State & Local

  • March 29, 2024

    Mass. Tax Board Won't Lower Value Of Boston House

    A Boston home was correctly assessed, the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board said in a decision published Friday, finding that an analysis of nearby homes failed to show it was overvalued.

  • March 29, 2024

    Ark. High Court Says Dealership Owes Tax On Loaned Cars

    An Arkansas car dealership that let its employees use designated cars as an employee benefit owes sales tax on the cars because the employees enjoyed the vehicles without restriction, the state Supreme Court ruled.

  • March 29, 2024

    Green Energy Credit Sales Spur Surge In Tax Insurance

    A new way for project owners to monetize clean energy tax credits by selling them for cash has turbocharged demand for insurance policies to cover various risks tied to the transactions, which can often be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • March 29, 2024

    Baltimore Key Bridge Collapse Prompts Md. Biz Tax Leniency

    Maryland will waive certain late penalties and interest for business taxpayers through May 31 to mitigate the impact of the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, the state comptroller announced Friday.

  • March 29, 2024

    Flint Residents Can't Show Profit From Hasty Water Rate Hike

    Residents challenging the city of Flint's rushed implementation of higher water and sewage rates couldn't show how the city unjustly profited from the change or whether the increased rate was unreasonable, a Michigan appellate panel said in upholding the dismissal of the residents' suit.

  • March 29, 2024

    Vt. Revenues Through Feb. Up $9M From Last Year

    Vermont collected $9 million more in revenue from July through February compared with the same period last fiscal year, according to a monthly report by the Agency of Administration.

  • March 29, 2024

    Missouri House Advances Property Tax Cap Ballot Measure

    Missouri voters would be asked to approve a 2% annual cap on increases to assessments of primary residences under a constitutional amendment the state House of Representatives passed.

  • March 29, 2024

    NM General Revenue Through Nov. Up $351M Over Forecast

    New Mexico general revenue collection from July through November was $351 million higher than budget estimates, according to a report from the state's Legislative Finance Committee.

  • March 29, 2024

    Md. House OKs Tax Breaks For Residential Projects

    Local governments in Maryland could grant property tax credits for certain hotel and residential developments that include affordable housing under legislation approved Friday by the state House of Delegates.

  • March 28, 2024

    Va. Gov., Critic Of Legal Pot, Vetoes Bill To Begin Sales

    Glenn Youngkin, the Republican governor of Virginia, on Thursday vetoed a Legislature-approved bill that would have taxed and regulated the sale of adult-use cannabis, saying marijuana sales would pose a public health and safety risk to Virginians.

  • March 28, 2024

    Colo. Senate Panel OKs Rental Car Fee For Rail Funding

    Colorado would impose a daily fee on vehicle rentals to raise funding for rail and transit infrastructure projects under legislation approved by a state Senate panel over protests from the rental car industry that the measure could conflict with federal law.

  • March 28, 2024

    Miss. House Passes Exemption For Forgiven Student Loans

    Mississippi would exclude canceled or forgiven student loan debt from gross income as part of a bill unanimously passed in the state House of Representatives.

  • March 28, 2024

    Missouri House Approves $900M Corporate Tax Phase Out

    A Republican proposal to phase out Missouri's 4% corporate income tax over the next five years was passed by the state House of Representatives despite concerns from some lawmakers that it would mean a loss of around $900 million in revenue.

  • March 28, 2024

    Mo. House OKs Banning St. Louis Tax On Remote Workers

    St. Louis would be blocked from imposing its earnings tax on remote workers under legislation the state House of Representatives passed again after similar bills stalled in the state Senate in previous years.

  • March 28, 2024

    Mo. House OKs Extending Tax Credit For Sporting Events

    Missouri would extend its sporting events tax credit and increase it slightly under a bill passed in the state House of Representatives. 

  • March 28, 2024

    NJ Tax Court Says Barring Assessor's Testifying Is Premature

    A New Jersey property owner cannot ask that the state tax court bar an assessor from testifying in court because the request is premature, the tax court ruled. 

  • March 28, 2024

    Miss. Senate Passes E-Cigarette Excise Tax

    Mississippi would levy an excise tax on single-use electronic cigarettes as part of a bill passed unanimously by the state Senate.

  • March 28, 2024

    Ore. To Give Tax Break For Wildfire Settlement Payouts

    Oregon victims of wildfires who receive funds in civil actions will not owe income tax on those payments under legislation signed into law by the governor.

  • March 27, 2024

    DoorDash, Grubhub Want Docs From NY Restaurant Lobbyists

    DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats have urged a Manhattan federal judge to let them subpoena the trade group executives who allegedly "worked closely" with officials on challenged New York City caps on fees that food delivery apps can charge restaurants.

  • March 27, 2024

    Ore. Tax Court OKs Some Deductions For Real Estate Investor

    An Oregon real estate investor is allowed income tax deductions for some expenses accrued while attending an education seminar, the state Tax Court said, but not deductions claimed for international business trip expenses.

  • March 27, 2024

    Minn. Justices Uphold Tax Break For Housing Charity

    A Minnesota charity is entitled to a property tax exemption for its low-income housing development, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, finding that the property is operated by the organization in line with its charitable purpose.

  • March 27, 2024

    Kan. House Passes Tax Rate Cuts, Early End To Food Tax

    Kansas would change its income tax structure, lower its bank tax, exempt food from state sales tax and issue property tax relief under a bill passed Wednesday by the state House of Representatives.

  • March 27, 2024

    Pittsburgh Aims To Ax $14M Of Nonprofits' Tax Waivers

    Officials with the city of Pittsburgh announced Wednesday that they will file challenges to tax exemptions for more than 100 properties within the city, claiming that they are no longer owned by nonprofits or serving a charitable function and should put up to $14 million back on local tax rolls.

  • March 27, 2024

    NY County Seeks To Bar NYC Congestion Prices As Illegal Tax

    A New York county with limited access to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's service system jumped into the litigation fray against New York City's congestion pricing plan, arguing that the proposed charges for driving into portions of Manhattan are illegal taxes.

  • March 27, 2024

    Tenn. House Panel OKs Corp. Tax Change, $800M In Rebates

    Tennessee would change the state's corporate franchise tax going forward and rebate more than $800 million in past taxes under legislation passed Wednesday by a House panel with a smaller price estimate than its Senate counterpart.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • A Ministry Of Silly Ideas: SALT In Review

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    From proposals before a District of Columbia tax revision panel to the defeat of an income tax cut in North Dakota, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • What Ariz. Ruling Means For Taxation Of Digital Services

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    The Arizona Supreme Court recently declined to review ADP v. Arizona Department of Revenue, letting stand a state appeals court's ruling that software as a service is a taxable rental of tangible personal property, essentially granting the department of revenue power to tax all digital services, say Karen Lowell and Pat Derdenger at Lewis Roca.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

  • The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

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