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Renewable Energy Update - November 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Wells Fargo global operations now powered by 100 percent renewable energy - PennEnergy - Nov 8 Wells Fargo & Company has announced that 100 percent of its global electricity consumption for 2017 will be met with...more

IRS Takes Measures To Curb Business Identity Theft

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The IRS is putting an increased emphasis on identity theft protections for business returns as a result of an increase in fraudulent business tax returns in recent years. The IRS will be asking tax professionals to gather...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - November, 2017 #2

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: One Angel Investor On Choosing Companies, Managing Risk And Supporting Women - Loretta McCarthy banks on women with her investment strategy....more

Revised Senate Tax Reform Bill Represents Win for Technology Sector

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Paving the way for a net-win for technology companies, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) released a modified chairman’s mark to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that brings treatment of equity and...more

Add Batteries to Your Wind Farm and Get More (ITC) Juice

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A battery storage system added to a pre-existing wind facility is eligible for the investment tax credit, even if the facility has claimed the production tax credit. This is good news for taxpayers considering adding...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 34

by Clark Hill PLC on

Short-term Continuing Resolution Likely Needed to Fund Government Past December Deadline: Republicans are focused on tax reform through Thanksgiving, and when lawmakers return from the upcoming holiday recess, they will have...more

TTB Begins Testing New Version of Permits Online

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently began testing a new version of its Permits Online system. The new interface aims to provide several big improvements for users. Among them...more

The Case Against Do-It-Yourself Tax Returns: You Don't Know What You Don't Know

In an effort to comply with the increasing complexity of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) and the regulations promulgated thereunder, many taxpayers are looking to tax preparation software for assistance in preparing...more

Steuerliche Behandlung grenzuberschreitender Software und Datenbankuberlassung

Mit Schreiben vom 27. Oktober 2017 hat sich die deutsche Bundesfinanzverwaltung zur steuerlichen Beurteilung grenzüberschreitender Software- und Datenbanküberlassung geäußert. Die Thematik war bislang von erheblicher...more

Tax treatment of the cross-border provision of software and databases: Significantly improved legal certainty after new guidance...

The German Federal Ministry of Finance has issued guidance on the tax treatment of the cross-border provision of software and databases on 27 October 2017. ...more

Measuring the Worth of Advisory Opinions: A New York Cloud Computing Illustration

by Alston & Bird on

Guidance from state tax departments can be a useful resource for analyzing how a state’s tax laws apply to a specific set of facts. But with increasing frequency, tax departments are releasing guidance that seems less...more

Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter - October 2017

by Mintz Levin on

Washington Update - Tax Reform - With the number of remaining 2017 legislative days dwindling, Capitol Hill remains fixed on tax reform as the next big push for the Republican majority, which is anxious for a...more

Initial Republican Tax Reform Proposal Includes Tax Cuts and Changes to Energy Credits

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Changes to the energy credits proposed in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act could impact the eligibility of renewable energy projects that had been relying on the guidance previously issued by the Internal Revenue Service....more

International Trade Commission Issues Recommendations for Tariffs on Imported Solar PV Equipment

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On October 31, 2017, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) released its recommendations to impose a tariff on imported solar equipment. The proposals it issued, however, would result in duties substantially lower than...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: October

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 6 September 2017, the Court of Justice, the European Union (“EU”)’s highest court, issued its much awaited decision in a case of abuse of dominance by a US microchip manufacturer using exclusivity or loyalty rebates, i.e....more

The IRS Attacks Taxpayers’ Section 199 (Computer Software) Deductions

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Taxpayers’ section 199 computer software deductions are under attack! The issue is being coordinated within the IRS, and at Exam and Appeals taxpayers are running into a brick wall. A resource-starved IRS is trying to treat...more

DC Office of Tax and Revenue Launches New QHTC Sales and Use Tax Exemption Application/Pre-Certification Process

On November 1, 2017, the District of Columbia will begin implementing a new sales and use tax exemption application process for Qualified High Technology Companies (QHTCs). Previously, QHTCs could provide sales and use tax...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Most insiders are chalking up last week’s CVS/Aetna news to a recent Amazon push into the pharma world. The Journal breaks down exactly what that means—both for the industry and for Amazon, which faces a series of challenges...more

Challenge to Electric-Drive/Hybrid-Drive Vehicle Fee: Supreme Court of Oklahoma Opinion

The Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma (“Court”) issued an October 24th opinion addressing a challenge filed by the Sierra Club to Oklahoma legislation which created the Motor Fuels Tax Fee (“H.B. 1449 [ Legislation]”)...more

Another Bumpy Week for Equifax: Virus Hits Website, IRS Suspends Contract and Hacked UK Residents Notified

It was another chaotic week for Equifax Inc., still scrambling to stem the torrent of bad news after its massive data breach last month that has potentially affected more than half of the U.S.’s adult population....more

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - September 2017

by Mintz Levin on

Letter from the Editors - Words are very powerful and the language we use often frames a discussion. For example, the term “shareholder activist” sounds like a consumer friendly person who has everyone’s best interests at...more

South Dakota Nexus Law Held Invalid in Violation of Quill

by Varnum LLP on

Like many states, South Dakota recently enacted an aggressive sales and use tax nexus statute requiring certain out-of-state retailers with no physical presence in South Dakota to collect and remit tax on sales made to South...more

Equifax Breach: What Can the Hackers Do with Your Information and How Can You Protect Yourself?

by Bowditch & Dewey on

The Equifax breach is not the biggest in terms of the number of people affected (the 2016 Yahoo breach compromised data associated with over 500 million user accounts compared to the 143 million people affected by the Equifax...more

Proposed Massachusetts Tax Regulations for Online Vendors Effective October 1, 2017

by Bowditch & Dewey on

In response to public comments issued on September 8, 2017 that won’t be published in the Massachusetts Register until September 22, 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (“DOR”) will require online vendors to collect...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - September 2017 - Issue 6

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details on Brexit: Impact on cross-border financial services contracts; cryptocurrency: initial...more

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