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Posts from June 2010.

The US Supreme Court on June 28th released its long awaited opinion in the case of Bilski v. Kappos, No. 08-964.  While finding that the claimed Bilski invention at issue was an unpatentable abstract idea, the Court also held that, while useful, the rigid “machine-or-transformation” test was not to be the sole test used to determine if a "process" was patentable ...

Coal combustion residuals (CCRs) generated by electric utilities and independent power producers could be regulated for the first time under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) pursuant to a proposed rule published by EPA on June 21, 2010.  EPA has proposed two options for regulating CCRs and thus two alternative regulations are presented in the proposed rule.  In the ...

Introduction

On May 13, 2010, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services (“Agencies”) issued guidance for providing health care coverage to an adult child until age 26. In addition to the Interim Final Regulations, the Department of Labor issued a Fact Sheet and a series of twenty-one Frequently Asked Questions and Answers. Following is a summary of the ...

Does your company have an export compliance program? Considering the consequences, it might be the best investment you make. While a majority of exported products which do not have military application do not require an export license, a failure to identify a regulated product can be disastrous. The federal government can levy severe punishment, including civil and criminal fines ...

The Kentucky CPA Journal / Issue 2 2010

Tax in the Bluegrass

June 2010


That the United States federal government, all 50 states and even some localities impose substantial taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products states the obvious. Since long before the American Revolution, tobacco taxes have been a fiscal mainstay, generating significant tax revenue for governments to use. Today, tobacco products are some of the most highly taxed packaged goods in the United States - bearing an additional tax at each stage of the supply chain. 

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