State & Local

  • April 04, 2024

    Fla. Revenue Collection Through Feb. $292M Above Estimate

    Florida collected $292 million more in net revenue from July through February than the amount the state had forecast, according to a monthly revenue report by the state's Office of Economic and Demographic Research.

  • April 04, 2024

    Mo. Senate Advances Referendum On Digital Products Tax

    Missouri voters would decide in November whether to allow the state to tax sales of subscriptions and licenses for digital products under a joint resolution approved Thursday by the state Senate.

  • April 04, 2024

    Va. Ups Income Tax Credits For Landlords In Housing Program

    Virginia doubled the maximum amount of income tax credits that may be issued to qualifying landlords who participate in a housing choice voucher program under a bill signed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin.

  • April 04, 2024

    Md. Lessee Owes Tax On Gov't Property, Appeals Court Says

    A lessee of government property in Maryland that was sublet to other users was correctly denied a partial property tax abatement, the state appeals court has said, even though some subtenants were government entities.

  • April 04, 2024

    Ala. Revenue Collection Through March Down $110M

    Alabama's revenue collection from October through March was $110 million lower than during the same period in the previous fiscal year, the state Department of Revenue reported.

  • April 04, 2024

    Texas General Revenue Through March Lower Than Last Year

    Texas' net revenue collection from September through March was lower compared with the same period in the last fiscal year, according to a report by the state comptroller's office.

  • April 04, 2024

    DC Mayor Pitches Sales Tax Hike, Combined Reporting

    The District of Columbia would boost its sales tax rate, require combined reporting for corporations and increase payments for its paid leave program under a budget proposal by Mayor Muriel Bowser aimed at eliminating the district's projected budget shortfall.

  • April 03, 2024

    Trump's Late Immunity Motion Fails To Halt Hush Money Trial

    A New York judge on Wednesday rejected Donald Trump's effort to delay his hush money trial based on his claimed presidential immunity from criminal prosecution, keeping the historic case on track for jury selection later this month.

  • April 03, 2024

    Colo. Says Trial Unnecessary In Transportation Funding Fight

    Colorado told a state judge that a conservative group did not need a trial to "further develop the record" in its challenge to a transportation funding law, arguing that the group had its chances in discovery but only named a single witness, who can't testify about how the state law works.

  • April 03, 2024

    Calif. Can Tax Gain From Contact Lens Biz Sale, OTA Says

    A large contact lens distributor that contributed operating assets to another distributor in exchange for a 55% interest and then sold that interest created a unitary relationship and its members owe $3.6 million to California in tax on the sale, the state Office of Tax Appeals ruled.  

  • April 03, 2024

    Ohio Justices Urged To Toss Tax On Goods Parked In State

    A Kansas-based soap company asked the Ohio Supreme Court to find that Ohio's attempt to tax all receipts from sales of products temporarily held in Ohio distribution centers before being shipped elsewhere violates the due process and commerce clauses of the U.S. Constitution.

  • April 03, 2024

    MTC Proposes Trucking-Sourcing Rule Based On Deliveries

    A Multistate Tax Commission work group unveiled a draft of an alternative rule Wednesday that would source trucking receipts based on the in-state portion compared with total pickups and deliveries. 

  • April 03, 2024

    McDermott Adds Ex-Baker McKenzie Tax Pro In Chicago

    The former chair of Baker McKenzie's Chicago tax practice group has joined McDermott Will & Emery LLP and will work as a partner in the firm's Chicago office, McDermott said Wednesday.

  • April 03, 2024

    Capital One Owes Tax On Interest From Customers, Fla. Says

    Interest that Capital One entities received from credit card and loan customers based in Florida should be included in the companies' income that's apportionable to that state, the Florida Department of Revenue told a state court, rebutting the banks' claims that the income is sourced to out-of-state offices.

  • April 03, 2024

    Md. Lawmakers OK Special Tax Rates For Vacant Property

    Maryland would authorize its counties and the city of Baltimore to impose special tax rates on vacant or abandoned property under legislation approved by lawmakers and headed to the governor.

  • April 03, 2024

    Calif. OTA Backs Added Tax Charged To NY Couple

    The California Franchise Tax Board correctly ruled that a New York couple's unreported pension or annuity income should be included in the calculation of their adjusted gross income and California tax rate, the state Office of Tax Appeals said in an opinion published Wednesday.

  • April 03, 2024

    Pa. Court Revives Challenge To Lodge's Assessed Size

    A Pennsylvania couple is able to challenge the assessed square footage of their rental lodge despite a prior settlement with the local assessor, as the assessor later amended the listed square footage, the state's Commonwealth Court ruled Wednesday.

