State & Local

  • May 28, 2024

    Colo. Creates Tax Credits For Agricultural Stewardship

    Colorado farms and ranches that use certain agricultural stewardship practices will be eligible for tax credits of up to $300,000 under legislation signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis.

  • May 24, 2024

    Shuttered Paper Mill Flouted $12M Incentive Deal, NC AG Says

    The state of North Carolina is suing food and beverage packaging company Pactiv Evergreen to recoup $12 million in economic incentives the company allegedly accepted to keep a local mill up and running after it abruptly shuttered the facility last year.

  • May 24, 2024

    CohnReznick Adds Tax Planning Partner From Mazars

    CohnReznick LLP added a top accountant and tax partner from Mazars USA LLP to its roster of tax professionals, the firm announced.

  • May 24, 2024

    NY Tax Dept. Wrongly Cut CEO's Enterprise Credit, ALJ Says

    New York's state tax agency incorrectly used the business allocation percentage of an S corporation to reduce the amount of qualified Empire Zone enterprise tax credits that the company's CEO could claim, an administrative law judge said in a determination released Friday.

  • May 24, 2024

    NYC Apartment Hotel May Qualify For Tax Break, Dept. Says

    A planned 150-unit apartment hotel building in New York City catering to a nearby hospital's patients and staff and to university students could be eligible for an industrial and commercial abatement program, the city Department of Finance said in a letter ruling.

  • May 24, 2024

    Colo. Net Revenue Collection In April Up $218M

    Colorado's total general fund revenue in April was $218 million higher than collections last year, the state Department of Revenue reported.

  • May 24, 2024

    Pa. Tax Dept. Floats Reg Outlining Business Income Treatment

    The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue proposed a regulation Friday outlining when income is considered apportionable business income or nonbusiness income that isn't apportionable, and how the unitary business principle affects those determinations.

  • May 24, 2024

    Lists Of State Laws That Satisfy Charitable Org. Regs Invalid

    The Internal Revenue Service rendered obsolete two lists of state laws and circumstances that allowed for charitable organizations to satisfy certain federal requirements, as a number of the relevant laws have since changed, the agency announced Friday.

  • May 24, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Davis Polk, Wachtell, Latham

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, SouthState Corp. buys Independent Bank Group Inc., CyberArk acquires Venafi, Carlyle clinches its fifth Japanese buyout fund, and AuditBoard Inc. agrees to be bought by Hg Capital.

  • May 24, 2024

    La. Requires Tax Withholding For Certain Gambling Winnings

    Louisiana will require businesses that pay gambling winnings to individuals to withhold and remit state income taxes on those winnings if federal income taxes are also required to be withheld, under a bill the state's governor signed.

  • May 24, 2024

    Mich. Bills Would Change Tax Rules On Delivery Sales

    Michigan would amend its sales and use tax regime to include language clarifying that vendors who use online delivery platforms are responsible for collecting and remitting the taxes as part of two bills introduced in the state House of Representatives.

  • May 23, 2024

    Ill. Justices OK $28M Tax Value Appeal Without Payment

    A power company's property in Illinois was not required to pay disputed property taxes before appealing a valuation, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed Thursday, upholding a reduction in the assessment of about $28 million.

  • May 23, 2024

    Tenn. Broadens Ag Land Eligible For Lower Tax Assessments

    Tennessee will double the amount of land within a property tax jurisdiction that may be classified as agricultural, forest or open-space land and subject to a lower tax assessment under a bill signed by the governor.

  • May 23, 2024

    Ohio Bill Seeks Refundable Credit For Property Taxes, Rent

    Households in Ohio with $60,000 or less in annual income would be able to claim a refundable income tax credit for the cost of their property taxes or for 15% of their rent under a bill introduced in the Senate.

  • May 23, 2024

    Conn. Requires Study Of Uniform Tax On Solar Facilities

    Connecticut will have the state's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection study whether it should create a uniform capacity tax on solar facilities as part of a bill signed by the governor.

  • May 23, 2024

    Corp. Tax Rate Should Hold, GOP Former Panel Chair Says

    Lawmakers should preserve the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's nonexpiring provisions, specifically the 21% corporate tax rate, when debating the extension of the law's expiring provisions in 2025, former House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady said Thursday.

  • May 23, 2024

    NY Panel OKs Allowing Anyone To Rep Clients At Tax Tribunal

    New York would allow taxpayers to choose anyone age 18 and older to represent them in the state Tax Appeals Tribunal, including a registered tax preparer, under a bill passed in the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. 

