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HTMLMaine: Governor Hopes to Mitigate Impact of Income Tax Increase
David D. Ebersole, David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 20, 2017, previously published on December 12, 2016
By way of the outcome of the Public Education Surcharge Initiative (Initiative) that was on the ballot in Maine last month, the tiny state containing just 1.3 million people is set to have the second highest income tax in the nation, according to Maine’s Gov. Paul LePage.

 

HTMLThink Tanks Take Opposing Positions on the Estate Tax
David D. Ebersole, David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 20, 2017, previously published on January 12, 2017
In late December, we addressed the difficult budget choices that many states will face in 2017, stemming largely from drops in personal income tax, sales tax, and corporate income tax revenues, as well as a deceleration of Medicaid spending. We also noted the Tax Foundation’s prediction that...

 

HTMLSeveral States Predict Deficits for Next Fiscal Year
David D. Ebersole, David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 20, 2017, previously published on December 15, 2016
Several states have been in the spotlight recently for being in dire financial straits. For example, earlier this month, we addressed the budget gap that the New York Division of Budget anticipates, in the amount of nearly $700 million, for next fiscal year. This stems from a middle-class tax cut,...

 

HTMLEnd of an Era: Routine IRS Determination Letters for Qualified Plans Phased Out
Dale R. Vlasek; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 20, 2017, previously published on December 14, 2016
For many years, those of us practicing in the qualified retirement plan field have worked with clients to amend and update their retirement plans to keep their documents compliant with the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). As part of that process, we would file the amended or...

 

HTMLWashington: Plans for New Revenues Could Generate $4.4 Billion in the Next Biennium
David D. Ebersole, David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 20, 2017, previously published on January 12, 2017
In December, Gov. Jay Inslee put forth his budget proposal for the biennium period 2017-19. In the document containing the highlights, he characterized his plan as a “bold vision for Washington’s future,” stressing his focus on fully funding basic education. He promised to resolve...

 

HTMLNew Anti-Kickback Safe Harbor Protects Pharmacy Waivers of Patient Cost-Sharing
Rick L. Hindmand; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 19, 2017, previously published on December 21, 2016
A new anti-kickback safe harbor that takes effect January 6, 2017, will allow pharmacies to waive or reduce copayment, coinsurance, and deductible (cost-sharing) obligations of financially needy Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries without triggering potential exposure under the federal...

 

HTMLAvoid This Common Succession Planning Mistake!
Steven Krisfalusy, Dale R. Vlasek; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 19, 2017, previously published on December 20, 2016
Usually the intentions for succession planning and organizational development strategies are good. The top two reasons are that the executive or owner is ready to step aside or to take care of their good, key people in the long term. All good intentions, but...

 

HTMLUMass HIPAA Settlement Highlights Importance of Proper Designation When Electing Hybrid Status
Emily A. Johnson; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 19, 2017, previously published on December 13, 2016
The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) entered into a settlement agreement last month with the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to pay a civil monetary penalty of $650,000 for potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability...

 

HTMLCompromise Unemployment Compensation Plan to Serve as Stop Gap until Solvency Solution is Determined
Peter D. Welin; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 19, 2017, previously published on December 21, 2016
Late Thursday night, December 8, 2016, the Ohio Legislature passed a measure containing an amendment designed to serve as a sign of good faith to bring interested parties together and hammer out an unemployment compensation solvency proposal in the beginning of next year.

 

HTMLSummary of the Annual Updates to the ISS and Glass Lewis Proxy Voting Guidelines
Ilirjan Pipa, Christopher Riley; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 19, 2017, previously published on December 9, 2016
As the new year approaches, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) and Glass, Lewis & Co. (“Glass Lewis”) have released their annual updates to their respective proxy voting guidelines. The recommendations made by these two heavyweights of the proxy advisory...

 


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