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Illinois Department of Revenue Reaffirms Cloud-Based Services Not Taxable

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In two recent General Information Letters (GILs), the Illinois Department of Revenue (Department) reaffirmed that computer software provided through a cloud-based delivery system is not subject to tax in Illinois. The...more

Taxpayer Tips: Best Practices for U. S. Tax Court

Taxpayers contesting IRS assessments of additional taxes, penalties and interest have a number of different options to contest and appeal those assessments. One of those options includes bringing a case to the United States...more

Adding to Uncertainty for Scam Targets, the IRS Now Allows Private Debt Collectors to Dun Taxpayers

In a move that could be confusing to seniors who are vulnerable to scams, the IRS will begin using private debt collection agencies to collect past-due taxes. The new program will begin in April 2017....more

Viewpoints - Issue 28 - The Board’s Role in Overseeing Innovation

by King & Spalding on

Innovation has become an essential capability for any large public company if it wants to remain competitive. With some studies suggesting that 50% of the companies in the S&P 500 list could be replaced over the next 10...more

Did Colorado Raise Your Property Tax Value? Here's How to Challenge the Valuation

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Every odd year, Colorado reassesses real property for a two-year period. This year, we are seeing huge increases in property tax values across the state and especially in the Denver/Boulder areas. The value increases are...more

UPDATE: Boost to Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit Signed into Law by Governor

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

The Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit, created in 2016 to throw a lifeline to Georgia's struggling rural hospitals, received an update after Governor Nathan Deal signed S.B. 180 into law on May 8, 2017. The new law is...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - EIA charts utility-scale solar’s ‘rapid’ five-year growth - Solar Industry Magazine - May 4 - U.S. utility-scale solar installations, including both photovoltaic (PV) and thermal...more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 1

Efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) are in full swing as the U.S. Senate considers whether to modify the House of Representative’s American Health Care Act (“AHCA”) or draft its own ACA repeal...more

Succession Planning—Bet the Farm on It

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Despite recent trends toward consolidation in the agricultural industry, farming generally remains a family affair. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 97 percent of all farms in the United States are...more

Sledgehammers on hold

by Dentons on

The Valuation Office Agency has amended its practice note on how a property will be assessed for business rates when undergoing refurbishment or redevelopment. The revised practice note is a consequence of the Supreme...more

State + Local Tax Insights - Spring 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Penalties: You Can Win - Penalties pose unique problems that are not directly associated with tax assessments. Over 90 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court stated that, while interest is a form of compensation, penalties are...more

Presidential Actions on Regulatory Rollback: The Order of the Orders

Since his inauguration on January 20, 2017, President Trump has issued a number of presidential orders and memoranda relating to the reduction of regulation. ...more

Court Finds Hospital Subject to Sales Tax

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

By Order dated May 8, 2017, Judge Deborah Brooks Durden of the South Carolina Administrative Law Court upheld the Department of Revenue’s (Department) denial of Greenville Hospital System’s (GHS) request for an exemption from...more

Forfeiture Case Based on Alleged Elaborate $230 Million Russian Laundering and Fraud Scheme to Settle

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On the eve of trial this past Friday, the government announced an agreement to settle, subject to court approval, a major civil forfeiture action in the Southern District of New York. In the case, United States v. Prevezon...more

NC Legislative Update: May 2017 #2

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - The Senate budget dominated the NCGA this week. Senate leadership released their spending proposal late in the evening on Tuesday and held Committees throughout the day on Wednesday before second reading on...more

Trump’s Tax Reform Plan – When the Dessert Pays for Dinner

by Alston & Bird on

Doubling down on his promise to achieve monumental tax reform, President Trump on April 26 issued a tax reform plan outlining his Administration’s broad aims. Once again, he has made it clear that large-scale tax reform is a...more

Section 83(b) Elections Add Value To Equity Grants

by Cole Schotz on

Contractors, advisers, and employees (collectively, “Service Providers”) who receive property that is non-transferrable or subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture must generally defer their income recognition until those...more

Coleman Issues Tax Tip: Determining Worker Status

One of the more difficult tax issues with which businesses are often confronted is determining whether persons supplying personal services to the business are employees or independent contractors. The IRS has recently issued...more

Why Care About Business Valuation? Part I

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

One word: “taxes.” There are so many transactions in which the tax consequences visited upon a closely-held business and its owners, and, therefore the true economic cost of the transaction, will depend upon the valuation of...more

Wind in the Sails of Offshore Wind Farms: Recent Developments in Incentives for Offshore Wind Generation

On May 11, 2017, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced the Offshore Wind Incentives for New Development Act or, simply, the Offshore WIND Act (here). The Offshore WIND Act would...more

Federal Tax Reform Legislation in 2017: Comments by Attorney Morris N. Robinson

Attorney Morris N. Robinson, the Managing Director of M. Robinson Tax Law in Boston, recently published an op-ed titled: Viewpoint: A 15 percent tax rate on business would maximize economic growth....more

Tenth Circuit Holds Marijuana Dispensary Not Entitled To Injunctions Against IRS

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In The Green Solution Retail v. U.S., Case No. 16-1281, 10th Cir, May 2, 2017, the Tenth Circuit agreed with the District Court that a marijuana dispensary was not entitled to injunctions intended to stop an IRS examination...more

Senator Wyden Introduces “Clean Energy for America Act”

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) recently introduced the “Clean Energy for America Act,” which aims to create a new technology neutral system for federal tax credits for clean energy, clean fuel, and...more

Advisors Advantage - May 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

For Retirement Plan Providers, It's All About Relationships. That is what it's about. The retirement plan business is a relationship driven business. It's about connecting with other plan providers and more...more

Lending Industry Take Note: U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Scope of Right to Sue Under Federal Fair Housing Act

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

A city’s lawsuit against various banks under the federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) to recover property tax revenues allegedly lost due to discriminatory lending practices has survived . . . for now. In a recent decision, the...more

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