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Pennsylvania Board of Appeals Sends Sales Tax Refund Claims to Audit: What Do You Do?

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s Board of Appeals (the “Board”) is issuing orders dismissing large and complex sales and use tax refund petitions “without prejudice,” while directing the Department’s Bureau of Audits...more

REMIC Excess Inclusion Income – Is It Included in Net Income?

Corporations and financial institutions that hold REMIC residual interests may have a Massachusetts corporate excise tax refund opportunity. REMICs are essentially pools of mortgages that are taxed on a pass-through basis...more

Taxpayer Challenges Department Authority to Adjust NOL Carryforward, When NOL Was Generated in Tax Years Otherwise Closed by...

Can a Department of Revenue auditor reduce a taxpayer’s deduction for a net operating loss (“NOL”) carryforward, even if the NOL was generated in a tax year that is closed under the statute of limitations? This question is...more

Filing Season Reminder: Department Guidance Regarding Massachusetts Partnership and C Corporation Tax Return Filing Due Dates

Effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2015, the due date for filing federal tax returns for C corporations and partnerships were revised. See Public Law 114-41, the “Surface Transportation and Veterans...more

Disallowance of Deduction for Interest Paid to Hungarian Affiliate Serves as a Reminder of Department’s Continued Audit Scrutiny...

A case recently resolved at the Appellate Tax Board serves as a reminder that Massachusetts’ auditors continue to aggressively challenge the following intercompany transactions: - Interest deductions for interest paid to...more

Filing Season Reminder: Revisions (and Challenges) to Alternative Apportionment Regulation

Any taxpayers considering taking an alternative apportionment position on its corporate excise tax returns this fall should remember that the Department adopted a revised alternative apportionment regulation, 830 CMR 63.42.1,...more

SJC Holds that Drop-Shipper has Burden of Proving Sales Were Not Subject to Sales Tax; Is Liable for Tax

In D & H Distributing Company v. Commissioner, the Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) considered whether the taxpayer, a distributor located outside of Massachusetts, bore the burden of proving that a drop shipment to a...more

Massachusetts State Tax Developments

Welcome to the latest Reed Smith update on recent developments in Massachusetts state tax. In this update, we’ll discuss the following developments: - Corporate excise tax implications of the Department’s decision to...more

Massachusetts Issues Proposed Regulation Imposing Sales or Use Tax Obligations on “Internet Vendors” Beginning October 1

On July 28, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (the “Department”) issued Proposed Regulation 64H.1.7 (the “proposed regulation”) that, if adopted, would require “internet vendors” to collect and remit sales tax on sales...more

Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board Denies Multiple Points of Use Sales Tax Refund Claims

The Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board (“ATB”) has issued an order denying three sales tax refund claims involving multiple points of use (“MPU”) sourcing. In each case, vendors had filed refund claims arguing that their...more

Pennsylvania Amnesty Begins This Week, but VDA Program Still the Better Option for Many Non-filers

Pennsylvania’s tax amnesty program begins April 21, 2017. Taxpayers that are considering amnesty should remember that Pennsylvania’s voluntary disclosure agreement (“VDA”) program for non-filers remains open during the...more

Governor Baker Releases Proposed FY 2018 Budget Including Extending Sales Tax Collection to Online Retailers and Expanding Room...

On January 25, 2017, Governor Charlie Baker released his proposals for the Commonwealth’s fiscal year 2018 budget. Among the proposed tax/revenue changes in the proposal are the following: 1. Extending sales tax...more

Massachusetts SJC Reaffirms Decision Sourcing 100% of Taxpayer’s Loans to Massachusetts — Confirms Opportunity for Out-of-State...

On August 12, 2016, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued its decision in First Marblehead on remand from the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision reaffirms that many taxpayers that (1) file as financial institutions in...more

Massachusetts Court Issues 'True Debt' Decision

On June 8, the Massachusetts Appeals Court once again denied a taxpayer’s claimed deductions from the income and net worth tax base of the corporate excise tax. In a decision that will be a disappointment for taxpayers...more

Tom Brady’s suspension reinstated, so what are the potential Massachusetts tax consequences?

Deflategate and the NFL’s suspension of quarterback Tom Brady for 4 games has been the NFL’s biggest news story of the past two years. On April 25, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in...more

Mark Nunnelly Leaving Position as DOR Commissioner – DOR Now Seeking 3rd Commissioner in Less Than 2 years

Governor Charlie Baker’s office announced in a press release today that Mark Nunnelly has accepted a new role as Executive Director of MassIT, the state technology office, beginning April 4. In that role, Mr. Nunnelly is...more

Massachusetts Net Worth “True Debt” Litigation Moves Forward—Oral Argument Held, Awaiting Decision

With oral argument and briefing complete, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s authority to increase the net worth component of a taxpayer’s corporate excise using its “true debt” analysis is under review by the Appeals...more

Massachusetts Department of Revenue Launches Pilot Program for Settling Uncertain Tax Issues—Lack of Anonymity in Settlement...

Continuing its efforts to improve the process for resolving tax disputes in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue has released final AP 637 Voluntary Disclosure Program for Settlement of Uncertain Tax Issues...more

Supreme Judicial Court Rules Against Taxpayer in Regency Transportation

On January 6, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) issued its decision in Regency Transportation v. Commonwealth, finding against the taxpayer. The taxpayer in Regency was a trucking company that purchased...more

Massachusetts Joint Committee Hears Testimony Yesterday on Bill to Ban Use of Contingent Fee Auditors

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight heard testimony on Senate Bill 1710, a bill that would prohibit the use of contingent fee auditors by state agencies,...more

Supreme Judicial Court hears Oral Argument in Regency

Today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) heard oral argument in Regency Transportation v. Commonwealth, a case in which the taxpayer is challenging the Department of Revenue’s assessment of use tax on the full...more

U.S. Supreme Court Vacates Decision in First Marblehead; Remands to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

On October 13, the United States Supreme Court granted a request for review in the case of First Marblehead Corporation v. Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue, and summarily vacated the decision issued January 28, 2015, by...more

Breaking News: U.S. Supreme Court Vacates Decision in First Marblehead; Remands to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Today, the United States Supreme Court granted a request for review in the case of First Marblehead Corporation v. Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue, and summarily vacated the decision issued January 28, 2015, by the...more

Massachusetts Denies ‘True Debt’ Treatment for Cash Management Obligations

The Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board (“ATB”) has once again issued a Findings of Fact and Report upholding a Department assessment on the basis that a taxpayer’s intercompany obligations under a cash management system were...more

Massachusetts Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update: June 2015

Welcome to the latest Reed Smith Massachusetts State Tax Quarterly Update. In this update, we’ll look at the most recent developments in Massachusetts corporate tax, provide some administrative updates, and discuss some hot...more

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