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Should You Convert Your Delaware Unclaimed Property Audit to a VDA?

The Delaware Secretary of State recently issued a statement to businesses encouraging them to convert their unclaimed property audits to voluntary disclosure agreements (“VDAs”). However, the position presented by the State...more

Chicago’s Lease Transaction Tax Enforcement Draws ‘Out-Of-Bounds’ Call

The Illinois Supreme Court prevented the City of Chicago from imposing its Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax (Lease Tax) collection requirements on vehicle lessors operating within the City, when renting vehicles...more

Key Takeaways From Delaware’s Unclaimed Property Overhaul

A bill has been introduced in the Delaware Senate that would overhaul Delaware’s unclaimed property law. The bill is on a fast track and could be enacted by the end of January. If enacted, companies currently under audit will...more

Pennsylvania Audits Public Companies for Unclaimed Securities

Holders that use third-party transfer agents, such as Computershare, should check their mailboxes, as they are likely to have a notice from Pennsylvania of an unclaimed property audit. Pennsylvania has engaged...more

Reed Smith Clients Vindicated – Illinois Circuit Court Grants Motion to Dismiss in Qui Tam Winery Cases

On January 20, 2016, Judge Thomas Mulroy of the Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago granted the Illinois Attorney General’s Motions to Dismiss numerous qui tam cases brought against California wineries, 17 of which are...more

What to do with a Delaware unclaimed property audit document request? Pending litigation may provide an answer.

If you have received a request for information in connection with a Delaware unclaimed property audit that appears to be excessively broad and you don’t know how to respond, you are in good company—even Delaware seems to be...more

Illinois Local Sales Tax Sourcing Update: Tax Administration by Lawsuit Vanquished (for Now)

On October 16, the Circuit Court of Cook County (the “Court”), in an order authored by Judge Peter Flynn, dismissed a lawsuit by the City of Chicago (the “City”) and the Village of Skokie (collectively the “Plaintiffs”)...more

Illinois Attorney General Responds to Reed Smith’s Efforts – Files Motions to Dismiss in Several False Claims Act Matters

On September 21, 2015, the Illinois Attorney General filed several Motions to Dismiss in Illinois False Claims Act (“IFCA”) matters in which the defendants were able to show, in response to the Attorney General’s inquiry,...more

Reed Smith Instrumental in New Proposed Regulations Concerning the Sales Taxation of Shipping Charges in Illinois

On August 28, 2015, the Illinois Department of Revenue’s (the “Department”) proposed regulations clarifying the Department’s position on the sales taxation of shipping charges were posted to the Illinois Register, commencing...more

The Illinois Attorney General Offers To Settle False Claims Act Cases Against Wineries - Just as Reed Smith Obtains Private Letter...

On July 23, 2015, the Illinois attorney general issued a group settlement proposal to the defendants in its Illinois False Claims Act (“IFCA”) prosecutions of numerous out-of-state wineries. For at least the last decade, the...more

Delaware Legislation Reduces Unclaimed Property Audit Frustrations but Reanimates Interest Assessment

On July 22, 2015, the governor signed Senate Bill 141, which makes significant revisions to the Delaware Abandoned and Unclaimed Property statute. Senate Bill 141 is the legislature’s third set of revisions to the Delaware...more

The Wine Institute and Reed Smith Team Up To Fight Illinois False Claims Act Overreach

On July 28, 2015, on behalf of the Wine Institute and its members, Reed Smith filed an action in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois against the Illinois Attorney General (the “Attorney General”) and the Illinois...more

The City of Chicago Moves Aggressively to Tax ‘The Cloud’

As a result of two rulings, each effective July 1, 2015, the city of Chicago will attempt to tax the “Cloud” more directly and comprehensibly than any other U.S. jurisdiction. On June 9, 2015, the Chicago Department of...more

Appellate Court Upholds Dismissal of False Claims Act Case Against QVC, Denies that Qui Tam Plaintiff is Owed Monetary Proceeds,...

On March 31, 2015, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District in a Rule 23 Order, upheld the dismissal of a False Claims Act (“FCA”) case against QVC, Inc. (“QVC”). In the dismissed case, the qui tam plaintiff had...more

Delaware Enacts Unclaimed Property Legislation That Addresses Some (But Not All) Holder Concerns

The Delaware Legislature appears to have heard some of the complaints of the unclaimed property community. Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed Senate Bill 11, which is based on the recommendations of the Delaware Task Force...more

Final Order in the Cook County Non-Titled Personal Property Use Tax Litigation Spells Out Standards for County To Process Claims...

On December 23, 2014, the Final Order was entered in Reed Smith LLP v. Zahra Ali, 2014 IL App (1st) 13246-U, Aug. 4, 2014. Having previously ruled that the county cannot assert the “voluntary payment” defense against any...more

Cook County Ordered to Start Processing Use Tax Refund Claims By September 24, 2014

On September 17, 2014, the Circuit Court of Cook County entered summary judgment in favor of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, represented by Reed Smith LLP (“Reed Smith”), on the remaining count of their Complaint...more

Midwest Gaming Win Reinforces Division Between Police and Taxing Powers

In United States v. Doremus, 249 U.S. 86 (1919) the Supreme Court held that a tax law “may not be declared unconstitutional, because its effect may be to accomplish another purpose as well as the raising of revenue.” That...more

Cook County Use Tax Update – Reed Smith Wins Appeal – Ordinance Invalid

On August 4, 2014, the First District Illinois Appellate Court affirmed a lower court decision invalidating Cook County’s Non-Titled Personal Property Use Tax (the “Use Tax”). The Appellate Court dismissed as moot the...more

Delaware Unclaimed Property Voluntary Disclosure Program Extended to September 30

Delaware collects more than $600 million a year in unclaimed property, and many companies are wholly unaware of their annual reporting obligations. However, those still facing Delaware unclaimed property exposure are in luck....more

Illinois Department of Revenue’s Local Retailers’ Occupation Tax Sourcing Rules Pass Hurdle; Sourcing Rules for Internet Sales...

During its June 17 meeting, the Illinois Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (“JCAR”) approved the Department of Revenue’s (“DOR”) proposed local retailers’ occupation tax rules (“Local ROT Sourcing Rules”) issued...more

Illinois: The Department’s Effort To Bring Order to Local Sales Tax Sourcing Spreads the Chaos to the State Sales and Use Tax...

The list of potential side-effects of medication can often lend some validity to the aphorism that the remedy is worse than the disease. Tax regulations are not required to list the potential side-effects, but the remedy...more

Illinois Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (1st Quarter 2014)

Illinois Sales and Use Tax Sourcing Regulations Shakeup - Hartney Fuel: On November 21, 2013, in Hartney Fuel Oil Company v. Hamer, the Illinois Supreme Court determined that the longstanding regulations for...more

4/16/2014  /  Sales & Use Tax

Illinois Issues Emergency Sales Tax Sourcing Regulations

As anticipated after the Illinois Supreme Court decision in Hartney Fuel described in our November 25, 2013 alert, the Illinois Department of Revenue (the "Department") has decided to issue emergency regulations (the "Rules")...more

Appellate Court Limits Illinois Power to Impose 'Permanent' Tax Residency on Inter Vivos Trusts

Under the Illinois Income Tax Act (“IITA”), an Illinois resident taxpayer is taxable on 100 percent of its income and a non-resident taxpayer is taxable only on Illinois source income. Until December 2013, whether a taxpayer...more

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