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Start Making Sense

Start Making Sense

Tax and budget policy by Dan Shaviro

http://danshaviro.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 23

    EU State Aid panel at IFA US branch annual meeting

    EU State Aid panel at IFA US branch annual meeting
    Today I was the lone American on the IFA panel I mentioned in my prior post, discussing the raft of ongoing, or perhaps soon to be ongoing, EU state aid cases before the European Commission (and ultimately the European Court of Justice).…
  • Feb 22

    Upcoming talk

    Upcoming talk
    I seem to be accumulating a hefty set of appearances for 2017. They include the following:1) Thursday, February 23 - The USA Branch of the International Fiscal Association is currently holding its annual meeting, in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel…
  • Feb 22

    NYU Tax Policy Colloquium, week 5: Jason Oh's "Are the Rich Responsible for Progressive Tax Rates?"

    NYU Tax Policy Colloquium, week 5: Jason Oh's "Are the Rich Responsible for Progressive Tax Rates?"
    Yesterday Jason Oh presented "Are the Rich Responsible for Progressive Tax Rates?" The current draft is written in the format for a law review paper. I personally am hoping that he rewrites it as, say, an NTJ paper. While I think a good law…
Rank this Week: 4959

taxgirl

taxgirl

Covers corporate, non-profit, estates, individual or international taxes. By Kelly Erb.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/
  • Feb 23

    Ivanka Trump Jewelry Licensee Hit With Tax Lien

    Ivanka Trump Jewelry Licensee Hit With Tax Lien
    A tax warrant has been filed against Madison Avenue Diamonds LLC T/A Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry by the State of New York on January 27, 2017, for allegedly not remitting sales tax.
  • Feb 22

    IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ Tax Scams For 2017 Include ID Theft & Bogus Refund

    IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ Tax Scams For 2017 Include ID Theft & Bogus Refund
    Each year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issues a list of common tax schemes and scams they call the "Dirty Dozen." Taxpayers can fall victim to these scams at any time but they tend to peak during tax filing season. Here's a summary of…
  • Feb 21

    Getting To Know You Tuesday: Bill Smith

    Getting To Know You Tuesday: Bill Smith
    It's Getting To Know You Tuesday! Today's tax pro is Bill Smith, Managing Director for CBIZ MHM’s National Tax Office.
Rank this Week: 209

Tax Updates

Tax Updates

By Roth & Co.

http://rothcpa.com/blog-index/
Rank this Week: 318

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We…

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)

Edited by University of Miami School of Law Professor Michael Froomkin, The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)–JOTWELL–invites law professors to join us in filling a telling gap in legal scholarship by creating a space where legal academics will go to identify, celebrate, and discuss the best new legal scholarship.

http://jotwell.com/
  • Feb 23

    Could There Be Free Speech for Electronic Sheep?

    Could There Be Free Speech for Electronic Sheep?
    Toni M. Massaro, Helen L. Norton & Margot E. Kaminski, Siri-ously 2.0: What Artificial Intelligence Reveals about the First Amendment, Minn. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2017), available at SSRN.Ann BartowThe goal of “Strong Artificial…
  • Feb 22

    The Impact of Business Courts (Outside of Delaware)

    The Impact of Business Courts (Outside of Delaware)
    Jens Dammann, Business Courts and Firm Performance (U. Tex. Research Paper No. 564, 2017), available at SSRN.Omari SimmonsProfessor Jens Dammann’s paper titled Business Courts and Firm Performance is a bold attempt to answer a vexing…
  • Feb 21

    (Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know About Class Action

    (Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know About Class Action
    John C. Coffee, Jr., Entrepreneurial Litigation: Its Rise, Fall, and Future (2015).Alexandra D. LahavWith the advent of the new administration, aggregate litigation is under attack again. As of this writing new legislation aimed at limiting…
Rank this Week: 530

Let's Talk About US Tax

Let's Talk About US Tax

Covers US tax laws for American expatriates living and working overseas, US-dual (or multi-)national families, green card holders, those wishing to expatriate, foreign investors into the US market or other foreign persons having any US connections.

http://blogs.angloinfo.com/us-tax/
  • Feb 22

    Treasury Refuses to Simplify FFI FATCA Reporting for Americans Abroad

    Treasury Refuses to Simplify FFI FATCA Reporting for Americans Abroad
    Background After extensive research and surveys, the American Citizens Abroad (ACA) determined something had to be done to assist Americans living and working overseas who were being turned away as... Read more...
  • Feb 15

    Starting Next Month: Your US Passport Denied or Revoked for Tax Debt

    Starting Next Month: Your US Passport Denied or Revoked for Tax Debt
    If you have a so called “seriously delinquent tax debt”, Internal Revenue Code Section 7345 authorizes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to certify that unfortunate fact to the State Department.... Read more...
  • Feb 8

    New Record – Over 5400 Renounce US, Including Boris Johnson

    New Record – Over 5400 Renounce US, Including Boris Johnson
    Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London has officially divorced the United States.  He was one of 5,411 individuals who decided to break up with America in 2016, setting a... Read more...
Rank this Week: 2112

Taxable Talk

Taxable Talk

Covers estate taxes, payroll taxes, sales taxes, tax evasion and tax fraud. By Russ Fox.

http://www.taxabletalk.com/
  • Feb 22

    FTB Not Appealing Swart Decision

    FTB Not Appealing Swart Decision
    Last month a California appellate court ruled that California’s Franchise Tax Board was wrong in trying to assess an Iowa corporation with a 0.2% ownership in an LLC that invested in California the California minimum Franchise Tax. It…
  • Feb 20

