State & Local

  • February 27, 2024

    Ga. House OKs Referendum On Personal Property Exemption

    Georgia would increase the state's tangible personal property exemption, exempting personal property under $20,000 from property tax, if the voters approve a referendum on a bill passed in the state House of Representatives.

  • February 27, 2024

    Gov. Murphy Proposes Corp. Transit Fee To Fund NJ Transit

    New Jersey would levy a new corporate business tax on income over $10 million as part of a plan to help fund the state's public transportation infrastructure, Gov. Phil Murphy announced in his budget address Tuesday.

  • February 27, 2024

    Chicago Board Will Appeal Transfer Tax Referendum Decision

    The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners will appeal a Cook County Circuit Court decision that barred the city from counting any votes cast in the real estate transfer tax referendum in the March 19 primary election, the board announced Tuesday.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ky. Bill Aims To Let General Assembly Allow Local Taxation

    Kentucky would allow constituents to vote on an amendment that would allow the General Assembly to grant localities the ability to tax, under a bill introduced in the state House of Representatives.

  • February 27, 2024

    SC Should Get 2.4% Of Partnership Interest Sale, DOR Says

    A South Carolina resident who sold his interest in a multistate partnership should apportion to the state 2.4% of his gain, which represents the percentage of the business that took place in the state, the South Carolina Department of Revenue said in a private letter ruling.

  • February 27, 2024

    Miss. Gov. Again Pitches Plan To Kill Individual Income Tax

    Mississippi's governor called on lawmakers to find a way to responsibly cut taxes this legislative session during his State of the State address, after once again pitching a plan to eliminate the individual income tax.

  • February 27, 2024

    Colo. Lawmakers OK Local-Option Property Tax Credits

    Local governments in Colorado would be authorized to grant property tax incentives to address local shortcomings related to the usage of real property under legislation approved Tuesday by the General Assembly.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ga. House OKs Senior Property Tax Exemption Referendum

    Georgia would exempt some senior citizens from independent school district ad valorem taxes in the city of Atlanta up to $100,000 of assessed property value if a referendum is approved, under a bill sent to the governor. 

  • February 27, 2024

    Minn. Adjusts Standard Deductions In Tax Package Fix

    Minnesota adjusted its standard deduction amounts for tax year 2023 under a bill signed by the governor to fix an error in a legislative tax package enacted last year.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ky. Bill Would Swap Flat Income Tax For 3 Brackets

    A bill introduced in the Kentucky House of Representatives would replace the state's 4.5% flat income tax with three tax brackets intended to assess higher rates on higher income.

  • February 27, 2024

    Firm Accused Of 'Racial Panhandling' In Its Tax Collection Biz

    Calling the property tax collection business in Texas a "white-boys-only club," a Black attorney in Houston has sued an area firm in state court, alleging it hired him to secure a government contract by appearing diverse and then stiffed him on money he is owed for the legal work he performed.

  • February 26, 2024

    Ala. Tax Tribunal Says Co. May Deduct Foreign Payments

    A global food-packaging manufacturer that made $76.6 million in interest payments to an American parent, which then in turn made payments to foreign affiliates, is eligible for deductions in Alabama for those payments, the state tax tribunal ruled Monday.

  • February 26, 2024

    Minn. Senate Bill Would End Income Tax For Some

    Minnesota would eliminate its lowest personal income tax bracket and adjust its remaining brackets under a bill introduced in the Senate on Monday.

  • February 26, 2024

    Chicago Can't Count Any Votes In Transfer Tax Referendum

    The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners may not count any votes that are cast in the real estate transfer tax referendum in the March 19 primary election, a judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County said in an order Monday.

  • February 26, 2024

    Utah House OKs Tax Exemption for Minors' Income

    Utah would exempt those under the age of 18 for paying income tax under a bill passed in the state House of Representatives. 

  • February 26, 2024

    Idaho Revenue Through Jan. Up $157M From Forecasts

    Idaho general revenue from July through January is up $157 million over forecasts, according to a report from the state Division of Financial Management.

  • February 26, 2024

    W.Va. OKs Exempting Social Security From Income Tax

    West Virginia would exempt Social Security benefits from income tax by 2026 under a bill passed in the House of Delegates. 

  • February 26, 2024

    No Tax Break On County Pay To Prison Co., NM Court Affirms

    Prison company GEO Group was correctly denied an income tax deduction, a New Mexico appeals court said, rejecting the company's claim that the income at issue was from the resale of a license rather than the sale of services.

  • February 26, 2024

    Del. Net Revenue Collections Up $113M Over Last Year

    Delaware net receipts from July to January increased by $113 million from the previous year, according to a monthly report published by the state's Department of Finance.

  • February 26, 2024

    Manhattan DA Seeks Trump Gag Order For Hush Money Trial

    The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has asked a New York state judge to limit what Donald Trump can say publicly about the upcoming hush money trial against him, referencing Trump's history of intimidating and harassing witnesses, jurors, attorneys and court staff.

