State & Local

  • May 17, 2024

    Md. Allows County To Add Excise Tax On Telecom Services

    Maryland will authorize the state's second-most populous county to impose an excise tax on telecommunications services in addition to the county's sales and use tax on such services under a bill signed by the governor.

  • May 17, 2024

    Ohio School Board Can't Appeal Property Value To Court

    An Ohio school board is prohibited from appealing a board of revision's valuation of a property that the school board didn't own to a court of common pleas, a state appeals court ruled.

  • May 17, 2024

    Mo. Lawmakers OK Fee Carveout For Streaming, Satellite Cos.

    Missouri would exempt streaming and satellite TV companies from local franchise fees that cable companies pay under a bill headed to the governor's desk after the state House of Representatives gave its approval Friday.

  • May 17, 2024

    Missouri Bill To Ban St. Louis Teleworker Tax Fails To Pass

    A push by Missouri lawmakers to prevent St. Louis from imposing its earnings tax on remote workers stalled Friday for the fourth consecutive year when the state Senate adjourned for the year without giving the proposal final approval.

  • May 17, 2024

    Judge Sets Hearing For Delay In Hunter Biden's Tax Trial

    A California federal judge agreed Friday to consider Hunter Biden's request to push back his $1.4 million criminal tax trial, setting a hearing to address his claim that the dates interfere with his Delaware gun trial and threaten to prevent him from getting a fair shake.

  • May 17, 2024

    Md. Urges Court To Nix Google's Digital Ad Tax Challenge

    Google's challenge to Maryland's digital ad tax should be summarily thrown out because the federal law cited by the company in its case is itself unconstitutional, whereas the tax is constitutionally sound, Maryland's comptroller told the state's tax court.

  • May 17, 2024

    Kansas Gov. Vetoes Tax Omnibus, Calls For Special Session

    Kansas Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has vetoed three tax bills, one of which would have restructured the state's income tax brackets and made other tax changes, saying the plan was too costly for the state.

  • May 17, 2024

    RI General Revenue Through April Exceeds Forecast By $6M

    Rhode Island's total general revenue from July through April was $6 million higher than budget estimates, according to a report by the state's Department of Revenue.

  • May 17, 2024

    Kan. Tax Collection Through April Up $316M From Last Year

    Kansas' total tax revenue collected from July through April grew $316 million from the previous fiscal year, according to a monthly report by the state Department of Revenue.

  • May 17, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Wachtell Lipton, Freshfields

    In this week's Taxation with Representation, Nippon Life acquires Corebridge Financial, Crescent Energy buys SilverBow Resources and Uber purchases Foodpanda.

  • May 17, 2024

    Virgin Islands Silent 2 Years On $1.1M Tax Refund, Court Told

    A man living on the island of St. Thomas claims he requested a tax refund of more than $1.1 million from the U.S. Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue more than two years ago and still hasn't heard back, according to a complaint in federal court.

  • May 16, 2024

    Pact's Biz Group Drops W.Va. Streaming Tax Compliance Fight

    The Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board's business group on Thursday dropped its allegations that West Virginia's tax on streaming services threw it out of compliance with the interstate tax simplification compact that the board oversees.

  • May 16, 2024

    NJ Lets Some School Districts Hike Property Taxes Above Cap

    New Jersey will allow school districts that experienced cuts in state school aid to request increases in local property tax levies above previously permitted amounts without voter approval under a bill signed by Gov. Phil Murphy.

  • May 16, 2024

    Calif. Digital Tax Clears Key Hurdle, Will Go To Full Senate

    A bill calling for California to levy its 7.25% state sales and use tax on large online companies with digital advertising revenue above $2.5 billion passed a key Senate committee Thursday and will go to the full state Senate.

  • May 16, 2024

    Tax Pact Votes Down Nexus Recommendation For Gross Sales

    A proposed recommendation from the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board for states to use gross sales to measure whether a remote seller crossed a state's economic nexus threshold fell two votes shy of final approval Thursday.

  • May 16, 2024

    Colo. To Charge Oil, Gas Fees Based On Spot Prices

    Colorado will levy new fees on oil and gas producers based on the spot price of a barrel of oil or natural gas under legislation signed into law Thursday by Gov. Jared Polis.

  • May 16, 2024

    CBRE Biz's Software Liable For NY Sales Tax, Judge Rules

    A facilities management business owned by CBRE is liable for New York sales tax on its bundled services, which included sales of prewritten software, an administrative law judge said in a determination released Thursday.

  • May 16, 2024

    Iowa To Give Tax Break For Gains From Livestock Sales

    Iowa taxpayers that make more than half of their income from farming will be able to exclude the capital gains from sales of cattle or horses from income under a bill signed by the governor. 

  • May 16, 2024

    Ohio House Panel OKs Sales Tax Change For Delivery Cos.

    Companies that deliver goods in Ohio would be able to obtain a waiver to opt out of being considered a seller in order to avoid double taxation under a bill approved by the state House Ways and Means Committee.

