State & Local

  • July 05, 2024

    Mich. Tax Panel Drops Vacant Store's Value By $500K Per Year

    The highest and best use of a vacant commercial property at the time of its assessment was to demolish the improvements and hold it for future development, a Michigan panel ruled, lowering the property's valuation by nearly $500,000 for each of two years.

  • July 05, 2024

    Top State And Local Tax Policies Of 2024: Midyear Report

    States in 2024 have picked different ways through tax policy to respond to key challenges. Here, Law360 looks at some of the top trends in state and local tax policy so far this year.

  • July 03, 2024

    Maryland Fends Off Chamber's Challenge To Digital Ad Tax

    A disputed provision of Maryland's tax on digital advertising doesn't violate the First Amendment, a federal judge in the state found Wednesday, throwing out a challenge to the tax brought by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups.

  • July 03, 2024

    Wash. Mall, Retail Center Seek $1.3M In Property Tax Refunds

    A Seattle mall and shopping center are seeking property tax refunds topping $1.3 million, according to complaints in state court that claim the county assessor failed to use appropriate data and overvalued the properties.

  • July 03, 2024

    Wash. Regs Provide More Definitions For Capital Gains Tax

    Washington state clarified substantive aspects of its tax on capital gains by supplying additional definitions and examples of when the tax applies under regulations adopted by the state Department of Revenue.

  • July 03, 2024

    Fox Rothschild Hires Pryor Cashman Nonprofit Leads

    Fox Rothschild LLP announced Wednesday the hiring of two Pryor Cashman LLP partners for its corporate department in New York.

  • July 03, 2024

    Hawaii Creates Panel To Study Mitigation Of Biz Tax Burdens

    Hawaii will create a business revitalization task force to study potential mitigation of regulatory and tax burdens imposed on companies in the state as part of a bid to improve its economic competitiveness and business climate under a bill signed by the governor.

  • July 03, 2024

    NY Extends Tax Breaks For Green Roofs On City Buildings

    New York is extending for another three years a property tax abatement program that encourages residential and commercial buildings in New York City as part of a bill signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul. 

  • July 03, 2024

    Minn. Tax Dept. Clarifies Rules On Third-Party Installations

    Installation of a product in Minnesota by a party other than its seller is generally subject to state sales tax if the sale of the item itself is taxable, the state tax department said.

  • July 03, 2024

    Kansas' June Tax Collection Up $40M From Prior Year

    Kansas collected $1.03 billion in tax revenue in June, about $40 million more than it collected in the same month last year, according to revenue figures released by the governor's office.

  • July 03, 2024

    Mo. General Revenues Exceed Last Fiscal Year By $194M

    Missouri general revenue collection throughout the 2024 fiscal year was $194 million higher than the previous fiscal year, according to a report by the state's Office of Administration, Division of Budget and Planning.

  • July 03, 2024

    Arkansas' June General Revenue Drops 2.5% From Last Year

    Arkansas' general revenue for June was at $751 million, 2.5% below June 2023, the state Department of Finance and Administration announced. 

  • July 03, 2024

    Top State & Local Tax Cases Of 2024: Midyear Report

    In the first half of 2024, the Ohio Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the state's law allowing municipalities to tax remote workers, while Microsoft sealed victory in a fight with California to include foreign dividends in its sales factor denominator, resulting in a $94 million refund. Here, Law360 looks at some of the top state and local tax cases of the past six months.

  • July 02, 2024

    Chevron's Fall Places State Tax Rules Under Microscope

    State tax regulations could face increased judicial scrutiny in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to jettison the decades-old Chevron deference doctrine, which instructed courts to defer to federal agencies' interpretations of ambiguous laws.

  • July 02, 2024

    Calif. Couple Overstated Basis, Owe More Tax, OTA Says

    A California couple overstated the amount of basis they had in a residence they sold, the state Office of Tax Appeals said, siding with the state Franchise Tax Board that the couple had less basis in the home and thus greater taxable gain.

  • July 02, 2024

    Conn. Remodels Taxes On Cars, Insurance Co. Assessments

    Connecticut will remodel its motor vehicle tax regime, exempt some taxpayers from paying interest on underpayments of corporation business and personal income taxes and adjust the calculation of assessments on domestic insurance companies under legislation signed by the governor.

  • July 02, 2024

    Tax Consultant's Claim To Commissions Brought In Bad Faith

    A California state appeals court found a wage and hour lawsuit against a tax credit firm was brought in bad faith because the worker lacked evidence to support her allegations, upholding a lower court's ruling and awarding attorney fees and costs to the firm.

  • July 02, 2024

    Mass. Dept. Says No Sales Tax On Genetic Testing

    Charges for genetic testing of customers in Massachusetts don't incur sales tax, the state tax department said in a letter ruling released Tuesday, because personal services are exempt and the test kits provided constitute an inconsequential component of the transaction.

  • July 02, 2024

    Mont. Revenue Drops $180M From Last Fiscal Year

    Montana collected $180 million less in general fund revenue during the fiscal year that ended in June than it did in the previous year, the state Department of Revenue said in a preliminary report.

