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Tax Measures in the 2014 UK Budget

UK government continues to support growth and build on economic recovery. On 19 March, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, released the UK’s 2014 budget. From a business tax perspective, the budget...more

PA Tax Law News - February 2014

In This Issue: PA Governor's Budget Proposal Preserves Capital Stock/Franchise Tax Phase-out; Shopping Guides and Inserts; Documentation Requirements for Sales of Fuel Oil; Property Tax Notes; and PA Issues on Appeal -...more

IRS Opens the Door to Expanded Use of Residential Section 25D Credit in Offsite Solar and Other Renewables Projects

The IRS has released new guidance (Notice 2013-70) (the “Guidance”) in the form of a Q-and-A interpreting tax credits available to individual taxpayers under IRC Section 25D (Residential Energy Efficient Property) (the “25D...more

Spotlight on Louisiana: Louisiana Legislature Reduces its Tax Credit for Wind and Solar Energy Systems

With the passage of Act No. 428 in the 2013 Regular Session (Act 428), the Louisiana Legislature made significant changes to the wind and solar energy systems income tax credits allowed by Louisiana Revised Statutes 47:6030...more

Do Wind Turbines Hurt Property Values?

As I last discussed in June, during the past few years, proximate property owners have increasingly raised complaints about the siting and operation of wind turbines in Massachusetts. This phenomenon is hardly unique to...more

Proposition 26 Does Not Apply Retroactively to Existing Local Assessments, Fees, or Charges

Proposition 26 expanded the definition of the term “tax” for purposes of article XIII C of the California Constitution in order to halt evasions of Proposition 218. A Court of Appeal recently addressed whether Proposition 26...more

Alert: Developments in Connecticut Municipal Law

Overhaul of Revenue Collection Statutes Goes into Effect this Fall - The most comprehensive overhaul of Connecticut’s municipal revenue collection statutes in decades will go into effect on October 1, 2013. Public Act...more

The Commercial Paper - June 2013

In This Issue: - Hydraulic Fracturing Leases and the Mortgage Loan Market - Lender Concerns When Combining Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and New Markets Tax Credits - Excerpt from Hydraulic Fracturing Leases and...more

Stormwater Alert: Maryland Fee Program About to Become a Reality

The so called "rain tax" is about to hit property owners in Maryland. In April 2012, the Maryland General Assembly enacted a law — known as HB 987 — that requires each of the 10 most populous jurisdictions in Maryland...more

Real Estate Tip – On-Site Power Generation Part 2: Who Pays Fuel Tax on Your Natural Gas Honda Civic?

Today’s tip expands the topic of on-site power generation. Instead of “going green” with renewable power, consider installing battery-buffered petroleum generators, natural gas generators or fuel cells to...more

Overriding Interest - Spring 2013

In this issue: - The Green Deal - Impact on Commercial Real Estate - High Value Residential Property Tax - Announcements and Events - Transaction Profile - Focus on Henderson Global Investors...more

Government Relations Report - Week 6 Wrap-up: Property Tax, Education Reform, Red Light Cameras, Water Issues and Home Rule

We have now completed six weeks of the 2013 Session of Iowa’s 85th General Assembly. The end of week five marked the first milestone: the deadline for individual bill requests. After February 15th individual legislators...more

"SEC Filing Illustrates Recent REIT Trend: Holding and Financing Renewable Energy Assets"

Sponsors and investors have been paying much attention to the potential use of real estate investment trust (REIT) structures to hold and finance renewable energy assets in a tax-efficient way. A recent SEC filing by Hannon...more

PA Tax Law News - February 2013

In This Issue: PA Governor Proposes Corporate Tax Cuts; Add-Back Legislation Reintroduced; PA Supreme Court Issues Business/Nonbusiness Income Decision; Philadelphia Property Reassessments; Commonwealth Court Addresses...more

The Supreme Court Speaks; Some Taxpayers Shudder

Originally published in the Commercial Property Executive on January 16, 2013. Property owners frequently raise legitimate questions about hard-to-fathom differences between assessments of similar properties, as well as...more

“Fiscal Cliff” Bill Reinstates and Extends Business and Personal Tax Credits for Energy Efficient Residential Properties

On January 1, 2013, the U.S. Congress passed last minute legislation known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 to avoid automatic increases in income taxes for millions of Americans, as well as draconian cuts to the...more

Fiscal Cliff Bill Extends Home Energy Efficiency Tax Credits for Businesses and Homeowners

On January 1, 2013, the U.S. Congress passed last minute legislation known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 to avoid automatic increases in income taxes for millions of Americans, as well as draconian cuts to the...more

Tax Law Blog: Individual Tax Rates, Deductions, and Credits

Here is a brief outline of the legislation passed by the Senate and House extending certain tax rates, deductions, and credits for individuals....more

Property Implications Fact Sheet: Autumn Statement

On 5 December 2012, George Osborne, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered the Autumn Statement. The Statement contained several key implications for the property industry, examined below: TAX AND FUNDING...more

WSJ Article Reveals How Other States Equalize Education Funding

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal details how the soaring value of Texas oil fields has not resulted in much additional revenue for local school districts. In Karnes City, Texas, an eightfold increase in the value...more

New York State Extends and Expands Solar Energy System Tax Incentives

Governor Andrew Cuomo, as part of his ongoing “NY-Sun” program intended to accelerate customer-sited solar electricity capacity in New York State, recently signed into law three bills which further this initiative....more

PA Tax Law News -- July 2012

In This Issue: PA Adopts Business Friendly Budget & Tax Changes; Pennsylvania Changes Position on Taxation of "Cloud Computing"; Recent PA Sales Tax Guidance Concerning Natural Gas and Other Mining Activities;...more

PA Tax Law News -- February 2012

In This Issue: Governor’s Budget Proposal Maintains Capital Stock/Franchise Tax Phaseout But Asks Retailers to Pay More Marcellus Shale Impact Fee Enacted Property Tax Reassessments...more

CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE LAW: 2012: The Year Ahead...

As we begin 2012, Luce Forward's Real Estate Group would like to highlight a number of new developments in California law affecting residential and commercial developers, real estate professionals and others in the real...more

Gifting and Marcellus Shale

When estate planning lawyers discuss gifting as an estate planning strategy with clients, there are a few very important components to this discussion that must be reviewed in order to most effectively leverage gifting as an...more

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