    Online Gambling Addresses for 2017

    Online Gambling Addresses for 2017
    With the United States v. Hom decision, we must again file an FBAR for foreign online gambling sites. An FBAR (Form 114) is required if your aggregate balance exceeds $10,000 at any time during the year. (The IRS and FINCEN now allege that…
  • Feb 19

    Casinos and ITINs: Update #1

    Casinos and ITINs: Update #1
    On Monday I wrote about Las Vegas casinos receiving letters ordering them not to issue ITINs (Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers). When I wrote the post, I knew of one major Las Vegas casino that had received this letter; I assumed…
Rank this Week: 894

Nonprofit Law Blog

Nonprofit Law Blog

Covers legal issues affecting nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations. By Gene Takagi and Erin Bradrick.

http://www.nonprofitlawblog.com/
  • Feb 22

    Nonprofit Radio: Crowdfunding Law

    Nonprofit Radio: Crowdfunding Law
    I’ll be on Nonprofit Radio this Friday at 10:30 am PT / 1:30 pm ET talking with host Tony Martignetti about crowdfunding laws. Catch us live on Talking Alternative or a few days later…
  • Feb 19

    Tax-Exemption and Public Policy – Bob Jones University

    Tax-Exemption and Public Policy – Bob Jones University
    Bob Jones University v. United States, 461 U.S. 574 (1983), is a landmark case in which the United States Supreme Court held that the IRS had the authority to revoke the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status of Bob Jones University…
  • Feb 17

    Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 2/17/17

    Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 2/17/17
    The past week was marked by the resignation of President Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn under the cloud of highly suspicious and likely unlawful communications, as a private citizen, with the Russians regarding U.S.…
Rank this Week: 1282

Corporate Securities Law Blog

Corporate Securities Law Blog

Focuses on complliance, corporate governance, disclosure, mergers and tax issues. By Sheppard Mullin.

http://www.corporatesecuritieslawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 512

El Conta punto com

El Conta punto com

Herramientas para los contadores -México-

http://elconta.com/
Rank this Week: 51

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Bingham Greenebaum Doll Blog

Covers Indiana law.

http://www.bgdlegal.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 652

MauledAgain

MauledAgain

Covers tax law, legal education, the First Amendment, religion, and law generally. By Villanova law professor James Edward Maule.

http://mauledagain.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 22

    Can Your Girlfriend’s Child Be Your Dependent?

    Can Your Girlfriend’s Child Be Your Dependent?
    Is it possible for the child of a taxpayer’s girlfriend, or boyfriend, to be the taxpayer’s dependent? Though one’s first reaction might be to say no, the answer is yes. How can that be? One answer can be found in a recent…
  • Feb 20

    So Who Should Pay Taxes for Police Protection?

    So Who Should Pay Taxes for Police Protection?
    As explained in this article and others, the governor of Pennsylvania has proposed that Pennsylvania towns relying on the state police for all policing in the town pay a $25 per-person tax for those services. Not surprisingly, the proposal…
  • Feb 17

    When the Tax Law Requires an “Unjust” Result

    When the Tax Law Requires an “Unjust” Result
    A recent United States Tax Court decision, Smyth v. Comr., T.C. Memo 2017-29, provides an opportunity to explore the extent to which a tax law, applied to a specific set of facts, can generate an “unjust” result. The facts were…
Rank this Week: 2617

Tax Blog

Tax Blog

Discusses tax law, tax legislation, and other IRS tax happenings. By Kreig Mitchell.

http://www.irstaxtrouble.com/category/tax-blog/
  • Feb 21

    Check Signing Activity Not Sufficient for Trust Fund Penalty

    Check Signing Activity Not Sufficient for Trust Fund Penalty
    The IRS will often assert trust fund recovery penalties against anyone who signs checks written on the business checking account. The court addressed this in Shaffran v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2017-35, concluding that some check signing…
  • Feb 18

    Appeals Court Upholds IC-DISC Roth IRA Tax Strategy

    Appeals Court Upholds IC-DISC Roth IRA Tax Strategy
    The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the IC-DISC Roth IRA tax strategy in In Summa Holdings, Inc. v. Commissioner, No. 16-1712 (2017). This tax strategy allows business owners to sidestep the annual Roth IRA contribution limits, thereby…
  • Feb 13

    Relying on an Attorney for a Tax Filing Deadline is Reasonable Cause

    Relying on an Attorney for a Tax Filing Deadline is Reasonable Cause
    In Estate of Hake v. United States, No. 1:15-CV-1382 (M.D. Pa 2017), the court considered whether relying on an attorney for when a tax return had to be filed, rather than relying on the attorney to file the tax return, was reasonable cause.…
Rank this Week: 1569

Nonprofit and Exempt Organization…

Nonprofit and Exempt Organization Blog

Focused on nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, with an emphasis on federal tax and Minnesota nonprofit legal issues. By Robertson Law Office.

http://www.robertsonlawofficellc.com/Blog/
  • Feb 21

    Nonprofit Law Conference, March 14, 2017

    Nonprofit Law Conference, March 14, 2017
    On March 14, 2017, I'll be discussing Exemption Issues and Small Organizations (or, How to Clean Up Messes), as well as participating as a panelist on Practical and Timely Hints for Working with Nonprofits. The annual Nonprofit Law Conference…
  • Jan 10

