State & Local

  • May 20, 2024

    Iowa Exempts Rentals Between Affiliates From Sales, Use Tax

    Iowa exempts certain leases or rentals between affiliates from the state's 6% sales and use tax under a bill signed by the governor.

  • May 20, 2024

    Feds Fight Proposed Delay In Hunter Biden's Tax Trial

    Hunter Biden shouldn't be allowed to delay his criminal tax trial in California just because his lead attorney says the dates run up against Biden's upcoming trial in Delaware on firearms charges, the special counsel's office told a federal court.

  • May 20, 2024

    Va. Revenue Through April Grows $1.1B From Prior Year

    Virginia general revenue collection from July through April was up by $1.1 billion compared with the same period last fiscal year, according to a statement from the state Department of Accounts.

  • May 20, 2024

    NJ Panel Advances Tax Credit Boost For Tech Co. Investments

    A New Jersey Assembly committee advanced a bill that would increase tax credits offered under the state's angel investor tax credit program for investments in certain technology businesses.

  • May 17, 2024

    Mich. $3.4M Sales Tax Bill Is Wrong, Sneaker Site Tells Court

    The Michigan Treasury Department incorrectly calculated a sneaker resale site's sales tax liability from 2017 through 2019, as the site is a marketplace facilitator required to collect tax beginning in 2020, the site told the state Court of Claims. 

  • May 17, 2024

    Home Distillers Tell Feds Ban Fails Under Spirit Of The Law

    The Hobby Distillers Association said the federal government is exceeding its constitutional powers and treading on states' rights by banning homemade liquor under its taxing authority, as the group laid out its position Friday at the request of a Texas federal judge.

  • May 17, 2024

    Md. To Allow Disclosure Of Tax Info For Compliance Efforts

    Maryland will allow the disclosure of tax information to outside parties to assist the state comptroller's tax compliance efforts under a bill signed by the governor.

  • May 17, 2024

    Fla. Appeals Court Nixes Condo Tax Sale After Address Mix-Up

    A Florida state appeals panel authored a split decision ordering a lower district court to reverse a tax deed sale after a property owner in Miami-Dade claimed the county's clerk of court failed to provide notice that his condo was being put up for sale due to a delinquent tax bill.

  • May 17, 2024

    Credit Suisse Can't Reverse $21.3M Biz Loss Denial

    Credit Suisse cannot carry forward $21.3 million in business losses from 2015-2017 to its 2018 Michigan tax return, a state appeals court said, letting stand a ruling that the bank miscalculated its business income from those years on its returns.

  • May 17, 2024

    Ark. High Court Nixes $35M Hotel Tax Bill On Travel Cos.

    An Arkansas circuit court erred in finding that online travel companies such as Hotels.com and Expedia were on the hook for $35 million in unpaid hotel taxes, the state's Supreme Court ruled, finding that a decades-old tax statute didn't apply to them.

  • May 17, 2024

    Md. Allows County To Add Excise Tax On Telecom Services

    Maryland will authorize the state's second-most populous county to impose an excise tax on telecommunications services in addition to the county's sales and use tax on such services under a bill signed by the governor.

  • May 17, 2024

    Ohio School Board Can't Appeal Property Value To Court

    An Ohio school board is prohibited from appealing a board of revision's valuation of a property that the school board didn't own to a court of common pleas, a state appeals court ruled.

  • May 17, 2024

    Mo. Lawmakers OK Fee Carveout For Streaming, Satellite Cos.

    Missouri would exempt streaming and satellite TV companies from local franchise fees that cable companies pay under a bill headed to the governor's desk after the state House of Representatives gave its approval Friday.

  • May 17, 2024

    Missouri Bill To Ban St. Louis Teleworker Tax Fails To Pass

    A push by Missouri lawmakers to prevent St. Louis from imposing its earnings tax on remote workers stalled Friday for the fourth consecutive year when the state Senate adjourned for the year without giving the proposal final approval.

  • May 17, 2024

    Judge Sets Hearing For Delay In Hunter Biden's Tax Trial

    A California federal judge agreed Friday to consider Hunter Biden's request to push back his $1.4 million criminal tax trial, setting a hearing to address his claim that the dates interfere with his Delaware gun trial and threaten to prevent him from getting a fair shake.

  • May 17, 2024

    Md. Urges Court To Nix Google's Digital Ad Tax Challenge

    Google's challenge to Maryland's digital ad tax should be summarily thrown out because the federal law cited by the company in its case is itself unconstitutional, whereas the tax is constitutionally sound, Maryland's comptroller told the state's tax court.

  • May 17, 2024

    Kansas Gov. Vetoes Tax Omnibus, Calls For Special Session

    Kansas Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has vetoed three tax bills, one of which would have restructured the state's income tax brackets and made other tax changes, saying the plan was too costly for the state.

  • May 17, 2024

    RI General Revenue Through April Exceeds Forecast By $6M

    Rhode Island's total general revenue from July through April was $6 million higher than budget estimates, according to a report by the state's Department of Revenue.

  • May 17, 2024

    Kan. Tax Collection Through April Up $316M From Last Year

    Kansas' total tax revenue collected from July through April grew $316 million from the previous fiscal year, according to a monthly report by the state Department of Revenue.

  • May 17, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Wachtell Lipton, Freshfields

    In this week's Taxation with Representation, Nippon Life acquires Corebridge Financial, Crescent Energy buys SilverBow Resources and Uber purchases Foodpanda.

  • May 17, 2024

    Virgin Islands Silent 2 Years On $1.1M Tax Refund, Court Told

    A man living on the island of St. Thomas claims he requested a tax refund of more than $1.1 million from the U.S. Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue more than two years ago and still hasn't heard back, according to a complaint in federal court.

  • May 16, 2024

    Pact's Biz Group Drops W.Va. Streaming Tax Compliance Fight

    The Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board's business group on Thursday dropped its allegations that West Virginia's tax on streaming services threw it out of compliance with the interstate tax simplification compact that the board oversees.

  • May 16, 2024

    NJ Lets Some School Districts Hike Property Taxes Above Cap

    New Jersey will allow school districts that experienced cuts in state school aid to request increases in local property tax levies above previously permitted amounts without voter approval under a bill signed by Gov. Phil Murphy.

  • May 16, 2024

    Calif. Digital Tax Clears Key Hurdle, Will Go To Full Senate

    A bill calling for California to levy its 7.25% state sales and use tax on large online companies with digital advertising revenue above $2.5 billion passed a key Senate committee Thursday and will go to the full state Senate.

  • May 16, 2024

    Tax Pact Votes Down Nexus Recommendation For Gross Sales

    A proposed recommendation from the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board for states to use gross sales to measure whether a remote seller crossed a state's economic nexus threshold fell two votes shy of final approval Thursday.

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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