State & Local

  • June 17, 2024

    Mich. Justice Wants Tax-Break Filing Options After Mail Fiasco

    A Michigan Supreme Court justice called on the state Legislature to give taxpayers more flexibility in claiming property tax exemptions after a company lost out on an exemption because the U.S. Postal Service never delivered its paperwork.

  • June 17, 2024

    Ark. Bills Seek Income Tax Cuts, Homestead Credit Expansion

    Arkansas would reduce its income tax rates and increase its homestead property tax credit under bills introduced in both the state House of Representatives and Senate for a special legislative session at Republican Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders' request. 

  • June 17, 2024

    NJ Tax Court Upholds Town's $1M Valuation Of Residence

    The New Jersey Tax Court affirmed the township of Montclair's roughly $1 million valuation of a single-family residence, saying the homeowners failed to account for differences in other properties that they argued warranted cutting the assessment.

  • June 17, 2024

    BREAKING: NJ Powerbroker, Law Firm CEO Brother Accused Of Racketeering

    Powerful New Jersey businessman George E. Norcross III and his brother, who is the chief executive officer of law firm Parker McCay, have been criminally charged alongside others in a scheme to acquire waterfront property in the distressed city of Camden using threats of economic and reputational harm.

  • June 14, 2024

    The Tax Angle: More GOP TCJA Teams, Nonprofit Hospitals

    From a look at efforts by the Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee to prepare for next year's expiration of the 2017 tax overhaul law to a new call for nonprofit hospitals to provide more charity care, here's a peek into a reporter's notebook on a few of the week's developing tax stories.

  • June 14, 2024

    IRS Says Ariz. Lacks Standing To Fight Taxation Of Rebates

    Arizona did not have standing to lodge its claim that its 2023 income tax rebates should be exempt from federal tax, the Internal Revenue Service told a federal court, arguing the taxes paid by Arizonans did not amount to harm to the state itself.

  • June 14, 2024

    Mich. Bill Would Clarify Tax On Delivery Network Sales

    Michigan would clarify that vendors selling through an online marketplace are liable for collecting and remitting sales tax and that delivery networks can deduct amounts paid to sellers from their tax liability under a bill introduced in the state Senate.

  • June 14, 2024

    Conn. Panel Backs Woman's Exemption From Bank Execution

    A woman is entitled to an exemption from a financial institution execution served by an entity that collected taxes for a Connecticut city to satisfy a business's outstanding personal property tax assessment, the state's appellate court said in an opinion released Friday, affirming a trial court's ruling.

  • June 14, 2024

    Mich. Co.'s Former Head Liable For Biz's $229K Unpaid Taxes

    The Michigan Tax Tribunal correctly assessed the former president and controller of a now-defunct automotive coating company with $229,000 in unpaid withholding taxes because he was in control of the company's financial operations, a state appeals court panel ruled.

  • June 14, 2024

    Ark. Gov. Calls Special Session To Cut Tax Rates

    Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders called a special session of the state Legislature to amend the state's top income tax rates and increase the homestead tax credit.

  • June 14, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Kirkland, Arnold & Porter

    In this week's Taxation with Representation, Noble Corp. PLC buys Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc., Cognizant buys Belcan, AlphaSense raises funding to buy Tegus, and Matador Resources Co. acquires a subsidiary of the EnCap Investments portfolio company Ameredev II Parent.

  • June 13, 2024

    NYC Dance Club's Tickets Freed From $2M In Sales Tax

    A New York City dance club isn't on the hook for a $2 million state sales tax bill on its admission charges because its techno music shows qualified as a tax-exempt live music performance, a state administrative law judge determined Thursday.

  • June 13, 2024

    Mich. Bill Seeks Income Tax Credit For Home Down Payments

    Michigan would create an income tax credit for homebuyers who purchase a single-family residence that would equal a portion of the down payment amount as part of a bill introduced in the state House of Representatives.

