Proposed Tax Would Actually Hit Family Businesses Hard

Proposed “Carried Interest” Tax Purports to Soak Wall Street But Hits Family Businesses

Proposed Carried Interest Tax Hits Beyond Wall StreetFor the time being, the Senate has again abandoned efforts to impose a “carried interest tax” on venture capitalists, investors, and managers of family businesses. The tax would have increased the 15% capital gains tax rate on certain investors’ profits to the top income tax rate, which is scheduled to hit 39.6% on January 1st (H.R. 4213). The share of investors’ profits is called “carried interest.” It might appear at first glance that it’s perfectly fine for investment managers to be taxed at higher rates on their “carried interest.” But venture capitalists and investors don’t reside exclusively on Wall Street. The law was written so broadly that it could have hit approximately 6.5 million people invested in real estate partnerships that own anything from a single dwelling to sizable commercial properties.

The proposed legislation attempts to sway middle America by couching the carried interest tax as imposing a higher rate on “investment management services” and “investment managers” who work for Wall Street houses.

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Oil and Gas Leases: What Northern Michigan Landowners Should Know

Oil and Gas Leases: What Northern Michigan Landowners Should Know

Recently, many of my firm’s clients who own multiple acres of land in northern Michigan have been contacted by petroleum company representatives and offered oil and gas rights leases for their land. While many of these companies are reputable and offer fairly standard terms in their leases, they are generally trying to secure leases that are most favorable to them. The landowner should be aware of provisions that can be included to protect their investment and maximize the owner’s financial return.

Know What Your Oil and Gas Rights are Worth

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ESTATE TAX – THE GREAT DEBATE – Is It a Lion or a Lamb?

“…proper planning in most instances can navigate around any estate tax liability…”

There is a long history of debate regarding the federal estate tax. The implementation of the tax originally was to prevent the build-up of wealth that could lead to a creation of large estates and a permanent class of idle rich that would attempt to impose a monarchy.

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Governors sip Michigan ice wine at White House – Black Star Farms Wine Makes Appearance at White House

As recently reported in the February 25 issue of the Oakland County
Legal News

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Michigan Legislatures and Governor Granholm Exercise Good Common Sense in Trading New Market for Sale and Distribution of Michigan’s Home-Grown Food

Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm recently signed the last of two bills of a three-bill package paving the way for growth of a previous market for home-grown food products that was unexplainably subject to stricter state limitations than those limitations dictated by federal law. Previous state regulation on bidding to buy Michigan food products limited school districts to only $20,000 per year. Under the new law, that limit was increased to $100,000 per year which is the federal limit.

The aforementioned action exhibits that the legislature and governor can provide leadership in creating positive business opportunities. Unfortunately, our lawmakers and governor are inconsistent when it comes to enhancing and expanding the business environment for certain growing industries within the state. One such example was the passage of Bill 6644 in December, 2008 substantially restricting the shipment of wine by Michigan retailers directly to Michigan customers. The passage of that law will only stifle the expansion of the distribution and sale of Michigan wines and related businesses supporting the wine-making industry. The farm-to-school bill gives some hope for our state and its governmental leaders that the right decision to support business in Michigan can be made. We now need to work to make this behavior more consistent to grow Michigan’s economy.

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