  • February 26, 2024

    ND General Revenue Collection Up $219M From Estimates

    North Dakota general revenue collections from July through January were up $220 million, or 14%, over projections, according to a report from the state's Legislative Council.

  • February 26, 2024

    Mich. Tribunal Grants Property Tax Break For Youth Ranch

    A Michigan youth group home satisfied the legal tests for a charitable organization eligible for a property tax exemption, the Michigan Tax Tribunal said, rejecting a local township's findings.

  • February 23, 2024

    Netflix, Hulu Don't Owe Franchise Fees, Calif. Panel Rules

    Netflix and Hulu have again beaten a proposed class action from a California city claiming the streaming providers should be regulated like cable companies and pay franchise fees to localities, with a state appeals court ruling the city had no right to private action under a 2006 statute.

  • February 23, 2024

    Colo. House Bill Seeks Quantum Tech Tax Credits

    Colorado would create two tax credits to promote the development of quantum technology businesses in the state, under legislation introduced in the House of Representatives.

  • February 23, 2024

    Colo. Tax Dept. OKs Green Vehicle Credit Rules

    Purchasers of clean-energy vehicles in Colorado have additional clarification on qualifications for a tax credit under a final rule adopted by the state tax department to reflect recent legislation.

Expert Analysis

  • As Promised, IRS Is Coming For Crypto Tax Evaders

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    The IRS is fulfilling its promise to crack down on those who have neglected to pay taxes on cryptocurrency earnings, as demonstrated by recently imposed prison sentences, enforcement initiatives and meetings with international counterparts — suggesting a few key takeaways for taxpayer compliance, say attorneys at BakerHostetler.

  • 5 Reasons Associates Shouldn't Take A Job Just For Money

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    As a number of BigLaw firms increase salary scales for early-career attorneys, law students and lateral associates considering new job offers should weigh several key factors that may matter more than financial compensation, say Albert Tawil at Lateral Hub and Ruvin Levavi at Power Forward.

  • The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Djerassi On Super Bowl 52

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    Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ramy Djerassi discusses how Super Bowl 52, in which the Philadelphia Eagles prevailed over the New England Patriots, provides an apt metaphor for alternative dispute resolution processes in commercial business cases.

  • Envy, Regressivity And Other Sins: SALT In Review

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    From a California official's remarks on a star athlete's contract to another study documenting the regressivity of tax policies across the land, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Employee Experience Strategy Can Boost Law Firm Success

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    Amid continuing business uncertainty, law firms should consider adopting a holistic employee experience strategy — prioritizing consistency, targeting signature moments and leveraging measurement tools — to maximize productivity and profitability, says Haley Revel at Calibrate Consulting.

  • 6 Practice Pointers For Pro Bono Immigration Practice

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    An attorney taking on their first pro bono immigration matter may find the law and procedures beguiling, but understanding key deadlines, the significance of individual immigration judges' rules and specialized aspects of the practice can help avoid common missteps, says Steven Malm at Haynes Boone.

  • Lessons From Country Singer's Personal Service Saga

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    Recent reports that country singer Luke Combs won a judgment against a Florida woman who didn’t receive notice of the counterfeit suit against her should serve as a reminder for attorneys on best practices for effectuating service by electronic means, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • 7 E-Discovery Predictions For 2024 And Beyond

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    The legal and technical issues of e-discovery now affect virtually every lawsuit, and in the year to come, practitioners can expect practices and policies to evolve in a number of ways, from the expanded use of relevancy redactions to mandated information security provisions in protective orders, say attorneys at Littler.

  • Other Views On Administration And Land Tax: SALT In Review

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    From another take on ranking the states' tax agencies to the latest proposal on a different approach to land values, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • 5 Litigation Funding Trends To Note In 2024

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    Over the next year and beyond, litigation funding will continue to evolve in ways that affect attorneys and the larger litigation landscape, from the growth of a secondary market for funded claims, to rising interest rates restricting the availability of capital, says Jeffery Lula at GLS Capital.

  • 4 Legal Ethics Considerations For The New Year

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    As attorneys and clients reset for a new year, now is a good time to take a step back and review some core ethical issues that attorneys should keep front of mind in 2024, including approaching generative artificial intelligence with caution and care, and avoiding pitfalls in outside counsel guidelines, say attorneys at HWG.

  • What The Law Firm Of The Future Will Look Like

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    As the legal landscape shifts, it’s become increasingly clear that the BigLaw business model must adapt in four key ways to remain viable, from fostering workplace flexibility to embracing technology, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • 4 PR Pointers When Your Case Is In The News

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    Media coverage of new lawsuits exploded last year, demonstrating why defense attorneys should devise a public relations plan that complements their legal strategy, incorporating several objectives to balance ethical obligations and advocacy, say Nathan Burchfiel at Pinkston and Ryan June at Castañeda + Heidelman.

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