  • June 13, 2024

    Ohio Senate OKs Requiring Tax Payments For Property Splits

    Ohio would require delinquent property taxes to be paid before a real parcel was subdivided or transferred and would prohibit tax-delinquent property owners from buying tax-foreclosed property under a bill passed by the state Senate.

  • June 13, 2024

    NY Babysitter Can Get Earned Income Tax Credits, ALJ Rules

    A New York woman who was paid cash for babysitting was able to prove she was entitled to the state's and New York City's earned income tax credits, an administrative law judge said in a determination released Thursday. 

  • June 13, 2024

    Mo. City Tax Credit Suit Tossed Over Federal Jurisdiction

    A federal judge dismissed a Kansas City, Missouri, resident's claims that the city unconstitutionally refused to credit his state income taxes paid to Kansas against his city earnings tax liabilities, ruling that a federal law barred the case from being lodged in federal court.

  • June 13, 2024

    La. AG Tells Parish That Sheriff Has Tax Collection Authority

    A Louisiana parish cannot shift occupational license tax collection responsibilities from its sheriff to its president's office, the state attorney general's office said in an opinion.

  • June 13, 2024

    Ariz. Lawmakers OK Expanding Jet Fuel Definition For Tax

    Arizona would expand the definition of jet fuel subject to state's 3.05-cent-per-gallon excise tax under a bill sent to Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs.

  • June 12, 2024

    NY Court Strikes Housing Tax Break's Labor Dispute Process

    A New York state court has undercut a provision in a since-expired affordable housing tax break that enabled a city watchdog to issue judgments against developers who underpaid construction workers, deeming the provision unconstitutional because decisions could not be appealed.

  • June 12, 2024

    Senate Budget Chair Seeks End To Carried Interest Tax Break

    Lawmakers should end the favorable tax treatment of income from carried interest compared with ordinary earned income, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse said Wednesday.

  • June 12, 2024

    Mass. Tax Board Knocks $4M Off Valuation Of Elder Housing

    A Massachusetts tax panel slashed the valuation of a residential complex for low-income seniors by nearly two-thirds in a decision released Wednesday, agreeing with the owner that restrictions on the property justified a lower assessment.

  • June 12, 2024

    NM Home Dialysis Co. Gets $2M Tax Bill Thrown Out

    A New Mexico business that provides at-home dialysis care to patients was wrongly hit with a $2 million gross receipts tax assessment and penalty notice, the state Administrative Hearings Office ruled, finding the company provided exempt healthcare services.

  • June 12, 2024

    Mass. Tax Board Says No To Decrease In Parcel Values

    The owner of a pair of Massachusetts land parcels failed to show they were overvalued by local assessors, a state tax board ruled in a decision released Wednesday, saying the owner sought relief beyond the board's authority on several issues.

  • June 12, 2024

    Ohio Bill Seeks Tax Break For Items Bought By Logistics Cos.

    Ohio would create a sales and use tax exemption for items purchased by logistics businesses to transport manufactured products, general merchandise and grocery products under a bill introduced in the state Senate.

  • June 12, 2024

    Ore. Tax Court Affirms No Retroactive Fix To Home Value

    The tax valuation of an Oregon residence erroneously assessed at a larger square footage cannot be retroactively reduced, the Oregon Tax Court said, upholding the state tax department's rejection of the request.

Featured Stories

  • The Tax Angle: More GOP TCJA Teams, Nonprofit Hospitals

    Stephen K. Cooper

    From a look at efforts by the Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee to prepare for next year's expiration of the 2017 tax overhaul law to a new call for nonprofit hospitals to provide more charity care, here's a peek into a reporter's notebook on a few of the week's developing tax stories.

  • Staffing Hurdles Could Slow Impact Of IRS Audit Boost

    David van den Berg

    The Internal Revenue Service's intended ramping up of enforcement on wealthy people, large corporations and complex partnerships may not have a meaningful impact in the short term because of challenges in hiring and training people to do the work.

  • Digital Taxes May Take Hold Regardless Of Treaty Signing

    Natalie Olivo

    An internationally agreed-upon freeze on digital levies may continue to thaw even if countries meet their impending deadline to sign a related treaty for new corporate tax rules, in part because the accord faces a hazy path to formal ratification.

