Sexual Harassment at the Northeast Regional Meeting

No, there won’t be any there, but the subject will certainly be discussed in detail and it couldn’t be more timely – each day we read of businessmen, politicians and others losing their jobs or livelihoods because of harassment allegations. At the annual Northeast Regional Meeting on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Sheraton Needham…

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Independent Joe #47 December 2017/January 2018

There is always a certain amount of fear and trepidation about the unknown. Think back to 1999 as we approached the turn of the millennium and the catastrophes that were forecast to accompany Y2K, as it was then known. To hear some tell it back then, computers were going to think the year was 1900,…

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New Jersey Tax Change

And for the record, the new federal tax reform law, which doubles the exemption from the federal estate tax for the next 8 years, after which the higher threshold sunsets. But in New Jersey, outgoing Governor Chris Christie succeeded in eliminating the state tax on inheritances completely back when he signed a tax overhaul bill…

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Tax Reform Tops the List

As we’re all no doubt aware, the tax reform debate is THE top issue being discussed currently in the Nation’s Capital. Yesterday, the US House advanced its tax reform legislation and sent it to the US Senate by a vote of 227 – 205. The bill as approved by the House represents a tax cut…

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Miscellaneous

The 2018 State Business Tax Climate Index by the Tax Foundation was released last week with few surprises in either the top or bottom 10 states in the listing. Less regulation-oriented states populate the 10 most business-friendly while the more progressive “pick up the rear”. Wyoming tops the list, followed by South Dakota and Alaska.…

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Disaster Relief Signed Into Law

Last Friday, President Trump signed into law the Disaster Relief and Airport and Airway Expansion Act of 2017. Don’t let the airport references in the title fool you, the significance of this bill for small business owners is the relief it provides for those whose businesses were devastated by recent Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The…

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Revenge ON the Machines

No, we didn’t use the wrong preposition, city officials in San Francisco are indeed targeting the machines, or more specifically those who use machines instead of employees. The idea of hitting employers that utilize technology and automation (read: robots) with additional taxes for making their businesses more efficient (at the cost of employee jobs) first…

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Advancing Tax Reform

President Trump has raised the prospect of significant tax reform and pushed the Congress to focus on passing tax reform measures quickly. Anticipating the release of a tax reform bill and working to advance the tax priorities of franchisees across the country, the Job Creators Network (JCN) and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA)…

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Soda Tax Limbo

Speaking of being in limbo, retailers in Cook County, Illinois are between the proverbial rock and the hard place as relates the county imposed tax on sugary drinks. As we advised last week, the FDA has said that collecting the tax and then giving it back as a refund violates the federal food stamp program…

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Florida Governor Hopes To Make Tax Hikes Harder

It is a completely different type of ballot initiative campaign that Florida Governor Rick Scott is undertaking. Scott recently announced plans to push for an amendment to the state constitution that would require a supermajority in order for state taxes to be increased. Scott, who is term-limited out of office this year and expected to…

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