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Six Ways Tax Reform Could Change Healthcare

by Morgan Lewis on

Providers, including charitable hospitals, nonprofit organizations, and academic medical centers, should watch for possible policy changes in the tax reform bill reconciliation process....more

Keep Calm and Call the Lawyer: Understanding the Role of a Municipal Solicitor

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Newly elected officials may be surprised to discover their votes and actions have legal implications. Preventing a resident from speaking at a public meeting may result in a violation of the First Amendment and a civil rights...more

Tax reform update: H.R. 1 proposes significant limits on municipal bonds

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

UPDATE: In the early morning hours of Saturday, December 2, 2017, the United States Senate, by a vote of 51-49, approved its version of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, commonly referred to as the Senate’s tax bill....more

Will Tax Reform’s Elimination of Advance Refundings Usher in a New Era of Municipal Derivatives?

by Clark Hill PLC on

With the termination of tax-exempt advance refunding bonds squarely in the crosshairs of the tax reform measures making their way through both houses of Congress, the municipal market needs to consider the impact of the loss...more

Former Municipal Official in the Spotlight as SEC Files Complaint Charging Securities Fraud and DOJ Files Superseding Indictment...

by Bracewell LLP on

On November 21, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a complaint charging Oyster Bay, New York (the “Town”), along with its former Supervisor and Chief Executive Officer, John Venditto, with...more

Federal Tax Reform: Senate Proposal Repeals Advance Refundings but Keeps Private Activity Bonds

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Senate Finance Committee unveiled a section-by-section description of its tax reform package on November 9, 2017, including municipal bond provisions that reject efforts by the House Ways and Means Committee to terminate...more

The International Tax Impact Of The 2017 Tax Cuts And Jobs Act

We drafted a tax alert that addresses the impact of the much anticipated "Tax Cut and Jobs Act" (H.R. 1) on the international corporate tax landscape. ...more

Senate Finance Committee Mark Eliminates Advance Refundings, Silent on Private Activity Bonds

by Bracewell LLP on

On November 9, 2017, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee released the Description of the Chairman’s Mark of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Senate Finance Committee Mark”), which sets forth a summary of the proposed tax...more

Proposed House Ways and Means Committee Tax Bill Would Eliminate All PABs

by Nossaman LLP on

Last week the House Republican leadership unveiled its much anticipated US tax reform bill. The bill proposes the most sweeping changes to the tax code in 30 years—since the 1986 Tax Act, which by the way imposed many of the...more

Public Finance Advisory: Senate Tax Plan Diverges From House Version

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On November 9, 2017, the U.S. Senate’s Joint Committee on Taxation released its Chairman’s mark of the “Tax Cut and Jobs Act,” a version of which was unveiled by the House of Representatives on November 2....more

UPDATE: House and Senate Tax Reform Bills Agree on Ending Municipal Bond Advance Refundings

by Clark Hill PLC on

On November 9, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee approved H.R. 1 -- the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act -- which now is teed up for approval by the full House of Representatives. A few hours later, Senate Finance Committee...more

Miami Voters Approve "Sea Level Rise" Bond Initiative

Yesterday, Miami voters approved a $400 million dollar general obligation bond initiative with nearly half of the bond money ($192 million) going toward infrastructure projects to specifically, “Reduce Flooding Risks; Improve...more

Potential Elimination of Future Private Activity Bonds (including Qualified 501(c)3 Bonds), Advance Refundings, Tax Credit Bonds,...

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On November 2, 2017, the House Committee on Ways and Means released a draft of its Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Bill”). The Tax Bill proposes to eliminate the federal tax exemption of interest income from all private...more

Tax Reform Takes Aim at the Municipal Securities Market

by Clark Hill PLC on

Only one week after Congressman Kevin Brady, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, announced "very strong bipartisan support" for the preservation of the tax exemption for municipal bonds, H.R. -- the Tax Cuts and...more

Summary of State and Local Government Bond Provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On November 2, 2017, the Republican leadership of the United States House of Representatives introduced the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Bill”). The Bill would make significant changes to tax rules that apply to tax-exempt...more

House Tax Bill Eliminates Private Activity Bonds, Advance Refundings

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The House Ways and Means Committee released on November 2, 2017, its draft tax bill (the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”), which contains provisions restricting the ability of state and local governments to issue certain types of...more

Colorado Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Case That Could Pose Threat to Metropolitan Districts

On September 20, 2017, the Colorado Supreme Court heard oral arguments in UMB Bank v. Landmark Towers Association, 2016SC455. The case was brought by the homeowner’s association of a condominium development regarding a TABOR...more

SEC Continues Public Finance Enforcement Agenda Two Recent Cases Filed

Just in the last weeks of August, the Public Finance Abuse Unit of the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced settlements of securities fraud actions involving a city, an underwriter, a...more

Conduit Financing With Tax-Exempt Bonds

The purpose of this pamphlet, part of our Public Finance Green Book Series, is to assist conduit issuers in identifying issues and setting up policies and procedures related to their tax-exempt bond programs and their...more

SEC Settles With Muni Bond Issuer

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A settlement announced this week by the SEC serves as a reminder that the Commission is in the process of reviewing the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation participants, and that it will continue to pursue...more

The Ball is in the SEC’s Court: What Health Care Borrowers Can Do While Waiting on Changes to Rule 15c2-12

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued Release No. 34-80130 (the Release) proposing several amendments to its Rule 15c2-12 (the Rule) that would add two new events to the list of events that...more

15 Creative Ways Large Real Estate & Infrastructure Developers Raise Millions Outside of Traditional Debt and Equity (Part II)

by Slim Ventures LLC on

There is an expression that land development is a wealthy man’s game. Indeed, in our recent meeting with a very seasoned developer (over 30,000 lots before the Recession, now, licking his wounds, down to only 900), he...more

MSRB Issues Warning Guidance On Issuer Involvement In Selection of Underwriter’s Counsel

It has traditionally been a fairly common practice in the municipal bond arena for issuers to either select or have significant input into the selection of underwriter’s counsel in connection with the issuance of municipal...more

What Could President Trump’s Proposed Tax Reforms Mean for the Municipal Bond Market?

by Cozen O'Connor on

While there are many unknowns and uncertainties surrounding President Trump’s proposed tax reforms, below is a brief review of three of his proposals that could have an impact on the municipal bond market. ...more

Reported Criminal Probes Regarding Bond Valuations Highlight the Importance of Valuation Procedures

According to recent news reports, the DOJ and the SEC are investigating the possible improper use of third-party broker quotes by hedge fund managers to value illiquid debt securities in their portfolios. Prosecutors are...more

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