Expert Analysis

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Always Be Closing

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    When a lawyer presents their case with the right propulsive structure throughout trial, there is little need for further argument after the close of evidence — and in fact, rehashing it all may test jurors’ patience — so attorneys should consider other strategies for closing arguments, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • Credit Cards And Trading Cards: SALT In Review

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    From Mastercard's loss in a South Carolina court case to the taxability of trading cards imported to California, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Calif. Budget Will Likely Have Unexpected Tax Consequences

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    A temporary suspension of net operating loss deductions and business incentive tax credits, likely to be approved on June 15 as part of California’s next budget, may create unanticipated tax liabilities for businesses that modeled recently completed transactions on current law, says Myra Sutanto Shen at Wilson Sonsini.

  • Litigation Inspiration: Attys Can Be Heroic Like Olympians

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    Although litigation won’t earn anyone an Olympic medal in Paris this summer, it can be worthy of the same lasting honor if attorneys exercise focused restraint — seeking both their clients’ interests and those of the court — instead of merely pursuing every advantage short of sanctionable conduct, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • Lean Into The 'Great Restoration' To Retain Legal Talent

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    As the “great resignation,” in which employees voluntarily left their jobs in droves, has largely dissipated, legal employers should now work toward the idea of a “great restoration,” adopting strategies to effectively hire, onboard and retain top legal talent, says Molly McGrath at Hiring & Empowering Solutions.

  • How Cannabis Rescheduling May Alter Paraphernalia Imports

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    The Biden administration's recent proposal to loosen federal restrictions on marijuana use raises questions about how U.S. Customs and Border Protection enforcement policies may shift when it comes to enforcing a separate federal ban on marijuana accessory imports, says R. Kevin Williams at Clark Hill.

  • Fishing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Atop the list of ways fishing makes me a better lawyer is the relief it offers from the chronic stress of a demanding caseload, but it has also improved my listening skills and patience, and has served as an exceptional setting for building earnest relationships, says Steven DeGeorge​​​​​​​ at Robinson Bradshaw.

  • A Healthier Legal Industry Starts With Emotional Intelligence

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    The legal profession has long been plagued by high rates of mental health issues, in part due to attorneys’ early training and broader societal stereotypes — but developing one’s emotional intelligence is one way to foster positive change, collectively and individually, says attorney Esperanza Franco.

  • To Make Your Legal Writing Clear, Emulate A Master Chef

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    To deliver clear and effective written advocacy, lawyers should follow the model of a fine dining chef — seasoning a foundation of pure facts with punchy descriptors, spicing it up with analogies, refining the recipe and trimming the fat — thus catering to a sophisticated audience of decision-makers, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Circuit Judge Writes An Opinion, AI Helps: What Now?

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    Last week's Eleventh Circuit opinion in Snell v. United Specialty Insurance, notable for a concurrence outlining the use of artificial intelligence to evaluate a term's common meaning, is hopefully the first step toward developing a coherent basis for the judiciary's generative AI use, says David Zaslowsky at Baker McKenzie.

  • Ohio Tax Talk: The Legislative Push For Property Tax Relief

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    As Ohio legislators attempt to alleviate the increasing property tax burden, four recent bills that could significantly affect homeowners propose to eliminate replacement property tax levies, freeze property taxes for longtime homeowners, adjust homestead exemptions annually for inflation, and temporarily expand the homestead exemption, say Raghav Agnihotri and Rachael Chamberlain at Frost Brown.

  • Looking South With A Smile: SALT In Review

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    From Mississippi's long walk toward repealing its personal income tax to a welcome stroke for open government in Kentucky, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Trauma-Informed Legal Approaches For Pro Bono Attorneys

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    As National Trauma Awareness Month ends, pro bono attorneys should nevertheless continue to acknowledge the mental and physical effects of trauma, allowing them to better represent clients, and protect themselves from compassion fatigue and burnout, say Katherine Cronin at Stinson and Katharine Manning at Blackbird.