  • May 16, 2024

    BCLP Sues St. Louis Over City Taxes On Partners' Income

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is suing St. Louis, Missouri, after the Midwestern city accused the firm of being delinquent on nearly $275,000 in earnings taxes, contending the municipality unlawfully taxed partners who don't live in the city, according to its court filing.

  • May 16, 2024

    Okla. Revenue Through April Beat Estimates By $285M

    Oklahoma's general revenue collection from July through April exceeded budget forecasts by $285 million, according to a monthly report by the state Office of Management and Enterprise Services.

  • May 16, 2024

    Miss. Revenue Collection Through April Up $51M

    Mississippi revenue collection from July through April was up $51 million from last fiscal year, according to a monthly report by the state Department of Revenue.

  • May 16, 2024

    Biden Admin Proposes To Loosen Restrictions On Marijuana

    President Joe Biden on Thursday announced that his administration has formally recommended relaxing restrictions on marijuana, marking the most significant federal policy shift on cannabis since the drug was criminalized more than 50 years ago.

  • May 15, 2024

    State Digital Goods Sourcing Proposal Clears Early Hurdle

    States could apply the highest, lowest or a blended state and local tax rate inside a five-digit ZIP code area to sales of digital goods when buyers aren't required to provide their full address under a proposal given preliminary approval Wednesday by the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board.

  • May 15, 2024

    Minn. Tax Court OKs Trim To Restaurant Property's Value

    A Minnesota restaurant property should have its valuation lowered after the property owner provided a more reliable appraisal report, the state Tax Court ruled. 

Expert Analysis

  • NJ Justices Clarify Bribery Law Scope, But Questions Remain

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    The New Jersey Supreme Court’s recent State v. O'Donnell decision clarified that the state’s bribery law unambiguously applies to candidates for public office, but there are still unresolved questions about how the ruling may affect lobbyists, undeclared candidates and political speech, says Scott Coffina at Pietragallo Gordon.

  • Parsing Tax Implications Of NYC Office Leasing Transactions

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    Though New York City's tax laws generally do not require negotiated contractual risk allocation in the case of sublease and early lease termination transactions, it is still helpful for counsel to both landlords and tenants to understand the laws' nuances, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Digital Biz Purchases And Tax Cuts In Texas: SALT In Review

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    From the taxing of digital business purchases to proposed tax cuts in Texas, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • 3 Principles Should Guide MTC's Digital Products Tax Work

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    As the Multistate Tax Commission's project to harmonize sales tax on digital products moves forward, three key principles will help the commission's work group arrive at unambiguous definitions and help states avoid unintended costs, say Charles Kearns and Jeffrey Friedman at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • OECD Treatment Of Purchased Ga. Film Credits Isn't Peachy

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    Producers considering Georgia as a prospective location for filming may already be concerned that the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's July decision will hamper the eventual 2026 or later sale of their Georgia film tax credits, says Alan Lederman at Gunster.

  • A Milestone For Offshore Wind In Maine

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    Recently signed legislation directing Maine to procure up to 3 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2040 offers indisputable promise that the state will soon welcome commercial-scale offshore wind development off its shores, says Joshua Rosen at Foley Hoag.

  • Mallory Ruling Doesn't Undermine NC Sales Tax Holding

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    Contrary to the conclusion reached in a recent Law360 guest article, the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Mallory ruling shouldn't be read as implicitly repudiating the North Carolina Supreme Court’s sales tax ruling in Quad Graphics v. North Carolina Department of Revenue — the U.S. Supreme Court could have rejected Quad by directly overturning it, says Jonathan Entin at Case Western Reserve.

  • Calif. Policymakers Should Aid Crashing Cannabis Market

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    As California’s cannabis sector nears the brink of financial collapse, it may be time for the state government to seriously consider potential bailout programs for the embattled industry — though the crisis also presents strategic buying opportunities for those with a high tolerance for uncertainty, says Michelle Mabugat at Greenberg Glusker.

  • What Came Of Texas Legislature's Long-Promised Tax Relief

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    Following promises of historic tax relief made possible by a record budget surplus, the Texas legislative session as a whole was one in which taxpayers that are large businesses could have done somewhat better, but the new legislation is clearly still a positive, say attorneys at Baker Botts.

  • Looking Behind The Curtain Of Residential Transition Loans

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    As residential transition loans and securitizations of such loans grow increasingly popular, real estate stakeholders should take care to understand both the unique features and potential challenges offered by this novel asset class, say attorneys at Mayer Brown.

  • Where Tax Policies Go Wrong: SALT In Review

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    RSM's David Brunori reviews the worst tax policies employed by state and local governments, then critiques recent tax developments in Oregon, New York and Boston.

  • Mallory Opinion Implicitly Overturned NC Sales Tax Ruling

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to review Quad Graphics v. North Carolina Department of Revenue, but importantly kicked the legs from under Quad's outcome a week later, stating in its Mallory decision that the high court has the prerogative to overrule its own decisions, says Richard Pomp at the University of Connecticut.

  • Delicious In Conn., Less Tasty In La.: SALT In Review

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    From Connecticut reducing its beer tax to Louisiana retaining its franchise tax, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

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