Major Economic Growth Attraction (MEGA) Program Passes Iowa Legislation

Businesses are invited to invest in Iowa by Iowa Legislators. The Major Economic Growth Attraction program (MEGA program) passed yesterday (4/16) with a vote of 47 yeas and 0 nays . The program offers tax incentives for businesses making capital investments and creating jobs in Iowa. Qualified businesses may receive a tax credit for withholding... Read More

Employee Retention Credit Withdrawal Process and Voluntary Disclosure Program

The Employee Retention Credit (the “ERC”) is a refundable tax credit against payroll taxes that was created under the CARES Act to help employers and employees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by encouraging employers to keep employees. In short, the ERC could be claimed if there was a significant decline in gross receipts over certain periods, a... Read More

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations for Long-Term Part-Time Employees

On Friday, November 24th, the IRS issued the long-awaited Proposed Treasury Regulations amending the existing Treasury Regulations for 401(k) plans and providing guidance relating to treatment of long-term part-time employees (“LTPTE”) within 401(k) plans. The LTPTE concept was codified by the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement... Read More

BrownWinick Included in 2024 Edition of Best Laws Firms Ranked by Best®

BrownWinick is excited to announce the firm has been included in the Best Law Firms Ranked by Best® 2024 publication. Firms included in the 2024 edition of Best Law Firms® list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality... Read More

Profits Interests - Equity Compensation for Partnerships

Many people are familiar with stock options and how those operate, but for those businesses organized as an LLC and taxed as a partnership, profits interests are another tool in the toolbox to recruit, retain, and motivate your employees. However, I often need to provide more explanation about profits interests and how they work than stock options... Read More

Using Equity Compensation to Motivate and Recruit Talent

Businesses today face many different kinds of challenges, but one that is especially difficult to resolve is securing and motivating talented employees. How do you motivate your employees to think of themselves as an important piece of the puzzle in growing the value of your company? One tried and true method of doing so is through equity... Read More

Direct Pay Election and Transferability of Certain Energy Credits

On June 21, 2023, the IRS issued proposed regulations for Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) Sections 6417 and 6418, which relate to an election for direct payments of certain energy-related credits and transferability of certain energy credits, respectively. Furthermore, the IRS released FAQs regarding elective pay and transferability on June 14,... Read More

New Iowa Law Establishes Optional Workaround for Pass-through Businesses to the $10K Federal SALT Limitation

Late last week, Governor Kim Reynolds signed House File 352, which establishes an IRS-approved workaround to the federal limitation of deducting only up to $10,000 of state and local tax (SALT) for individuals who itemize their deductions effective retroactively to January 1, 2022. Under this new law, which will remain in effect for the duration... Read More

Does Your Export Business Use an IC-DISC?

Authorized by Congress as an incentive to promote export sales, Interest-Charge Domestic Sales Corporations (“IC-DISCs”) function as a simple, inexpensive, and low-risk tax planning strategy. Basically, IC-DISCs provide significant permanent tax benefits and deferred tax savings opportunities for U.S. based export companies by in essence allowing... Read More

Do You Need to File a Gift Tax Return?

The holidays are upon us and even though the holidays may mean more than packages, boxes, and bags, gifting during the holidays can put a twinkle in your eye and thaw your heart as the world slowly freezes over for the winter. But have your dreams of sugar plum fairies been interrupted by the unwelcome thought of gift taxes? No need to bah humbug... Read More