013, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that two renewable energy projects have signed long-term contracts as a result of the July 8, 2013 Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental...more

Creditors File Objections to Detroit Bankruptcy

Creditors File Objections to Detroit Bankruptcy by Joel R. Glucksman on August 30, 2013 More than 100 objections have been filed by creditors, opposing the eligibility of Detroit to file Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy...more

U.S., Cayman Islands Reach Tax Deal

U.S., Cayman Islands Reach Tax Deal by Joseph M. Donegan on August 28, 2013 Falling in line with the push for greater global collaboration to combat tax evasion, the United States and the Cayman Islands have reached a...more

Will the Bitcoin Become a New Tax Evasion Tool?

Will the Bitcoin Become a New Tax Evasion Tool? by Joseph M. Donegan on August 19, 2013 Bitcoins, a controversial but highly popular global digital currency, is being used by more consumers to make several types of...more

Understanding the Estate Tax Portability Provision

Understanding the Estate Tax Portability Provision by Frank L. Brunetti on August 9, 2013 Many affluent Americans and business owners breathed a sigh of relief when lawmakers prevented the federal estate tax exemption...more

Detroit Businesses See Bankruptcy as Opportunity for 'Stability'

Detroit Businesses See Bankruptcy as Opportunity for ‘Stability’ by Joel R. Glucksman on August 1, 2013 When cities file for municipal bankruptcy protection, public works projects, civil servants, and public...more

Spotlight On Belgium: Trends in the Legal Landscape - Issue 2, 2013

We are delighted to present you the second edition of Spotlight on Belgium, DLA Piper Belgium’s quarterly newsletter which aims to inform you about current legal developments that could affect your business. As the...more

Burr Alert: 2013 Alabama Sales And Use Tax Legislation

On May 9, 2013, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed into law House Bill 419, which relates to construction projects for governmental entities who are exempt from sales and use taxes. HB419 permits the Alabama...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - June 2013

In this issue: - Supreme Court Holds in Favor of PPL in UK Windfall Profits Case - US District Court Rejects Talley and Permits a Business Expense Deduction for Part of Double Damages Payment Under the False...more

Government Contractor Exemption Bill Passes House

On April 9, the House of Representatives passed HB 419 on a vote of 89-6. The bill, sponsored by Representative Paul DeMarco (R-Homewood) among others and championed by the Alabama Chapter of the Associated Builders &...more

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