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Summary of the Key Provisions in H.R. 1 as Passed by Congress – The Tax Cut Legislation

With December's House passage of H.R. 1 (the 494-page statutory language, as passed by Congress, can be found here), President Trump will soon be signing into law the most significant revision of our nation's tax laws since 1986. To assist in understanding how the tax overhaul may affect your individual taxes, business taxes, or your organization, we have prepared the following analysis, which compares the key proposals to present law.

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Employee Benefit and Compensation-Related Provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017. While the news has been full of discussion of how the new law will affect the taxes of individuals and companies, less attention has been paid to its effect on employee benefits. As discussed below, the new law will have substantial effects in the area of employee benefits and compensation. Most of the provisions discussed below are effective January 1, 2018; many of the provisions affecting individual income taxation are scheduled to expire after December 31, 2025.

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Pre-Election Year Housekeeping to Boost Your Government Affairs Program and Help You Stay out of Trouble

With an election year just getting started, there are steps you can take now to boost the effectiveness of your government affairs program, and help your organization and its principals avoid legal trouble. This is a particularly good time to fill the coffers of your PAC, develop a political contribution plan for next year, evaluate lobbying registrations and renewals, and begin preparing for the many campaign and lobbying reports due in January.

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A Wave of Lawsuits Looms for ICO Version 1.0 – Are You Prepared?

Initial coin offerings, or ICOs, have become a ubiquitous and much-discussed way for companies in the blockchain and digital currency space to fund themselves. To date, by some estimates, more than $3 billion has been raised in ICOs, outpacing all venture capital raised in the United States in 2017. The technology of the blockchain has the power to transform the business landscape for many industries, and to create vibrant new companies in the manner of the PC and internet revolutions.

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SPOTLIGHT EVENT

Overview of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: What Individuals and Business Owners Need to Know

Please join Venable LLP to discuss the most sweeping tax legislation to be enacted in recent history. A panel of Venable tax lawyers will provide an overview of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, focusing on tax and estate planning opportunities for individuals and owners of closely held businesses.

Events will be held in our Baltimore, New York, and Washington, DC offices with details and registration information listed below.

January 24 | 3:30 – 7:00 p.m. ET | 750 E Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

January 30 | 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. ET | 1270 Avenue of the Americas, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10020

February 1 | 7:45 - 9:45 a.m. ET | 600 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001

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ADDITIONAL ARTICLES

Regulation, enforcement, and litigation of virtual currencies and ICO's in the December 2017 issue of Fund Forum

Legal battle for CFPB directorship looms, an updated OCC policy on enforcement actions, and more in the December 1, 2017 issue of Consumer Financial Services Practice Digest

Cleaning Up Shop: The NLRB's New Standard for Evaluating Workplace Rules

The Evolution of Escobar in 2017 and How You Can Be Prepared in 2018

The FDA's Flipped Stance on Homeopathic Drugs

Federal Maritime Commission Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Negotiated Service Agreements and Negotiated Rate Agreements

France Approves New Temporary Corporate Surtax for Large Companies

In Wake of Aqua Products Decision, PTAB Issues Guidance on Motions to Amend

National Labor Relations Board Overrules Browning-Ferris, Returns to Higher Joint Employer Standard

New York's Paid Family Leave Law: Is your company ready?

The Pilot Program 2.0: What the New FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy Means for Companies Facing Corruption Liability

UPCOMING EVENTS

January 10, 2018: Connected Medical Devices – Navigating the Regulatory Waters of Health Tech

January 11, 2018: Consumer Financial Services Outlook 2018

January 24, 2018: The Procurement Integrity Act: What Government Contractors Need to Know