Dean Mead Sponsors ULI Program on Jan. 15th – The Future of Florida’s Space Coast

Candid Conversation:  The Future of Florida’s Space Coast Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Orange County Bar Association 880 North Orange Avenue, Orlando 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Networking 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Candid Conversation and Q&A Florida-based space exploration is only getting started, and NASA’s Trey Carlson and Space Florida’s Frank DiBello will explain why. Join…

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Steve Looney Quoted in Orlando Sentinel about the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act

Steve Looney, chair of Dean Mead’s Tax department, is quoted in an article titled, “Big tax bills could hit underwater owners” in the December 18, 2013 edition of the Orlando Sentinel. The article about the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act expiring is provided here: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/os-mortgage-debt-forgiveness-20131213,0,3353972.story.

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Recent USDA Citrus Greening Strike Force

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the creation of a multi-agency “emergency response framework” to address citrus greening. The framework is intended to better coordinate resources to fight this disease, which has threatened to cripple Florida’s citrus industry. The framework brings together USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Agricultural Research Service…

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Steve Looney Speaks at University of Texas 61st Annual Taxation Conference

Dean Mead attorney Stephen Looney was a featured speaker at the University of Texas 61st Annual Taxation Conference held in Austin, Texas on December 5th, 2013.  Mr. Looney’s presentation was entitled “Compensation Reclassification Risks for S and C Corporations.”  The presentation discussed how the IRS and the Courts are addressing the reclassification of compensation and other payments…

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Are Community Association Managers Practicing Law?

Formal Advisory Opinion Request Could Change the Activities that May be Legally Performed by Community Association Managers Restrictions on who can practice law date back to the colonial period in our country’s history.[1] The obvious concerns relate to the quality of legal services that someone who is not trained and licensed as an attorney may…

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Dean Mead Opens New Office in Tallahassee

Dean Mead Continues Florida Growth with New Office in Tallahassee  Well-known attorneys strengthen firm’s governmental relations and regulatory capabilities Tallahassee, Fla. – Dean Mead announced today the opening of their new office in Tallahassee, located at 215 South Monroe Street. With offices already in Orlando, Fort Pierce, Viera and Gainesville, the Tallahassee location expands Dean…

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Tax Court Holds that Conservation Reserve Program Payments From USDA Are Subject to Self-Employment Tax

In Morehouse,[1] the Tax Court held that the payments received by the taxpayers from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) constituted self-employment income subject to the self-employment tax imposed under Section 1401. The taxpayer owned a number of acres of land in South Dakota, which he did not personally farm…

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