Like last year, 2021 has been a difficult year. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be at the forefront of everyone’s existence. On top of that, the Delta variant and the most recently discovered Omicron variant have entered the picture.
Personal loss, social unrest, lofty economic hurdles and limitations on personal interaction have permeated the planet for almost 24 months. For at least the foreseeable future, it appears these strained conditions will continue.
Thanks to the steadfast support of family, friends, clients and business colleagues, we are persevering throughout these trying times. I am so grateful for these relationships!
I feel fortunate to have a robust career, which granted me the opportunity this past year to assist clients with several complex, sophisticated and challenging projects. I authored whitepapers and presented (virtually) at several major tax conferences. Additionally, I am pleased to have authored or co-authored 16 tax articles:
- The Build Back Better Act Was Passed in the House and Is Now in the Senate
- House of Representatives 5376: Current Tax Legislation Pending in the U.S. House of Representatives
- The Calm Before the Storm – The Anticipation of the Current Administration’s Federal Tax Legislation Is Creating Anxiety Among Many Taxpayers
- Eligibility for Federal Stimulus Benefits Appears to Be Benign, But When You Peel Away the Onion, a Major Flaw Appears
- Tax Planning Out of Fear Usually Doesn’t End Well
Washington Tax Updates
- The Turbulent Ride for Washington’s New Capital Gains Tax Continues – The New Tax Regime Took Another Hit, But This Setback Came Outside of the Courts
- The Washington State Supreme Court Renders a Decision Impacting Financial Institutions Doing Business in the State
- Two Lawsuits Are Better Than One – A Second Lawsuit Was Filed to Strike Down the New Washington State Capital Gains Tax
- The Colorful and Continuing Journey of Senate Bill 5096 – the New Washington State Capital Gains Tax
- The State of Washington May No Longer Be a Tax Haven – A New Capital Gains Tax May Be on the Horizon
Oregon Tax Updates
Other State & Local Tax Updates
I sincerely want to thank the readers for their support, guidance, encouragement, and notes of gratitude for the content and insights we have provided. I received several notes from readers, thanking us for our commentary, offering ideas for future blog posts and providing tremendous feedback. This year, with the continuation of social isolation, it was especially rewarding to interact with readers.
I plan to continue the blog next year and keep providing guidance to the tax community. Hopefully, we will be reporting on new federal tax legislation early in 2022!
Wishing everyone a wonderful and safe holiday season, as well as a terrific new year!
Larry J. Brant
Larry J. Brant is a Shareholder and the Chair of the Tax & Benefits practice group at Foster Garvey, a law firm based out of the Pacific Northwest, with offices in Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Washington, D.C.; New York, New York, Spokane, Washington; and Beijing, China. Mr. Brant practices in the Portland office. His practice focuses on tax, tax controversy and transactions. Mr. Brant is a past Chair of the Oregon State Bar Taxation Section. He was the long-term Chair of the Oregon Tax Institute, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Portland Tax Forum. Mr. Brant has served as an adjunct professor, teaching corporate taxation, at Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College. He is an Expert Contributor to Thomson Reuters Checkpoint Catalyst. Mr. Brant is a Fellow in the American College of Tax Counsel. He publishes articles on numerous income tax issues, including Taxation of S Corporations, Reasonable Compensation, Circular 230, Worker Classification, IRC § 1031 Exchanges, Choice of Entity, Entity Tax Classification, and State and Local Taxation. Mr. Brant is a frequent lecturer at local, regional and national tax and business conferences for CPAs and attorneys. He was the 2015 Recipient of the Oregon State Bar Tax Section Award of Merit.
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
- "Entity Classification – The Check-The-Box Regulations Revisited," New York University Advanced Conference on Subchapter SNew York, NY, 7.21.22
- "Entity Classification – The Check-The-Box Regulations Revisited," New York University 81st Institute on Federal TaxationNew York, NY, 10.23.22-10.28.22
- "The Intersection of Code Section 1031 and Opportunity Zones," 2022 OSCPA Northwest Federal Tax Conference10.24.22
- "Entity Classification – The Check-The-Box Regulations Revisited," New York University 81st Institute on Federal TaxationSan Diego, CA, 11.13.22-11.18.22