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Beyond Tax Reform Jujitsu: Getting to ‘Yes’

Congress and the administration can still achieve the first major overhaul of our nation’s tax laws in nearly 30 years; such reform could occur with or without an agreement to enact fundamental entitlement spending...more

113th Congress Underway by Thomas J. Spulak

The 113th Congress opened this week. In many ways, however, it began in the long shadow of the 112th Congress, which ended on January 3. Numerous issues were either left unresolved or only partially addressed, requiring...more

Estate Planning After the Fiscal Cliff Deal

Now that a deal averting the fiscal cliff has finally been reached, many of the tax and planning issues that have been mired in uncertainty for the past two years (and even longer in some cases) may be resolved. Numerous tax...more

Capital Thinking Update - January 7, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Fiscal Cliff - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - Health...more

Washington Insight - Special Edition: Congress Steps Away From Fiscal Cliff

For months in Washington, and beyond, attention has been focused on the "fiscal cliff" -- the combination of the expiration of the Bush tax cuts and the looming budget cuts referred to as "sequestration." Negotiations led by...more

Late Action to Avert “Fiscal Cliff” Includes Several Health Policy Changes

As was widely expected over the month of December, the Obama Administration and Congress scrambled in the late hours of 2012 and on New Year’s Day devising a legislative package to prevent the United States from going over...more

This Week in Washington - December 28, 2012

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS - The Fiscal Cliff Debate. Cutting his family holiday vacation in Hawaii short, President Obama returned to Washington Thursday, as did the members of the Senate. Speaker...more

Capital Thinking Update - December 24, 2012

General Legislative - At the conclusion of legislative business last week, Members were advised that the House will return for legislative business “after the Christmas holiday when needed.” The Senate will...more

Gift and Estate Tax Changes in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

On January 1, 2013, President Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “2012 Act”) that was passed by Congress during the past 72 hours, bringing closure to the main tax aspects of the so-called...more

Post-Fiscal Cliff: What the New American Taxpayer Relief Act Does and Does Not Do

At midnight on December 31, 2012, the United States briefly fell off of the much-anticipated and highly publicized "fiscal cliff," with income tax rates rising on most taxpayers and a host of substantial spending cuts...more

Capital Thinking Update - December 17, 2012

General Legislative On Monday, December 17, the House will meet at noon for morning hour and at 2:00 for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 pm. Legislation considered under Suspension of the...more

Capital Thinking Update - December 10, 2012

General Legislative On Tuesday, December 11, the House will meet at noon for morning hour and at 2:00 for legislative business. The House will consider a Motion to go to Conference on H.R. 4310 – National Defense...more

Election Behind Us: Looking Ahead to the Fiscal Cliff and 2013

The balance of power in Washington remains intact: control of The White House and Congress remains as it was prior to the election. Notwithstanding that balance of power, we are NOT in a status quo political environment....more

An Update on Sequestration and Government Contractors

Overview. “Sequestration” refers to automatic federal spending cuts put in place by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The cuts go into effect January 2, 2013, unless Congress passes legislation to avoid that result. The...more

Are We Headed for the “Fiscal Cliff” of Sequestration?

Like Thelma and Louise in the movie of the same name driving their convertible over the cliff, or even more analogous, like a bunch of lemmings blindly following their leaders over the precipice, as a nation we may be headed...more

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