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  • Michigan Grants Needed Tax Relief to Victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

    September 22, 2017

    The Michigan Department of Treasury has announced that it will join taxing authorities across the country by allowing taxpayers affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma an extension of time in which to file state tax returns for 2016. In addition to hurricane relief accommodations, the Michigan Department of Treasury is also extending disaster relief to Michigan taxpayers affected by the June 22-23, 2017 storms and flooding in Bay, Gladwin, Isabella, and Midland counties.

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  • Intellectual Property 101: What It Is and Why I Should Protect It

    September 6, 2017

    Startups and early stage companies have many things to focus on and worry about, and the protection of intellectual property is likely not on the top of the list, if it’s on the list at all. Why? Because a business startup is focused on sales and revenue, cash flow and profits, and quite frankly sometimes just surviving the initial launch of their new business.

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  • Assessing the Taxability of Solar Energy Systems in Michigan

    August 10, 2017

    The very practical concern of knowing how solar energy equipment is taxed in Michigan is just one of many questions for those considering such a project.  While the language of Michigan’s General Property Tax Act has not yet been updated to provide solar energy systems with the clear categorization afforded to wind energy systems, the growing popularity of solar energy systems may eventually warrant a place in the definition of "personal property." 

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  • Using “Finders” to Find Capital: Avoiding Problems for Your Company

    July 28, 2017

    A "true" finder can be OK if they limit their role to making introductions, receive a flat or hourly consulting fee that is not contingent on the success of the offering and avoid any active role in negotiating and completing the investment. Finders acting in this very limited capacity are not considered broker-dealers. As a result, true finders are largely unregulated under the securities laws and need not be registered with the state or federal government as broker-dealers. This area is murky, however, because there are not clear regulations and the rules of the road have been developed in court cases and case-by-case "no-action" letters from the SEC.

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  • A Great Partner’s Influence Lives on, Long After They Depart: In Praise of Bob, Tom, Rosemary, Jim, Floyd and Ernie

    July 10, 2017

    I understand the reason(s) why there are so many lawyer jokes, although those who tell them ought remember that, to many barristers, there is no such thing as bad publicity. Regardless, those who relish lawyer jokes probably never met Bob Eleveld. Bob, a former senior partner where I practice, passed away last month. He was very hard to dislike.

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  • Raising Capital from Individual Investors Using Regulation A+

    July 7, 2017

    Raising capital is essential to startups, and a new option to fundraising allows you to raise money from individual investors through the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Regulation A+. We'll explore the different aspects of Regulation A+ to see if it's right for you.

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