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Weekly Wrap - This week brought another false start to the now four-month overdue state budget. All signs pointed toward “go” last week; the Senate even scheduled additional session days to come to Harrisburg and finally...more

Tax Reform Update: A Call for Committee Action

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

On September 27, 2017, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Director of the National Economic Council, the Chair of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, the Chair of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, the Speaker of the...more

Republicans Announce Tax Reform Framework, Which Includes Repealing Estate Tax

After months of speculation, President Trump and the Republicans have announced their framework for tax reform. While specific details are not known, the key elements of the framework include...more

Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

--Here lies the remains of the Code §2704 Proposed Regulations. RIP, 2016-2017-- As part of President Trump’s mandated review of federal regulations, the Secretary of Treasury has issued a report specifically recommending...more

Musings on the Unified Tax Reform Framework - What It Means for the Real Estate Industry

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

This September, the Trump Administration, the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee released a unified framework for a major tax reform effort. The framework is not a set of detailed legislative...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2017 #3

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - “Rules of Practice for Protests and Appeals Regarding Eligibility for Inclusion in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Center for Verification and Evaluation Database” ...more

Unified Framework for Tax Reform

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

President Donald J. Trump and the "Big Six"—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, White House adviser Gary Cohn, House Ways & Means Committee...more

More Specifics Come Out in New Trump Tax Plan

by Barley Snyder on

The Trump administration on Wednesday released its “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code.” The reforms outlined in the documents provide more specificity than prior White House plans, but a number of specifics...more

U.S. Tax Reform Effort Moves Forward

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 27, 2017, Republican leaders of the tax reform effort in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and the Trump Administration released a "Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code," providing...more

2017 Federal Business Income Tax Legislation

by Dickinson Wright on

Republicans are still expected to come up with significant changes in income taxation. The latest proposed significant change is to reduce the maximum marginal federal tax rate on corporations to 20% from its current...more

Trump Tax Reform Roadmap Released

by Butler Snow LLP on

On Wednesday President Trump and congressional Republicans unveiled their long-awaited framework for overhauling the United States tax code. Although much of the content was expected, the proposal is notable because it...more

Sales Tax for Online Sales: Is It Time for a Change?

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Online sales tax is one of many tax-related issues that Congress is currently considering. (Stick with us, this shouldn’t be too boring.) Under the 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision of Quill v. North Dakota (504 U.S. 298), an...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislative Council Hears State Fiscal Report - On Tuesday, September 19, the Legislative Council...more

French Elections Pave Way for Labor, Tax Reforms

In the months following the election of President Emmanuel Macron, who is perceived as pro-business, as well as a parliamentary election in which the new president’s party won the majority, companies and entrepreneurs have...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - September 2017

by DLA Piper on

Report on consumer and retailer hurdles regarding electronic disclosure of GMO ingredients. - Consumers and small retailers face “key technological challenges” regarding electronic disclosure of GMO ingredients in foods,...more

California Supreme Court Clarifies that Voter Initiatives Are Not Subject to Certain of Proposition 218’s Limitations on Local...

Since Proposition 218 was passed in 1996, which added Article XIIIC to the California Constitution (“Article XIIIC”), local governments have faced heightened restrictions in their abilities to impose taxes. Specifically,...more

Live! Legislative Updates

In our first two newsletters, we offered thoughts and predictions on the Trump Legislative Agenda. Here are a few updates...more

Should REITs Worry About Section 1031 Repeal?

by King & Spalding on

One of the headline proposals contained in the Republican Party’s “Better Way” blueprint for tax reform was immediate expensing of business investments. Although the Blueprint does not directly address like-kind exchanges,...more

Land Owners Could Be Paying Proposed Severance Tax

by Barley Snyder on

Whether or not the latest natural gas severance tax proposal gets passed into law in Pennsylvania, House Bill 542 contains some interesting language land owners who have signed lease agreements with energy companies need to...more

Captive Insurance Update | Issue No. 1 | 2017 - A summary of state and federal developments in the captive insurance industry

Changes at the Top - Republican Phil Scott was elected Governor of Vermont in November 2016, having previously served as Lieutenant Governor for six years. Governor Scott has re-appointed Michael Pieciak to serve as the...more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Forging ahead: H1 in review

by White & Case LLP on

Expectations of another bumper year for US M&A failed to materialize in the first half of 2017, as total deal volume fell below 2016 levels. In the first six months of 2017, there were 2,413 deals, an 8 percent drop from...more

Details of Tax Reform Proposal Slowly Come into Focus

by Baker Donelson on

While tax reform watchers wait for the White House's September tax reform proposal, the House Ways and Means Committee is moving forward. On July 13 and 19, the Committee held hearings examining the potential impact of tax...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislature Met on July 20 to Consider Bond Bills, Items from Special Appropriations Table - After...more

Prediction Markets' Forecast on Tax Changes

by Slim Ventures LLC on

Prediction markets accuracy rates average 74%[1], and are more often more accurate than expert or public opinion surveys. With that in mind, we thought we would give you the prediction markets’ take on the likelihood of...more

insights Newsletter - Summer 2017

Shumaker is pleased to present the Summer 2017 issue of insights. In it we discuss: - Proposition 65 Amendments Require Re-evaluation of Products and Warnings - Privacy Compliance Driven by the European...more

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