State & Local

  • June 11, 2024

    Colo. To Allow Tax Credits For Gifts Through Intermediaries

    Colorado will allow taxpayers to claim income tax credits for charitable gifts made through certain intermediaries instead of directly to qualifying organizations under a bill signed by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis.

  • June 11, 2024

    NJ City's Watershed Property Is Subject To Tax, Court Says

    An undeveloped property in West Milford, New Jersey, that's owned by Newark was properly valued by West Milford, as the property is a watershed subject to tax, the New Jersey Tax Court ruled. 

  • June 11, 2024

    Texas General Revenue Up $263M From Last Fiscal Year

    Texas brought in $263 million more in general revenue from September through May than it did during the same period last fiscal year, the state comptroller's office said.

  • June 11, 2024

    Conn. Man's Land Not Used For Farming, Appeals Court Finds

    A tax assessor in Connecticut properly declassified a property owner's land as farmland, the state's appellate court ruled in an opinion released Tuesday, affirming a trial court's finding that the property was no longer used for farming.

  • June 11, 2024

    No Tax Owed On Mailed Ads, Insurer Tells Mich. Appeals Court

    Advertisements mailed for a Michigan insurance provider by an out-of-state direct-mail contractor should not incur the state's use tax, the insurer told a state appeals court Tuesday.

  • June 11, 2024

    Global Combined Reporting Catches States' Eyes, Expert Says

    States in the last two years are showing interest in worldwide combined reporting at a level not seen in decades, a tax expert said.

  • June 11, 2024

    Ohio Revenue Through May Misses Estimate By $1B

    Ohio general revenue fund receipts from July through May totaled roughly $1 billion less than expected, according to the state's Office of Budget and Management.

  • June 11, 2024

    State Tax Agencies Should Eye Chevron Cases, Official Says

    Although the concept known as Chevron deference refers to federal agencies' interpretations of ambiguous laws, state tax officials should be paying close attention to the outcome of two cases that could overturn or significantly weaken Chevron as soon as Thursday, an official said.

  • June 11, 2024

    Kostelanetz Partners Talk Benefits Of Atlanta Tax Firm Tie-Up

    Kostelanetz LLP partners Bryan Skarlatos and Todd Welty discuss the firm’s recent combination with Atlanta boutique Welty PC.

  • June 11, 2024

    NH General Revenues Beat Budget Forecast By $143M

    New Hampshire general revenue collection from July through May was $143 million higher than projected, according to the state Department of Administrative Services.

  • June 11, 2024

    La. Will Allow Deadline Discretion In Award Of Tax Incentives

    The Louisiana Economic Development agency will have discretion when awarding tax incentives to businesses that miss a deadline for reasons beyond their control under a bill signed by the governor Tuesday.

  • June 11, 2024

    Vt. Short-Term Rental Tax Proposal Vetoed

    A Vermont bill that would have imposed a 3% surcharge on short-term rentals was vetoed by the governor.

  • June 10, 2024

    Philly Tax Case Could Give Answers On Reach Of Localities

    The U.S. Supreme Court, presented with a Philadelphia resident's claim that the city's refusal to credit her Delaware state taxes paid against her city wage tax liabilities discriminated against interstate commerce, could answer questions about how much agency localities have to tax work performed elsewhere, panelists said Monday.

  • June 10, 2024

    Unclaimed Property Group Backs Disney At Mich. High Court

    An unclaimed property holder trade organization urged the Michigan Supreme Court to affirm that the state waited too long to demand that Disney and a restaurant company remit unclaimed property, arguing that third-party auditors' lax oversight allowed examinations to languish beyond the statute of limitations.

  • June 10, 2024

    NJ Panel OKs Relaxing Worker Location Rules For Tax Credits

    New Jersey would permanently loosen the employee location requirement for businesses to qualify for some of the state's tax breaks and grant programs as part of a bill advanced by the Senate Economic Growth Committee on Monday.

  • June 10, 2024

    Ariz. Justices Allow Tax On Marriott Loyalty Rewards Stays

    A Marriott-branded hotel in Arizona is liable for state taxes on rooms booked through a customer loyalty program, the state's Supreme Court said, upholding a state tax court decision.

  • June 10, 2024

    SD Declines To Respond To High Court Use Tax Appeal

    The South Dakota Department of Revenue sad it will not file a response in the U.S. Supreme Court to a construction company's petition that argues use tax imposed by the state on movable construction equipment was unconstitutional.

  • June 10, 2024

    Amazon Presses SC Justices To Review Sales Tax Case

    The South Carolina Supreme Court should review an appeals court's opinion that held Amazon was required to collect and remit sales tax on products sold on its marketplace in 2016 and owes the state $12.5 million in tax, the company said in a brief.

  • June 10, 2024

    Mass. House Omits Local-Option Tax From $6B Housing Bill

    A proposal by Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey to allow local-option transfer fees on high-value real estate sales was left out of a housing package worth more than $6 billion passed by the state House of Representatives. 

  • June 10, 2024

    Kan. Court Rejects Valuation Based On Overturned Precedent

    The Kansas Board of Tax Appeals incorrectly relied on overturned precedent when it lowered a Home Depot's property value by almost $2 million, the Kansas Appeals Court ruled.

  • June 10, 2024

    Neb. To Waive Penalties For Late Taxes After Tornadoes

    Nebraska will provide waivers of penalties and interest to people and businesses who are unable to timely file income tax returns and make payments because of tornadoes in April, the state Department of Revenue said.

  • June 10, 2024

    Justices Seek SG's Input In Philly Tax Credit System Battle

    The U.S. Supreme Court asked U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar on Monday to weigh in on a Philadelphia resident's claim that the city's refusal to credit her Delaware state taxes paid against her city wage tax liabilities discriminated against interstate commerce.

  • June 07, 2024

    3rd Circ. Backs NJ In Pipeline Co.'s Business Tax Fight

    The Third Circuit ruled Friday that New Jersey's partnership filing fee is a state affair that can't be challenged in federal court, dealing a blow to a pipeline company seeking to shed the cost because it does very little business in the state.

  • June 07, 2024

    Texas Justices Revive Equipment Leasing Co.'s Tax Case

    A Texas-based company that leases out heavy equipment was entitled to petition to have its supplies removed from local appraisal rolls in two counties despite previously declining to seek court review of the counties' assessments, the state's high court ruled Friday.

  • June 07, 2024

    Conn. Extends Biz Net Loss Deduction Carryforward Window

    Connecticut will extend by 10 years the window when companies may carry forward a net operating loss deduction for corporation business tax purposes and will allow a deduction for some combined groups affected by the state's shift to combined reporting, under a bill signed by the governor.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • TCJA Workarounds And A Misstep In Va.: SALT In Review

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    From federal SALT deduction workarounds to Virginia's missed opportunity, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

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