    Minnesota Women Lawyers panel

    Minnesota Women Lawyers panel
    Please join me February 15th for a panel discussion put on by the MWL Equity Committee, regarding non-profit board service: considerations for attorneys. Registration is open online until February 13th. The fee is $10 for non-members, and…
  • Dec 29

    Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements Allowed in 2017

    Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements Allowed in 2017
    I don't often address employee benefits issues on this blog because I don't myself practice in that area.  However, a new law that just passed reinstates (to a degree) a health care reimbursement option that some smaller nonprofits may…
Rank this Week: 3633

Bernick Lifson Business Law Blog

Bernick Lifson Business Law Blog

Covers topics related to business law, including intellectual property, trademarks, litigation, and employment law.

http://www.bernicklifson.com/blog/
  • Feb 21

    The Fair Housing Act Meets Senior Living: Condo Exemptions and the 55+ Population

    The Fair Housing Act Meets Senior Living: Condo Exemptions and the 55+ Population
    Imagine this:  A client calls you.  She is semi-retired or thinking about retiring.  She is considering buying into an “adult living” community. Your client wants to downsize for her retirement years and is very…
  • Feb 14

    Protecting your Homeowner Association in Contracted Work

    Protecting your Homeowner Association in Contracted Work
    I cannot tell you how many times this has happened: The phone rings…it is a board member frantically telling me a story that starts out…we were referred to a company that (pick one): my brother in law swears by; another…
  • Feb 7

    The Overtime Final Ruling: What It Means for Your Busine

    The Overtime Final Ruling: What It Means for Your Busine
    Last month, President Obama and Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced their final ruling regarding overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Final Ruling: Extend Overtime Pay Protections The Overtime Final Rule…
Rank this Week: 2094

IRS Problem Solver Blog

IRS Problem Solver Blog

Covers IRS problems and how to solve them. By Darrin Mish.

http://www.getirshelp.com/irsblog
  • Feb 21

    The Case of the Louisianan with a High Tax Bill

    The Case of the Louisianan with a High Tax Bill
    The post The Case of the Louisianan with a High Tax Bill appeared first on .
  • Feb 20

    What Does the IRS Have On You?

    What Does the IRS Have On You?
    The post What Does the IRS Have On You? appeared first on .
  • Feb 16

    What Is An Offer In Compromise And How Does It Work

    What Is An Offer In Compromise And How Does It Work
    KATRINA MADEWELL:  Welcome to the IRS Solution Attorney show. DARRIN T. MISH: I am the host the IRS Solution Attorney Darrin T. Mish. KATRINA MADEWELL:  I’m your co-host Katrina Madewell. Are you thinking about that one today…
Rank this Week: 1587

Pew Blog

Pew Blog

Covers bankruptcy and tax. By Pew Law Center, PLLC.

http://www.pewlaw.com/blog
  • Feb 20

    Seven Strategies to Help Settle Your IRS Tax Debt

    Seven Strategies to Help Settle Your IRS Tax Debt
    Owing money to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can be extremely stressful and intimidating. There are also very real consequences when it comes to owing money to the IRS. This is a federal agency with a lot of power. They can garnish your…
  • Feb 19

    Arizona Lawmakers Want to Raise Minimum Insurance Required for Driver

    Arizona Lawmakers Want to Raise Minimum Insurance Required for Driver
    State legislators want to force Arizona drivers to purchase more auto insurance to pay for the injuries and losses they cause to others. According to a report on Tucson.com, the existing law allows individuals to drive a vehicle with…
  • Feb 17

    Arizona Lawmakers One Step Closer to Ban Texting While Driving

    Arizona Lawmakers One Step Closer to Ban Texting While Driving
    Arizona is taking a small step toward making texting and driving illegal in the state. According to a news report in The Arizona Republic, the proposed Senate Bill 1080 would ban teen drivers from using cell phones for six months after they…
Rank this Week: 2968

Florida Estate Planning and…

Florida Estate Planning and Probate Law Blog

By Marc Soss.

http://floridaestateplanningandprobatelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 20

    DOES YOUR FORMER STATE OF RESIDENCE STILL BELIEVE YOU ARE A RESIDENT?

    DOES YOUR FORMER STATE OF RESIDENCE STILL BELIEVE YOU ARE A RESIDENT?
    The term “Snowbird” refers to an individual who spends their winters in one of the sunshine states (Florida, Arizona, etc..) and their summers in one of the cooler weather states (Northeast, Northwest, etc..). Most Snowbirds claim…
  • Feb 12

    FEDERAL ELDER ABUSE AND PREVENTION ACT ON THE HORIZON

    FEDERAL ELDER ABUSE AND PREVENTION ACT ON THE HORIZON
    The Elder Abuse and Prevention Act has a high chance of becoming law this year. The legislation has received substantial support among elderly advocacy groups because of its promise to make the world a safer place for seniors. Additionally,…
  • Feb 12

    EVEN THE WEALTHY FAIL TO UPDATE THEIR ESTATE PLANNING DOCUMENTS

    EVEN THE WEALTHY FAIL TO UPDATE THEIR ESTATE PLANNING DOCUMENTS
    In a 2016 study, 26% out of 3,105 wealthy individuals surveyed had a complete estate-planning strategy to transfer their wealth to the next generation. Further, only 54% had created a will, but most had not updated them. As a result, $1.5…
Rank this Week: 1878

TaxMama's TaxQuips

TaxMama's TaxQuips

Daily tax and small business podcast with tax and small business news tidbits covering investment, inheritance real estate and more.

