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New Rules Affecting Passports Will Help IRS Collect Tax Debts

The Internal Revenue Service has a powerful new tool to help collect tax debts from individuals applying for or using passports for international travel. The new provisions allow the IRS to coordinate with the U.S. State…more
| Immigration Law, Taxation

Michigan’s Legislature Passes Significant Laws During the Last Days of 2016

In late 2016, Michigan lawmakers passed a good deal of new legislation. One of the laws, the Qualified Dispositions in Trusts Act, enables an individual (the “settlor”) to create a trust that, in certain circumstances, can…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

BC Franchise Laws Come Into Effect

On February 1, 2017, the British Columbia Franchises Act and Regulations came into effect making British Columbia the sixth province in Canada with franchise legislation. The introduction of franchise legislation in British…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law, International Law & Trade

HR, Payroll, Finance Department Beware: Renewed IRS W-2 Phishing Scam Alert

The Internal Revenue Service and other agencies recently issued an urgent reminder Alert warning of a sophisticated scam to obtain confidential information and in some cases, fraudulent cash wire transfer payments. Scammers…more
| Criminal Law, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Taxation

Beacon Navigation GmbH v. General Motors, LLC

On March 28, 2013, Beacon Navigation GmbH (“Plaintiff”) brought suit against General Motors, LLC (“Defendant”) alleging that the Defendant infringed United States Patent Nos. 6,360,167 and 5,878,368 (collectively, “the…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Follow up on possible Estate Tax Repeal: Important Basis Planning Technique in Estate Planning

In last week’s Tax Tip our Henry Grix succinctly described the current lay of the land regarding estate tax repeal. This Tax Tip focuses on one narrow but very important aspect in anticipating such action, or possible delayed…more
| Elections & Politics, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

KNOWN UNKNOWNS about Federal Tax Laws and Regulations

The new administration in Washington, supported by Republican majorities in Congress, has pledged substantial changes to federal tax laws and regulations. One change may - or may not - be the complete elimination of federal…more
| Business Organizations, Elections & Politics, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Michigan’s new exemption for manufacturing personal property -- Claims are due February 21 this year.

For purposes of Michigan property taxes, qualified manufacturing personal property (as defined by MCL 211.9m and 211.9n) located on occupied real property is exempt from ad valorem taxation and, rather, is subject to a much…more
| Business Organizations, Taxation

Michigan’s 2017 property tax assessment notices are in the mail. Should you appeal?

Local assessors are in the process of sending annual notices of real and personal property tax assessments to property owners/taxpayers, who must determine whether the assessments are correct and whether an appeal should be…more
| Administrative Law, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

Michigan Tax News - January 2017

Michigan’s 2017 property tax assessment notices are in the mail. Should you appeal? Local assessors are in the process of sending annual notices of real and personal property tax assessments to property owners/taxpayers,…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

IRS Issues New Guidelines for Qualified Management Contracts for Facilities Financed with Tax Exempt Bonds

Health care providers with facilities financed with tax exempt bonds need to be aware of recent changes to the IRS rules for qualified management contracts. On August 22, 2016, the IRS issued Rev. Proc. 2016-44 which replaced…more
| Finance & Banking, Health, Real Estate - Commercial, Taxation

Federal Gift, Estate Tax and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Exemptions & the Gift Tax Annual Exclusion Amount Are Subject to Annual Increase for Inflation

The exemptions were increased in 2017 from $5,450,000 to $5,490,000, and the annual exclusion remains the same at $14,000 per donee. These rules mean the following..…more
| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Update: Michigan Library TIF Legislation

Earlier this month, a package of bills was signed into law that would phase out the capture of tax increment revenues generated by library millages by downtown development authorities, tax increment finance authorities, local…more
| Administrative Law, Elections & Politics, Taxation

Beacon Navigation GmbH v. Ford Motor Company

Case Name: Beacon Navigation GmbH v. Ford Motor Company - Docket Number: 2:13-cv-11382-PJD-MAR - Date Filed: 3/28/2013 - Judge: Hon. Victoria A. Roberts - Status: Stayed; reassigned 01/07/2016 - On March…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Contaminated Product Insurance Policy Held Void Due To Insured’s Misrepresentations

A federal appeals court recently held void a product contamination policy issued to H.J. Heinz Company on the basis that Heinz failed to disclose previous contamination claims on its insurance application. In 2014, Heinz…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Products Liability
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