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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 »


Governor Signs Lien Law Bill Benefitting Construction Industry - Anti-Collateral Provision Repealed - April 24, 2018

The construction industry received great news when Governor Reynolds signed SF2229 into law, repealing the so-called "anti-collateral" statute that disallowed mechanic's liens in instances where material suppliers and others utilized personal guaranties and other forms of collateral. This repeal is most impactful to material suppliers, from cabinet and flooring suppliers to lumberyards and larger building material suppliers, in the residential and commercial construction industry. Read More »


Federal Jury Awards Iowa Businessman $4 Million - April 13, 2018

On Thursday, April 12, Stanley J. Thompson and Jason R. Lawrence scored a major victory on behalf of their client, retired Akron businessman, John Lucken. Read More »


Sarah Crane and Mike Richards Score a Victory and Provide Greater Clarity for Iowa Municipalities - March 29, 2018

Sarah Crane and Mike Richards of the Davis Brown Law Firm recently received a favorable opinion from the Iowa Supreme Court on an issue of first impression which provides clarity regarding a legislative immunity for municipalities in Iowa: the "state-of-the-art" defense set forth in Iowa Code section 671.4(1)(h). Read More »


Energy-Efficient Homes Credit is Extended for Homes Sold Before December 31, 2017 - February 13, 2018

The Bipartisan Budget Bill of 2018, which President Trump signed into law on February 9, 2018, has extended the Energy-Efficient Homes Credit for homes sold before December 31, 2017. Read More »


Iowa Residential Landlords - A 2017 Review and 2018 Preview - January 31, 2018

Overall, 2017 was a decent year in terms of new legislation and case law for Iowa landlords. The Iowa Legislature passed two favorable pieces of legislation, and two decisions by the Iowa Supreme Court contained certain favorable law for landlords (while also containing certain less favorable case law). In terms of legislation in 2018, the various Iowa landlord associations are working hard to ensure that 2018 is a positive year for landlords. Read More »


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