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"Opportunity Zone Benefits; Nuts and Bolts; and Loose or Missing Screws" By J Leigh Griffith and Shane P Morris Taxes - The Tax Magazine
Waller, February 2019

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “TCJA”) created a new tax incentive designed to encourage long-term investment in low income communities, as defined in Code Sec. 45D(e),1 which are specifically designated as “qualified opportunity zones” (“QOZs”) in accordance with procedures set forth in Code Sec. 1400Z-1...

"Passthrough Partner Cancellation of a Nonlapse Restriction Compensation Surprise" by J Leigh Griffith Taxes - The Tax Magazine
Waller, June 2016

A large percentage of closely held businesses restrict or even prohibit the owners’ ability to transfer their equity interests. Often these restrictions require the owner to sell the equity back to the entity or the other owners at a formula value, for example, book value, that is not anticipated to be a true fair market value. These and other permanent restrictions on equity interests are called nonlapse restrictions because by their terms they never go away or “lapse...

"Passthrough Partner Personal Goodwill and Passthrough Entities" by J Leigh Griffith Taxes - The Tax Magazine
Waller, August 2016

Generally when a successful business is acquired, whether by an asset acquisition or an equity acquisition, the assets will includeboth tangible and intangible property. When an entity conducting a business is liquidated, the tangible and intangible assets of the entity are distributed to the owners. Often, one very valuable intangible that does not appear on the balance sheet is goodwill...

"Series LLCs Part 1 - Current Status Multi-State Issues and Potential Uniform Limited Liability Company Protected Series Act" By J Leigh Griffith and Alberto R Gonzales Taxes - The Tax Magazine
Waller, October 2016

The Series Limited Liability Company (“Series LLC”), a variation of the traditional limited liability company (LLC), is the newest entity enterprise on the business scene today.1 Within this legal entity, separate “series” or “cells” can be created and established under the umbrella of a single LLC...

"Series LLCs Part 2 - Current Status Multi-State Issues and Potential Uniform Limited Liability Company Protected Series Act" By J Leigh Griffith and Alberto R Gonzales Taxes - The Tax Magazine
Waller, March 2017

Although its emergence on the business scene is fairly recent, the Series LLC has been gaining popularity as a business entity. Under the Series LLC umbrella, this entity is able to create multiple Protected Series, each with its own separate rights, powers, assets, obligations, business purposes and associated members...

"Sunshine Law Shining a Light on Governmental Hospital Transactions" Ken Marlow in The Governance Institute's Public Focus
Waller, December 2019

Governance and social factors play a significant role in determining a hospital’s openness to change and its ability to complete a business transaction, be that a merger, acquisition, or other strategic partnership. For government-owned hospitals, tension between the goals of government entities and the goals of a hospital’s board, in addition to added legal complexities, may result in failed or generally avoided transactions...

"Vodafone Variance The Commissioner's Power to Override the Rules" by J Leigh Griffith Tennessee CPA Journal
Waller, May 2016

Vodafone Variance: The Commissioner's Power to Override the Rules Following the Tennessee Court of Appeals decision in Vodafone Americas Holdings, Inc...

#MeToo Movement Creates Change in Tax Code
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, April 2018

During the height of the #MeToo movement and in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Congress enacted a sweeping tax reform bill containing a provision intended to penalize businesses who settle claims involving sexual harassment or sexual abuse if they include nondisclosure agreements as part of a settlement. As with many rushed pieces of legislation, legal commentators have more questions than answers about the practical effect of this tax amendment...

(Almost) Year-End Tax Alert
Haynes and Boone, LLP, November 2010

In response to the current state of the economy, Congress has passed some tax legislation amending the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”). Although it is up for debate, some would say that Congress has not been busy enough. As we near the end of the year, many taxpayers and their advisers are going through their usual year-end tax planning checklist...

’Tis the Season for LP/LLC Year-End Planning
Haynes and Boone, LLP, December 2011

Following is a list of year-end administrative issues for Texas limited partnerships and limited liability companies (“LP/LLC”): Ensure that the LP/LLC’s activities, transactions, capital infusions (capital contributions or loan proceeds), and distributions are accurately reflected in the entity’s records; Avoid causing the LP/LLC to make any distributions not in compliance with the terms of its LP/LLC agreement or applicable law; for example, an LP/LLC should not make disproportiona

“Breaking ground” to calculate mineral royalties on unrefined minerals
ENSafrica, October 2017

The 2014 changes to the South African Mineral and Petroleum Resources Royalty Act, 2008 (the “Royalty Act”) have left mining companies and extractors (“taxpayers”) in uncertain territory...

“In-house exemption” and “Capacity Awaps”: Clarity and New Clouds
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, July 2009

In two recent cases (Coditel and Stadtreinigung Hamburg), the ECJ dealt with the so-called “in-house exemption” in procurement matters...

“Micro Entity” Status Benefits Are Limited
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, December 2012

The America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA) authorizes the U.S. Patent Office to create a new third tier of fees for patent prosecution and maintenance — "Micro Entity Status" — where fees may be reduced by up to 75 percent. Micro entities are eligible to pay fees 50 percent lower than those paid by small entities and 75 percent lower than those paid by large entities...

