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Congress Extends Internet Tax Freedom Act as part of Short-Term Spending Bill

On September 30, the U.S. House of Representative voted in favor of H.R. 719, which includes provisions extending the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) through December 11, 2015. The bill, passed earlier in the day by the Senate,…more
| Elections & Politics, Taxation

Back in Court: DMA Argues Before the Tenth Circuit to Follow Quill

Direct Marketing Association (DMA) continued its fight against Colorado’s use tax reporting regime during oral arguments today before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. After getting sidetracked with a…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Taxation

Proposed Regulations Dramatically Change U.S. Federal Tax Treatment of Outbound Transfers of Intangible Property

On September 16, 2015, the Treasury Department (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published proposed regulations under section 367 and proposed and temporary regulations under section 482 that together would…more
| Business Organizations, International Law & Trade, Taxation

Tax Court Holds that Residual Value Insurance Qualifies as Insurance for Tax Purposes

On September 21, the United States Tax Court held in favor of the taxpayer in R.V.I. Guaranty Co., Ltd. and Subsidiaries v. Commissioner, 145 T.C. No. 9 (2015). The court concluded that the residual value insurance policies…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Taxation

Brazilian House of Representatives Will Expedite Vote to Ease Restrictions on Acquisitions and Leasing of Rural Properties by Foreigners

On September 16, the House of Representatives of the Brazilian Congress approved a request to consider legislation on an expedited basis which would ease certain restrictions imposed under existing law on the acquisition and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential

SEC Charges Investment Adviser with Failure to Adopt Required Cybersecurity Policies Prior to Breach

On September 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it had entered into a settlement order with R.T. Jones Capital Equities Management, Inc. (R.T. Jones), a St. Louis-based SEC registered investment…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

IRS Extends FATCA Transition Rules

On September 18, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2015-66, in which Treasury and the IRS announced that they intend to extend certain transition rules and modify certain other reporting rules under the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

FINRA’s Projected 2015 Fines: Not Keeping Pace With 2014’s Total, But Still a Blockbuster Year

Despite a slowdown in the fines reported in 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has continued to flex its enforcement muscle so far this year. During the first half of 2015, FINRA reported $37.5 million in…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Solar Power Fights Heat Up

The clash between residential solar companies and utilities continues to heat up in courts and public utility commissions. As solar technology continues to improve, more households are installing rooftop solar systems…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Energy & Utilities

NAIC Cybersecurity Forum Focuses on Escalating Threats and Best Remediation Practices

On September 10, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) co-sponsored a cybersecurity forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. Featuring an impressive line-up of senior…more
| Insurance, Science, Computers, & Technology

DOL and Treasury Update 2015-2016 Regulatory Agendas for Employee Benefits

The principal regulators of U.S. employee benefits have recently published updates to their guidance plans for the coming months. On May 21, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) updated its Semi-Annual Regulatory…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Court of Appeals Hears Michigan’s Compact Election Cases

The long saga of Michigan's Multistate Tax Compact election continued on Wednesday with oral argument before the Michigan Court of Appeals. A packed courtroom witnessed a 1.5 hour proceeding before an active three-judge panel…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation

NAIC Report: 2015 Summer National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held its 2015 Summer National Meeting from August 13 through August 18 in Chicago, Illinois. The meeting was notable for the number of new insurance commissioners (nine…more
| Insurance

Coming Soon - Mandatory Clearing of Interest Rate Swaps Under EMIR

On August 6, 2015, the European Commission (EC) adopted new rules that will require the clearing of certain over-the-counter (OTC) interest rate swaps pursuant to the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) (the EU IRS…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Amnesty, Hon! Maryland Tax Amnesty Begins September 1, 2015

From September 1, 2015, through October 30, 2015, the Comptroller of Maryland will administer a Tax Amnesty Program (Program) for tax periods beginning before December 31, 2014. Eligible taxpayers that participate in the Program…more
| Taxation
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