• March 07, 2024

    Mich. Income Tax Cut Was Temporary, Appeals Court Rules

    A cut to Michigan's income tax rate in 2023 was only in effect for one year, a Michigan appeals court said Thursday, rejecting the position of state lawmakers and business groups that wanted the reduced rate to become the new default. 

  • March 07, 2024

    Hawaii Senate OKs Cannabis Legalization Bill

    The Hawaii Senate has approved a bill to legalize marijuana for adult nonmedical use and tax and regulate its sale, sending the proposal to the state House of Representatives for review.

  • March 07, 2024

    Indian Gov't Eyes Linking Carbon Tax On Coal To Quality

    The Indian government should consider linking its carbon tax on coal to quality and price rather than weight because the current system gives an advantage to imported coal over domestic coal, the country's Ministry of Coal said Thursday.

  • March 07, 2024

    Supremacy Clause Bars Wash. Tax On FCC Lifeline Program

    The Washington State Supreme Court said Thursday that Assurance Wireless USA does not have to pay a state sales tax on funds it receives from a federal free-phone program, in a unanimous opinion that found the levy violates the constitutional ban on states taxing "instrumentalities" of the federal government.

  • March 07, 2024

    Ex-Mass. Senator's Aide Gets Short Prison Term For Tax Fraud

    The former chief of staff to a Massachusetts state senator was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to 30 days in prison for failing to report income she was receiving from a business she owned and other jobs while collecting her state salary.

  • March 07, 2024

    Jailed Reality Star Slammed For Raising 'Irrelevant' Evidence

    Less than a month ahead of trial, a Georgia Department of Revenue employee suing imprisoned former reality television star Michael "Todd" Chrisley has asked a Georgia federal judge to stop Chrisley from bringing in evidence she says is "irrelevant" to the defamation case she brought against him.

  • March 07, 2024

    Jurors In NY Trump Trial Will Be Anonymous Except To Parties

    A New York state judge ruled Thursday that jurors in Donald Trump's criminal hush-money case will remain anonymous to the public, but said the former president, the Manhattan district attorney and their counsel and consultants would know the jurors' names and addresses.

  • March 07, 2024

    Tax Tipster Who Reported Family Loses DC Circ. Award Fight

    A man who reported his siblings for tax fraud and received a whistleblower award wasn't entitled to more money, the D.C. Circuit ruled, saying the IRS was correct in reducing the amount after concluding the man, a manager in the family business, likely participated in the fraud.

  • March 07, 2024

    Feds Look To Bar Advice-Of-Counsel Defense From Tax Trial

    Federal prosecutors have sought to prevent two attorneys and an insurance agent from relying on advice-of-counsel defenses in their upcoming tax fraud trial, telling a North Carolina federal judge the trio failed to give the court an adequate heads-up about their intended defense.

  • March 07, 2024

    Minn. Tax Court Rejects Appeal Of Parking Lot's Classification

    A Minnesota parking lot was correctly classified as commercial property by a local assessor, the state's tax court said, rejecting the owner's argument that it should be mostly classified as multifamily housing because of development plans for the site.

  • March 07, 2024

    Biden Urges Higher Taxes On Wealthy Companies, Individuals

    President Joe Biden, in his Thursday night State of the Union address, urged Congress to make the U.S. tax code fairer by enacting higher rates on wealthy corporations and individuals and extending tax relief to working families.

  • March 06, 2024

    Software Execs Tried To Save Co. With Trust Taxes, Jury Told

    Prosecutors and defense attorneys on Wednesday painted competing pictures of two former software executives at the start of their tax fraud trial in North Carolina, with the government characterizing the pair as liars and cheaters while the defense claimed they were merely trying to right the ship as their business floundered.

  • March 06, 2024

    Ill. Appeals Court Revives Chicago Real Estate Tax Measure

    A Chicago referendum seeking authorization to impose tiered real estate transfer tax rates can proceed, an Illinois state appeals court ruled Wednesday, reversing a Cook County Circuit Court decision that blocked the city from counting votes on the measure.

  • March 06, 2024

    Startup Investors' Attys Want $1.5M In Fees On Disclosure Suit

    Lawyers for a class of investors have asked a New York federal court to approve their attorney fees of $1.5 million for a $4.5 million settlement with a Chinese analytics startup over claims the company misrepresented its tax liability before its initial public offering. 

  • March 06, 2024

    Trump Mocks Hush Money Case As 'Deluded Fantasy'

    Counsel for former President Donald Trump has branded the hush money charges against him as a "deluded fantasy," arguing that the Manhattan district attorney is framing the New York state court case as a conspiracy to undermine the 2016 election despite it being a "narrow business records case."

  • March 06, 2024

    Minn. Tax Court OKs Value Of Home In Easement Dispute

    A Minnesota owner of lakefront property failed to convince the state's tax court that obstructions he claimed hindered access to the property through an easement should result in a lower valuation for tax purposes.

  • March 06, 2024

    Md. Tax Court OKs Valuing Boat Slips, Condo Units Separately

    Two boat slips in a Maryland condominium development were correctly valued separately from the units for which they were exclusively reserved, the Maryland Tax Court ruled, affirming the methods of a local assessor.

  • March 05, 2024

    DA Defends Cohen's Credibility In Trump Hush Money Case

    The Manhattan district attorney has told a New York state judge presiding over Donald Trump's hush money case that the presidential candidate's former attorney Michael Cohen will tell the truth at trial, despite his past perjury.

