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Licensed Insurance Companies Exempt from Maryland Income Tax

Are insurers licensed to do business in Maryland subject to state income tax on profits derived from sources other than insurance policy premiums? Maryland Tax Court ruled that an insurer was not subject to Maryland income tax, regardless of the source of its profits in National Indemnity Company v. Comptroller of the Treasury, Dkt. No. 14-IN-OO-0433 (Md. Tax Ct. April 24, 2015). 

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The Onus of Owning: Recent Reduction in ‘Minor Privilege’ Fees in Baltimore City
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One of the onuses (and irritants) of owning a building in Baltimore is the City’s imposition of fees for so-called “minor privileges” for items like awnings, cornices and signs. Recently, the City took steps to reform the minor privileges system, which culminated in the adoption of business-friendly revisions to waive annual fees for certain items, convert annual fees to one-time fees, and remove outdated charges. 

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Condominiums May Not Opt Out Of Maryland's Mandatory Insurance Provisions

Under Section 11-114 of the Maryland Condominium Act, Condominium Associations must maintain property insurance on the entire condominium including units, excepting improvements and betterments installed by the Unit Owner. Condominiums may not opt out of Maryland's Mandatory Insurance Coverage provisions, and any changes in statue requirements must be amended by the Legislature, arguments published in a recent court opinion following a declaratory judgment action in Elasik, et al. v. Queen's Landing Council of Unit Owners, Inc.

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Utility to Small Business of New Top Level Domain Names Questioned

In 2011, ICANN decided to permit the creation of completely new generic top level domain names (gTLDs), allowing businesses to obtain domain names that more precisely identified their brand and geographic locations. ICANN has completed its review of proposed gTLDS which it started in 2012 to ensure that they did not violate existing trademarks or threaten the security or stability of the internet. Additional gTLDs will be released as ICANN completes its review, however, it remains to be seen whether the promise of domain names using new gTLDs will be realized for small businesses.

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Past Articles

Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals Observes Key Distinctions Between Examinations Under Oath and De

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals observed in Dolan v. Kemper Independence Ins. Co.…

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How Financial Advisors Can Avoid Compliance Failures: A Review of SEC 2018 Examination Priorities

Financial advisors can get clues about regulators’ top concerns by looking at the SEC’s…

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Estate Tax Changes Under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Effective January 1, 2018, the federal estate tax underwent a massive overhaul with the Tax Cuts…

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Maryland Healthy Working Families Act: Employer Best Practices to Avoid Traps for the Unwary

The Maryland General Assembly voted to override Governor Hogan’s veto of the sick and safe…

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Increasing Risk of Data Breaches Prompt New Legal Requirements for Maryland Businesses

Although recent data breaches involving large corporations such as Equifax, eBay, Target and Yahoo…

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