State & Local

  • June 06, 2024

    Ind. Tax Court Backs Lower Valuation For Department Store

    The value of an Indiana Dillard's store was correctly reduced to about $5 million for tax years 2018 through 2020 by the state tax board after taking into consideration the owner's income approach analysis, the state's tax court ruled.

  • June 06, 2024

    NY Lawmakers OK Change To Tax Tribunal's Client Rep Rules

    New York would allow individuals to choose from an expanded list of representatives in matters before the Tax Appeals Tribunal under a bill passed by the state Legislature that goes next to Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul.

  • June 06, 2024

    Fox Rothschild Brings On Tax Pro From Atlanta Boutique

    Fox Rothschild LLP has added an attorney in Atlanta from tax law boutique Wiggam Law to strengthen the firm's taxation and wealth planning department.

  • June 06, 2024

    Colorado Extends Contaminated Land Cleanup Tax Credit

    Colorado will extend its environmental remediation of contaminated land income tax credit for five years under a bill signed by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis.

  • June 06, 2024

    NY Senate OKs Bill Expanding Digital Gaming Credit

    New York would expand its income tax credit for digital gaming production by lowering the production cost required to qualify and eliminating the in-state production cost threshold under a bill passed by the Senate. 

  • June 06, 2024

    State Digital Tax Rules Lack Consistency, Clarity, Tax Pros Say

    Courts have reached different conclusions over whether state definitions of tangible personal property encompass certain elements of the digital economy, underscoring the inconsistent tax treatment of digital transactions and a need for guidance on the issue, tax professionals said Thursday.

  • June 06, 2024

    Mass. Tax Collections Beat Estimates By $700M Through May

    Massachusetts' total tax collections from July through May were $700 million higher than expected, according to the state Department of Revenue.

  • June 06, 2024

    NJ Corp. Tax Overhaul Regs Expected By Nov., Director Says

    New Jersey is on track to release regulations this fall on an omnibus law from last year that changed several provisions of the state's corporate income tax system, the state Division of Taxation's acting director said Thursday.

  • June 05, 2024

    Citibank Can't Avoid Paying $6M Wash. Biz Tax

    Washington's high court won't spare Citibank from a $6 million business tax bill, declining to revisit a ruling that the bank's money-making activities amounted to a physical presence in the state despite not having any local branches open at the time.

  • June 05, 2024

    Ill. Budget Has Higher Cap On NOLs, Sports Betting Tax Hike

    Illinois will extend a cap on corporate net operating loss deductions, increase its sports betting tax and reduce sales tax rebates for retailers under a $53.1 billion fiscal year 2025 budget signed Wednesday by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

  • June 05, 2024

    Colo. To Exempt Modular Homes From Sales Tax

    Colorado will exempt new modular home sales from state tax under a bill signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis.

  • June 05, 2024

    Calif. OTA Says Avis Owes $12.6M Tax On Asset Acquisition

    An acquisition by car rental company Avis of an indirect affiliate's vehicle management business does not constitute a merger and is therefore subject to tax, the California Office of Tax Appeals ruled.

  • June 05, 2024

    Colo. To Allow Tax Credit For Employee-Owned Businesses

    Colorado will allow new businesses that are employee-owned to claim an income tax credit for business expenses under a bill signed by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis.

  • June 05, 2024

    NY Gov. Indefinitely Halts Manhattan Congestion Pricing

    New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday shelved congestion pricing just weeks before officials were set to implement a fee for vehicles entering Manhattan's busiest corridor, in a dramatic about-face following intense backlash and litigation from residents and business owners grappling with the high cost of living.

  • June 05, 2024

    Hawaii To Adjust Income Tax Brackets, Up Standard Deduction

    Hawaii will adjust its individual income tax brackets and increase its standard deduction to account for inflation and will exempt certain medical services from the state's general excise tax under bills signed by the governor.

  • June 05, 2024

    Minn. Justices Back Doctor's Penalty For Frivolous Tax Claim

    Minnesota's penalty for filing a frivolous tax claim is constitutional, and the penalty as applied to a nonresident doctor and his wife over nearly $1.2 million in undeclared income is also sound, the Minnesota Supreme Court said Wednesday.

  • June 05, 2024

    Win May Embolden IRS Use Of Economic Substance Doctrine

    The IRS' successful wielding of the economic substance doctrine to characterize multinational telecommunications corporation Liberty Global's sophisticated set of intercompany deals as an abusive tax shelter could encourage the agency to apply similar analysis to even the most basic tax transactions.

  • June 05, 2024

    Ohio Senate Bill Seeks To Double Film Tax Credit Cap

    Ohio would double the amount of film and theater production tax credits it can award annually and eliminate its credit for film and theater capital improvement projects under a bill introduced in the state Senate.

  • June 05, 2024

    Colo. To Look At Federal Taxable Income As State Basis

    Colorado is directing its state auditor to evaluate its use of federal taxable income as the basis for state taxable income under legislation signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis.

  • June 04, 2024

    Recreational Marijuana To Be On SD Ballot For 3rd Time

    Recreational marijuana advocates have successfully put a measure on South Dakota's November ballot, giving state voters a third shot at legalizing the drug just two years after they declined to do so.  

