State & Local

  • June 27, 2024

    Ind. Biz Wrongly Taxed For Sales To Leasing Co., Dept. Says

    An Indiana furniture retailer was wrongly assessed additional tax for sales it made to a leasing company, the state Department of Revenue said in a letter of finding.

  • June 26, 2024

    Conn. Senate OKs Changes To Tax On Cars, Insurance Cos.

    Connecticut would change how it values and taxes motor vehicles, exempt some businesses from interest on certain tax underpayments and change the calculation of assessments on insurance companies under emergency-certified omnibus legislation the state Senate passed Wednesday at the start of a special session.

  • June 26, 2024

    Repatriation Tax Ruling May Sway State Wealth Tax Debates

    The U.S. Supreme Court's upholding of the federal repatriation tax could indirectly affect state tax policy discussions, including by influencing consideration of wealth taxes and encouraging states to keep potential due process issues in mind when enacting tax legislation.

  • June 26, 2024

    Fiserv Co. Challenges Fla. Tax Sourcing Rules

    Fiserv entity Checkfree asked a Florida state court to throw out a $4 million corporate income tax assessment, arguing that revenue from its payment facilitation services should be sourced out-of-state where the services are performed.

  • June 26, 2024

    5th Circ. Affirms Block On ARPA Tax Rule For Texas, La., Miss.

    A Texas federal judge properly ruled that the federal government could not enforce a provision in the American Rescue Plan Act that prohibits states from using pandemic aid to offset tax cuts, the Fifth Circuit said.

  • June 26, 2024

    Maine's Revenue Through May Lags Estimates By $50M

    Maine's revenue collection from July through May missed budget estimates by roughly $50 million, according to the state Department of Administrative and Financial Services.

  • June 26, 2024

    Wis. Revenues Through May Outpace Last Year By $232M

    Wisconsin general revenue collection from July through May was $232 million higher than the same period last fiscal year, according to the state Department of Revenue.

  • June 26, 2024

    Idaho Tax Revenue Through May Down $36M From Forecasts

    Idaho's revenue collection from July through May was $36 million lower than predicted, according to the state Division of Financial Management.

  • June 26, 2024

    Neb. Gov. Signals July Start To Property Tax Special Session

    Nebraska's governor announced his intent to call the state's unicameral Legislature into a special session starting July 25 to focus on what he described as a worsening property tax crisis.

  • June 26, 2024

    Ariz. General Revenues Through May Up $314M From Forecast

    Arizona's general revenue collection from July through May was $314 million higher than was forecast, according to the state Joint Budget Committee.

  • June 26, 2024

    Ore. Tax Court OKs Deduction For Horse Boarder's Biz Costs

    The owners of an Oregon horse boarding facility that lost money for eight years operated it with a profit motive, the state tax court ruled, allowing the couple a tax deduction for the business expenses sustained.

  • June 25, 2024

    Hawaii Adopts Fines For Excise, Rental Tax Reporting Failures

    Hawaii will impose fines for failures to comply with the reporting requirements of the state's general excise tax and transient accommodations tax laws as part of a bill signed by the governor.

  • June 25, 2024

    Hawaii Allows Tax Dept. To Serve Subpoenas Outside State

    Hawaii authorized its Department of Taxation to serve administrative subpoenas outside the state under a bill signed by the governor.

  • June 25, 2024

    Newsom Defends Calif. Tax Policy In State Of State Speech

    Gov. Gavin Newsom vigorously defended his state's fiscal policy Tuesday, declaring that California is not a high-tax state despite having the nation's highest overall individual income tax burden and highest gas tax.

  • June 25, 2024

    Bristol-Myers Fights NJ City's $4.6M Fee On Campus Upgrade

    Bristol-Myers Squibb asked the New Jersey Tax Court to reverse the state's upholding of a $4.6 million nonresidential development fee on renovations to buildings on a 91-acre campus, arguing the improvements were excluded from the levy.

  • June 25, 2024

    Hawaii Conforms To Fed. Code For Income, Estate Tax

    Hawaii conformed its income tax and estate and generation-skipping transfer tax laws to the federal tax code as amended through 2023 under a bill signed by the governor.

  • June 25, 2024

    Ohio Floats Rules Outlining Administration Of Cannabis Taxes

    The Ohio Department of Revenue published a proposed regulation outlining how the state will administer cannabis taxes, including assessment processes and recordkeeping requirements.

  • June 25, 2024

    Pa. Biz Group, Top Senate Tax Writer Oppose Biz Income Reg

    A proposed Pennsylvania regulation outlining what constitutes apportionable business income improperly suggests that the state could enforce combined reporting and ignore precedent limiting the taxation of multistate corporations, a business advocacy group and chair of the state Senate's tax-writing committee have argued.

