State & Local

  • March 21, 2024

    Tenn. Senate OKs $1.6B In Rebates In Corp. Tax Cut Plan

    Tennessee would return about $1.6 billion in past corporate franchise taxes and cut the tax going forward under legislation approved Thursday by the state Senate as Democrats expressed concern over the funding of the package.

  • March 21, 2024

    NY High Court Says Lease To For-Profit Co. Nixes Tax Break

    A nonprofit organization's property that is leased to a for-profit dialysis center isn't eligible for a property tax exemption, New York's highest court ruled Thursday, finding the center's medical services were too far removed from the nonprofit's mission of fundraising to support healthcare.

  • March 21, 2024

    Minn. Tax Info Bill Violates Privacy, Biz Groups Tell Sen. Panel

    Corporations doing business in Minnesota would be harmed by disclosure of state tax information under proposed legislation, business groups told a state Senate panel.

  • March 21, 2024

    DA Rips Trump For 'Wild' Accusations Over Late Documents

    The Manhattan district attorney is pushing back on claims of misconduct from former President Donald Trump's legal team as the two sides spar over the late production of thousands of pages of documents that have cast doubt on the timing of his hush-money trial.

  • March 21, 2024

    Kan. House Advances Republican Budget, Kills Amendment

    Kansas House Republicans advanced a bill that would enact a budget for 2025 but struck down a Democratic amendment that would have added Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's proposed property tax relief.

  • March 21, 2024

    Quintairos Prieto Taps Atlanta Atty To Lead New Tax Group

    Quintairos Prieto Wood & Boyer PA said it had created a tax division that will be led by an Atlanta-based partner who has guided clients on civil and criminal tax law, reinforcing its national expertise in litigation, regulatory and corporate law matters.

  • March 21, 2024

    La. House OKs Sales Tax Exemption For Eye Medications

    Louisiana would expand a local sales tax exemption to include prescriptions used to treat eye-related conditions as part of a bill passed unanimously by the state House of Representatives.

  • March 20, 2024

    NY AG Scoffs At Trump's Claim Of 'Impossible' $465M Bond

    The New York Attorney General's office on Wednesday disputed Donald Trump's claim that posting bond while he appeals a $465 million civil fraud judgment is a "practical impossibility," arguing the former president and his business empire haven't exhausted all avenues.

  • March 20, 2024

    NY High Court Revives Suit Against NYC Property Taxes

    A lawsuit challenging the fairness of New York City's property tax system lives on, with New York's highest court finding a group's complaint sufficiently pleads causes of action against the city for violations of New York's Real Property Tax Law and the federal Fair Housing Act.

  • March 20, 2024

    How The Supreme Court Could Narrow Chevron

    After hours of oral argument in a closely watched administrative law case, it appeared that some U.S. Supreme Court justices could be open to limiting the opportunities for lower courts to defer to federal agencies' legal interpretations in disputes over rulemaking — and legal experts said there are a number of ways they could do it.

  • March 20, 2024

    IRS Withholding Docs On Partnership Audits, Baker Atty Says

    The Internal Revenue Service has not responded to a request for documents pertaining to the agency's scrutiny of large partnerships and should be forced to disclose them, an attorney with Baker McKenzie told a D.C. federal court.

  • March 20, 2024

    Breaking Down Each State's Climate Priority Policies

    Forty-five states have now completed climate action plans outlining how they'll advance federal climate goals through policy and programs in coming years, with most focusing at least in part on real estate development as a way to reduce emissions.

  • March 20, 2024

    Law360 Announces The Members Of Its 2024 Editorial Boards

    Law360 is pleased to announce the formation of its 2024 Editorial Advisory Boards.

  • March 20, 2024

    King & Spalding Adds Ex-PwC Tax Pro As Partner In NY

    An experienced tax attorney has joined King & Spalding LLP in New York after working at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for six years.

  • March 19, 2024

    Chicago Voters Nix Tiered Rates On Real Estate Transfer Tax

    Chicago voters rejected a contentious referendum Tuesday night that would have authorized the city to impose tiered real estate transfer tax rates including an increase for properties sold at $1 million and higher.

  • March 19, 2024

    Iowa Proposed Constitutional Amendment Seeks Flat Tax

    Iowa would prohibit a graduated income tax rate and require corporate or individual income tax increases to be passed with a two-thirds vote under a proposed constitutional amendment introduced in the state House of Representatives. 

  • March 19, 2024

    NJ Updates Compliance With Tax Pact

    The New Jersey Division of Taxation readopted and amended regulations to maintain its compliance with the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement, the division announced Tuesday.

  • March 19, 2024

    10th Circ. Told Colo. Tax Ballot Title Law Flouts Constitution

    A Colorado law requiring that financial impacts be included in the titles of some tax-related ballot initiatives is unconstitutional and should be overturned, a conservative group told the Tenth Circuit on Tuesday.

  • March 19, 2024

    NC Panel Rules Nonprofit Not Entitled To Tax Exemption

    A North Carolina manufactured home community doesn't qualify for a charitable tax exemption because providing land for housing units isn't considered equivalent to providing affordable housing for low-income individuals, the state appeals court ruled Tuesday.