http://www.taxquips.com/?cat=TaxQuips
  • Feb 20

    Eight Tax Questions to Ask Before You Get Married

    Eight Tax Questions to Ask Before You Get Married
    Form 4506T request with the IRS for each of you. Request a copy of Form 1040 on line six, check all the boxes on the form, and enter the last four years on line nine (i.e., 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012). Or, you can log into the the IRS’s Get…
  • Feb 2

    TaxMama’s TaxQuips Tax Season PotPourri

    TaxMama’s TaxQuips Tax Season PotPourri
    Today TaxMama® wants to address several issues that are confusing people this year – or important for you to know. Dear Friends and Family, We are getting a great many questions this year. These are some of the important issues…
  • Dec 20

    TaxMama's Year-End Tip

    TaxMama's Year-End Tip
    Today TaxMama® wants to remind you about last-minute steps to take before 2016 ends. Dear Friends and Family,   The Electoral College has confirmed our new president-elect. So we can expect some changes next year. You can…
Rank this Week: 858

Urbach & Avraham CPAs Law Blog

Urbach & Avraham CPAs Law Blog

Covers forensic accounting, estate administration, and personal, corporate, and estate income taxes.

http://uandacpas.com/blog/
  • Feb 20

    Distribute by March 6, 2017 to Reduce 2016 Estate & Trust income taxe

    Distribute by March 6, 2017 to Reduce 2016 Estate & Trust income taxe
    Estates and trusts can save steep 2016 fiduciary income taxes by distributing to beneficiaries by March 6, 2017. The distributions will count as 2016 distributions to reduce 2016 income taxes.
  • Jan 26

    Delay of NJ 2016 refund

    Delay of NJ 2016 refund
    NJ 2016 Income Tax Refunds will not be issued until March 1, 2017
  • Jan 26

    Immigration Eyes New 1-9

    Immigration Eyes New 1-9
    What’s New? Beginning January 22, 2017, employers must use only the new Form I-9 as reported by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services on their website www.uscis.gov. The new form is dated 11/14/2016 on the bottom of each page…
Rank this Week: 3159

Houston Tax Attorney Blog

Houston Tax Attorney Blog

Covers tax controversies and offshore assets. By the Law Office of Kunal Patel, LLC.

http://www.kpateloffice.com/blog
  • Feb 19

    2017 FATCA Update

    2017 FATCA Update
    While there has been a strong movement in recent years to repeal FATCA, it has not gained momentum with the new administration. Regardless it could not be done through an executive order. It would require an act of Congress and probably an…
  • Feb 11

    Immigration Woes for Taxpayers Owing Back Taxe

    Immigration Woes for Taxpayers Owing Back Taxe
    More travel complications are in store and it’s not just for foreigners. Under new rules to be implemented soon, American citizens can be banned from travelling by having their passports revoked for unpaid tax debt. Certification of…
  • Feb 9

    Discharging Tax Debt Under Chapter 7

    Discharging Tax Debt Under Chapter 7
    A common misconception is that federal taxes cannot be discharged through bankruptcy. However, a Chapter 7 filing can be a very powerful tool in obtaining immediate relief of past due taxes. What is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy? A petition…
Rank this Week: 1077

Tax Blog

Tax Blog

By the Law Office of Kunal Patel, LLC.

https://www.kpateloffice.com/blog/
  • Feb 19

    2017 FATCA Update

    2017 FATCA Update
    While there has been a strong movement in recent years to repeal FATCA, it has not gained momentum with the new administration. Regardless it could not be done through an executive order. It would require an act of Congress and probably an…
  • Feb 11

    Immigration Woes for Taxpayers Owing Back Taxe

    Immigration Woes for Taxpayers Owing Back Taxe
    More travel complications are in store and it’s not just for foreigners. Under new rules to be implemented soon, American citizens can be banned from travelling by having their passports revoked for unpaid tax debt. Certification of…
  • Feb 9

    Discharging Tax Debt Under Chapter 7

    Discharging Tax Debt Under Chapter 7
    A common misconception is that federal taxes cannot be discharged through bankruptcy. However, a Chapter 7 filing can be a very powerful tool in obtaining immediate relief of past due taxes. What is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy? A petition…
Rank this Week: 2164

Law Blog Switzerland

Law Blog Switzerland

Swiss blawg covering a broad range of Swiss and international laws.

http://www.lawblogswitzerland.ch
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Canadian Tax Litigation

Canadian Tax Litigation

Covers Canadian tax litigation developments. By FMC Law.

http://www.canadiantaxlitigation.com/
  • Feb 19

    Correcting Tax Mistakes after Fairmont and Jean Coutu

    Correcting Tax Mistakes after Fairmont and Jean Coutu
    I was very glad to be a panelist for the Canadian Tax Foundation’s conference on the Supreme Court of Canada’s decisions in Fairmont and Jean Coutu. During the discussion the panelists were asked about the ways taxpayers may…
  • Dec 22

    506913 N.B. Ltd.: Jarndyce v. Jarndyce Revisited

    506913 N.B. Ltd.: Jarndyce v. Jarndyce Revisited
    On a procedural motion in 506913 N.B. Ltd. v. The Queen (2016 TCC 286), the Tax Court ordered the Respondent to answer all questions refused on discovery, reattend at a further discovery, and pay the Appellant’s costs on the…
  • Dec 13