  • June 25, 2024

    Minn. Tax Court OKs Dept.'s DuPont Apportionment Method

    The Minnesota tax department correctly applied an alternative method of apportionment to manufacturing company DuPont that better represented the company's taxable income in the state following transactions involving forward exchange contracts, the state's tax court ruled.

  • June 25, 2024

    DC Council OKs Tax Hikes On High-End Property, Payroll

    Washington, D.C., would impose a special tax rate on high-end residential properties, boost the premium for the district's paid leave program and make other tax and spending changes under legislation passed Tuesday by the district council.

  • June 25, 2024

    Ariz. Court Slashes Value Of Low-Income Housing Complex

    An Arizona housing complex subject to restrictions related to federal low-income housing tax credits was overvalued by a local assessor, the Arizona Tax Court said, slashing the valuation of the property by about three-fourths.

  • June 25, 2024

    T-Mobile Settles Gross Receipts Tax Dispute With Ohio

    T-Mobile reached a settlement with Ohio over the company's claims that the state tax agency incorrectly sourced certain receipts and double-counted others when it issued a $775,000 commercial activity tax assessment, according to a state Board of Tax Appeals order issued Tuesday.

  • June 25, 2024

    La. Board Finds Part Of Water Levies To Be Illegal Tax

    A portion of a conservation district's charges for pumping water is an unconstitutional severance tax, the Louisiana Board of Tax Appeals ruled, saying the charges weren't allowed to be used to fund a metering program.

  • June 25, 2024

    Ex-DOJ Atty Among New Trio At Chamberlain Hrdlicka

    Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry has strengthened its tax controversy and litigation practice with the addition of three attorneys in Atlanta, including a former senior trial attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice for more than three decades.

  • June 25, 2024

    Tax Pros Worry Credit Sales Could Raise Substance Issues

    Tax professionals are concerned that deals involving a new way to sell clean energy tax credits for cash could face IRS scrutiny after the agency scored a high-profile win over a telecommunications company by deploying an aggressive interpretation of what's known as the economic substance doctrine.

Expert Analysis

  • Gonna Fly Now From California: SALT In Review

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    From an actor's impending relocation to two more defeats of efforts to tax streaming services, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Litigation Inspiration: A Source Of Untapped Fulfillment

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    As increasing numbers of attorneys struggle with stress and mental health issues, business litigators can find protection against burnout by remembering their important role in society — because fulfillment in one’s work isn’t just reserved for public interest lawyers, say Bennett Rawicki and Peter Bigelow at Hilgers Graben.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Forget Everything You Know About IRAC

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    The mode of legal reasoning most students learn in law school, often called “Issue, Rule, Application, Conclusion,” or IRAC, erroneously frames analysis as a separate, discrete step, resulting in disorganized briefs and untold obfuscation — but the fix is pretty simple, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • How New EU Tax And Transfer Pricing Rules May Affect M&A

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    Companies involved in mergers and acquisitions may need to adjust fiscal due diligence procedures to ensure they consider potential far-reaching effects of newly implemented transfer pricing measures, such as newly implemented global minimum tax and European Union anti-tax avoidance directives and proposals, says Patrick Tijhuis at BDO.

  • How Firms Can Ensure Associate Gender Parity Lasts

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    Among associates, women now outnumber men for the first time, but progress toward gender equality at the top of the legal profession remains glacially slow, and firms must implement time-tested solutions to ensure associates’ gender parity lasts throughout their careers, say Kelly Culhane and Nicole Joseph at Culhane Meadows.

  • NY Shouldn't Pair 421-a Restoration And Good Cause Eviction

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    The good cause eviction system of rent control should not be imposed in New York, nor should its legislation be tied to renewal of the 421-a tax abatement program, which New York City desperately needs, says Alexander Lycoyannis at Holland & Knight.

  • 7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

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    As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

  • DC's Housing Tax Break Proposal: What's In It, What's Missing

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    Proposed Washington, D.C., rules implementing the Housing in Downtown Tax Abatement program — for commercial property owners who convert properties into residential housing — thoroughly explain the process for submitting an application, but do not provide sufficient detail regarding the actual dollar value of the abatements, says Daniel Miktus at Akerman.

  • Location, Location, Location: SALT In Review

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    From a possible replacing of Florida's property tax to Cincinnati's taxing of remote workers, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • How 3 New Laws Change Calif. Nonprofits' Legal Landscape

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    Legislation that went into effect on Jan. 1 should be welcomed by California’s nonprofit organizations, which may now receive funding more quickly, rectify past noncompliance more easily and have greater access to the states’ security funding program, say Casey Williams and Brett Overby at Liebert Cassidy.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

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