  • April 03, 2024

    Trump Ally Brings Ethics Query Over Judge's CNN Interview

    An ally of Donald Trump has raised ethics concerns about a senior D.C. federal judge, complaining that the judge's statements on CNN about the former president's statements about the judiciary was "highly prejudicial" toward Trump's four pending criminal cases.

  • April 03, 2024

    Grading State Tax Policy And Judging The 'Dirty 30'

    For the first time in a quarter-century, the Council on State Taxation, which represents the state tax interests of more than 500 multinational corporations, is led by someone who is not named Douglas L. Lindholm. Here, Law360 speaks with the organization's new president emeritus.

  • April 03, 2024

    Mich. Will Allow Local Excise Tax Increases On Hotel Stays

    Cities and townships in Kent County, Michigan, will be able to levy an excise tax on hotel and motel stays, if voters approve, under a bill signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

  • April 03, 2024

    Calif. Board Correctly Adjusted Woman's Liability, OTA Says

    The California Franchise Tax Board was correct when it assessed additional tax liability from a woman after her federal income was adjusted, the state Office of Tax Appeals ruled. 

  • April 03, 2024

    Ariz. Appeals Court Says Online Auto Parts Dealer Has Nexus

    An online auto parts dealer had enough physical presence in Arizona to create a nexus for the purposes of the state's transaction privilege tax, a state appeals court said, reversing the state tax court's decision.

  • April 03, 2024

    Maine Nuclear Waste Sites Not Eligible For Tax Exemption

    Maine won't allow facilities that store spent nuclear fuel to qualify as air pollution control facilities for property tax exemption purposes under clarifying legislation signed by the governor.

  • April 03, 2024

    Calif. Store's CEO Liable For Unpaid Sales Tax, Agency Says

    A California store's chief executive officer and manager is liable for the store's unpaid sales tax liability because he was the point person for sales and use tax matters, the state Office of Tax Appeals ruled. 

  • April 03, 2024

    Calif. OTA Nixes Lakers Owner's Property Loss Claim

    Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss isn't eligible for a tax refund on the sale of her beachfront property because it was not a business transaction that resulted in a loss that could be carried back, the state Office of Tax Appeals ruled. 

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Trends To Watch In Property And Casualty Class Actions

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    In 2023, class action decisions have altered the landscape for five major types of claims affecting property and casualty insurers — total loss vehicle valuation, labor depreciation, other structural loss estimating theories, total loss vehicle tax and regulatory fees, and New Mexico's uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage sale requirements, say Mark Johnson and Mathew Drocton at BakerHostetler.

  • A Bold Idea And A Striking Disregard: SALT In Review

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    From a far-reaching proposal in Nebraska to a Minnesota government agency's disregard of case law, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • 5 Traps To Avoid When Selling CRE In Las Vegas Area

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    When dealing with commercial real estate in Clark County, Nevada — which includes the Las Vegas metro area — even sophisticated sellers may be ensnared by a myriad of tricky issues, ranging from transfer tax nuances to arbitration laws, says Chris Walther at Fennemore Craig.

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • The Pop Culture Docket: Judge D'Emic On Moby Grape

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    The 1968 Moby Grape song "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" tells the tale of a fictional defendant treated with scorn by the judge, illustrating how much the legal system has evolved in the past 50 years, largely due to problem-solving courts and the principles of procedural justice, says Kings County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Matthew D'Emic.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • 'Manufacturing' Amid Mass. Adoption Of Single-Sales Factor

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    Massachusetts’ recent adoption of single-sales-factor apportionment will benefit companies that have a greater in-state physical presence, reinforce the importance of understanding market-sourcing rules, and reduce the manufacturing classification's importance to tax apportionment, though the classification continues to be significant to other aspects of taxation, say attorneys at McDermott.

  • An Unsound Silence: SALT In Review

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    From the U.S. Supreme Court's silence on an apportionment ruling to the latest assault on streaming services, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • A Year-End Look At Florida's Capital Investment Tax Credit

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    Notwithstanding the Walt Disney Co.’s feud with Gov. Ron DeSantis this year, Florida's capital investment tax credit will continue to make the state a favored destination for large corporations, particularly in light of the new federal alternative minimum tax and the Pillar Two top-up tax, says Alan Lederman at Gunster.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • Ohio Voters Legalize Cannabis — What Comes Next?

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    This month, voters approved a citizen-initiated statute that legalizes marijuana for recreational use in Ohio, but the legalization timeline could undergo significant changes at the behest of the state's lawmakers, say Daniel Shortt and David Waxman at McGlinchey Stafford.

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