    Jean Coutu: SCC Revises Test for Rectification under the Civil Code

    Jean Coutu: SCC Revises Test for Rectification under the Civil Code
    On December 9, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered its judgment in Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. v Attorney General of Canada (2016 SCC 55) along with its companion case Canada (Attorney General) v Fairmont Hotels Inc. (2016 SCC 56). Our…
Rank this Week: 3716

Rubin on Tax

Rubin on Tax

Covers tax and legal issues relating to federal and Florida tax, estate planning, probate, and business matters. By Charles Rubin.

http://rubinontax.floridatax.com/
  • Feb 19

    Michael Jackson Estate Tax Case Moving Forward

    Michael Jackson Estate Tax Case Moving Forward
    Most estate tax practitioners will tell you estate tax it is all about valuation when assets are other than cash and marketable securities. The estate tax case of the Michael Jackson estate is an ideal demonstration. Tax Court proceedings are…
  • Feb 18

    IRS is Getting More Info About Your Home Mortgage

    IRS is Getting More Info About Your Home Mortgage
    Below is a copy of the 2017 Form 1098: The items with the green arrows are new - previously, the IRS did not obtain this information from the mortgage lender. Key items now being disclosed include the principal balance at the beginning of…
  • Feb 11

    Birds-Eye View of New Gain Recognition Rules on Transfers of Appreciated Property to Partnerships with Related Foreign Partner

    Birds-Eye View of New Gain Recognition Rules on Transfers of Appreciated Property to Partnerships with Related Foreign Partner
    The IRS recently issued extensive regulations under the authority of Section 721(c) that denies nonrecognition treatment for transfer of appreciated property to a controlled partnership (domestic or foreign) by a U.S. person if there are…
Rank this Week: 752

Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP…

Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP News & Commentary

Covers estate planning, tax law, and real estate law.

http://rogerssheffield.com/news-and-commentary
  • Feb 17

    Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP Opposes City of Santa Barbara’s Anti-SLAPP Motion

    Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP Opposes City of Santa Barbara’s Anti-SLAPP Motion
    On February 16, 2017, Travis C. Logue and Jason W. Wansor, attorneys with the Santa Barbara law firm of Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP, filed Theo Kracke’s Opposition to the City of Santa Barbara’s Anti-SLAPP (Strategic…
  • Feb 14

    Intentionally Defective Grantor Trust

    Intentionally Defective Grantor Trust
    For most people, estate planning includes transferring assets to their children or grandchildren without paying any taxes.  The problem is that these transfers are typically subject to federal taxes.  The transfers are either…
  • Jan 31

    Family Limited Partnership

    Family Limited Partnership
    You have worked long and hard to accumulate your investment properties. Now you are faced with the problem of how best to plan for transfers to family members without having your investments decimated by income and estate taxes. If you make…
Rank this Week: 2174

The Ag Docket

The Ag Docket

Offers a perspective on current agricultural law issues. By the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University.

http://www.calt.iastate.edu/blogpost
  • Feb 17

    Polk County District Court Rejects Landowners' Eminent Domain Challenge

    Polk County District Court Rejects Landowners' Eminent Domain Challenge
    A Polk County District Court judge has ruled that the Iowa Utilities Board properly acted within its discretion in determining that the Dakota Access pipeline would promote the “public convenience and necessity.” The court also…
  • Feb 14

    Parties in DMWW Lawsuit Disagree as to Meaning of Iowa Court Opinion

    Parties in DMWW Lawsuit Disagree as to Meaning of Iowa Court Opinion
    In a filing last evening, the parties to the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit—the Board of Water Works Trustees and the drainage districts—again showed they are miles apart in their interpretation of the law. This time, the…
  • Feb 9

    Brother Prevails on Intentional Interference with Inheritance Claim

    Brother Prevails on Intentional Interference with Inheritance Claim
    The Iowa Court of Appeals yesterday upheld a jury verdict awarding a brother more than $1.5 million in damages against his two sisters. The court found that substantial evidence supported the jury’s finding that the sisters exerted…
Rank this Week: 2270

Planning Notes

Planning Notes

Covers fundamental concepts relevant to estate planning, business law, real estate law, and tax law. By Cook & Cook.

http://cooklaw.co/blog
  • Feb 16

    LLC, Corporation, Trade Name, Trademark: Which Do I Need?

    LLC, Corporation, Trade Name, Trademark: Which Do I Need?
    You want to protect your business, but what legal strategy will help you to protect it best? This might sound a little like something Yoda would say, but the particular strategy or strategies will depend upon what you are most interested in…
  • Feb 9

    Fraudulent Conveyances & Asset Protection

    Fraudulent Conveyances & Asset Protection
    Although the idea of asset protection, i.e. protecting assets from creditors of the a person who owns them, may seem simple at first glance, it's not. In reality, implicit in asset protection is a rather nuanced process of dealing with the…
  • Feb 7

    Adopted Children & Arizona’s Intestacy Statute

    Adopted Children & Arizona’s Intestacy Statute
    If a person dies without a will in Arizona, can that person's children who were adopted by another person or persons still inherit from the decedent's probate estate? It depends. Arizona's Intestacy statue provides the following, in part: B.…
Rank this Week: 4803

Wealth Law Blog

Wealth Law Blog

Covers building, protecting and distributing wealth. By Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP.

http://samuelslaw.com/blog/
  • Feb 16

    Death of the Death Tax?

