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Proposed Tax Reform Bills of Senate and House Now Aligned on Key Compensation and Benefits-Related Tax Provisions

This WSGR Alert provides a high-level comparison of the latest tax reform proposals from the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate as they relate to compensation and benefits matters....more

Private Equity and Other Carried Interest Funds – Federal Tax Policy Tip Sheet: Issue 4

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The House of Representatives on Nov. 16, 2017, voted on and passed their tax reform bill, along party lines (227-205). Passage was expected in the House, where the GOP hold a significant enough majority needed to move the...more

Proposed tax legislation affecting private equity

by Dentons on

As you may be aware, on November 2 the House of Representatives introduced a comprehensive tax reform bill that could affect private equity sponsors, investors and portfolio companies. On November 9, the Senate Finance...more

2017 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

The fourth quarter of 2017 concludes a unique year in the planning arena. With the new administration and a Republican-led Congress in power, both taxpayers and tax professionals have kept a close eye on the potential for tax...more

House and Senate Legislators Take Significant Steps Toward Tax Reform

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Thursday, November 16, 2017, House and Senate legislators took significant steps towards achieving the most extensive tax reform in over a decade, with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by the House of...more

Federal Subsidies on Direct-pay Taxable Bonds Could Be Reduced to $0 if Pending Tax Bills are Passed by Year End

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

As introduced, the House and Senate tax bills are projected to increase deficits and could trigger the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 (the “PAYGO law”). Without any other legislation to offset the increase, required...more

Tax Reform And Accumulated Leave (Aka “Special Pay”) Plans

by Carlton Fields on

Provisions in the current proposed Senate tax reform bill would likely reduce the effectiveness of retirement plan arrangements that regularly receive contributions of unused leave for former employees, commonly known as...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – First Impressions Regarding International Tax Reform

by Alston & Bird on

Comprehensive tax reform is moving rapidly, and both the House and the Senate have proposed their own versions of tax reform. Our International Tax and Tax Policy & Regulation Groups investigate the differences between the...more

Tax Reform – Good or Bad for Family-Owned Businesses?

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

At this point, no one knows exactly how or when changes to federal income tax, gift tax and/or estate tax will occur. What we do know now is that what has been proposed so far is likely not going to be the final product. So,...more

The Path to Tax Reform 2017: Pass-through Entities

by BakerHostetler on

On Nov. 16, 2017, the House passed its tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“House Bill”). The bill materially changes taxation of pass-through income from partnerships, LLCs taxed as partnerships and S corporations....more

Preparing for Tax Reform: The Current State of Play on Proposed Changes to Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits

On November 16, 2017, the House of Representatives voted to approve its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate is expected to vote on its version of the bill following the Thanksgiving break, which would require a...more

Proposed Tax Reform Legislation Would Increase Financing Costs for Issuers of Tax-Exempt Bonds

by Miller Canfield on

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed its Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “House Bill”), and while much of the national media has focused on its impact on corporate and individual tax rates and deductions, the bill also...more

Reconciling the Differences, the Senate Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On November 9, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee released a Description of the Chairman’s Mark of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” and on November 14, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee released a Description of the Chairman’s...more

Nate Smithson Provides an Update on Tax Reform

by Jackson Walker on

Jackson Walker partner Nate Smithson has prepared an updated guide to tax reform which reflects the senate’s newly-proposed tax bill. The guide covers tax brackets, deductions, capital gains, and other relevant topics in tax...more

House Passes Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: How the Senate Proposal Compares

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 2, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee (the “House Committee”) released its plan for comprehensive tax reform: the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017” (H.R. 1) (the “House Bill”). Following a week of hearings,...more

Tax Alert Regarding The Impact Of The House And Senate Bills On Financing Transactions

On November 2, 2017, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced a tax bill entitled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and later proposed amendments to the bill on November 3, November 6, and November 9,...more

Fifteen Provisions to Watch in the Tax Reform Proposals

On November 14, 2017, Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), released his modified tax reform plan (“Senate Bill”), which adopts some of the House Bill proposals (as amended) (“House Bill”), but also...more

Beltway Buzz - November, 2017 #3

Tax Bill or Health Bill? It’s Two Bills in One! Caught in a legislative black hole, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) cannot escape efforts to eradicate it—or at least large chunks of it. ...more

A Comparison of the Energy Tax Changes in the Proposed House and Senate Tax Reform Bills

On November 9, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee released a Description of the Chairman’s Mark of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” and on November 14, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee released a Description of the Chairman’s...more

Federal Tax Reform: How the Newly Passed House Bill Compares to the Senate Bill – A Side-by-Side Comparison, Plus the Big Picture

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last updated 11/17/2017 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, and...more

NJ Tax Court Issues Ruling on Sales Tax Sourcing

by Reed Smith on

On November 16, 2017, the Tax Court of New Jersey issued a ruling in Spirit Halloween Superstores, Inc. v. Director, Division of Taxation, concerning the sourcing of sales of tangible personal property for sales tax purposes....more

A Comparison of Key Provisions for Tax-Exempt Organizations

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Senate weighed in on tax reform by releasing a revised Chairman’s Mark of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” on Nov. 14, 2017. Many provisions of the Chairman’s Mark closely track the House bill, but the two differ substantially...more

House Passes and Senate Considers GOP Tax Proposals, Leadership Target End of Year for Passage

by Baker Donelson on

On November 16, House Republicans approved H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, on a party-line vote of 227 to 205, with 13 Republicans and all Democrats voting against passage. Senate Republicans are also moving toward passing...more

Tracking Tax Reform: Comparison of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as Passed by the House and Approved by the Senate Finance Committee

by Locke Lord LLP on

On November 16, the House passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “House Bill”) by a 227-205 vote. Also on November 16, members of the Senate Finance Committee voted 14-12 to approve their own tax bill (the “Senate Plan”). The...more

Connecticut Launches New and Incentivized Brownfields Program

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On October 31, Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law Connecticut’s bipartisan budget bill, which provides for a tax incentive plan to support brownfields remediation and reuse. The new plan, called the 7/7 Brownfields...more

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