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Depreciation of Labor Class Action - Minnesota Supreme Court Oral Argument

I’ve been following closely a series of class actions around the country alleging that, in calculating the “actual cash value” of property damage under a homeowners or commercial property insurance policy, insurance companies...more

Making the Most of Earn-outs

Earn-outs, where additional consideration is paid post-completion based on the performance of a target business, are becoming increasingly common in private M&A transactions. Our recent survey of European deals between July...more

Update on Labor Depreciation Class Action Litigation: Kansas Federal Court Rules for Insurer

As an update to my March 29, 2015 blog post on the status of class actions on the labor depreciation issue, a Kansas federal court recently granted summary judgment in favor of an insurer. In Graves v. American Family...more

Tax Policy Update

The top estate tax rate under Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ proposal to tax the wealthiest Americans and narrow income inequality in the U.S. The proposal splits the estate tax into four brackets...more

Kentucky Court: Depreciating Labor to Get Actual Cash Value Is Like Making the Insured Use a Very Old Roofer With Debilitating...

Surprisingly few states have addressed the question of whether an insurer can depreciate labor – as opposed to materials – to arrive at actual cash value (ACV). ...more

Labor Depreciation Class Actions Heating Up Across The Country

Class action litigation is spreading across the country involving the application of depreciation in calculating the actual cash value of property damage under homeowners and commercial property insurance policies. This blog...more

IRS private letter ruling on non-conventional real estate assets enables taxpayer to convert to REIT: key points

The Internal Revenue Service recently released a private letter ruling regarding the treatment of certain assets as qualifying “real estate” for real estate investment trust (REIT) purposes. That ruling effectively enabled...more

FAQs Expiration of 30 Percent ITC After 2016

Some industry participants and observers are confused about what the investment tax credit (ITC) rules for solar will be on January 1, 2017. In an effort to provide some clarity to this issue, below are frequently asked...more

What Every Business Owner Needs to Know About Implementing the New Tangible Property Regulations

Over the last several years, the IRS has published a series of regulations and rulings that dramatically change how taxpayers must account for the costs of acquiring, repairing, improving and even disposing of tangible...more

Sixth Circuit Holds That Market Crash Cannot Be Considered in Determining ACV

In Whitehouse Condo. Group, LLC v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 11708 (6th Cir. June 17, 2014), the insured condominium building located in Flint, Michigan was destroyed by a fire. The parties disagreed over the...more

Insurance Recovery Law - July 2014

Second Circuit: Insurer Must Defend Where Factual Allegations Create a Possibility of Coverage - Why it matters: In a recent pro-policyholder decision, the Second Circuit, applying New York law, reminded...more

Tax Developments Affecting Health Care Organizations and Investor-Owned Hospital Companies [Video]

Several Treasury regulations, revenue procedures, and other developments have recently been released, which may have important consequences for businesses, including health care organizations. Moreover, changes in regulatory...more

Senate Finance Committee Makes Waves with Pooled Approach to Cost Recovery

The Senate Finance Committee released a tax reform staff discussion draft on cost recovery and accounting as part of a series of tax reform proposals in late 2013. The Cost Recovery and Accounting (“CR&A”) proposal completely...more

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Proposes Repeal of Like-Kind Exchange Deferral and Other Changes Affecting Real Estate

On November 21, 2013, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus released the third package in a series of "Staff Discussion Drafts" containing proposals to reform the tax code. This third set of proposals focuses on...more

Get It Right The First Time: Newfoundland Transshipment Ltd. v. The Queen

In Newfoundland Transshipment Ltd. v. Queen (2013 TCC 259), the Tax Court of Canada dismissed an application by Newfoundland Transshipment (“NTL”) for an order to extend time to serve notices of objection for its 2002 to 2005...more

New Regulations Provide Advantageous Acquisition Structures

New regulations issued by Treasury under Section 336(e) permit certain stock acquisitions to be treated as asset purchases, allowing buyers access to stepped-up asset basis and corresponding depreciation and amortization...more

Ooops! Changed My Mind! Need Faster Depreciation!

A Federal Court of Appeals has recently upheld a decision of the U.S. Tax Court that a buyer of business assets cannot unilaterally change the purchase price allocated to those assets in order to secure quicker depreciation...more

Huron County Seeks Clarification On Taxes

The Board of Commissioners for Huron County have resolved to not take any more action regarding wind energy projects until Michigan clarifies the legislation and taxation of wind turbine....more

Fiscal Cliff Bill Extends PTC; Reenacts Bonus Depreciation

On January 1, 2013, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the "Act") that extends and modifies the production tax credit (PTC) and reenacts bonus depreciation for property placed in service before January...more

Depreciation Methodology For Wind Turbines Challenged

In late 2012 the Michigan State Tax Commission changed the rate at which wind turbine assets would be depreciated for property tax assessment purposes. Now five counties (Huron, Sanilac, Gratiot, Mason, Tuscola) are working...more

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