State & Local

  • June 14, 2024

    Mich. Bill Would Clarify Tax On Delivery Network Sales

    Michigan would clarify that vendors selling through an online marketplace are liable for collecting and remitting sales tax and that delivery networks can deduct amounts paid to sellers from their tax liability under a bill introduced in the state Senate.

  • June 14, 2024

    Conn. Panel Backs Woman's Exemption From Bank Execution

    A woman is entitled to an exemption from a financial institution execution served by an entity that collected taxes for a Connecticut city to satisfy a business's outstanding personal property tax assessment, the state's appellate court said in an opinion released Friday, affirming a trial court's ruling.

  • June 14, 2024

    Mich. Co.'s Former Head Liable For Biz's $229K Unpaid Taxes

    The Michigan Tax Tribunal correctly assessed the former president and controller of a now-defunct automotive coating company with $229,000 in unpaid withholding taxes because he was in control of the company's financial operations, a state appeals court panel ruled.

  • June 14, 2024

    St. Louis Agrees To Return Tax Paid By Remote Workers

    St. Louis has agreed to return income taxes paid by remote workers outside the city after a Missouri appeals court ruled it could not impose the tax, the parties said Friday.

  • June 14, 2024

    Ark. Gov. Calls Special Session To Cut Tax Rates

    Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders called a special session of the state Legislature to amend the state's top income tax rates and increase the homestead tax credit.

  • June 14, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Kirkland, Arnold & Porter

    In this week's Taxation with Representation, Noble Corp. PLC buys Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc., Cognizant buys Belcan, AlphaSense raises funding to buy Tegus, and Matador Resources Co. acquires a subsidiary of the EnCap Investments portfolio company Ameredev II Parent.

  • June 13, 2024

    Staffing Hurdles Could Slow Impact Of IRS Audit Boost

    The Internal Revenue Service's intended ramping up of enforcement on wealthy people, large corporations and complex partnerships may not have a meaningful impact in the short term because of challenges in hiring and training people to do the work.

  • June 13, 2024

    NYC Dance Club's Tickets Freed From $2M In Sales Tax

    A New York City dance club isn't on the hook for a $2 million state sales tax bill on its admission charges because its techno music shows qualified as a tax-exempt live music performance, a state administrative law judge determined Thursday.

  • June 13, 2024

    Mich. Bill Seeks Income Tax Credit For Home Down Payments

    Michigan would create an income tax credit for homebuyers who purchase a single-family residence that would equal a portion of the down payment amount as part of a bill introduced in the state House of Representatives.

  • June 13, 2024

    Ohio Senate OKs Requiring Tax Payments For Property Splits

    Ohio would require delinquent property taxes to be paid before a real parcel was subdivided or transferred and would prohibit tax-delinquent property owners from buying tax-foreclosed property under a bill passed by the state Senate.

  • June 13, 2024

    NY Babysitter Can Get Earned Income Tax Credits, ALJ Rules

    A New York woman who was paid cash for babysitting was able to prove she was entitled to the state's and New York City's earned income tax credits, an administrative law judge said in a determination released Thursday. 

  • June 13, 2024

    Mo. City Tax Credit Suit Tossed Over Federal Jurisdiction

    A federal judge dismissed a Kansas City, Missouri, resident's claims that the city unconstitutionally refused to credit his state income taxes paid to Kansas against his city earnings tax liabilities, ruling that a federal law barred the case from being lodged in federal court.

  • June 13, 2024

    La. AG Tells Parish That Sheriff Has Tax Collection Authority

    A Louisiana parish cannot shift occupational license tax collection responsibilities from its sheriff to its president's office, the state attorney general's office said in an opinion.

  • June 13, 2024

    Ariz. Lawmakers OK Expanding Jet Fuel Definition For Tax

    Arizona would expand the definition of jet fuel subject to state's 3.05-cent-per-gallon excise tax under a bill sent to Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs.

  • June 12, 2024

    NY Court Strikes Housing Tax Break's Labor Dispute Process

    A New York state court has undercut a provision in a since-expired affordable housing tax break that enabled a city watchdog to issue judgments against developers who underpaid construction workers, deeming the provision unconstitutional because decisions could not be appealed.

  • June 12, 2024

    Senate Budget Chair Seeks End To Carried Interest Tax Break

    Lawmakers should end the favorable tax treatment of income from carried interest compared with ordinary earned income, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse said Wednesday.

  • June 12, 2024

    Digital Taxes May Take Hold Regardless Of Treaty Signing

    An internationally agreed-upon freeze on digital levies may continue to thaw even if countries meet their impending deadline to sign a related treaty for new corporate tax rules, in part because the accord faces a hazy path to formal ratification.

  • June 12, 2024

    Mass. Tax Board Knocks $4M Off Valuation Of Elder Housing

    A Massachusetts tax panel slashed the valuation of a residential complex for low-income seniors by nearly two-thirds in a decision released Wednesday, agreeing with the owner that restrictions on the property justified a lower assessment.

  • June 12, 2024

    NM Home Dialysis Co. Gets $2M Tax Bill Thrown Out

    A New Mexico business that provides at-home dialysis care to patients was wrongly hit with a $2 million gross receipts tax assessment and penalty notice, the state Administrative Hearings Office ruled, finding the company provided exempt healthcare services.

