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Tax Reform: What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Mean for the Transportation, Ports and Maritime Industry?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The Act changes many provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, from individual and business provisions, to...more

Natural Gas Transportation: 2018 FERC Rate Cases Are Expected to Raise Novel Issues

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Over a half dozen natural gas rate proceedings are expected to be initiated in 2018, many of which will raise issues such as the impact of the new tax laws on rates and the inclusion of a pipeline modernization tracker in...more

President Trump Signs Tax Reform Bill into Law

On December 15, 2017, the House and Senate conference committee agreed on the terms of the final tax reform bill, previously referred to as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Act”), which was subsequently approved by both...more

New Tax Law Provisions Affect Employee Benefit Programs

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) recently enacted by Congress will soon become effective. The primary focus of the new law is the reduction of corporate and individual income taxes. Nevertheless, a number of provisions...more

Tax Reform – Like-Kind Exchanges: Steps for Aircraft Owners to Consider Before the End of 2017

President Trump just signed into law the most significant tax reform legislation since 1986. This legislation, formerly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“the Act”), impacts aircraft owners directly. Beginning in 2018,...more

Highlights of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for Aircraft Owners

by Lane Powell PC on

Transportation Legal Update - On December 20, the Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Act”), a $1.5 trillion tax package that cuts individual income tax rates for eight years and reduces top corporate tax...more

2018 IRS Standard Mileage Rates Reflect Rising Fuel Prices

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The Internal Revenue Service has announced the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, medical, and moving expenses for 2018, and the increased rates reflect...more

West Virginia, Tightening the Belt, and Growth - Financing Public Improvements in Lean Budget Times

Since 2008, many state and local governments around the country have faced budget challenges. As lawmakers struggle to produce balanced budgets in the face of declining revenues, investment in public improvements, such as...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 38

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One Shutdown Averted, Countdown Begins Again: With the government funded through December 22, House and Senate leadership are shifting their focus on how to structure a long-term spending deal that would include an increase...more

Aircraft Sales and Proposed Tax Legislation: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Eliminates Like-Kind Aircraft Exchange

by Lane Powell PC on

On November 16, 2017, the House of Representatives narrowly passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This bill would be a major overhaul of the current tax regime, making significant changes. The Senate is considering its own tax...more

Leveraging SB1 Funding: Considerations for California Public Entities Entitled to Receive SB1 Revenues and their Financial...

In April 2017, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 was enacted in California (also known as California Senate Bill “SB1”). Key facts about SB1 are as follows...more

Does Repeal of the EV Tax Credit Really Matter?

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Last week, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives released their first attempt at tax reform legislation. Buried in the proposed legislation is a repeal of the current tax credit of up to $7500 to purchasers of...more

What’s New in Washington - November 2017

Congress continues its heavy workload with the Thanksgiving recess roughly three weeks away. On October 26, the House passed the Senate’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution by the slim margin of 216-212—opening the door for...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

Infrastructure Insights: Issue #8

President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan will have to wait patiently in line behind tax reform before it gets its day in Congress, according to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. In the meantime,...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - With a national holiday on Monday and no session for either chamber, it was a quiet week in the Capitol. There was no movement on any legislation and very little budget talk. However, there is some news you...more

Up, up and away: BC Court of Appeal dismisses unjust enrichment class action against international airlines

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On September 12, 2017, Mr. Justice Groberman, writing for the BC Court of Appeal, upheld the decision of the BC Supreme Court in Unlu v Air Canada, 2015 BCSC 1453 (“Unlu”), refusing to certify as class proceedings five...more

WTO Appellate Body Report: US – Conditional Tax Incentives for Large Civil Aircraft

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Decision: The WTO Appellate Body has ruled that certain tax incentives provided by the State of Washington in the aerospace sector are not prohibited import substitution subsidies under the Agreement on Subsidies and...more

Live! Legislative Updates

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

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

FY18 Massachusetts Budget Update: Governor Baker Signs FY18 Budget

On Monday, July 17th, Governor Charlie Baker signed a budget for FY2018 that includes $39.4 billion in spending. This comes ten days after the Legislature approved a state budget with a $40.2 billion bottom line. The Senate...more

Sale of Fractional Aircraft Shares Not Taxable Under New York Law

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New York’s Department of Taxation and Finance recently released an Advisory Opinion concluding that the sale of fractional aircraft shares are not taxable under state law. New York tax law imposes sales and use tax on retail...more

Tariff Charge reduction for electric vehicles

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The past 29th of June of 2017, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism issued Decree 1116 of 2017, by which it established the following tariff charges...more

Oregon's New Vehicle and Bike Taxes

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Famously opposed to a “sales” tax (except on marijuana), Oregon will soon add a half-percent “privilege” tax on new car dealers to its growing list of excise taxes, including car rentals and transient lodging, not to mention...more

New Oregon Withholding Tax on Periodic Payments

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As part of its major transportation bill (HB 2017), the Oregon legislature last week adopted a new statewide payroll tax that also applies to “periodic payments,” starting July 1, 2018. The new tax will fund public transit...more

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