State & Local

  • May 09, 2024

    Treasury's Energy Tax Credit Regs Leave Room For 'Chaining'

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury has said it is prohibiting the practice known as chaining that links two new ways to monetize clean energy tax credits, but recent final rules governing the two methods left the door open to possible exceptions.

  • May 09, 2024

    NY Tribunal Upholds Tax On Temp Agency's Software Sales

    A company owes New York sales tax on sales of software that helped businesses gather and manage temporary employees, the state Tax Appeals Tribunal ruled in a decision released Thursday, saying the transactions were sales of tangible personal property instead of nontaxable services.

  • May 09, 2024

    La. Lawmakers OK Local Tax Break For Certain Eye Meds

    Louisiana would expand a local sales tax exemption to include prescriptions used to treat eye-related conditions under a bill that was unanimously passed by the state Senate and next goes to the governor.

  • May 09, 2024

    Ind. Tax Review Board Says Home Isn't Tax-Exempt Parsonage

    An Indiana home owned by a religious organization doesn't qualify for a property tax exemption granted to religious organizations because the property was shown to be used for nonreligious purposes, the state Board of Tax Review said.

  • May 09, 2024

    Mo. Lawmakers Approve Opt-Outs To Pass-Through Entity Tax

    Missouri would allow members of pass-through entities to opt out of the state's entity-level tax that bypasses the $10,000 federal cap on state and local tax deductions under a bill that state lawmakers passed Thursday, sending it to the governor.

  • May 09, 2024

    NH Revenues Through April Up $142M Over Budget Forecast

    New Hampshire general fund receipts were $142 million higher than budget estimates in July through April, according to a report by the state Department of Administrative Services.

  • May 09, 2024

    Va. Builder's Sand Purchases Found Subject To Sales Tax

    A Virginia homebuilder that purchased dirt and sand must pay sales tax on those purchases because both are tangible personal property, the state's tax commissioner ruled.

  • May 09, 2024

    Chamberlain Hrdlicka Rehires Tax Atty From Atlanta Boutique

    Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry PC has rehired one of its former tax attorneys, who joins the firm in Atlanta after working at a tax law-focused boutique, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • May 09, 2024

    Va. Sales Tax Applies To IT Co.'s Purchases, Tax Head Rules

    A Virginia information technology company that bought various assets for use in an exam-room device owes sales tax on those purchases, the state's tax commissioner ruled.

  • May 08, 2024

    NY AG Says $6M NRA Verdict Should Stand

    A New York state court should not undo a jury's finding that the National Rifle Association allowed its officers to misappropriate $6.4 million of donor money, the state's attorney general has argued, saying trial evidence abundantly laid out evidence of misconduct and organizational failures.

  • May 08, 2024

    Credit Suisse Urges Mich. Panel To Reverse Biz Loss Denial

    A Credit Suisse attorney pressed the Michigan Court of Appeals on Wednesday to clarify how the state's tax laws account for losses from real estate mortgage investment conduits, saying a lower court incorrectly denied its attempt to carry forward $21.3 million in losses.

  • May 08, 2024

    Ark. Curbs Finance Dept.'s Power To Challenge Tax Rulings

    Arkansas will limit the state Department of Finance and Administration's ability to challenge the state Tax Appeals Commission's decisions in sales and use tax disputes as part of a bill signed by Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

  • May 08, 2024

    Calif. Justices Weigh Striking Anti-Tax Ballot Initiative

    California Supreme Court justices sought to understand Wednesday if a measure approved for the November ballot that would make it harder to raise taxes would eliminate lawmakers' ability to tax and would illegally revise — rather than amend — the state constitution.

  • May 08, 2024

    Va. Tax Head Allows Modified Apportionment For Manufacturer

    The Virginia tax commissioner abated most of a company's corporate income tax assessment after finding the business was eligible to use a modified apportionment method for manufacturers.

  • May 08, 2024

    Va. Rental Tax Doesn't Apply To Co.'s Long-Term Leases

    A company that leases mobile and construction equipment from its parent company doesn't owe Virginia motor vehicle rental tax because the leases aren't short-term rentals, the state tax commissioner ruled. 

  • May 08, 2024

    Va. Tax Head Finds Royalties Ineligible For Full Exception

    A corporation filing in Virginia that paid royalties to an affiliate wasn't entitled to a state income tax exception for the full amount of the expense, the state tax commissioner said, citing a state Supreme Court ruling and concluding that the company's refund claim couldn't be granted.

  • May 08, 2024

    Va. Tax Head Won't Change Taxpayer's Apportionment Factor

    A Virginia taxpayer that owns more than 10% of a limited partnership's interest is still not entitled to an alternate apportionment method, the state tax commissioner said in a letter ruling. 

  • May 08, 2024

    Calif. Senate Committee Recommends Data Extraction Tax

    California would levy its 7.25% state sales and use tax on large online companies with digital advertising revenue above $2.5 billion and use the tax revenue to fund a credit regime for local news outlets under a bill passed by a Senate committee Wednesday.