    Death of the Death Tax?
    On January 10, 2017, Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) introduced H.R. 631, the “Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017.” While this bill resembles a similar bill that failed to become law in 2015, with the 2016 elections, the political landscape…
  • Feb 13

    Brighton Jones Event – Women Living a Richer Life

    Brighton Jones Event – Women Living a Richer Life
    Join us March 23rd for an empowering day of coaching, connections, and conversation at Brighton Jones Women Living a Richer Life Summit.The event will begin with Michelle Williams sharing her inspiration and vision for the Women Living a…
  • Feb 3

    Portland “Relocation Assistance” Ordinance Requires Landlords Pay

    Portland “Relocation Assistance” Ordinance Requires Landlords Pay
    On the evening of February 2, 2017, the Portland City Council passed an ordinance that will require landlords to pay for relocation assistance to their tenants. The ordinance will enable tenants to be paid for moving costs when their landlord…
Rank this Week: 4874

Tax, Trust and Estate News

Tax, Trust and Estate News

Covers federal and state income taxes, and business taxes. By Scarinci Hollenbeck.

http://taxtrustestatenews.com/
  • Feb 16

    Hacks For Business Tax Law In 2017

    Hacks For Business Tax Law In 2017
    The new year promises to bring twists and turns to the business tax law landscape. Although it's still in the early stages and nothing is certain, experts around the industry are advocating for companies to be prepared. Stay on your toes The…
  • Feb 13

    Tax Season Is Here – What You Need To Know

    Tax Season Is Here – What You Need To Know
    Tax season starts January 23 and there are a few changes that come with it in 2017, including an adjustment to the final day you can file for 2016. Delays abound Normally, you have to file your taxes by April 15—it has become an…
  • Feb 7

    IC-Disc…Is it Right for Your Business?

    IC-Disc…Is it Right for Your Business?
    Now that President Trump has made it a priority to bring back manufacturing to the United States, now might be the time to consider an IC-Disc (Interest Charge Domestic International Sale Corporation). An IC-Disc reflects a special tax…
Rank this Week: 451

Todd S. Unger Blog

Todd S. Unger Blog

Covers those who have gotten in trouble with the IRS, and how to avoid tax problems.

http://www.irsproblemsolve.com/blog/
  • Feb 15

    The Dangers of Unpaid Back Payroll Taxe

    The Dangers of Unpaid Back Payroll Taxe
    Notwithstanding IRS budget cuts, my tax practice has experienced an uptick of unpaid payroll tax investigation cases. I have also observed that payroll cases are move faster through the IRS collection process than non-payroll cases. I…
  • Jan 30

    Small Business Guide To Overlooked And Uncommon Tax Deduction

    Small Business Guide To Overlooked And Uncommon Tax Deduction
    Owning a small business is a taxing proposition, and not just in the most literal sense. Managing every aspect of a business venture takes a lot of time and effort, so doing everything possible to maximize your profit — your reward for…
  • Jun 10

    4 Benefits Of Using A Tax Attorney vs. Representing Yourself

    4 Benefits Of Using A Tax Attorney vs. Representing Yourself
    Are you currently caught in the middle of a tax dispute? If so, then you may be understandably intimidated by the idea of facing the IRS. This can be a very stressful time, and the last thing you need is to face the situation alone. By…
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Utah Estate Planning

Utah Estate Planning

Covers estate planning, probate, trusts and wills in Utah. By Jason C. Hunter.

http://www.utahestateplanning.typepad.com/
  • Feb 14

    Long-Term Disability Insurance can be a Guaranteed Paycheck

    Long-Term Disability Insurance can be a Guaranteed Paycheck
    “As if it weren't enough that people with disabilities and their families suffer the physical effects of their disability, they must also jump through hoops to first, qualify for assistance and then to pay attention to what is required to…
  • Feb 13

    It’s Not Fair! Will Contests Are Costly and Stressful

    It’s Not Fair! Will Contests Are Costly and Stressful
    “In most will contest situations, the issue is whether or not the person who executed the will had the legal capacity to do so.” Say that after an extended illness, the older of two brothers passes away. When he died, he was divorced,…
  • Sep 20

    How you can benefit from elder law services - Video | KRIV

    How you can benefit from elder law services - Video | KRIV
    via www.fox26houston.com How you can benefit from elder law services? ElderCounsel CEO, Valerie Peterson, J.D., was live on Fox 26 Houston on Thursday, September 15. She talked about common elder law planning misconceptions, long term care in…
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Taxidermy: Getting Under the Skin…

Taxidermy: Getting Under the Skin of Tax Law

Insight into the trials and tribulations of a UK tax lawyer. By Ann L. Humphrey.

http://www.annlhumphrey.com/blog
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Moses & Moses Law Blog

Moses & Moses Law Blog

A corporate, family and tax law blog. By Moses & Moses, P.C.

http://www.mosespc.com/blog/
  • Feb 10

    Keeping Your Advance Directive for Health Care Handy

    Keeping Your Advance Directive for Health Care Handy
    An essential part of your estate plan is an Advance Directive for Health Care (Advance Directive) yet clients rarely have them available when needed – like going to the emergency room (ER). As elder law and estate planning attorneys, we…
  • Jan 20

    The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act

    The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act
    Congress finally passed the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act and the President signed it into law on December 13, 2016. The most important part of the bill is that it allows individuals with disabilities, who have capacity, to create their…
  • Jan 10

    What about Dementia?

