February / March

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  • Corporate sponsorships: Tax-free gift or taxable income?

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Nonprofit Agendas

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 815

    Abstract: Done right, corporate sponsorships can pay off for both the nonprofits that receive funding and the sponsors that receive valuable branding opportunities. Done wrong, though, an organization could end up on the hook for UBIT. This article discusses how to navigate the nuances before wading in, including identifying qualified sponsorship payments and differentiating between advertising and acknowledgments. A sidebar sums up a recent U.S. Tax Court case involving a not-for-profit that lost its exempt status over sponsorship.

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  • Third Circuit rejects copyright presumption in favor of permanent injunctions

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 398

    Abstract: After securing a copyright infringement verdict, it should be easier to obtain a permanent injunction against the infringing party, right? Not so in several jurisdictions. This article summarizes a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that has now made it harder for copyright holders to get injunctive relief, even after prevailing in court. TD Bank N.A. v. Hill, No. 16-2897, July 1, 2019, 3d Cir.; eBay Inc. v. MercExchange, LLC, 547 U.S. 388 (2006)

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  • Beyond words – Federal Circuit faults PTAB’s written description analysis

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 635

    Abstract: The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) doesn’t always get it right. This was demonstrated once again in a case where the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that the board had improperly failed to consider some vital factors when evaluating whether a patent application contained the requisite written description of the invention. This article highlights the disagreement between the PTAB and the appellate court. In re: Global IP Holdings LLC, No. 18-1426, July 5, 2019, Fed. Cir.

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  • Actual consumer confusion irrelevant in trademark profits determination

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 581

    Abstract: It’s easy to understand why willful infringement deserves a harsher punishment than nonwillful infringement. But it’s not always so easy to understand the type of conduct that gives rise to the level of “willful.” This article discusses a case from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that provided some helpful guidance on this issue, as well as the evidence required to justify an award of the infringer’s profits. 4 Pillar Dynasty LLC v. New York & Co., Inc., No. 17-2398, July 5, 2019, 2d Cir.

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  • Auto parts’ aesthetic appeal doesn’t invalidate design patents

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Ideas on Intellectual Property Law

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 834

    Abstract: Holders of design patents received some welcome news recently from a case in which some auto parts distributors sought declaratory judgment for invalidity of design patents to sell parts that were covered by a major vehicle manufacturer’s designs. This article reviews a case from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that sheds some valuable light on the type of functionality that can render a design patent invalid — and the type that won’t — as well as the importance of design patents. A short sidebar reviews the exhaustion and repair doctrines’ roles in the case. Automotive Body Parts Ass’n v. Ford Global Techs., LLC, No. 18-1613, July 11, 2019, Fed. Cir.

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  • Estate Planning Pitfall – You’re hiding assets without telling anyone

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Insight on Estate Planning

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 297

    Abstract: People sometimes keep assets hidden without letting their family know about their existence or location. Similarly, they may have life insurance policies no one knows about. This brief article explains, through a fictional example, why full disclosure to loved ones is recommended.

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  • Digital assets and your estate plan – This asset type requires special planning

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Insight on Estate Planning

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 600

    Abstract: The digital revolution has touched virtually every aspect of our lives. The result is that one likely has at least a handful of “digital assets.” These assets may include personal assets, such as online bank and brokerage accounts, and business assets, such as a company’s website, domain name, client databases and electronic invoices. This article explains that, as with all assets, a person needs to account for them in their estate plan.

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  • What are the benefits of a durable power of attorney?

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Insight on Estate Planning

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 676

    Abstract: No one likes to think about being incapacitated, but the threat is real. This raises some troubling thoughts about how one’s personal and financial affairs will be handled in the event they’re incapacitated. This article notes that a common solution to this problem is to create a power of attorney, and explains why the optimal protection is afforded by a durable power of attorney.

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  • Executors and trustees – The name game

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Insight on Estate Planning

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 904

    Abstract: It’s important to name executors and trustees who can provide the necessary expertise in handling assets and duties. This article details the duties of an executor and a trustee. A sidebar explains the need to name successors in the event one’s first choice can’t meet obligations.

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  • How rental real estate businesses can sail into a tax deduction safe harbor

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 432

    Abstract: Revenue Procedure 2019-38, issued by the IRS in 2019, creates a safe harbor permitting certain interests in rental real estate to qualify for the Section 199A qualified business income (QBI) deduction. This article explains what criteria taxpayers must meet to treat their rental real estate enterprises as businesses. It also notes that even an interest in a real estate property that fails to meet the safe harbor requirements may still be treated as a trade or business for the Sec. 199A deduction if it is rented or licensed to a trade or business conducted by the individual or relevant pass-through entity.

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  • Save income taxes by including nongrantor trusts in your estate plan

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 588

    Abstract: Estate planning strategies vary as new rules change the playing field. Now that fewer taxpayers are likely to be subject to federal gift and estate tax, many families are focusing more on income tax strategies in their estate plans. This article discusses one such strategy — including one or more nongrantor trusts to help reduce any negative tax impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s (TCJA’s) itemized deduction limitations. The article uses a hypothetical example to show how using a nongrantor trust has the potential to help increase deductions.

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  • Investing in home renovation – Will yours pay off?

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 643

    Abstract: The potential resale value of, say, a kitchen or bath redo often is one consideration when deciding how to allocate a renovation budget. This article discusses some renovation projects that typically return most of their investment, such as garage door replacements and manufactured stone veneers. The article points out that ensuring that basic plumbing, roofing and other systems are in good working order also is critical in attracting buyers. And it offers some tips for gaining the most from a remodeling project.

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  • New overtime pay rules for 2020

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Focus

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 774

    Abstract: The new rules governing overtime pay, which the Department of Labor (DOL) announced in September 2019, carry an effective date of January 1, 2020. The changes are significant, so it’s important for businesses to ensure compliance with them. This article notes the biggest change, which is the increase in the earnings threshold required to exempt many executive, administrative and professional employees from the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The article explains which businesses will be most affected and how to claim an exemption from overtime regulations for specific types of employees. A sidebar suggests that judicious use of overtime is one strategy for keeping budgets in check.

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  • COMPLIANCE ALERT

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Employee Benefits Update

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 167

    Abstract: This feature lists a few key tax reporting deadlines for February through April.

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  • 2019 vs. 2020 retirement plan limits

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Employee Benefits Update

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 116

    Abstract: This chart contains updated retirement plan limits for 2020.

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  • Including financial wellness in your retirement plan strategy

    February / March 2020
    Newsletter: Employee Benefits Update

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 597

    Abstract: Many employees are paying a high price for their inadvertent ignorance about personal finance matters, studies are concluding. The price isn’t measured solely in bad investment or spending decisions, but also emotional and physical health, as well as in diminished job productivity. Employees’ understanding of their employer’s retirement plan, or lack thereof, is a critical piece of the puzzle. This article discusses how designing a retirement plan educational strategy without considering employees’ financial wellness could yield disappointing results. 29 C.F.R. 2510.3-55(c)(2)

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