  • June 04, 2024

    Mastercard Owes $7.7M In SC Income Tax Case, ALJ Rules

    Mastercard's network, which allows cardholders to buy goods and services and withdraw money, is its income-producing activity, occurs within South Carolina, and thus obligates the company to pay about $7.7 million in taxes, fees and interest, a state administrative law judge ruled in a decision posted Tuesday.

  • June 04, 2024

    NY Senate OKs Tax Break For Mobile Internet Access Gear

    New York would exempt from property tax equipment used for the transmission and switching of radio signals to provide commercial mobile radio service or mobile internet access service under a bill approved by the state Senate.

  • June 04, 2024

    La. Officials Aim To Salvage Redo Of Constitution's Tax Rules

    An effort to open the door for Louisiana's Legislature to make wholesale changes to the state's tax system might take center stage this summer during a tax-focused constitutional convention that could be called after a broader convention was shelved amid concerns about its scope and pace.

  • June 04, 2024

    Calif. Use Tax Applies To Man's Trading Cards, OTA Says

    A California man who bought trading cards from Germany is liable for use tax on the purchase after failing to prove the purchase was made for resale, the state Office of Tax Appeals ruled.

  • June 04, 2024

    Calif. OTA Says Online Retailer Owns LLC Tax Assessment

    A Michigan-based company was doing business in California in 2018 and thus was required to file a return and pay the state's annual limited liability company tax, the state Office of Tax Appeals said.

Expert Analysis

  • The Art Of Asking: Leveraging Your Contacts For Referrals

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    Though attorneys may hesitate to ask for referral recommendations to generate new business, research shows that people want to help others they know, like and trust, so consider who in your network you should approach and how to make the ask, says Rebecca Hnatowski at Edwards Advisory.

  • 4 Ways To Refresh Your Law Firm's Marketing Strategy

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    With many BigLaw firms relying on an increasingly obsolete marketing approach that prioritizes stiff professionalism over authentic connection, adopting a few key communications strategies to better connect with today's clients and prospects can make all the difference, say Eric Pacifici and Kevin Henderson at SMB Law.

  • Consider 2 Alternative Exit Plans In RE Distress Scenarios

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    In the face of an impending wave of foreclosures, lenders and borrowers alike should consider two exit strategies — deed-in-lieu of foreclosure and consent foreclosure — that can mitigate potential costs and diminution in property value that could be incurred during a lengthy proceeding, say attorneys at BCLP.

  • SC's Courts Have It Wrong On Amazon Marketplace Sales Tax

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    The South Carolina Supreme Court should step in and correct the misguided change in tax law effectuated by lower court rulings that found Amazon owes state sales tax for marketplace sales made prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Wayfair v. South Dakota decision in 2018, says Hayes Holderness at the University of Richmond.

  • Constitutional Shenanigans And Other Sports: SALT In Review

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    From a challenge to New York's end run on a federal law to voters' rejection of a sales tax that would aid Kansas City's major league teams, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • This Earth Day, Consider How Your Firm Can Go Greener

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    As Earth Day approaches, law firms and attorneys should consider adopting more sustainable practices to reduce their carbon footprint — from minimizing single-use plastics to purchasing carbon offsets for air travel — which ultimately can also reduce costs for clients, say M’Lynn Phillips and Lisa Walters at IMS Legal Strategies.

  • Weisselberg's Perjury At Trial Spotlights Atty Ethics Issues

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    Former Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg’s recent guilty plea for perjury in the New York attorney general's civil fraud trial should serve as a reminder to attorneys of their ethical duties when they know a client has lied or plans to lie in court, and the potential penalties for not fulfilling those obligations, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • Practicing Law With Parkinson's Disease

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    This Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Adam Siegler at Greenberg Traurig discusses his experience working as a lawyer with Parkinson’s disease, sharing both lessons on how to cope with a diagnosis and advice for supporting colleagues who live with the disease.

  • Why Supreme Court Should Allow Repatriation Tax To Stand

    If the U.S. Supreme Court doesn't reject the taxpayers' misguided claims in Moore v. U.S. that the mandatory repatriation tax is unconstitutional, it could wreak havoc on our system of taxation and result in a catastrophic loss of revenue for the government, say Christina Mason and Theresa Balducci at Herrick Feinstein.

  • For Lawyers, Pessimism Should Be A Job Skill, Not A Life Skill

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    A pessimistic mindset allows attorneys to be effective advocates for their clients, but it can come with serious costs for their personal well-being, so it’s crucial to exercise strategies that produce flexible optimism and connect lawyers with their core values, says Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • Trump's NY Civil Fraud Trial Spotlights Long-Criticized Law

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    A New York court’s recent decision holding former President Donald Trump liable for fraud brought old criticisms of the state law used against him back into the limelight — including its strikingly broad scope and its major departures from the traditional elements of common law fraud, say Mark Kelley and Lois Ahn at MoloLamken.

  • Speaking Of Ideas Hard To Swallow: SALT In Review

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    From a Pennsylvania bill that would force corporate tax disclosure to a proposed candy tax in California, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Requiring Leave To File Amicus Briefs Is A Bad Idea

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    A proposal to amend the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure that would require parties to get court permission before filing federal amicus briefs would eliminate the long-standing practice of consent filing and thereby make the process less open and democratic, says Lawrence Ebner at the Atlantic Legal Foundation and DRI Center.

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