    What about Dementia?
    Dementia results in the inability to process thought. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. and affects about 8 million people. There is no way to predict whom it will affect, when it will attack or how long it will last. The…
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Palm Springs Tax and Trust Lawyers

Palm Springs Tax and Trust Lawyers

Covers estate tax and trust administration issues. By Sanger & Manes.

http://www.palmspringstaxandtrustlawyers.com/
  • Feb 9

    HOW TO TITLE US REAL ESTATE FOR CANADIANS: A Primer

    HOW TO TITLE US REAL ESTATE FOR CANADIANS: A Primer
    One of the perennial questions my Canadian clients ask me is how they should take title to their US real estate, usually a vacation home.  My answer is, it depends on a number of considerations, but the right choice probably involves a…
  • Feb 8

    WORKING WHILE VACATIONING: The Perils of California Source Rules for Nonresident

    WORKING WHILE VACATIONING: The Perils of California Source Rules for Nonresident
    In “Nonresidents Working Remotely for California Businesses” I discussed how the internet economy, ecommerce and constant connectivity has allowed increasing numbers of nonresidents to provide services to California businesses…
  • Jan 21

    Nonresidents Working Remotely For California Businesse

    Nonresidents Working Remotely For California Businesse
    How to Take Paul Newman's "The Sting" Out of Your Taxes With the rise of the internet, cloud and smart phone economy, more and more people have the option of living in one state while working in another - remotely. The possibilities for…
Rank this Week: 3409

MW Attorneys Blog

MW Attorneys Blog

Covers tax news and tips. By Montgomery & Wetenkamp.

http://www.mwattorneys.com/blog/
  • Feb 9

    Business Email Spoofing

    Business Email Spoofing
    Google defines “spoof” as a “humorous imitation of something,” or a “trick played on someone as a joke.” But there is ...
  • Dec 13

    IRS Holiday Fraud Warning

    IRS Holiday Fraud Warning
    For years now, the IRS has taken an active role in warning taxpayers, and the tax industry in general, of tax-related ...
  • Nov 23

    IRS: Some Refunds Will be Delayed in 2017

    IRS: Some Refunds Will be Delayed in 2017
    It’s hard to make tax news interesting because it’s always the same story over and over again. People are getting scammed ...
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Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

Kevin A. Pollock BLAWG

Covers wills, trusts & estates, guardianships, tax and asset protection planning.

http://willstrustsestates.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 9

    Notification of the Death of a Loved One

    Notification of the Death of a Loved One
    New Jersey recently passed a new law that requires senior citizen housing developments to notify the next of kin in the event that a resident passes away in the development.  See…
  • Jan 23

    Why Titling Of Assets Is So Important In Second Marriage

    Why Titling Of Assets Is So Important In Second Marriage
    I was talking to another estate planning recently and discussing how much of our work involves assisting clients who have blended families.  Blended families generally refers to clients who are married but at least one of the spouses has…
  • Jan 17

    Opening of New York Law Firm Office

    Opening of New York Law Firm Office
    I am pleased to announce that we have officially opened an office in Manhattan.While our main office is still located near Princeton, New Jersey, we will be happy to meet with clients by appointment at our New York location:122 East 42nd…
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ataxingmatter

ataxingmatter

Tax law and economics by Linda Beale

http://ataxingmatter.blogs.com/tax/
  • Feb 9

    GOP Senators fight facts: won't hear Coretta Scott King's views of Attorney General nominee Session

    GOP Senators fight facts: won't hear Coretta Scott King's views of Attorney General nominee Session
    GOP obstructionism is back again in full form. This time, instead of voting over and over again to eliminate affordable health care (Obamacare) for the 20 million Americans now covered by the health reform act or declaring that they will...
  • Feb 8

    Trump Administration Plays Havoc with Education--and your tax dollar

    Trump Administration Plays Havoc with Education--and your tax dollar
    Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education in a Senate vote that had every Democratic Senator voting against her, along with two brave Republican Senators (Lisa Murkowski, Alaska; and Susan Collins, Maine). Thanks to those no-voters…
  • Jan 30

    Trump Administration Plays Havoc with Voice of America

    Trump Administration Plays Havoc with Voice of America
    Did you know that the Republicans inserted a change to the administration of the Voice of America (VOA) network in the December military authorization 'must pass' bill? The VOA has always been administered by a bipartisan broadcasting board…
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California Litigation Attorney…

California Litigation Attorney Blog

Covers legal news. By Reid & Hellyer.

http://www.rhlaw.com/blog/
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Multi-State Tax Law Blog

Multi-State Tax Law Blog

Covers tax law. By Gerald Donnini.

http://www.floridataxlawyer-blog.com/
  • Feb 8

    PA Taxes Digital Goods in Act 84

    PA Taxes Digital Goods in Act 84
    Effective August 1, 2016, Pennsylvania has joined the ranks of states attempting to expand their sales and use tax jurisdiction over digital downloads. With out-of-state internet sales taking away sales tax revenue from the states in…
  • Jan 3

    Simplification: They Must Not Be Talking About Federal Tax Law

    Simplification: They Must Not Be Talking About Federal Tax Law
    Potential good news for the growing mobile workforce.  Currently, there is a Bill pending in the US Senate to simplify the exposure, withholding, and reporting of state income taxes for both employers and employees traveling across state…
  • Nov 13

    Tennessee Jumps on Economic Nexus Train

    Tennessee Jumps on Economic Nexus Train
    Tennessee is the latest of states to jump on the economic nexus bandwagon.  In an effort to sidestep the physical presence the proposed rule would require out-of-state dealers that engage in the regular or systematic solicitation of…
Rank this Week: 2421

