Business Groups Favor Health Guidance; Employee Groups Warn of Abuse »
The ERISA Industry Committee, in a Sept. 28 public comment letter, strongly endorsed regulatory safe harbors aimed at helping employers reduce the administrative burden of compliance with the health care reform law and avoid expensive excise tax penalties for noncompliance.
Several Cert Petitions Pending as Supreme Court Opens Term »
The Supreme Court term is off to a slow start for tax practitioners, as there are no tax cases on the docket for the new term that begins Oct. 1.
Lawmakers Urge Continuation of Federal Deduction for State Sales Taxes »
Sixty-five members of Congress, including two senior members of the House Ways and Means Committee, urged committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) in a Sept. 25 letter to ensure that the state sales tax deduction is renewed.
Rules Aim to Ease Use of New Markets Tax Credit in Investing »
The Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations (T.D. 9600) Sept. 26 that provide for the ability for investors claiming the New Markets Tax Credit to reinvest returns in certified community development financial institutions as a way to make it easier for them to promote investments in non-real estate businesses.
E-Commerce Sales Tax Bill May Emerge in ‘Fiscal Cliff' Talks After Election »
After languishing in Congress for years, legislation enabling states to collect sales taxes on purchases made online may advance in the lame-duck session of Congress, some lobbyists and policy analysts believe.
IRS Confronts Challenges as Commissioner Shulman Steps Down »
The Internal Revenue Service faces a host of challenges in the coming months as Commissioner Douglas Shulman departs his post in November, including major legislative uncertainties, a difficult budget situation, and what is likely to be a tough filing season in 2013, practitioners told BNA in Sept. 24 interviews.
Guidance Provides Flexibility for Defining Full-Time Employee Under ACA »
Recent guidance instructing employers on how to determine which workers are full-time employees who must be offered coverage under the 2010 health care system overhaul was designed to give employers flexibility in their plan design, an Internal Revenue Service official said Sept. 20 at a conference sponsored by the American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education.
Democratic Leaders Back Long-Term Tax, Spending Deal »
Senate and House Democratic leaders said Sept. 20 they would prefer that a long-term, comprehensive budget deal gets hammered out after the November election, potentially putting a damper on bipartisan efforts in the Senate to set up a stopgap measure that could push back the so-called "fiscal cliff" well into 2013.
Congress Unlikely to Address Tax Extenders Package Before Recess »
Both the House and Senate are unlikely to act on a tax extenders package before leaving for a nearly two-month recess, the chairmen of the tax-writing committees said Sept. 19.
Taxes May Not Have to Rise Immediately if Congress Fails to Extend Cuts »
The Treasury Department may be able to temporarily deflect the blow of higher taxes on individuals if Congress ends the year without taking action to extend any part of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, officials and analysts told BNA.
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