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Alabama Tax Legislative Summary: 2015 Regular Session; Some Unofficial Predictions For Upcoming Session(s)

The Alabama Senate adjourned late Thursday afternoon, June 4, leaving a number of pending bills on the table. Although the legislature passed a record-setting $6 billion Education Trust Fund budget, the issue that pervaded...more

Another REIT Ruling by the IRS – This Time, Billboards

The IRS has released yet another private letter ruling (Letter 201522002) in the REIT area. This time, the IRS addressed the REIT treatment of income from the rental of outdoor advertising space (i.e., billboards). At issue...more

IRS Publishes Proposed Regulations Addressing Fracking Services by MLPs

On May 6, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published proposed regulations [REG-132634-14], which if finalized would clarify that income from certain oil and natural gas fracturing (“fracking”) services is “qualifying...more

In Landmark Ruling, Massachusetts SJC Upholds Tax Exemption for Charitable Conservation Land

On May 15, 2014, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) issued a landmark decision, New England Forestry Foundation, Inc. v. Board of Assessors of Hawley, SJC-11432 (May 15, 2014), upholding the tax exempt status of...more

New Maine Tax Legislation for 2012

This year’s short legislative session produced significant new tax laws dealing with all of Maine’s major taxes, as well as increased legislative oversight of Maine Revenue and dynamic fiscal analysis. Below is a brief...more

Proposed Changes to the Georgia Land Conservation Tax Credit Act (O.C.G.A. § 48-7-29.12)

In April 2006, the state of Georgia passed the Georgia Land Conservation Tax Credit Act, creating a new state income tax credit (not deduction) for land conservation. The purpose of the law was to provide a financial...more

$3.6 Billion dollars has recently been announced as awarded by the Treasury to New Market Tax Credits allocates

The New Markets Tax Credit (“NMTC”) program is administered by Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions (“CDFI”) Fund. The program is designed to stimulate job creation, and encourage investment in...more

Governor Signed Trailer Bills Today to Eliminate Redevelopment Agencies

In connection with the 2011-2012 budget adopted by the legislature last night and signed into law today, Gov. Jerry Brown signed two trailer bills, ABX1 26 and ABX1 27 that would eliminate California’s redevelopment agencies...more

Reform of French Taxes on Wealth and Estates

On 11 May, the French Government introduced before the National Assembly an Amending Finance Bill (n°3046) for 2011 (the Bill) that proposes a significant reform of taxes on wealth and estates. Pursuant to the Bill, the tax...more

Green Building Update - October 1 , 2008

In this issue: *U.S. House kills Senate Bill to extend solar tax credits *USGBC awards $2 million in research grants *DOE awards $15 million as part of Net-Zero *Venture Capital interested in Green...more

Forming the Affordable Housing Nonprofit Developer, By Brent C. Shaffer

Given the desire of many to increase the production of simple, decent housing at low cost, it is ironic that the more affordable the housing, the more elaborate and complex is the task to build it. This truism holds for...more

New Markets Tax Credits----The New Brownfields Development Tool

The federal government has created many tools for economic stimulus, but none that foster public-private partnerships as New Markets Tax Credits do. New Markets Tax Credits (“NMTC”) are distributed through a federal program...more

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