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Consider These Year-End Strategies to Address Proposed Tax Changes

by Varnum LLP on

Recently, the House and the Senate passed bills that could create major changes to our current tax laws. They are now working to reconcile the bills, with the goal of having the legislation signed by December 25. If...more

Major tax bill clears U.S. Senate by 51-49 margin, Part II

by Moskowitz LLP on

Other deductions will be eliminated entirely, including but not limited to: - Home office expense deductions... - Unreimbursed employee expense deductions, such as those for teacher’s out-of-pocket classroom...more

What's New In Washington - December 2017

December is often the busiest time in Washington, and this year is no different as Congress races toward the holiday finish line. There is still a multitude of problems to solve before members can head back to their...more

U.S. Senate Passes Its Version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1); Descriptions of the Bills Passed in the House and Senate and...

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

In the early hours of Saturday morning, the U.S. Senate passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) (the “Senate bill”), just over two weeks after the U.S. House of Representatives passed its own version of the same legislation...more

Major tax bill clears U.S. Senate by 51-49 margin, Part I

by Moskowitz LLP on

A 500-page long Republican tax bill, with numerous and significant last minute changes – as well as some illegible handwritten edits in the margins – cleared the U.S. Senate in the early hours of Saturday morning, by a 51-49...more

Maximizing Deductions Through Prepayment of Real Property Taxes Before Potential Tax Law Changes

Currently, individual taxpayers who itemize their deductions can deduct real property taxes paid that year. Under both the House and Senate tax reform bills, the property tax deduction would be capped at $10,000. If that cap...more

Tax Reform Passes The Next Hurdle -- The Senate

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the second issue in a planned series of alerts for employers on selected topics on tax reform. The series of Tax Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of executive compensation and...more

U.S. House of Representatives Acts To Codify Registration Exemption for M&A Brokers

On December 7, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2017 (H.R. 477).” The bipartisan bill passed the House by a vote of 426-0....more

Pass-Through Treatment: Don’t bite the hand that feeds most Americans!

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Professional and Business Services (PBS) industry sector accounted for 12.9% of jobs in the U.S. during 2016 as opposed to 7.9% for the Manufacturing Sector (MS). The...more

News from Second & State

Back from this weekend’s Pennsylvania Society festivities, the House of Representatives were back to work on Monday morning, convening for their second to last session week of the year. On Monday, the House Appropriations...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - December 2017

WV DEP Waives Clean Water Act Authority Over Atlantic Coast Pipeline - "The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection waived the state's authority under the federal Clean Water Act to determine if another major...more

Tax Reform: Nonprofits and their Executives Brace for Impact

The Senate voted yesterday to begin formal negotiations with the House of Representatives to reconcile their two versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a bill that seeks to make sweeping changes to federal tax law....more

Tax Reform – The Current State of Play

On December 2, the Senate passed its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The House of Representatives earlier approved a competing version of the Act on November 16. The Senate and House entered into conference this week to...more

SLOW DOWN Congress: You Are About To Render The FAA Inapplicable To Employment Disputes (And Class Waivers), And You Probably...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Pending bi-partisan legislation aimed at preventing employers from enforcing arbitration agreements of sexual harassment claims might make employers unable to enforce arbitration agreements, and class...more

For Consideration: Possible Early Payment of State and Local Income Taxes

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The House and Senate each have passed a version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Both the House bill and the Senate bill eliminate the deduction for state and local income taxes after December 31, 2017....more

U.S. Tax Reform in Final Stretch

by Hogan Lovells on

This past week, on 1 December, the Senate voted 51-49 to advance its version of U.S. tax reform legislation. This sets the stage for a conference committee process to occur over the next two weeks, in which the Senate and...more

Equity Compensation Rules Continue to Change in Latest Proposed Tax Reform Bill

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The tax reform bill passed by the Senate early Saturday morning, December 2, in a 51-49 vote contained a number of last-minute amendments which, among other things, continue to leave key equity compensation rules in flux....more

Senate Passes Tax Reform Bill—Key Compensation and Benefits Provisions Stay Same as Senate Finance Bill and House Bill but...

On December 2, 2017, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Senate Bill"). The passage of the Senate Bill follows approval by the Senate Finance Committee on November 16, 2017, of a version of...more

Federal Tax Reform: An Analysis of the House and Senate Bills

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we are sure you know, both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have passed their own versions of tax legislation, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The two different bills will be reconciled in a conference...more

Senate’s Tax Bill’s Impact on the Tax Equity Market: Five Differences from the House Bill

The US tax reform bill that the Senate passed on December 2, 2017—along partisan lines in a 51 to 49 vote—is a mixed bag for the tax equity market. The bill is now headed to the conference committee, consisting of House of...more

Federal Tax Reform: Side-by-Side Comparison of the Senate and House Approved Bills, Plus the Big Picture

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last updated December 5 - 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,...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: Budget and Economic Forecast Released

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On Tuesday, December 5, the office of Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) released the November Budget and Economic Forecast. Based on the forecast, the state is facing a projected budget deficit of $188 million for the...more

Senate Stays Up Late to Approve Tax Bill

Early in the morning on Saturday, December 2, 2017 (it was nearly 2 AM Eastern!), the Senate voted 51-49, drawn mostly along party lines, to pass its version of the tax reform bill described in our previous blog posts....more

Florida Court Rejects Property Insurer’s Effort To Limit Assignment Of Benefits

by Carlton Fields on

An assignment of benefits (AOB) is a legal tool that allows a third party to be paid for services performed for an insured property owner who would normally be reimbursed by the insurance company directly after making a...more

Tax Alert Regarding the Impact of the Senate Bill on the Energy Industry

Early Saturday morning the Senate passed its tax bill by a vote of 51 to 49. The bill as passed included a large number of last-minute important changes that were needed to secure the votes for passage, including some so...more

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