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SLGS Window Closing; Tax Reform Continues to Threaten Public Finance

by Bracewell LLP on

On December 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the suspension of sales of United States Treasury Obligations – State and Local Government Series (i.e., SLGS), effective 12:00 noon Eastern Time, Friday,...more

Five Things to Know about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Even with the bill still in Conference, here are some things businesses should follow closely. Both House and Senate Bills call for deemed repatriation of accumulated foreign profits at reduced tax rates. ...more

U.S. Tax Reform in Final Stretch

by Hogan Lovells on

This past week, on 1 December, the Senate voted 51-49 to advance its version of U.S. tax reform legislation. This sets the stage for a conference committee process to occur over the next two weeks, in which the Senate and...more

Equity Compensation Rules Continue to Change in Latest Proposed Tax Reform Bill

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The tax reform bill passed by the Senate early Saturday morning, December 2, in a 51-49 vote contained a number of last-minute amendments which, among other things, continue to leave key equity compensation rules in flux....more

Federal Tax Reform: An Analysis of the House and Senate Bills

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we are sure you know, both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have passed their own versions of tax legislation, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The two different bills will be reconciled in a conference...more

The decision is in, and South Africa will soon tax the sugar content of beverages

by Hogan Lovells on

Following the 2016 budget speech during which the proposal to tax the sugar content of beverages was first tabled, and after 18 months of vigorous debate, the South African Parliament on Tuesday adopted the taxation of sugary...more

Federal Tax Reform: Side-by-Side Comparison of the Senate and House Approved Bills, Plus the Big Picture

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last updated December 5 - The Senate Finance Committee released a detailed description of the Senate's tax reform bill, titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, on November 9. The Committee has not released the text of the bill,...more

Disclosure Considerations and Tax Reform

by Bracewell LLP on

The impact of tax reform is on the minds of many. While there are currently many unknowns, municipal issuers and conduit borrowers (collectively, “obligated persons”) should consider whether changes in tax law could impact...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - December 2017

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - PROTESTS - If the Federal Watchdog Office Works for Contract Protestors, Why the Decline? According to an article posted in the Federal Contracts Report, several reasons could explain the...more

Tax Alert Regarding the Impact of the Senate Bill on the Energy Industry

Early Saturday morning the Senate passed its tax bill by a vote of 51 to 49. The bill as passed included a large number of last-minute important changes that were needed to secure the votes for passage, including some so...more

Approved Senate Tax Bill Addresses Paid Leave, Sexual Harassment Settlement Nondisclosures

by Littler on

Buried in the massive Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), the tax overhaul legislation the Senate approved on December 2, 2017, is a section providing a tax credit to employers that provide their employees with paid family and...more

Recent Developments in Transfer Pricing and the Taxation of Multinational Companies in Australia

by Jones Day on

As part of a wide-ranging crackdown on multinational tax avoidance, the Australian Federal Government and the Australian Tax Office have introduced significant reforms to the country’s transfer pricing regulations. The...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Update: Senate Approval Moves Bill Forward

by Polsinelli on

The Senate passed a version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that differs significantly from the House-passed bill but still contains several similar proposals that lower individual and business tax rates, completely revamp the...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

by DLA Piper on

FDA issues draft guidance on the creation of GRAS panels. The FDA has issued draft guidance on the best practices for a manufacturer to follow when convening a panel of experts to evaluate whether a substance is “generally...more

U.S. Court Orders Coinbase to Share Information about Account Holders with the IRS but Limits to Transactions over $20,000

A U.S. federal district court judge on Tuesday, November 29 ordered Coinbase Inc., the largest cryptocurrency exchange and storage platform in the world, to provide information about certain of its account holders to the U.S....more

Tax Reform Bills Seek Largest Restructuring of Tax Code in More Than a Generation

On Nov. 16, 2017, the House of Representatives passed its version of the tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate Budget Committee voted on Nov. 28, 2017, to send the Senate version of the bill to the floor,...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Corporate Tax Refund Claim Must Be Filed Within Three Years Of Original Tax Return Due Date

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In Mission Funding Alpha, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently held that the statute of limitations for a corporation to file a refund claim in Pennsylvania begins to run when the corporate tax return is due, not when the...more

Another Restaurant And Its Owners Nabbed For Using Zapper Software

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this week Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that a sushi restaurant outside Detroit has been ordered to pay nearly $1 million in restitution and to serve a five-year sentence of probation for...more

Paradise Papers: The Latest Offshore Leak

by Jones Day on

Hackers leaked approximately 13.4 million confidential client documents from Appleby, Estera, and Asiaciti Trust to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists....more

Cheers! Brewers Will Have Reason to Toast if Proposed Tax Changes Become Law

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Much press has been given to recent efforts in Congress to reform the federal tax code. The House and the Senate have each proposed their own bills to amend the tax laws, and congressional leaders are fervently trying to...more

New Private Letter Ruling Pilot Program - Focus on Spin-Off Transactions - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 6

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In a new 18-month pilot program, the IRS is temporarily opening up a previous no-rule policy with respect to certain issues arising in a distribution by a corporation to its shareholders under Section 355....more

DC Proposed Regulations Modify Deed of Trust Recording Tax Exemptions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

New regulations proposed by the District of Columbia affect the recordation tax exemptions for purchase money deeds of trust not recorded simultaneously with the deed, deeds of trust recorded to refinance construction loans...more

Strategic Alternatives for Real Estate Portfolios, Part IV – Sale of the Portfolio

by King & Spalding on

This is the fourth piece in a five-month series of REIT Advisor that provides a high-level overview of the advantages and disadvantages of individual strategic alternatives for private real estate portfolios. This month’s...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - November 2017 - Issue 11

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory and tax developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details on ESMA’s updated Q&As on the key information document requirements for PRIIPs;...more

Blog: Your Startup Received an Audit Notice – What’s Next?

by Cooley LLP on

While no one (even those of us who do this for a living) likes receiving an audit notice in the mail, the process can be less daunting if you understand some of the basics.  While we focus below on IRS audits, most of the...more

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