11 Highlights from the Iran Sanctions Implementation Day
Haynes and Boone, LLP, January 2016

As part of the nuclear arrangement reached with Iran, the United States rescinded its nuclear-related sanctions imposed on entities outside the United States on January 16, 2016, which is the so-called “Implementation Day” under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”). At the same time, the United States also lifted sanctions on foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies. Apart from a few specific exceptions, however, including new exceptions for U.S...

2010 Tax Planning - to Gift or not to Gift
Haynes and Boone, LLP, November 2010

First, the good news: No estate tax on individuals who die during 2010; No generation-skipping transfer (“GST”) tax on “transfers” during 2010; Tax rate on gifts during 2010 is 35% (rather than 45%); and Congress appears less likely to take any action to retroactively change these rules...

2010: the Year of Tax Arbitration?
PLMJ, February 2010

In light of the ineffectiveness of tax litigation and the increased mistrust of taxpayers in relation to tax decisions, with the decision-makers very often hiding behind mere decisions of form, it is imperative that we weigh up alternative methods for resolving tax disputes, such as mediation, conciliation, and tax arbitration itself, in order to deal with disputes accumulated and arising out of relations between the State and the taxpayer, thus reversing the fe

2012: Developments in Colombian Customs and International Trade
Brigard Urrutia, January 2013

In September, the National Customs and Tax Authority - DIAN - presented the third draft of the new Customs Statute, which will regulate most of Colombia’s customs law. Although scholars and business associations have presented their comments to the project, the draft seems to be definitive for the most part...

2013 Outlook: What Will the Year Bring for Australian Business and in Key Industry Sector
MinterEllison, January 2013

Some favourable news on the global economic front has been trickling in. Markets around the world rallied as the US avoided the fiscal cliff-dive by a nanosecond; China's economy is showing signs of renewed strength, with the powerful manufacturing sector now performing at its best levels in almost two years; and share prices in most of Europe, Britain and even Japan have been trading solidly higher over the past few months...

2016 Macau SAR Special Annual Budget Law Tax Exemptions: Corporate Tax, Professional Tax and Property Tax
DSL Lawyers, February 2016

Besides other exemptions contemplated under the law that approved the 2016 budget for Macau SAR (Law No. 15/2015, of 28 December 2015), the core special exemptions applicable cover Corporate Tax, Professional Tax and Property Tax. Corporate Tax The taxable profits accrued in the companies’ annual accounts re...

2016 Negative List Revision Detail
Makarim & Taira S., June 2016

Further to our client alert of 25 May, we include here the full list of changes to the 2014 Negative List (DNI), as contained in Presidential Regulation No. 44/2016 and its attachments.  Note, again, that existing investors’ licensing will be grandfathered.  ASEAN investors have preferential arrangements in many cases...

2016 Negative List Revision Released
Makarim & Taira S., June 2016

The Indonesian Government has released the long-awaited revision to the Negative List (“DNI”).  The revised regulation (Presidential Regulation No. 44/2016) was promulgated on 18 May 2016 and circulated to the public on 24 May.  The DNI regulates the sectors which are closed, open, or conditionally open to investment. The DNI revision is keenly awaited as it stipulates, amongst other matters, restrictions on foreign participation in various business activities in Indonesia...

2019 Legislative Outlook for West Virginia: The Road Ahead *Revised January 9
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, January 2019

The next 60-day regular session of the West Virginia Legislature commences on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. While much of the nation seemed transfixed by the recent electoral changes, the most significant political change in the West Virginia Legislature actually preceded the 2018 general election. Indeed, the House of Delegates elected a new Speaker, Roger Hanshaw (R-Clay), in August 2018 to replace Tim Armstead who resigned to accept an appointment to the Supreme Court of Appeals...

2019 New California Laws Impacting Cannabis Businesses
Hanson Bridgett LLP, October 2019

Governor Newsom has signed several bills that impact the cannabis industry by providing relief from federal income tax deduction limitations, encouraging minority participation, encouraging union membership, and clarifying some other existing regulations. The bills include: Assembly Bill 37 repeals the limitation on deductions for business expenses for cannabis businesses, which had previously conformed to Internal Revenue Code section 280E for state tax purposes...

2019 West Virginia Legislative Highlights: Health Care
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2019

Dinsmore’s Government Relations team was involved in several significant legislative initiatives affecting the health care sector during the 2019 regular session of the West Virginia legislature. Most notably, Dinsmore was involved in the passage of HB 2010, relating to foster care...

2020 Estate Planning Update
Verrill, February 2020

SECURE ACT What you need to know: The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act went into effect on January 1, 2020. The most significant provisions of the SECURE Act involve changes to the withdrawal requirements for inherited retirement assets. 10-Year Withdrawal Requirement: Prior to the SECURE Act, beneficiaries of inherited retirement plans were generally permitted to take distributions over the course of their own lifetimes...



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