  • March 05, 2024

    Pillar 1 Would Have Cost US Gov't $1.4B In 2021, Study Says

    U.S. tax revenue would have been reduced by $1.4 billion in 2021 under a proposed system to reallocate a share of tax payments to where large multinational corporations have customers but lack a physical presence, the Joint Committee on Taxation said Tuesday.

  • March 05, 2024

    Biz Owner Gets 10 Months For Evading Tax On Foreign Income

    The owner of a manufacturing company was sentenced in California federal court to 10 months in prison for avoiding taxes on almost $4.5 million in income by failing to report his foreign sales to the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

  • March 05, 2024

    Netflix Says Service Isn't Taxable Tangible Property In Colo.

    Netflix's streaming video service is not tangible personal property subject to sales tax because the company does not sell objects to its subscribers, Netflix told a Colorado court in its case to force a refund of sales taxes paid.

  • March 05, 2024

    Judge's Side Job Invalidates Tax Rulings, Pa. Justices Told

    Pennsylvania's constitution has barred judges from holding second jobs since 1776, counsel for a Delaware County hospital told the state Supreme Court during an oral argument Tuesday, so a senior judge who started collecting pay from a Philadelphia tax appeals board had effectively resigned and his rulings on the hospital's tax appeals were invalid.

  • March 05, 2024

    Baker McKenzie Lands KPMG Tax Atty In Chicago

    Baker McKenzie recently hired a new tax partner in Chicago who came from KPMG and has prior experience working at PwC.

  • March 05, 2024

    Treasury Finalizes Direct Pay Rules For Energy Tax Credits

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Tuesday finalized regulations governing direct payments of several clean energy tax credits provided by the Inflation Reduction Act but said it was still mulling how to address so-called chaining of payments and co-ownership arrangements.

  • March 04, 2024

    Former DOJ Assistant Chief Joins Bird Marella

    The assistant chief in the fraud section of the Department of Justice's Criminal Division joined Bird Marella Rhow Lincenberg Drooks & Nessim LLP, the firm announced Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Kentucky Tax Talk: Taking Up The Dormant Commerce Clause

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    Attorneys at Frost Brown examine whether the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to review Foresight Coal Sales v. Kent Chandler to consider whether a Kentucky utility rate law discriminates against interstate commerce, and how the decision may affect dormant commerce clause jurisprudence.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

  • Circuit Rulings Confirm Ch. 11 Trustee Fee Refund Trend

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    Recent Ninth and Eleventh Circuit rulings that Chapter 11 debtors are entitled to refunds for unconstitutional bankruptcy trustee fees paid under the Bankruptcy Judgeship Act support a developing trend in debtors' favor, making it likely that courts considering the same question will follow suit, says Adam Herring at Nelson Mullins.

  • The NIL Legislation Race: CAEFA And Ted Cruz's Draft Bill

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    Christina Stylianou and Gregg Clifton at Lewis Brisbois compare legislation pertaining to the name, image and likeness rights of college student-athletes, including the College Athlete Economic Freedom Act and Sen. Ted Cruz's draft bill that would restrict an athlete's eligibility to compete if an NIL agreement violates their university's student code of conduct.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Prevailing Wage Rules Complicate Inflation Act Tax Incentives

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    Nicole Elliott and Timothy Taylor at Holland & Knight discuss the intersection between tax and labor newly created by the Inflation Reduction Act, and focus on aspects of recent U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of the Treasury rules that may catch tax-incentive seekers off guard.

  • Law Firm Professional Development Steps To Thrive In AI Era

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools rapidly evolve, professional development leaders are instrumental in preparing law firms for the paradigm shifts ahead, and should consider three strategies to help empower legal talent with the skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex technological landscape, say Steve Gluckman and Anusia Gillespie at SkillBurst Interactive.

  • Payroll Tax Evasion Notice Suggests FinCEN's New Focus

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    The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s recent notice advising U.S. financial institutions to report payroll tax evasion and workers' compensation schemes in the construction industry suggests a growing interest in tax enforcement and IRS collaboration, as well as increased scrutiny in the construction sector, say Andrew Weiner and Jay Nanavati at Kostelanetz.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • Challenging Standing In Antitrust Classes: The Uninjured

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    In virtually every antitrust class action, parties at the certification phase disagree about whether the proposed class includes uninjured members, but the goals of Rule 23 and judicial economy are best served by synthesizing two distinct approaches circuit courts take on this issue, say Michael Hamburger and Holly Tao at White & Case.

  • How Taxpayers Can Prep As Justices Weigh Repatriation Tax

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    The U.S. Supreme Court might strike down the 2017 federal tax overhaul's corporate repatriation tax in Moore v. U.S., so taxpayers should file protective tax refund claims before the case is decided and repatriate previously taxed earnings that could become entangled in dubious potential Section 965 refunds, say Jenny Austin and Gary Wilcox at Mayer Brown.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

  • Perspectives

    More States Should Join Effort To Close Legal Services Gap

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    Colorado is the most recent state to allow other types of legal providers, not just attorneys, to offer specific services in certain circumstances — and more states should rethink the century-old assumptions that shape our current regulatory rules, say Natalie Anne Knowlton and Janet Drobinske at the University of Denver.

  • Identifying Trends And Tips In Litigation Financing Disclosure

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    Growing interest and controversy in litigation financing raise several salient concerns, but exploring recent compelled disclosure trends from courts around the country can help practitioners further their clients' interests, say Sean Callagy and Samuel Sokolsky at Arnold & Porter.

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