Court Dismisses Challenge to Philly Soda Tax

Philadelphia has won Round 1 of its fight with the beverage industry to preserve the 1.5 cents per ounce tax it imposed on sugary drinks back in June.  In a 14 page decision, Common Pleas Judge Gary Glazer dismissed the legal challenge to the Philadelphia Beverage Tax (PBT) brought by the American Beverage Association and…

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IRS Changes Hit at Hearing

A public hearing was held last week on the new IRS regulations governing Estate and Gift Tax Exemption, and small business owners and family-owned businesses were out in full force to oppose their proposed tax increases on family gifts. Recall that back in August, the Treasury Department released proposed regulations to dramatically curtail use of…

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DC Council Approves Family Leave Bill

On Tuesday by a vote of 11-2, the Washington DC City Council gave initial approval to a new Family Leave Act that may ultimately require employers to grant workers, both full- and part-time, eight weeks of paid family leave, six weeks of leave to care for a sick family member and two weeks of sick…

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90% Pay For 11 Weeks Off?

The final provisions of the so-called Family Leave Act for the District of Columbia were released early this week by Councilman Philip Mendelson who has championed the effort in the Nation’s Capital. Under the revised proposal, which will likely be voted on next week and is expected to pass, DC employers will be required to…

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PA Supreme Court Won’t Expedite Soda Tax Case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is pretty much going to let the Philadelphia soda tax take effect as scheduled on January 1, 2017 after denying a petition by the American Beverage Association among other plaintiffs for an expedited hearing.  Recall that back in June of this year, the city of Philadelphia passed a tax of 1.5…

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Others Moving Ahead With Paid Sick Leave

Despite a disagreement with Mayor Muriel Bowser on the issue, DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is planning to introduce a revised paid family leave plan for a vote in November.  Mendelson and his staff are working on the details of a new plan, including how much paid time employers would be required to provide.  He…

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Maine Asking Voters to Punish Success

Besides what some see as a Hobson’s Choice in the presidential election next month, there are a number of states that will present specific initiatives to the voters ranging from tax policies to minimum wage hikes to legalizing marijuana and seemingly everything in between.  Voters in Maine are being asked essentially to punish success by…

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IRS Targeting Family Gifts and Bequests

You didn’t think we could provide all these updates on federal agencies increasing fines and tightening restrictions on businesses without mentioning the Internal Revenue Service, did you?  We were advised by DDIFO Business Member Cynthia A. Capobianco, CPA that the Treasury Department released proposed regulations earlier this month to dramatically restrict tax options regarding family…

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DC Delays Family Leave and Scheduling Bills

The Washington DC City Council has postponed further action on two proposals pending before it that are of interest to small business.  Although it was thought both the paid sick leave and predictive work scheduling bills would receive a preliminary vote this week, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson withdrew the proposals from this week’s agenda.  Discussions…

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Miscellaneous

There are several interesting reports that were released this week relative to the business climate of different geographic locales.  We noted that CNBC released its annual ranking of the top states for business this week and their results are always interesting.  Based on 60 different measure of competitiveness, Utah, Texas and Colorado were best overall,…

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