  • May 08, 2024

    Ind. Youth Center Rightly Denied Tax Exemption, Board Says

    An Indiana youth center was correctly denied a religious tax exemption because the property is used to the benefit of the adopted children of the organization's founder, the state Board of Tax Review said in a decision published Wednesday.

  • May 08, 2024

    La. Board Says Class Claims On Solar Credits Need Tax Pleas

    Louisiana residents who have joined in a class action seeking damages from deferred solar panel tax credits that were capped annually must amend their claims to include tax violations, the state Board of Tax Appeals said.

  • May 08, 2024

    Colo. House OKs Temporary Income Tax Cut, Refund Changes

    Colorado would temporarily lower its flat income tax rate for the current tax year and could reduce the rate in upcoming years based on the levels of future state surpluses under legislation approved Wednesday by the state House of Representatives.

  • May 08, 2024

    NJ Utility Co. Appeals Tax Assessment On Labor Fees

    A utility company based in New Jersey asked the state tax court to set aside a roughly $342,000 sales and use tax assessment, arguing that the Division of Taxation included labor charges that were not taxable.

  • May 08, 2024

    La. House OKs Constitutional Convention For Tax Overhaul

    The Louisiana House of Representatives approved legislation that would call a convention to rework some elements of the state constitution, including moving certain tax provisions into state statutes to give lawmakers more flexibility to address a looming budget deficit.

  • May 08, 2024

    A Foley Hoag Co-Chair Joins Litigation Firm As Name Partner

    Litigation and dispute resolution firm Elliott Kwok Levine & Jaroslaw LLP will operate under a new name after welcoming as its newest name partner a former federal prosecutor who most recently co-chaired Foley Hoag LLP's white-collar crime and government investigations practice.

  • May 08, 2024

    Va. Biz's Forklift Exempt From Use Tax, Commissioner Rules

    A forklift owned by a business engaged in electronics dismantling and recycling qualifies for a use tax exemption because it was used for industrial processing, the Virginia tax commissioner said.

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Considerations For Litigating A New York Tax Case

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    While some of New York’s recently adopted corporate tax regulations are likely to face legal challenges, aggrieved taxpayers should answer certain questions before deciding to embark on the tax litigation process, say Cyavash Ahmadi and Jeffrey Friedman at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Revenue Agencies At Their Finest: SALT In Review

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    From a survey of the nation's best departments of revenue to baseball superstar Shohei Ohtani's creative free-agent contract, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Law Firm Strategies For Successfully Navigating 2024 Trends

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    Though law firms face the dual challenge of external and internal pressures as they enter 2024, firms willing to pivot will be able to stand out by adapting to stakeholder needs and reimagining their infrastructure, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants.

  • Attorneys' Busiest Times Can Be Business Opportunities

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    Attorneys who resolve to grow their revenue and client base in 2024 should be careful not to abandon their goals when they get too busy with client work, because these periods of zero bandwidth can actually be a catalyst for future growth, says Amy Drysdale at Alchemy Consulting.

  • How Attorneys Can Be More Efficient This Holiday Season

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    Attorneys should consider a few key tips to speed up their work during the holidays so they can join the festivities — from streamlining the document review process to creating similar folder structures, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • 5 Trends To Watch In Property And Casualty Class Actions

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    In 2023, class action decisions have altered the landscape for five major types of claims affecting property and casualty insurers — total loss vehicle valuation, labor depreciation, other structural loss estimating theories, total loss vehicle tax and regulatory fees, and New Mexico's uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage sale requirements, say Mark Johnson and Mathew Drocton at BakerHostetler.

  • A Bold Idea And A Striking Disregard: SALT In Review

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    From a far-reaching proposal in Nebraska to a Minnesota government agency's disregard of case law, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • 5 Traps To Avoid When Selling CRE In Las Vegas Area

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    When dealing with commercial real estate in Clark County, Nevada — which includes the Las Vegas metro area — even sophisticated sellers may be ensnared by a myriad of tricky issues, ranging from transfer tax nuances to arbitration laws, says Chris Walther at Fennemore Craig.

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • The Pop Culture Docket: Judge D'Emic On Moby Grape

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    The 1968 Moby Grape song "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" tells the tale of a fictional defendant treated with scorn by the judge, illustrating how much the legal system has evolved in the past 50 years, largely due to problem-solving courts and the principles of procedural justice, says Kings County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Matthew D'Emic.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • 'Manufacturing' Amid Mass. Adoption Of Single-Sales Factor

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    Massachusetts’ recent adoption of single-sales-factor apportionment will benefit companies that have a greater in-state physical presence, reinforce the importance of understanding market-sourcing rules, and reduce the manufacturing classification's importance to tax apportionment, though the classification continues to be significant to other aspects of taxation, say attorneys at McDermott.

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