  • June 12, 2024

    Mass. Tax Board Says No To Decrease In Parcel Values

    The owner of a pair of Massachusetts land parcels failed to show they were overvalued by local assessors, a state tax board ruled in a decision released Wednesday, saying the owner sought relief beyond the board's authority on several issues.

  • June 12, 2024

    Ohio Bill Seeks Tax Break For Items Bought By Logistics Cos.

    Ohio would create a sales and use tax exemption for items purchased by logistics businesses to transport manufactured products, general merchandise and grocery products under a bill introduced in the state Senate.

  • June 12, 2024

    Ore. Tax Court Affirms No Retroactive Fix To Home Value

    The tax valuation of an Oregon residence erroneously assessed at a larger square footage cannot be retroactively reduced, the Oregon Tax Court said, upholding the state tax department's rejection of the request.

  • June 12, 2024

    Kan. Tax Collection Through May Up $134M From Last Year

    Kansas' total tax revenue collected from July through May grew $134 million from the previous fiscal year, according to a monthly report by the state Department of Revenue.

  • June 12, 2024

    Ohio Tax Board Undoes Vacant Eatery's COVID-19 Value Cut

    An Ohio County Board of Revision erred when it lowered a vacant restaurant property's value after the property owner argued the value had dropped as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state Board of Tax Appeals ruled.

  • June 12, 2024

    Treasury Issued Over $1B In Clean Vehicle Tax Credits

    The clean vehicle tax credit of up to $7,500 has saved buyers more than $1 billion in total upfront costs since January, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday, saying the figures represent a major milestone in lowering transportation costs since the incentive was updated in 2022.

Expert Analysis

  • Trauma-Informed Legal Approaches For Pro Bono Attorneys

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    As National Trauma Awareness Month ends, pro bono attorneys should nevertheless continue to acknowledge the mental and physical effects of trauma, allowing them to better represent clients, and protect themselves from compassion fatigue and burnout, say Katherine Cronin at Stinson and Katharine Manning at Blackbird.

  • How Attys Can Avoid Pitfalls When Withdrawing From A Case

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    The Trump campaign's recent scuffle over its bid to replace its counsel in a pregnancy retaliation suit offers a chance to remind attorneys that many troubles inherent in withdrawing from a case can be mitigated or entirely avoided by communicating with clients openly and frequently, says Christopher Konneker at Orsinger Nelson.

  • Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

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    From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

  • Tax Assessment: Recapping Georgia's Legislative Session

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    Jonathan Feldman and Alla Raykin at Eversheds Sutherland examine tax-related changes from Georgia’s General Assembly — such as the governor’s successful push to accelerate income tax cuts — and suggest steps to take before certain tax incentives are challenged in the state's next legislative session.

  • Geothermal Energy Has Growing Potential In The US

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    Bipartisan support for the geothermal industry shows that geothermal energy can be an elegant solution toward global decarbonization efforts because of its small footprint, low supply chain risk, and potential to draw on the skills of existing highly specialized oil and gas workers and renewable specialists, say attorneys at Weil.

  • Bad Ideas That Won't Go Away: SALT In Review

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    From California's latest move toward a digital ad tax to Kansas' proposed tax credits for film production, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Exploring An Alternative Model Of Litigation Finance

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    A new model of litigation finance, most aptly described as insurance-backed litigation funding, differs from traditional funding in two key ways, and the process of securing it involves three primary steps, say Bob Koneck, Christopher Le Neve Foster and Richard Butters at Atlantic Global Risk LLC.

  • Trump Hush Money Case Offers Master Class In Trial Strategy

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    The New York criminal hush money trial of former President Donald Trump typifies some of the greatest challenges that lawyers face in crafting persuasive presentations, providing lessons on how to handle bad facts, craft a simple story that withstands attack, and cross-examine with that story in mind, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • A Vision For Economic Clerkships In The Legal System

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    As courts handle increasingly complex damages analyses involving vast amounts of data, an economic clerkship program — integrating early-career economists into the judicial system — could improve legal outcomes and provide essential training to clerks, say Mona Birjandi at Data for Decisions and Matt Farber at Secretariat.

  • E-Discovery Quarterly: Recent Rulings On Text Message Data

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    Electronically stored information on cellphones, and in particular text messages, can present unique litigation challenges, and recent court decisions demonstrate that counsel must carefully balance what data should be preserved, collected, reviewed and produced, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Kentucky Tax Talk: Budget Focus Cools Tax Reform Efforts

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    There were some noteworthy tax developments during Kentucky’s legislative session — like the revival of local tax reform and enactment of another tax amnesty program — but major tax initiatives, like those seen in recent years, were largely tabled as legislators focused on establishing the state’s two-year budget, say attorneys at Frost Brown.

  • NY Tax Talk: Primary Function Is Key Analysis For Sales Tax

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    Two sales tax cases recently decided by New York's Appellate Division illustrate why both taxpayers and the state's Department of Revenue subscribe to the primary function test, a logical way to determine whether business transactions are subject to sales tax, say Elizabeth Cha and Jeremy Gove at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Time To Fix NYC's Broken Property Assessment System

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    A New York appellate court's decision to revive Tax Equity Now New York v. City of New York may force the city to revamp its outdated and unfair real estate tax assessment system, which could be fixed with a couple of simple changes, says Seth Feldman at Romer Debbas.

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