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Oil and Gas Investor Subject to Self-Employment Tax for Fractional Working Interest Ownership

A recent court case, Methin v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2015-81, ruled that an investor’s small (at times 5% or less) share of a working interest

Postcard from AICPA Oil & Gas Conference 2015

I typically write these articles about industry conferences to summarize all of the sessions I’ve attended. Historically, the oil & gas conference

Obama Unveils Clean Power Plan

On August 30, 2015, President Obama unveiled the details of his revamped Clean Power Plan (the Plan). The Plan sets goals to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions

Solar Investment Tax Credit

Despite the lack of sunshine this summer, tax incentives remain for businesses that invest in qualifying solar energy property. The commercial solar investment

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U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Against the Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxic Standards

On June 29, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision struck down the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

What the Iran Nuclear Deal Could Mean for U.S. Oil Companies

The latest news cycles have been dominated by talk of a deal between world powers, including the United States (U.S.) and Iran, regarding Iran’s

Pittsburgh Cracker Plant Update

The much-anticipated cracker plant to be located in Beaver County recently took a step forward as Shell Oil Co. (Shell) closed on the land where the plant

EPA Assessment Finds Hydraulic Fracturing to Cause No Impact on Drinking Water

EPA assessment finds "no evidence of hydraulic fracturing activities causing widespread, systemic impact on drinking water resources in the United

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An Update on Ohio Oil & Natural Gas Activities

Much has been said in the news over the last year about the decline in the oil and natural gas industry in Ohio. The most significant factor impacting

What Is the Future of Coal in West Virginia?

For decades, the West Virginia coal industry has been the economic foundation of the state’s economy. The industry generates more than 20,000 direct

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