US 50 State Shelter-in-Place/ Reopening Tracker

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Shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders have been prevalent throughout the United States since March 2020 as state and local governments have sought to protect their...

United States: The California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 – A broad and complex...

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The California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (CPRA) introduces sweeping changes to the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA), most of which will become operative as of 1 January 2023 with a "look back" to 1 January 2022.

United States: Treasury and the IRS release long-anticipated Section 45Q final regulations

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On January 6, 2021, Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations (“Final Regulations”) relating to the credit for carbon oxide capture and sequestration under Code Section 45Q.  These regulations finalize proposed regulations issued in May 2020 (“Proposed Regulations”).  Congress enacted section 45Q in 2008 to incentivize the capture and disposal of carbon dioxide to prevent release into the atmosphere.  Originally, the credit was available for carbon dioxide that was captured and either disposed of in secure geological storage or injected into an enhanced oil recovery (“EOR”) project.  However, in 2018 Congress expanded the credit to also cover carbon monoxide and to cover additional methods to “utilize” captured carbon oxide.

United States: Worldwide Interest Expense Allocation – Finally!

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Generally, an affiliated group allocates and apportions its interest expense in determining foreign-source taxable income as if all members of the group are a single corporation. Only domestic corporations are included in the affiliated group with the result that a US-based multinational with a significant portion of its assets overseas is required to allocate a significant portion of its interest expense to foreign-source income. This may cause an over-allocation of interest expense to foreign-source income, thereby reducing foreign-source taxable income and limiting the foreign tax credit.

United States: How do you spell relief? C-A-A

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After months of partisan bickering and Senate inaction, Congress finally passed another round of COVID-19 relief legislation as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, P.L. 116-260, (“CAA”), which was signed into law on December 27, 2020. We provide a summary of the tax-related CAA provisions and key modifications to the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), before discussing President Biden’s tax agenda for 2021. The CAA’s tax provisions focus primarily on providing economic relief to taxpayers by expanding provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) and renewing extenders.To refer to our initial analysis of the CARES Act, see our prior client alert, available here.

United States: President Biden’s Environmental Agenda Comes into Focus

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President Biden was officially sworn in on January 20th and has taken swift action to reverse or pause many of the policies of the Trump Administration and set a new course.  Since our update in November, President Biden also finalized his choices for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and leaders of other key agencies, including the Department of Interior (DOI) and the Department of Energy (DOE), who, if confirmed, will set the tone for future actions that broadly address environmental and climate issues.

United States: US Commerce amends the EAR to implement revised unmanned aerial system licensing...

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On January 12, 2021, the Department of Commerce issued a final rule (the “Final Rule”) amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to implement recent licensing review policy changes...

US – Commerce publishes interim final rule on Securing the Information and Communications Technology...

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On January 19, 2021, the Commerce Department published an interim final rule to implement President Trump’s 2019 Executive Order 13873 on “Securing the Information and Communications Technology and...

United States: 50 State Shelter-in-Place/Reopening Tracker

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Shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders have been prevalent throughout the United States since March 2020 as state and local governments have sought to protect their...

The Health Pod: The Global Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry Podcast

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The Health Pod, Baker McKenzie's industry podcast series, highlights sector-specific issues and trends that affect healthcare and life sciences companies. Episode 5: Japan Pharmaceuticals Market...
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