  • May 23, 2024

    Colo. To Allow Fire, Ambulance Districts To Levy Sales Taxes

    Colorado fire and ambulance districts will be able to levy local sales taxes, with voter approval, and impose impact fees on new construction under legislation signed by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis.

  • May 23, 2024

    Idaho Revenue Through April Up $89M Over Forecasts

    Idaho general revenue collection from July through April was up $89 million over budget forecasts, the state Division of Financial Management reported.

  • May 23, 2024

    Akerman Brings On Kilpatrick Tax Ace In LA

    Akerman LLP is boosting its tax team, bringing in a Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP corporate tax and energy tax credit expert as a partner in its Los Angeles office.

  • May 22, 2024

    Justices' CFPB Alliance May Save SEC Courts, Not Chevron

    A four-justice concurrence to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's unique funding scheme last week carries implications for other cases pending before the court that challenge the so-called administrative state, or the permanent cadre of regulatory agencies and career government enforcers who hold sway over vast swaths of American economic life.

  • May 22, 2024

    Tenn. To Align With Tax Pact For Sales And Use Tax Sourcing

    Tennessee will implement several state sales and use tax changes starting July 1, including adopting sourcing provisions in line with the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement, as part of legislation enacted last year, the state Department of Revenue said in a notice published Wednesday.

  • May 22, 2024

    SC Increases, Expands Tax Credit For Employing Apprentices

    South Carolina increased an individual and corporate income tax credit available to taxpayers that employ apprentices and expanded when credits may be claimed, under legislation signed by the governor.

  • May 22, 2024

    Colo. Gambling Tax Refund Question Heading To Ballot

    Colorado will allow voters to decide if the state should keep and spend sports betting tax revenue or refund it back to casinos as part of a bill signed into law by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis.

  • May 22, 2024

    DC Empty Building Not Eligible For Tax Exemption, Court Says

    The owner of a vacant building in Washington, D.C., can't claim an exemption from the district's vacant building property tax rate because the owner claimed the exemption outside the allowed two-year period, the district's highest court ruled.

Featured Stories

  • Amazon SC Sales Tax Case Could Decide Meaning Of 'Seller'

    Maria Koklanaris

    Amazon's longtime battle with the South Carolina Department of Revenue could ultimately answer critical questions about retroactivity, statutory interpretation and the definition of key terms such as "seller."

  • NYC's Proposed Split From State Tax Regs Sparks Pushback

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    New York City's plan to have its coming corporate tax overhaul regulations diverge from certain areas in the state's rules has drawn criticism from practitioners who say the proposals could increase compliance burdens and cut against the underlying law's intent to apply market-based sourcing.

  • Nixing Green Energy Tax Perks Would Be Tough For Trump

    Kat Lucero

    Former President Donald Trump has vowed to scrap Democrats' signature 2022 climate law should he get reelected in November, but following through on that campaign promise could prove difficult amid bipartisan support for many of the law's clean energy tax incentives and a potentially divided Congress.

Expert Analysis

  • Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

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    From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

  • Tax Assessment: Recapping Georgia's Legislative Session

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    Jonathan Feldman and Alla Raykin at Eversheds Sutherland examine tax-related changes from Georgia’s General Assembly — such as the governor’s successful push to accelerate income tax cuts — and suggest steps to take before certain tax incentives are challenged in the state's next legislative session.

  • Geothermal Energy Has Growing Potential In The US

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    Bipartisan support for the geothermal industry shows that geothermal energy can be an elegant solution toward global decarbonization efforts because of its small footprint, low supply chain risk, and potential to draw on the skills of existing highly specialized oil and gas workers and renewable specialists, say attorneys at Weil.

  • Bad Ideas That Won't Go Away: SALT In Review

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    From California's latest move toward a digital ad tax to Kansas' proposed tax credits for film production, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Exploring An Alternative Model Of Litigation Finance

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    A new model of litigation finance, most aptly described as insurance-backed litigation funding, differs from traditional funding in two key ways, and the process of securing it involves three primary steps, say Bob Koneck, Christopher Le Neve Foster and Richard Butters at Atlantic Global Risk LLC.

  • Trump Hush Money Case Offers Master Class In Trial Strategy

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    The New York criminal hush money trial of former President Donald Trump typifies some of the greatest challenges that lawyers face in crafting persuasive presentations, providing lessons on how to handle bad facts, craft a simple story that withstands attack, and cross-examine with that story in mind, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • A Vision For Economic Clerkships In The Legal System

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    As courts handle increasingly complex damages analyses involving vast amounts of data, an economic clerkship program — integrating early-career economists into the judicial system — could improve legal outcomes and provide essential training to clerks, say Mona Birjandi at Data for Decisions and Matt Farber at Secretariat.

  • 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.