President Barrack Obama unveiled his $ 3.9 trillion Fiscal Year (hereinafter “FY”) 2015 budget proposal on March 4th. The President’s FY 2015 budget proposal reflects the framework set out in his 2014 State of the Union Address to promote job creation and economic growth. Clearly, the Research and Experimentation Tax Credit (hereinafter “RTC”) was a focal point of his budget as the RTC recently expired on December 31, 2013. It should be duly recalled that the RTC was originally added to the Internal Revenue Code (hereinafter “the Code”) in 1981 as a temporary provision of the Code at a time when research and experimentation based jobs were alarmingly declining in the United States and the RTC was designed to stimulate job growth and investment within the United States and its possessions (e.g., Puerto Rico and Guam). Read More

President Obama released a fiscal year 2015 budget proposal on March 4th of 2014 that includes tax increases primarily targeting multinational corporations and high-income individuals to pay for lower- and middle-class tax relief, increased spending on transportation infrastructure, and deficit reduction. As part of that process, the White House also released what’s known as the “Green Book,” which provides the Treasury Department’s explanations of the revenue provisions in the budget proposal.

Key Provisions Affecting Individual & Corporate Tax Consequences

While the tax section of the President’s budget renews a number of provisions from his previous annual submissions, it does include some new and noteworthy revenue raisers, such as proposals to: Read More

On January 22, 2014, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced his budget for fiscal year 2015. While much of the budget is focused on investments in infrastructure and education, those in the tax community will be particularly interested in the proposition to close tax loopholes the Governor has attempted to close in past years. Included among these loopholes, according to the summary, is a proposition to impose tax on the markup that online travel companies receive. Similarly, the budget proposes to apply the room occupancy tax on new forms of transient rental, such as apartments, condos, and homes. The budget seeks to close another loophole by applying the corporate tax rate to pass-through entities owned by insurance companies and security corporations.

The budget summary anticipates that closing these loopholes will raise $40 million but Read More