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Senate Committee Passes Bill Addressing Medicare Appeals Inefficiencies

On June 3, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee passed an original bill that aims to streamline and improve the Medicare Audit and Appeals Process. The Medicare appeals process has recently faced scrutiny from industry leaders...more

Senate Finance Committee Approves Medicare Appeals Reform Proposal

On June 3, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee approved by voice vote a bipartisan proposal to reform the Medicare audit and appeals process in an attempt to help ease the backlog of Medicare appeals and promote efficiency and...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 61. The number of countries that have signed on to implement the OECD’s multilateral agreement for the automatic exchange of tax information, in conjunction with the ongoing Base Erosion and Profit...more

With the IRS breach, it’s clear your data is at risk

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, news of a major data breach, estimated to have affected 100,000 U.S. households’ tax returns. The data was wrongfully obtained from an IRS application...more

IRS Data Breach Results in Thousands of Fraudulent Tax Returns

On Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, the IRS disclosed that a data breach of its online Get Transcript application occurred when sophisticated hackers attempted to access over 200,000 personal tax accounts. More importantly, however,...more

The House Joins the Senate Finance Committee in Proposing FIRPTA Reform

FIRPTA real estate tax reform continues its momentum with the recent release of bill text for H.R. 2128, the latest House bill introduced by Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and J Crowley (D-NY). In connection with the filing of the...more

Bill Would Create New Category of Tax-Exempt Bonds, Tax Credits for P3 Projects

On May 4, 2015, U.S. Senate Finance Committee Ranking minority member Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, and Senator John Hoeven, a Republican from North Dakota, introduced legislation entitled the "Move America Act of 2015,"...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 1,462. The total number of comments received by the Senate Finance Committee’s five bipartisan tax reform working groups in response to the committee’s request for public input on overhauling the nation’s...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: $900 billion. The amount of additional taxes that would fall on businesses and families under Republicans’ budget plans, according to a “fact check” by the Associated Press in a story with a title made of...more

Congressional Report Takes Aim At Nonqualified Deferred Compensation

A recent report from ranking member Sen. Ron Wyden and the Democratic staff on the Senate Finance Committee indicates that nonqualified deferred compensation plans continue to be in the crosshairs of potential tax reform...more

Congressional Proposals for Nonprofit Tax Breaks and Extenders

In February, the House of Representatives passed several tax bills and the Senate Finance Committee approved several tax bills that, if ultimately enacted, would impact tax-exempt organizations....more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: $160,000. The value of one gift bag at the Oscars on Sunday night. According to the Internal Revenue Service, contents of the gift bags cannot be treated as gifts for federal income tax purposes because...more

"Senate Finance Committee Takes Unanimous Step Toward FIRPTA Reform"

On February 11, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved a significant reform to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). The proposal demonstrates the continued bipartisan legislative...more

Trade Policy Update

Ambassador Michael Froman, the United States Trade Representative, was the witness at hearings last week by the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee on “President Obama’s 2015 Trade Policy Agenda.” In...more

Déjà Vu All Over Again? Tax Reform in the 114th Congress

As we begin a new year and a new Congress, key players from one end of Pennsylvania Avenue to the other are on board for tax reform. President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate...more

Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Energy Tax Reform

Tax reform has been a hot topic as of late, particularly for the energy sector. On September 17, 2014, the Senate Finance Committee continued the focus on energy tax reform by holding a hearing on “Reforming America’s...more

Tax Policy Issues Prepare for a Rumble on the Gridiron

The clock is running out on the 113th Congress. While the calendar says we are not quite at the two-minute warning, with a truncated September congressional schedule and the campaign season taking up much of the fall, the...more

ML Strategies Energy and Environment Update - August #3

This week, ML Strategies’s Director of Government Relations, Bryan Stockton, provides an update on the clean energy provisions in the Senate’s tax-extenders package and details scenarios for their extension as the midterm...more

CRS Report Takes Negative View on Bonus Depreciation

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has issued a report analyzing the economic effects of bonus depreciation. CRS has very little to say that is positive about bonus depreciation. CRS views it as neither an effective...more

US China Trade–Developments In Trade, IP, Antitrust And Securities

Dear Friends, There have been major developments in the trade, policy, US Exports to China, CFIUS, Chinese Antidumping, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas....more

Wyden’s Previous Proposals Could Signal Tax Reform Priorities

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has been a strong advocate for comprehensive tax reform since he joined the Senate Finance Committee in 2005. During his tenure on the Committee, he has introduced a series of comprehensive tax reform...more

Social Security Disability Trust Fund Will Be Empty in Less Than Two Years

If Congress doesn't act, the trust fund that provides a significant portion of federal Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits will run dry in 2016, according to testimony at a recent hearing of the Senate...more

Fast Track for Tax Changes

HB 1050 - Omnibus Tax Changes, which we've written about already this week, was referred to the Senate Finance Committee...more

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