  • March 19, 2024

    AT&T Entity Challenges $78.5M R&D Tax Credit Denial In NJ

    New Jersey's tax agency improperly denied an AT&T entity's attempt to carry forward nearly $78.5 million in research and development tax credits from closed tax years to an open tax year, the company argued in the state Tax Court.

  • March 19, 2024

    Ind. Board Finds Hobby Lobby Church Property Tax-Exempt

    An Indiana church property that is owned by retailer Hobby Lobby and leased to a religious organization should be granted a property tax exemption, the state Board of Tax Review determined.

  • March 19, 2024

    Md. House OKs Special Tax Rates For Vacant Property

    Maryland would let the Baltimore city council and county governments in the state impose special tax rates on vacant or abandoned property under a bill passed by the House of Delegates.

  • March 19, 2024

    Tenn. Committee OKs Franchise Tax Overhaul, $1.6B Rebate

    Tennessee would revise its franchise tax and rebate about $1.6 billion in past payments under legislation approved Tuesday by a Senate committee over objections from the lone opponent on the panel that its funding mechanism was not clear.

  • March 19, 2024

    Ind. Tax Board Upholds Hotel's Valuation For Pandemic Years

    A Holiday Inn-branded hotel was correctly valued by a local assessor, the Indiana Board of Tax Review determined after agreeing that the assessor's valuation better reflected the market conditions of the area during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • March 19, 2024

    Colo. Panel OKs Expanding Historic Structure Tax Credit

    Colorado would expand its tax credit for preservation of historic structures, reducing the age requirement for the properties, postponing the sunset of the credit and making other changes under legislation passed by the state House panel.

Expert Analysis

  • Connecticut Tax Cuts And Missouri Movies: SALT In Review

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    From income tax cuts in Connecticut to film tax credits in Missouri, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • What To Make Of IRS' New Advance Pricing Guidance

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    Recent guidance on the IRS' goals for its advance pricing agreement system provides helpful insight into review and decision-making procedures for advance pricing agreement requests, but it also raises questions about the IRS' objectives, say Richard Slowinski and Stefanie Kavanagh at Alston & Bird.

  • For NY Wind And Solar Projects, Some Tax Assessment Clarity

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    Recent legislation, which moots a challenge to New York’s discounted cash flow method for assessing solar and wind project real property taxes, lifts a cloud of uncertainty and brings new considerations for developers, investors and lenders, say attorneys at Hodgson Russ.

  • The Reciprocal Tax Bill Is A Warning Shot At Pillar 2

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    A bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives to reciprocally tax countries deemed to have imposed discriminatory taxes on U.S. citizens and businesses takes aim at countries implementing the global minimum tax treaty known as Pillar Two, with which the U.S. has not complied, says Alan Cole at the Tax Foundation.

  • Cost To Gov't Means Justices Must Review NC Sales Tax Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court should review and overrule the North Carolina high court’s decision in Quad Graphics v. North Carolina Department of Revenue — an anticipatory overruling of precedent that expands the state sales tax base and imposes a stealth tax on the federal government, says Richard Pomp at the University of Connecticut Law School.

  • Potential Risks And Benefits Of NY Cannabis Crop Rescue Act

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    Though proposed legislation in New York would help struggling cannabis farmers by allowing them to sell their crops directly to consumers, it poses numerous challenges for retailers and the state’s regulatory framework — and striking the right balance here will be crucial to shaping a sustainable, equitable industry, say Meaghan Feenan and William Wolfe at Harris Beach.

  • La. Franchise Tax, Minn. Home Seizure: SALT In Review

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    From a proposal to phase out Louisiana's corporate franchise tax to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that a Minnesota county had no right to sell a woman's home for more than she owed, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • How New York State Budget Will Affect Business Taxpayers

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    The comprehensive state budget legislation recently finalized by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and the state Legislature did not include some especially concerning tax proposals, but it will subject some state taxpayers to increased tax liability and lengthier appeals, say attorneys at McDermott.

  • Taxing The Internet And Remote Workers: SALT In Review

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    From a New York ruling against the taxing of internet services to an attack on Philadelphia's taxing of remote workers, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • How Cities Can Tackle Post-Pandemic Budgeting Dilemmas

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    Due to increasing office vacancies around the country, cities may consider politically unpopular actions to avoid bankruptcy, but they could also look to the capital markets to ride out the current real estate crisis and achieve debt service savings to help balance their budgets, say attorneys at Cadwalader.

  • State Payroll Taxes Need Remote Work Reforms

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    To alleviate employer confusion around remote employee payroll tax, lower enforcement costs and better compete for top talent, states should allow a specific number of remote work days without withholding, simplify their administrative requirements and coordinate their tax policy reforms, say attorneys at Miller Canfield.

  • Cannabis Supercenters: Key Benefits And Legal Issues

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    Barstow, California’s novel plan to convert an abandoned mall into a cannabis supercenter could offer a potential blueprint for cannabis companies to thrive in a saturated market and for communities to repurpose underutilized retail spaces — but certain financing, zoning and leasing issues will need to be assessed, says Christopher Gordon at Fox Rothschild.

  • Taxing The Digital Economy: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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    U.S. tech companies should watch for important developments in international taxation, including the resolution of Apple's decade-old state aid case, growing frustration with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's global tax plan and adoption of the digital services tax instead, says Joyce Beebe at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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