Monthly Archives: June 2013

ILN Today Post

Can I still get 100% tax relief with the BPRA?

This piece was first published on www.spearswms.com on 22 May 2013.

In this new anti-tax-avoidance era, when so many tax reliefs have been withdrawn, I’ve heard that investing in a Business Property Renovation Allowance scheme is one of the few remaining good opportunities for maxing your tax position. Is it true that you can get up to 100 per cent tax relief on the amount invested? And what exactly are these schemes? How do they work? What are the upsides? Downsides? More…

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Child maintenance still isn’t working for many

Two thirds (64%) of single parents on out-of-work benefits do not receive any child maintenance from their child’s other parent, although the proportion that do increased from one quarter (24%) to one third (36%) between 2007 and 2012, according to research published by Gingerbread, NatCen and BPSR and funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

The research also shows that child maintenance, where it is paid, plays a key role in lifting children out of poverty; but that some parents are unable to make private arrangements and will continue to depend on the Child Support Agency (CSA), despite government plans to charge them for using the statutory service in future.

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HOWARD & HOWARD EXPANDS TAXATION PRACTICE

Royal Oak, Michigan, June 6, 2013:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Gina Staudacher has joined the firm.  She will practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak Office.

Ms. Staudacher concentrates her practice in the area of taxation with an emphasis in international economic tax incentives, global research tax credits, IRS controversy, accounting methods and fixed assets. More…

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FTC SENDS EDUCATIONAL LETTERS TO APP DEVELOPERS TO HELP PREPARE FOR COPPA CHANGES

In advance of the July 1st effective date of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the FTC sent more than 90 letters to domestic and foreign app developers in an effort to help them comply with these new requirements. Click here for a previously authored D&G Alert regarding these COPPA amendments. More…

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ENTRY FEES NOW PERMITTED FOR SKILL-BASED CONTESTS IN VERMONT

As of April 26, 2013, sponsors of skill-based contests in Vermont may require
an entry fee or other consideration for entry into skill games.

BACKGROUND

Up until this point, Vermont was one of  the few states that prohibited sponsors from requiring an entrant to pay an entry fee or similar consideration for entry into skill games. More…

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Ohio Statehouse Update: This Week in Ohio — June 7, 2013

Biennial budget clears Ohio Senate

The Ohio Senate passed its version of the state’s two year spending plan this week, bringing the bill one step closer to final passage. The House is not expected to agree to Senate changes next week, sending the bill to conference committee to work through items of difference in the Executive, House, and Senate versions of the bill.

The Senate made additional changes to the bill in committee prior to reporting the bill, including the creation of a new Motor Fuel Receipts Tax (MFRT), effective July 1, 2014. The new tax was established in response to the Beaver Excavating Co. v. Testa Supreme Court opinion that the state was improperly spending Commercial Activity Tax (CAT) revenue from motor vehicle fuel sales for purposes other than public highways. The MFRT is computed on the basis of the supplier’s gross receipts for the first sale of motor fuel delivered to a location in the state. It imposes a tax rate equal to .65 percent on a supplier’s gross receipts and requires that revenue arising from the tax be used for public highway purposes.

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McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies Advisory: This Week in Washington — June 7, 2013

Immigration reform update 1: All eyes on the House

This week, a bipartisan group of House members announced they had a framework for a deal on immigration reform. The bipartisan working group, however, grew smaller as conservative Republican Congressman Raul Labrador (R-ID) announced he could not sign off on the deal and would author his own proposal instead.

Labrador cited the failure to include language preventing newly legalized immigrants from obtaining subsidized healthcare as the reason for his withdrawal from the group.

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Duty to Defend: Who is "you"?

By Nigel Kent

In Dominion of Canada General Insurance v. Hannam, 2013, NLCA 37, the Newfoundland Court of Appeal has issued another reminder to the insurance industry that the “plain English” use of words like “you” and “your” can lead to ambiguity and a duty to defend where none might have been expected.

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New shares of Pro Kapital Grupp admitted to trading on NASDAQ OMX Tallinn Stock Exchange

As a result of an offering conducted based on a resolution of the general meeting of shareholders held on 5 April 2013, AS Pro Kapital Grupp issued 921,153 new shares trading in which on the Secondary List of NASDAQ OMX Baltic Market commenced on Thursday 16 May 2013.

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Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners law firm is a laureate of the European Medal 2013

Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners law firm is honored to announce that it has been awarded the European Medal 2013 in the Final of the 24th Edition of the Competition organized by the Business Centre Club in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and under the honorary patronage of the European Economic and Social Committee.

The Medal has been awarded for the RAACS® system – an innovative information technology tool which allows for effective and professional management and communication in the area of the provision of legal services. More…

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