On April 16, Senate Republicans blocked current consideration of the "Buffett Rule," a proposal that, if enacted, would have imposed a minimum tax rate of 30 percent on anyone with an adjusted gross income of more than a million dollars, no matter the source of that income. The legislation is based on a principle that individuals who earn more than $1 million should never pay a lower effective tax rate than middle-income households.
The bill, officially titled "Paying a Fair Share Act of 2012," required a minimum of 60 votes in the Senate in order for consideration to proceed. The bill had been given little chance of passage by both Senate Republicans and Democrats but was a key component of President Obama's economic growth and deficit-cutting initiatives that he presented to Congress and touted as having the potential to generate $46.7 billion in the period 2012-2022. Although halted for now, the Buffett Rule may be resurrected in the coming months, as it represents the common themes of deficit reduction and tax equality that are expected to be key issues for Democrats in the upcoming presidential election.
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The ABA recently published the 25th Edition of The Property Tax Deskbook.
Day Pitney Partner Dina Kapur Sanna was a panelist on the session, "Where Should I Locate My Structures?," at the Transcontinental Trusts International Virtual Conference.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's annual Day Pitney Palm Beach Family Office Forum, which had originally been scheduled for April 28 and 29, has been postponed to hopefully be rescheduled for later this year.
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Glenn Rybacki gives an in-depth summary on what domicile is and the preparations necessary for a potential audit in "Domicile Changes and Audits Increase in Connecticut," his latest entry in State Tax Notes.
On May 8, Amy Lonergan was a panelist on a webinar, "COVID-19 and Election Year Wealth Transfer Strategies," hosted by the Family Wealth Alliance.
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Day Pitney LLP represented Pula Capital Management LP (Pula), a newly formed investment manager based in Virginia, in connection with (i) the acquisition of a minority ownership interest in Pula by Felton Group, LLC (Felton Group), and (ii) an investment by Felton Group in Pula Capital Fund, LP, a newly formed fund managed by Pula that intends to employ novel mathematical techniques and a proprietary, systematic predictive model to trade a diversified long-short portfolio of liquid U.S. equities.