Physician non compete after 21st Century Oncology Inc.

Earlier this month, 21 Century Oncology Inc. (“21st”) lost in its bid to obtain a preliminary injunction against House Bill 843 (the “Bill”). Among other health related changes, the Bill retroactively nullifies physician non compete provisions when the employer is the “sole” provider of a specialty in the relevant geographic area. While the language in the relevant amendment to the Bill uses the word “sole,” the provision would apply to groups that dominate the market even if there were competitors in the area.

The Bill is currently in the Florida senate where it appears to gaining support. Should the upper house of the state legislator pass the Bill, it would go to the governor for signature. If the Bill does make it to the governor’s desk, look for the Bill to become law sometime later this year or early next.

Physicians that are looking to leave their current group but are unsure about non-compete provisions should know that non-compete clauses are disfavored in Florida and doctors have a number of different options, in addition to the Bill, to invalidate a non-compete.

If you are interested in learning more, call or email us today at 239.449.9200 or cwegner@wegnerlawfirm.com.

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IRS gaining more enforcement tools

The IRS will soon be able to seize your passport if you have a significant tax delinquency. While this might not impact a large number of taxpayers, it is but one more reason to make sure that you take care to address your taxes.

Engaging is some proactive tax planning you can legally reduce your tax bill and do more than just avoid this new form of IRS punishment.

Call or email P. Christopher Wegner, Managing Attorney, Wegner Law PLLC, today at 239.449.9200 or cwegner@wegnerlawfirm.com

Congress skips tax treaties again

As Congress goes into recess it is obvious that lawmakers will skip the growing pile of tax treaties for review and approval yet again. This will likely push back review of the bi-lateral agreements beyond next session as changes to tax law and priorities have resulted in some small but significant changes. As a result, treaties with established partners will continue to struggle with lack of consistency and uncertainty surrounding key provisions. New taxing relationships will be forced to continue applying the standard or default rules delaying the benefits of a specialized US international tax convention.

International taxation is hard enough without these additional complications and, even more important, uncertainty. However, Wegner Law PLLC can help you establish the tax strategy for your inbound and outbound transactions regardless of what Congress does next. Call or visit Chris Wegner at Wegner Law PLLC in Naples today.