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Iowa Department of Revenue Formally Publishes Amended WET Tax Rules for Landlords - October 25, 2018

As discussed in previous posts (see direct links below), Iowa's new Water Excise Tax (WET) took effect on July 1, 2018. Since that time, the Iowa Department of Revenue (IDOR) has released two sets of proposed revised rules. On October 24, 2018, the IDOR formally published its Amended Rules. These published rules are consistent with the proposed revised rules that the IDOR released earlier this fall. Read More »


Bill Hanigan Presents Oral Arguments Before the Iowa Supreme Court - September 17, 2018

On September 12, Bill Hanigan, presented his oral arguments before the Iowa Supreme Court in the case Puntenney, et. al. v. Iowa Utilities Board., et. al. Bill and Jason Lawrence represent Iowa landowners whose land was forcibly taken via eminent domain by Dakota Access in order to lay a pipeline to transport crude oil across the state. Read More »


Advising Elderly and Potentially Impaired Farmland Owners - September 6, 2018

As the farmland owning demography ages, potential ethical issues for lawyers regarding impaired clients, and regarding conflicts between testators and competing beneficiaries, will become more frequent. Read More »


Farmland Inheritance: Intentional Interference Judgement Upheld in Court - September 4, 2018

On July 18, 2018, in the case In the Matter of Estate of Lois B. Erickson the Iowa Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court finding of invalidity of a will based on undue influence and lack of testamentary capacity, and found one party liable for tortious interference with a bequest. Read More »


Iowa Department of Revenue Distributes Draft Version of Revised Proposed Rules on the Water Excise Tax Rules for Manufactured Housing Community - August 22, 2018

Shortly after Iowa's new Water Excise Tax took effect 7/1/18, the Iowa Department of Revenue issued its proposed rules for WET, only to be inundated with concerns and objections from Iowa's manufactured housing communities. The IDOR distributed a draft version of its revised proposed rules today, August 22, 2018. Read More »


Iowa Department of Revenue Announces Re-Write of Water Excise Tax Rules for Manufactured Housing Community - August 15, 2018

Iowa's new Water Excise Tax (WET) took effect on July 1, 2018. The Iowa Department of Revenue's (IDoR) stated position regarding the applicability of WET has had a substantially negative impact on Iowa's manufactured housing communities. Read More »


New Information RE: WET Itemization and Billing for Manufactured Housing Communities - July 26, 2018

A few weeks ago, we provided various details on Iowa's new Water Excise Tax (WET) that became effective on July 1, 2018. Herein, we have new information to provide based upon our most recent discussions with the Iowa Department of Revenue (IDOR) regarding the itemization and billing requirement under WET. Read More »


2018 Iowa Legislation Affecting Iowa Landlords - July 1, 2018

On July 1st, several new laws go into effect that impact Iowa landlords. Below is a summary of such laws, with links to the full text of each new law. Read More »


What Landlords Need to Know about Iowa's New Water Service Excise Tax - June 27, 2018

Effective July 1, 2018, in the state of Iowa is a new Water Service Excise Tax ("WET"), which was passed as SF 512. Iowa landlords, particularly manufactured housing communities, who furnish water in any way to their tenants, as well as other companies that could be deemed to be providing water service, need to take note of the new WET. Read More »


Understanding Iowa's New Internet Sales Tax - June 8, 2018

On May 30, 2018, Iowa's Governor signed Senate File 2417. Among other things, it applies Iowa's 7% sales tax to sales over the internet in Iowa. The impact of this law will be great, if allowed to take effect. Read More »


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