State & Local

  • 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.

  • April 01, 2024

    Vt. Senate Passes Tax On Netflix, Apple TV, Other Streamers

    Vermont would assess a tax on Netflix, Apple TV and other streaming services based on their gross revenues from video streaming services in the state as part of a bill passed by the state Senate.

  • April 01, 2024

    W.Va.'s Revenue $95M Above Estimate For March

    West Virginia's general revenue collection for March came in $94.8 million above the state's estimate, the governor's office said Monday. 

  • April 01, 2024

    Arizona Limits Multiple Local Sales Tax Audits

    Arizona will allow the state's Department of Revenue to deny a local jurisdiction's request to audit a company's transaction privilege tax liability if it is operating in more than one jurisdiction, under a law signed by Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs.

  • April 01, 2024

    Ore. Tax Court Upholds Nursing Home's $10.6M Valuation

    The owner of an Oregon nursing home did not present enough evidence to change the $10.6 million valuation found by a local assessor, the state tax court said.

  • March 29, 2024

    Manhattan DA Says Trump Violated Hush Money Gag Order

    Donald Trump may have already violated a New York state judge's gag order in the former president's hush money case by impugning the judge's daughter on social media, Manhattan prosecutors said, while Trump's attorneys say prosecutors are trying to improperly expand the order.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

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