State & Local

  • May 10, 2024

    Ill. Remote Seller Rules Violate Wayfair, Calif. Seller Claims

    A California-based business argued that Illinois' remote seller system presents unconstitutional burdens, telling the state tax tribunal that Illinois' varying sourcing rules and the quick pace by which it adopted economic nexus violate the U.S. Constitution's commerce clause.

  • May 10, 2024

    Nev. Tax Commission Floats Updated Regs For Remote Sellers

    Nevada would clarify sales tax collection requirements imposed on remote sellers, marketplace sellers and marketplace facilitators under regulatory changes proposed by the state Tax Commission.

  • May 10, 2024

    Newsom Says No Tax Increases Planned In Calif. Budget

    California would not increase taxes or impose new taxes under a revised budget plan presented Friday by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.

  • May 10, 2024

    Ore. Court Drops Tax Value Of Rural Property

    The Oregon Tax Court lowered the real market valuation of a rural property with outbuildings used for storage of a car collection, relying partially on the owner's cost approach to the value.

  • May 10, 2024

    Miss. To Lower Sales Tax Rate For Oil Cos.' Purchases

    Mississippi will reduce the sales tax rate for equipment and services used to drill, survey or explore for oil, natural gas and other minerals to 4.5% as part of a bill signed by the governor.

  • May 10, 2024

    Colo. Lawmakers OK Quantum Tech Investment Tax Credits

    Colorado would create a pair of tax credits to promote investment in quantum technology development facilities by entities receiving certain federal grants under legislation passed by the state Senate and heading to the governor.

  • May 10, 2024

    NY Senate Bill Seeks Excise Tax On To-Go Alcohol

    New York would impose a 5% excise tax on sales of to-go alcoholic drinks under a bill introduced in the state Senate, with funds from the tax to be put toward substance use education and treatment programs.

  • May 10, 2024

    SD General Revenues Through April Up $24M Over Estimates

    South Dakota's general revenue collection was up roughly $24 million over budget estimates from July through April, according to a monthly report by the state Bureau of Finance and Management.

  • May 10, 2024

    Use Of AI For Tax Comment Letters Poses Ethical Quandaries

    While artificial intelligence can streamline the process of conducting a comprehensive review of complex, IRS-proposed federal tax regulations, tax attorneys must be aware of professional and ethical considerations when using it to help draft comment letters to submit to the agency.

  • May 10, 2024

    Mo. Net Revenue Collection Through April Up $280M

    Missouri's net general revenue collection from July through April was $280 million higher than in the previous fiscal year, according to a report by the state Office of Administration, Division of Budget and Planning. 

  • May 10, 2024

    Colo. Lawmakers OK MTC Method For Corp. Tax Reporting

    Colorado would conform its method for determining the makeup of a combined corporate group with Multistate Tax Commission standards under legislation approved by lawmakers and sent to Democratic Gov. Jared Polis.

  • May 10, 2024

    Pa.'s General Revenue Collection Beat Estimates By $739M

    Pennsylvania's general fund revenue from July through April was $739 million higher than budget estimates, according to a monthly report released Friday by the state Department of Revenue.

  • May 10, 2024

    Colo. Lawmakers OK $700M Child Tax Credit

    Colorado's lawmakers have approved legislation to create a child tax credit worth about $700 million annually and sent the bill to Democratic Gov. Jared Polis.

  • May 10, 2024

    The Week In Trump: All Eyes On NY As Other Cases Lag

    Donald Trump's Manhattan hush money trial took center stage with dramatic testimony from adult film actress Stormy Daniels, while the former president's criminal cases in Georgia and Florida ran into delays that could last through Election Day.

  • May 10, 2024

    Calif. OTA In Untested Area On Ruling That Biz Wants Binding

    A decision by California's Office of Tax Appeals that Microsoft can include 100% of the dividends from foreign affiliates in its California sales factor denominator pleased businesses, who now want the OTA to designate the opinion as precedential, thus binding on it and the state Franchise Tax Board.

  • May 09, 2024

    Court Split Warrants Review Of Philly Credits, Justices Told

    A split among state courts over whether state and local taxes must be aggregated when evaluating their constitutionality is more significant than Philadelphia has suggested, a city resident told the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday in seeking review of the city's refusal to credit her taxes paid to Delaware.

  • May 09, 2024

    Okla. To End Moratorium On Local Sales Tax Hikes On Food

    Oklahoma will end a moratorium barring counties and municipalities from increasing local sales taxes on food under a bill signed by the governor.

  • May 09, 2024

    Iowa Streamlines Abandoned Property Delivery To Owners

    Iowa streamlined its procedure for the delivery of abandoned property by allowing the state treasurer to deliver such property directly to a person determined to be its owner under a bill signed by the governor.

  • May 09, 2024

    NY Tribunal Affirms Couple Can't Claim Real Estate Deduction

    A New York couple was correctly denied a real estate deduction on their personal income tax returns because the husband didn't qualify as a real estate professional, the state Tax Appeals Tribunal affirmed in a decision released Thursday.

  • May 09, 2024

    Mass. Tax Board Axes Home's Value Based On Similar Sales

    A Massachusetts home was overvalued, the state Appellate Tax Board ruled, finding evidence of comparable sales presented by the homeowner to be persuasive.

  • May 09, 2024

    Ala. To Give Employers Tax Credit For Offering Child Care

    Alabama employers that offer a child care facility for their employees will be able to claim an income tax credit up to $600,000 per year under a bill enacted by the governor Thursday.

  • May 09, 2024

    Ore. Tax Court Drops Valuation Of Mobile Home Park

    An Oregon mobile home park should be reduced in value from $2.3 million to $1.7 million because an income analysis presented by the owners reflected the property's real market value better than a local assessor's method, the state's tax court said.

  • May 09, 2024

    Colo. Lawmakers Approve Extended Property Tax Cuts

    Colorado would extend its current temporary property tax rate reductions into 2024 and would lower tax rates for future years under legislation passed by Colorado lawmakers that could save property owners about $1 billion in its first year.

  • May 09, 2024

    Va. Cos.' Agent Can Add Info In Tax Suit, Commissioner Says

    A taxpayer who served as the buying agent for companies that provide mobile communications services to customers in Virginia may offer additional documentation to resolve a disputed retail sales and use tax assessment that resulted from an audit, the state tax commissioner said.

  • May 09, 2024

    Apple Tells Court Md. Digital Ad Tax Violates Federal Law

    Maryland's tax on digital advertising unlawfully discriminates against electronic commerce and violates the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution, Apple told the Maryland Tax Court during oral arguments Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Bezos On The Move: SALT In Review

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    From billionaire Jeff Bezos' impending relocation to an important transfer pricing case in Louisiana, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Mo. Solar Projects Need Clarity On Enterprise Zone Tax Relief

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    In Missouri, enhanced enterprise zones offer tax abatements that could offset the cost of solar project infrastructure, but developers must be willing to navigate uncertainty about whether the project is classified as real property, say Lizzy McEntire and Anna Kimbrell at Husch Blackwell.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Kentucky Tax Talk: Clash Over Industrial Supplies Exemption

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    Recent legislative testimony in Kentucky may cause another battle over the state's sales tax exemptions for industrial supplies, even though the testimony appears to mischaracterize the impact of a major state court ruling that upheld the exemptions, say attorneys at Frost Brown.

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