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Disaster Aid

Tax Treatment of Employee Hardship and Disaster Relief - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 6

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Recent hurricanes and fires have caused employers to focus on how to help employees who have been victims of disasters. Employees also suffer hardships that are not related to disasters, but that result from personal...more

Three Questions on Disaster Response with Ernie Abbott, Of Counsel, Baker Donelson

by Baker Donelson on

What is the status of funding for rebuilding after the recent disasters in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and what can we expect moving forward? After each of the big disasters that have...more

National Flood Insurance Program Is Relieved Of $16 Billion Debt

by Carlton Fields on

On October 26, 2017, President Donald Trump signed H.R. 2266, a disaster relief bill. Pursuant to section 308 of the bill, the Department of the Treasury will forgive $16 billion in debt owed by FEMA under the National Flood...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

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

Ropes & Gray, The Boston Foundation and Boston College Present Leading By Example Program on International Philanthropy

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The following article is authored by Jean Whitney, a philanthropic advisor at Ropes & Gray. She works with families, charitable trusts and private foundations to implement best practices in charitable giving. Her work...more

Qualified Disaster Relief Payments: Federal Loans, Charitable Assistance, Etc.

by Moskowitz LLP on

What if I received a Small Business Association (SBA) Disaster Loan for my business or home? How will it affect my taxes? SBA loans are not treated as income and will not affect your taxes.....more

Puerto Rico Agencies Issue Employee-Related Guidance, Tax Relief In Wake Of Hurricane

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The passage of Hurricane María through Puerto Rico in September 2017 left catastrophic damages. In an effort to encourage employer assistance and provide temporary economic relief to employees in Puerto Rico, local government...more

New Jones Act Legislation Pending, with Puerto Rico Focus - Is Temporary Jones Act Relief Possible for Reconstruction?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Four bills are currently pending in Congress to repeal or limit the reach of the Jones Act, including three that are focused upon relief efforts to assist Puerto Rico after the disastrous effects of Hurricane Maria. •...more

Puerto Rico’s Hacienda Issues Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricane

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On October 4, 2017, the Puerto Rico Department of Treasury (Hacienda) issued Administrative Determination No. 17-21 (Notice), which clarifies the tax treatment of certain payments made to assist those affected by Hurricane...more

Relief After The Storm: Volunteer Efforts Make A Difference

From hurricanes Harvey to Irma, Maria and Nate, how nongovernmental organizations, private enterprise, local groups, and transported not-for-profits help to make the system work....more

Window On Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 31

by Clark Hill PLC on

Senate Adopts Budget Resolution Making Way for Tax Reform: The Senate on a party-line vote of 51-49 adopted its FY18 budget resolution that includes $5.1 trillion in spending reductions and instruction for reconciliation for...more

Tax Relief for Victims of Natural Disasters

by Moskowitz LLP on

Losing a loved one, a home, or a livelihood due to a natural disaster is among the worst things that can happen to a person. And the last thing you should be worrying about in times of crisis is your tax bill....more

Employers Helping Employees - Are Disaster Relief Payments and Loans Exempt From Puerto Rico Income Tax?

With the havoc wrought by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, employers are exploring options to provide emergency relief to those employees who have encountered financial hardship to meet their necessities and repair their homes...more

Puerto Rico Secretary of Labor Issues Opinion Regarding Employee Compensation Following Hurricanes Irma and María

by Littler on

On October 17, 2017, the Puerto Rico Secretary of Labor and Human Resources (Secretary) issued Opinion No. 2017-001 (Opinion) regarding the compensation of exempt and non-exempt private sector employees for workdays...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 30

by Clark Hill PLC on

House Passes Bill on Disaster Funding: House Republicans easily passed a supplemental spending bill that included $36.5 billion of disaster aid with a vote of 353-69 after some initial worries on Thursday afternoon that it...more

IRS Provides Relief for Bona Fide Residents of U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Because of the damage Hurricanes Irma and Maria inflicted on the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, the IRS has relaxed the stringent physical presence requirements that individuals typically must satisfy to qualify as...more

Hurricane Maria's Aftermath: Highlights of Available Government Assistance for Puerto Rico Residents

by Littler on

On September 20, 2017, Puerto Rico suffered the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Maria, which savaged the Island, taking down all communications systems, severely damaging or completely destroying many homes and roads, and...more

Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury Grants Temporary Tax Exemptions for Employer-Provided Payments and Certain Benefits to...

by Littler on

On October 4, 2017, the Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury (the “PR Treasury”) issued Administrative Determination No. 17-21 (“AD 17-21”) granting temporary income tax exemptions for payments and certain benefits provided...more

Beware of Federal Requirements when Selling or Leasing Facilities Funded by FEMA

by Baker Donelson on

As we are now more than ten years from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and five from Superstorm Sandy, many applicants that received federal funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public...more

Potential disaster relief fraud cases loom in Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria's wake

by Dentons on

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, another potential disaster lies waiting for those who apply for relief funds or assist in recovery efforts: criminal prosecution and/or civil litigation. The Wall Street...more

Additional guidance from HUD/Freddie/Fannie/Ginnie/VA on mortgage-related disaster relief for hurricane victims

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In addition to the guidance regarding Hurricane Harvey disaster relief, the housing agencies and government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) recently addressed the mortgage-related relief available to victims of both Hurricane...more

Here’s a Factor That Can Reduce the Potential for Account Hacks: Cybersecurity Best Practices

by CloudNine on

The data breaches just keep coming.  Equifax is the latest hacking victim to a tune of 143 million US customers – approximately 44 percent of the population.  Perhaps if they, and other organizations recently breached, had...more

New Federal Contracts Providing Hurricane Relief Get Some Relief From OFCCP Requirements

On August 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the agency will support Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts in a number of ways, including by relaxing federal contractors’ requirements on a...more

Donating To Employees Affected By Hurricane Harvey

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

According to a recent estimate from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, companies have pledged more than $157 million to relief efforts addressing the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. But when your own employees are the people in...more

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Address Catastrophic Storms through Borrower Relief Programs

by Bryan Cave on

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma recently caused widespread devastation and flooding throughout the southeastern United States, temporarily displacing millions of people and causing hundreds of billions of dollars in property...more

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