Killing the Death Tax

Just a few months ago, the pendulum was swinging far in the other direction, but now it appears there is more interest in fighting if not completely eliminating the federal Estate Tax, or as it is often called, the Death Tax. Back in the summer, we advised you of some significant proposed changes in IRS…

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Monkey See, Monkey Do

As we’ve seen in the past on an array of different initiatives, a new government mandate in one community will soon be replicated elsewhere with the effect being a wave across the country.  The soda tax idea is just the latest in an unfortunately long line of taxes, regulations and mandates.  Aside from the Philadelphia…

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DC Council Passes Universal Leave

As expected, early this week the DC Council adopted the Universal Paid Leave Bill that received its initial approval on an 11-2 vote two weeks ago. This time around, the final tally was a veto-proof 9-4 after two councilors made a concerted but unsuccessful effort to amend the bill by swapping out the 0.62 payroll…

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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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