Kentucky Estate, Probate and Tax…

Kentucky Estate, Probate and Tax Law Blog

Covers estate planning and tax law. By English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley LLP.

http://www.mykentuckyestateattorney.com/
  • Feb 7

    Estate should pay decedent’s debt – not survivor

    Estate should pay decedent’s debt – not survivor
    By Nathan Vinson, attorney English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP When a spouse, parent or child passes away, it’s incredibly difficult to handle. Beyond your own grief, planning the funeral and handling a thousand different tasks, you…
  • Feb 7

    Estate should pay decedent’s debt – not survivor

    Estate should pay decedent’s debt – not survivor
    By Nathan Vinson, attorney English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP When a spouse, parent or child passes away, it’s incredibly difficult to handle. Beyond your own grief, planning the funeral and handling a thousand different tasks, you…
  • Jan 17

    2016 tax exemptions numbers you’ll need to do your taxe

    2016 tax exemptions numbers you’ll need to do your taxe
    By Nathan Vinson, Attorney English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP Each year, the IRS sets dollar amounts for specific types of exemptions. Usually, these don’t change much – $100 here, $50 here, etc. You’ll need these…
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Seay Law Firm Blog

Seay Law Firm Blog

Covers Texas tax law.

http://www.seaytaxlaw.com/blog/
  • Feb 6

    Appeals Court: No COGS for Heavy Equipment Delivery/Pick-up Fee

    Appeals Court: No COGS for Heavy Equipment Delivery/Pick-up Fee
    The Texas Third Court of Appeals recently held in Hegar v. Sunstate Equipment Co., LLC, that a company that leased heavy equipment to construction products could not include its delivery and pick-up fees for the equipment in its cost of goods…
  • Jan 19

    Business Buyer Owes Tax Not Assessed Until After Purchase, Appeals Court Say

    Business Buyer Owes Tax Not Assessed Until After Purchase, Appeals Court Say
    The Texas Third Court of Appeals held today in Agri-Plex Heating and Cooling, LLC v. Hegar that the purchaser of a business may be liable for Texas sales and use tax assessed against the business for the time before the purchase, even if the…
  • Jan 6

    Movie Theaters Still Qualify for COGS, Appeals Court Say

    Movie Theaters Still Qualify for COGS, Appeals Court Say
    The Third Court of Appeals issued a new opinion today in American Multi-Cinema, Inc. v. Hegar, over a year and a half after the Texas Comptroller filed a motion for rehearing.  The new opinion leaves in places the Third Court of…
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Accel Tax Blog

Accel Tax Blog

Covers tax law news and tax planning for individuals and businesses.

http://www.acceltaxandbusiness.com/blog.php
Rank this Week: 2800

Global Tax Enforcement

Global Tax Enforcement

Presents commentary on tax enforcement, news and developments. By Baker Hostetler.

http://www.globaltaxenforcement.com/
Rank this Week: 2961

ISU CALT Articles

ISU CALT Articles

Covers key issues in agricultural law and taxation, including federal and state legal opinions and critical legislative developments. From Iowa State University's Center for Agricultural Law & Taxation.

http://www.calt.iastate.edu/article
  • Jan 27

    Iowa Supreme Court Sides with Drainage District

    Iowa Supreme Court Sides with Drainage District
      The Iowa Supreme Court today issued a ruling favoring the drainage districts in three northwest Iowa counties in the high profile Des Moines Water Works nitrate litigation. This ruling effectively means that the federal court will…
  • Dec 30

    2016 in Review: An Agricultural Law Summary

    2016 in Review: An Agricultural Law Summary
      As we close out the year, we pause to review important developments in agricultural law from 2016. The year saw several important rulings with respect to the Clean Water Act,as well as the progression of several key Clean Water Act…
  • Dec 28

    Webinar Replay - Iowa Cooperatives: Understanding Equity and Patronage

    Webinar Replay - Iowa Cooperatives: Understanding Equity and Patronage
      This December 20, 2016 webinar is designed for both practitioners and producers. Teaching this webinar is Dr. Keri Jacobs, an assistant professor and cooperatives extension economist in the Department of Economics at Iowa State…
Rank this Week: 1876

PVW Tax & Business Law Blog

PVW Tax & Business Law Blog

Covers issues that concern business entities, taxation, and employment law. By Parsonage Vandenack Williams LLC.

http://www.pvwtaxandbusinesslaw.wordpress.com/
  • Jan 27

    New Year, New Requirements – Employers Must Now Use the New Form I-9

    New Year, New Requirements – Employers Must Now Use the New Form I-9
    One of the changes the new year brought was a new version of I-9 Form.  Beginning on January 22, all employers should now use the newly revised version of the new I-9 Form for verifying employment eligibility.  The form may be found…
  • Jan 11

    IRS Issues Final Regulations for Foreign Owned Single Member LLC

    IRS Issues Final Regulations for Foreign Owned Single Member LLC
    The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued final regulations that will increase reporting requirements for certain foreign owned single member limited liability companies (“LLC”). When a single member LLC is formed,…
  • Dec 27

    Supreme Court Issues Ruling on Insider Trading Case

    Supreme Court Issues Ruling on Insider Trading Case
    In its first insider trading decision in nearly two decades, the United States Supreme Court upheld the insider trading conviction of Bassam Salman and reaffirmed the three-decade-old personal benefit standard applied to insider trading…
Rank this Week: 2822