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Qualified Opportunity Zones in Southeastern Pennsylvania

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 included a new Federal income tax incentive for investing in a qualified opportunity fund (a “QO Fund”). For a brief overview of the tax benefits in investing in a QO Fund, see Substantial Tax Benefits in Investing in Qualified Opportunity Funds. A QO Fund …

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Amendments Provide Clarity to Pennsylvania’s Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act

Pennsylvania’s Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act (the “Act”) became law in 1994 and outlined payment guidelines and protections for contractors and subcontractors in Pennsylvania’s private construction sector. The Act sets forth minimal payment timelines and procedures, defines what constitutes a wrongful withholding payment for completed work, and articulates any mandatory penalties (such as statutory interest, …

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Substantial Tax Benefits in Investing in Qualified Opportunity Funds

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 included a new Federal income tax incentive for investing in a qualified opportunity fund (a “QO Fund”) codified at Internal Revenue Code section 1400Z. This new incentive allows a taxpayer to defer capital gain that is invested by the taxpayer in a QO Fund within the …

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Can you Protect your Claim in Bankruptcy?

Not all debts are dischargeable in bankruptcy. The key is to know which claims can be exempted from discharge and then what steps you, as a creditor, need to take to preserve your non-dischargeable claim.

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Do You Need to Expand Your Customer Base?

By: Denise C. Werkley If you have a product or service consider expanding your targeted customer to municipalities or institutions. Many organizations need products and services, possibly what you are selling, and their purchasing departments are looking for additional suppliers. Some use a bidding process and others have approved lists. You should start with …

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Simple Rules for Small Business (Part 2)

By: William J. Burke, III This is our second installment in the series Simple Rules for Small Business. > You are the Expert. > Don’t Sell Them What They Can’t Afford. > Hire Good People; and Train, Train, Train. > Understanding Factors in Litigation. …

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Simple Rules for Small Business (Part 1)

By: William J. Burke, III Introduction As business lawyers and litigators we see how business legal problems arise and play out in many varied contexts. We see how business operational issues result in legal disputes, which can then become serious financial problems. In many cases, the risk, expense and valuable …

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Realty Transfer Tax and Long Term Leases Update

In October 2016, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled on Saturday Family LP v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The case focused on whether the commercial lease was subject to Pennsylvania realty transfer tax. In Pennsylvania, any lease that has a term of 30 years or more is subject to Pennsylvania’s realty transfer tax. In determining the …

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Changes to Pennsylvania Mechanic’s Lien Law Take Effect

Pennsylvania’s mechanic’s lien law is set to undergo changes for projects valued in excess of $1.5 million. The changes seek to improve notices between participants on the job, particularly notices involving subcontractors and second tier material suppliers, and to help avoid the filing of liens. Subcontractors and other second- and lower-tier contractors and material suppliers …

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Do I Really Need a Survey?

If you are buying a house, a lot, or any real estate for that matter, should you be getting a survey? The answer is probably yes.

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