  • July 02, 2024

    Calif. OTA Upholds Apportionment Method On $85M Gain

    California's Franchise Tax Board applied the correct apportionment method to a nonresident's $85 million income, the state Office of Tax Appeals said, upholding an additional tax assessment of $650,000.

  • July 02, 2024

    W.Va. Revenues For Fiscal Year Top Forecast By $590M

    West Virginia's general fund collections in fiscal year 2024 were $590 million ahead of budget estimates, the State Budget Office said in a preliminary report.

  • July 02, 2024

    Mass. Panel Won't Cut Tax Value Over Denied Building Permits

    The owner of commercial property in Massachusetts failed to show that local denials of building permits impacted the tax value of the property, a state panel said in a decision released Tuesday, rejecting the owner's appeal of a local assessment.

  • July 02, 2024

    Ark. June Revenue Drops From Previous Year, Dept. Says

    Arkansas net available general revenue for the month of June fell 2.5% below the previous year's collections, the state Department of Finance and Administration said Tuesday. 

  • July 02, 2024

    Pennsylvania Ends Fiscal Year Above Revenue Estimates

    Pennsylvania's revenue for the 2023-24 fiscal year was 1.9% above the state's revenue estimates, the state Department of Revenue announced.

  • July 02, 2024

    Mass. Panel OKs Penalty For Filing Estate Tax 7 Years Late

    A Massachusetts estate is liable for about $258,000 in penalties and interest for filing a required tax return seven years late, a state panel said in a decision released Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • E-Discovery Quarterly: Recent Rulings On Text Message Data

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    Electronically stored information on cellphones, and in particular text messages, can present unique litigation challenges, and recent court decisions demonstrate that counsel must carefully balance what data should be preserved, collected, reviewed and produced, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Kentucky Tax Talk: Budget Focus Cools Tax Reform Efforts

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    There were some noteworthy tax developments during Kentucky’s legislative session — like the revival of local tax reform and enactment of another tax amnesty program — but major tax initiatives, like those seen in recent years, were largely tabled as legislators focused on establishing the state’s two-year budget, say attorneys at Frost Brown.

  • NY Tax Talk: Primary Function Is Key Analysis For Sales Tax

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    Two sales tax cases recently decided by New York's Appellate Division illustrate why both taxpayers and the state's Department of Revenue subscribe to the primary function test, a logical way to determine whether business transactions are subject to sales tax, say Elizabeth Cha and Jeremy Gove at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Time To Fix NYC's Broken Property Assessment System

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    A New York appellate court's decision to revive Tax Equity Now New York v. City of New York may force the city to revamp its outdated and unfair real estate tax assessment system, which could be fixed with a couple of simple changes, says Seth Feldman at Romer Debbas.

  • Strange Notions Bubble Up: SALT In Review

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    From an assault on North Carolina's phaseout of its corporate income tax to a court ruling on the taxability of sparkling water in Pennsylvania, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Don't Use The Same Template For Every Client Alert

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    As the old marketing adage goes, consistency is key, but law firm style guides need consistency that contemplates variety when it comes to client alert formats, allowing attorneys to tailor alerts to best fit the audience and subject matter, says Jessica Kaplan at Legally Penned.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Follow The Iron Rule Of Trial Logic

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    Many diligent and eager attorneys include every good fact, point and rule in their trial narratives — spurred by the gnawing fear they’ll be second-guessed for leaving something out — but this approach ignores a fundamental principle of successful trial lawyering, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • The Art Of Asking: Leveraging Your Contacts For Referrals

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    Though attorneys may hesitate to ask for referral recommendations to generate new business, research shows that people want to help others they know, like and trust, so consider who in your network you should approach and how to make the ask, says Rebecca Hnatowski at Edwards Advisory.

  • 4 Ways To Refresh Your Law Firm's Marketing Strategy

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    With many BigLaw firms relying on an increasingly obsolete marketing approach that prioritizes stiff professionalism over authentic connection, adopting a few key communications strategies to better connect with today's clients and prospects can make all the difference, say Eric Pacifici and Kevin Henderson at SMB Law.

  • Consider 2 Alternative Exit Plans In RE Distress Scenarios

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    In the face of an impending wave of foreclosures, lenders and borrowers alike should consider two exit strategies — deed-in-lieu of foreclosure and consent foreclosure — that can mitigate potential costs and diminution in property value that could be incurred during a lengthy proceeding, say attorneys at BCLP.

  • SC's Courts Have It Wrong On Amazon Marketplace Sales Tax

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    The South Carolina Supreme Court should step in and correct the misguided change in tax law effectuated by lower court rulings that found Amazon owes state sales tax for marketplace sales made prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Wayfair v. South Dakota decision in 2018, says Hayes Holderness at the University of Richmond.

  • Constitutional Shenanigans And Other Sports: SALT In Review

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    From a challenge to New York's end run on a federal law to voters' rejection of a sales tax that would aid Kansas City's major league teams, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • This Earth Day, Consider How Your Firm Can Go Greener

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    As Earth Day approaches, law firms and attorneys should consider adopting more sustainable practices to reduce their carbon footprint — from minimizing single-use plastics to purchasing carbon offsets for air travel — which ultimately can also reduce costs for clients, say M’Lynn Phillips and Lisa Walters at IMS Legal Strategies.

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