State & Local

  • 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. 

  • April 02, 2024

    Trump Wants New Bite At Recusal Over Judge's Daughter

    Donald Trump is again seeking the recusal of the judge overseeing his Manhattan criminal case, saying the judge's daughter and her political consulting firm stand to financially benefit from the case, while prosecutors argued Trump's "daisy chain of innuendos" isn't evidence that the judge, or his daughter, will gain anything.

  • April 02, 2024

    Hunter Biden Can't Toss 'Vindictive' Criminal Tax Charges

    Hunter Biden lost his bid to end his criminal tax case over claims his prosecution is vindictive and politically motivated, among other arguments, after a California federal judge ruled Monday that Biden "filed his motion without any evidence" and merely "cites portions of various internet news sources, social media posts and legal blogs."

  • April 02, 2024

    Challenges To IRS' Regs On SALT Cap Workarounds Tossed

    The Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Treasury Department won't face challenges from three states and a village in New York to final regulations barring workarounds to the cap on state and local tax deductions due to a New York federal judge's decision.

  • April 02, 2024

    Tenn. House Panel Advances $800M In Corp. Tax Rebates

    Tennessee would revise its corporate franchise tax and issue rebates of about $800 million for past payments under legislation approved Tuesday by a state House committee, setting the plan up for a vote in the full House.

  • April 02, 2024

    No Agent Tax Break For Aramark, Ohio Tells State Justices

    Ohio's tax appeals board correctly found that Aramark does not qualify for an agency exclusion for reimbursements it received from clients on purchases made on their behalf, Ohio's tax agency told the state Supreme Court on Tuesday.

  • April 02, 2024

    Boston Bomber Case Offers Clues For Trump Jury Selection

    A recent ruling that may undo the Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence holds lessons for Donald Trump's upcoming trials, where attorneys will need to make prospective jurors comfortable enough to admit bias before they're picked — and potentially avoid years of appellate fights.

  • April 02, 2024

    Ariz. Senate OKs 3rd-Party Sourcing Certification Plan

    The Arizona Department of Revenue would create a certification process for third-party providers of sourcing services to taxpayers that sell tangible personal property in the state under a bill passed in the Senate.

  • April 02, 2024

    Pa. Revenue In March Tops Estimate

    Pennsylvania's collected revenue in March was 4.8% higher than previously estimated, the state Department of Revenue said.

  • April 01, 2024

    Trump's Gag Order Expands Over 'Attacks' On Judge's Family

    Donald Trump has a constitutional right to respond to alleged political attacks, but he does not have a right to attack family members of the state judge overseeing his criminal case in New York, the judge ruled late Monday, expanding the former president's gag order in his hush money case.

  • April 01, 2024

    Combined Reporting Could Fight Tax Avoidance, Group Says

    States lose at least $10 billion annually as multinational corporations shift profits to low-tax jurisdictions, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, but enacting worldwide combined reporting could help remedy the problem.

  • April 01, 2024

    Chamber Says Md. Digital Ad Tax Rule Violates Free Speech

    Maryland's law against passing through its digital advertising tax to consumers is an unconstitutional restriction on free speech, business groups told a federal court, responding to its order for briefs on the meaning of the provision.

  • April 01, 2024

    Berkshire Unit Merits Neb. Deduction, State Justices Told

    Nebraska's deduction for certain dividends should apply to income repatriated under the 2017 federal tax overhaul, an attorney for a Berkshire Hathaway entity told the state Supreme Court on Monday.

  • April 01, 2024

    Fla. High Court Says Voters Will Choose Whether To Legalize Pot

    Florida voters will have the opportunity to legalize recreational marijuana at the ballot box this November, after the state Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge brought by the state's attorney general and ruled that the proposal didn't violate a state rule restricting ballot measures to only one subject.

  • April 01, 2024

    Kan. March Revenue Slightly Above Monthly Projection

    Kansas' tax collections for March were $7 million above the monthly estimate, Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's office announced Monday. 

  • April 01, 2024

    BakerHostetler Adds Partner To Tax Practice Group

    BakerHostetler's Washington office has added a partner from Morris Manning and Martin LLP to join its tax practice group, Baker said in a statement Monday.

  • April 01, 2024

    Baker Donelson Adds EY Tax Pro To Houston Office

    A former EY senior manager has joined Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC's tax group in Houston as counsel, the firm announced.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Permanence And Other Elusive Notions: SALT In Review

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    From a Michigan income tax that may or may not be permanent to a victory in court for online travel companies, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • Potential Calamities, Greatly Exaggerated: SALT In Review

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    From fears of judicial upheaval to a tax break for space travel, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • Preparing Your Legal Department For Pillar 2 Compliance

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    Multinational entities should familiarize themselves with Pillar Two of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s BEPs 2.0 project and prepare their internal legal tracking systems for related reporting requirements that may go into effect as early as January, says Daniel Robyn at Ernst & Young.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Another Ark. Tax Cut And Chicago Transit: SALT In Review

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    From yet another income tax cut in Arkansas to proposed extra funding for Chicago transit, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

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