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Hurricane Maria's Aftermath, Part II: Puerto Rico Government Provides Various Exemptions and Extensions to Multiple Upcoming...

by Littler on

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria's catastrophic impact on Puerto Rico, in order to assist in rebuilding and recovery, Puerto Rico’s governor and several agencies have issued multiple exemptions to previously established...more

REMIC Excess Inclusion Income – Is It Included in Net Income?

by Reed Smith on

Corporations and financial institutions that hold REMIC residual interests may have a Massachusetts corporate excise tax refund opportunity. REMICs are essentially pools of mortgages that are taxed on a pass-through basis...more

Major GST/HST changes affecting investment limited partnerships

by Dentons on

On September 8, 2017, the Department of Finance Canada released proposed amendments to the Excise Tax Act (“ETA”) that could deem certain payments from “investments limited partnerships” to its general partner (“GP”), which...more

Filing Season Reminder: Department Guidance Regarding Massachusetts Partnership and C Corporation Tax Return Filing Due Dates

by Reed Smith on

Effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2015, the due date for filing federal tax returns for C corporations and partnerships were revised. See Public Law 114-41, the “Surface Transportation and Veterans...more

Retail Distributors Face Compliance With Sugary Drink Taxes Around the Country

by Bryan Cave on

Retail distributors of sugary drinks are facing compliance with a number of taxes enacted by cities around the country. San Francisco’s sweetened beverage tax takes effect on January 1, 2018, and follows a national trend....more

2017 Arizona Legislative Amendments Affecting Commerical Real Estate and Lending

The following information accompanies a presentation Mike gave to members of the Arizona Commercial Mortgage Lenders Association (ACMLA) on September 12, 2017. HB 2213 – GPLET Leases - Arizona’s GPLET statute (enacted...more

Disallowance of Deduction for Interest Paid to Hungarian Affiliate Serves as a Reminder of Department’s Continued Audit Scrutiny...

by Reed Smith on

A case recently resolved at the Appellate Tax Board serves as a reminder that Massachusetts’ auditors continue to aggressively challenge the following intercompany transactions: - Interest deductions for interest paid to...more

Filing Season Reminder: Revisions (and Challenges) to Alternative Apportionment Regulation

by Reed Smith on

Any taxpayers considering taking an alternative apportionment position on its corporate excise tax returns this fall should remember that the Department adopted a revised alternative apportionment regulation, 830 CMR 63.42.1,...more

Massachusetts State Tax Developments

by Reed Smith on

Welcome to the latest Reed Smith update on recent developments in Massachusetts state tax. In this update, we’ll discuss the following developments: - Corporate excise tax implications of the Department’s decision to...more

Missing Participants – Out of Sight Out of Mind?

by Snell & Wilmer on

Imagine it’s March 31 and you are a retirement plan administrator. You have a participant who terminated employment 15 years ago. He turned 70½ last year and now you owe him his first required minimum distribution from the...more

Oregon's New Vehicle and Bike Taxes

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Famously opposed to a “sales” tax (except on marijuana), Oregon will soon add a half-percent “privilege” tax on new car dealers to its growing list of excise taxes, including car rentals and transient lodging, not to mention...more

Tribal Tax Parity Legislation Gains Ground in Congress

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In the past month, members of Congress have introduced two important bills that promote parity for tribal governments and their tribal council members. The Tribal Social Security Fairness Act would allow tribal...more

California Consolidates Medical and Recreational Cannabis Laws

In the last week of June, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that consolidates state medical and recreational cannabis regulations into one governing law, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety...more

2017 Tennessee Tax Legislative Highlights - State & Local Tax Alert: Tennessee Edition

In addition to Tennessee’s passage of the IMPROVE Act (Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy) also known as the “2017 Tax Cut Act,” 2017 Tenn. Pub. Acts 181, featured in our State and...more

Tax Law Changes in Saudi Arabia

by Jones Day on

On June 11, 2017, the Saudi Arabian Excise Tax Law ("Excise Tax Law"), as enacted by Royal Decree No. M/86 and dated 27/8/1438 H / May 23, 2017, came into force in Saudi Arabia. The new law implements the GCC Unified...more

Telemedicine: Proceed With Caution

by Fisher Phillips on

One of the hottest benefit trends in 2017 is the adoption of free or low-cost “telemedicine” programs to provide employees easy and affordable access to medical care. However, you need to proceed with caution when introducing...more

FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: The Senate Ways and Means Budget

On May 16, 2017, the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee proposed a $40.791 billion FY2018 budget. The budget, which increases spending by 3.3% over FY2017 levels, spends $280 million more than Governor Charlie...more

Department of Labor’s New Fiduciary Rule Will Go Into Effect June 9th

The Department of Labor has announced that the new fiduciary conflict of interest rule and related exemptions will begin taking effect on June 9, 2017, ending speculation of further delay. At the same time, the Department...more

Washington — B&O Taxation of Unredeemed Gift Cards

by Perkins Coie on

The Washington State Department of Revenue has just issued a draft Excise Tax Advisory (“ETA”) (will be hyperlinked to the attached document) in which it concludes that unredeemed gift card receipts (e.g., breakage) which are...more

Medical Device Excise Tax Remains in Limbo

by Knobbe Martens on

President Trump and Paul Ryan (R-Wis) have not yet successfully replaced the Affordable Care Act with the American Health Care Act (“AHCA”). The medical device industry had been paying particular attention to the proposed...more

SB1: California Transportation Funding the Talk of the Capitol This Week

by Nossaman LLP on

Most Californians agree that our State’s transportation system is in dire need of additional funding for additional improvements and repair. The problem has always been where to secure the necessary funding. In short, it has...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - March 2017

by Burr & Forman on

In an article published in the April 2017 issue of The Journal of Bankruptcy Law, Jonathan Sykes and Correy Karbiener provide insight on whether § 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code protects transfers made to repay commercial...more

Private Foundations: A Primer for the Business Owner

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Many successful business owners attribute some part of their financial success to their community. The term “community” may have a different meaning from one business owner to another. In some cases, it may refer to the...more

IRS Issues Temporary Enforcement Policy In Line with DOL FAB 2017-01

On the heels of the Department of Labor’s temporary enforcement policy concerning the DOL conflict of interest rule and related exemptions, the IRS announced that...more

IRS Synchs Excise Tax to DOL's Enforcement Policy on Fiduciary Rule

by Burr & Forman on

The IRS released guidance this week announcing that it will not apply IRC § 4975 excise taxes (15% on prohibited transactions) and related reporting requirements “with respect to any transaction or agreement to which the...more

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