BW INSIGHTS

What Questions Should I Ask Before Dry Leasing an Aircraft?

I am contacted routinely by individuals that are interested in dry leasing an aircraft for either business or personal use (or both). These individuals have made the decision that they are willing to accept the risks of a dry lease of an aircraft (as opposed to a charter), which includes the party leasing the jet (the “dry lessee”) assuming full... Read More

Considerations for Selling to an ESOP

An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is an employee benefit plan that allows employees to share in the ownership of the company they work for. The shares are held in a trust, established by the company, for the benefit of participating employees. Generally, a company forms an ESOP which then purchases stock from the existing owner(s) at fair... Read More

Iowa Legislative Session Concludes with a Late Tax Bill

This year’s Iowa legislative session finally concluded late last Tuesday night after going about five weeks longer than scheduled. In addition to the major tax changes passed early in the session, an explanation of which can be found here, one other tax-related bill passed through the House and Senate at the end. The bill resulted in being Senate... Read More

What Changes are Coming to the Iowa Tax Landscape and When?

On March 1, 2022, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law House File 2317 (HF 2317), reshaping parts of the State’s tax regime, some of which the Governor touted in her response to President Biden’s State of the Union address later that day. The Governor’s statement on the tax reform bill (the Bill) can be found here.  While most of the... Read More

NCAA Name, Image, and Likeness ("NIL") Policy Brings Opportunities and Legal Challenges for College Athletes

  On July 1, the NCAA announced that college athletes can now benefit from their name, image, and likeness (“NIL”). This drastic shift in NCAA policy brings all sorts of previously unthinkable opportunities for college athletes; however, this new world also brings many areas of concern for athletes, particularly from a legal standpoint. Athletes... Read More

Hart-Scott-Rodino Notification Thresholds Lowered for 2021

On February 1, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced the new 2021 Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR”) notification thresholds.  The FTC is required to annually update the HSR thresholds based on the change in gross national product.  The new thresholds were published in the Federal Register on February 2,... Read More

Year-End COVID Relief Legislation Becomes Law During the Holidays

  This past Sunday evening (December 27), President Trump signed into law additional COVID-19 relief legislation, agreed to by Congress a week earlier, estimated at $900 billion as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Much of the relief comes in the form of tax provisions, known as the COVID-Related Tax Relief Act (the Act), the... Read More

A Second Wave of Stimulus Relief Proposed by Congress

  Congress is negotiating a new $1 trillion economic stimulus package to help millions of Americans and businesses keep afloat during the continued COVID-19 crisis. Among a host of other benefits, Congress has unveiled the following proposed benefits to help businesses hit hardest by the pandemic: A second round of Paycheck Protection Program... Read More

Federal Reserve Expands Main Street Lending Program to Nonprofit Organizations

On July 17th, 2020, the Federal Reserve Board modified the Main Street Lending Program (Program) to provide greater credit opportunities to nonprofit organizations. The Program offers loans to businesses that were in sound financial condition before the Covid-19 pandemic hit. The new regulations allow a wider range of nonprofit entities such as... Read More