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Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Rules That Information Retrieval Services Are Taxable

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has issued a letter ruling advising a vendor that its information retrieval service is subject to Pennsylvania sales tax. The rationale underlying the letter ruling echoes the arguments...more

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Tax Bill

Today, the Pennsylvania Senate passed an amended version of House Bill 542 (HB 542), which includes tax code changes that are estimated to generate $571 million in new revenue. (A brief overview of some of the noteworthy...more

Pa. Governor’s Budget Proposal – 'No Broad-based Tax Increases'?

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf presented his budget address February 7, 2017. The proposed budget seeks $1 billion in new revenue from several tax proposals, such as a severance tax on natural gas drilling, corporate net income...more

PA Supreme Court Declares Portion of Slot Machine Tax Unconstitutional; Provides Possible Preview of Pending NOL Cap Case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court finds municipal share assessment unconstitutional. The Court held that the municipal share assessment, imposed on slot machine revenue, is a non-uniform progressive rate structure that violates...more

Pennsylvania Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update

Is Pennsylvania bringing back its tax on “computer-related services”? Pennsylvania’s new “Netflix” tax (enacted as part of Act 84 of 2016) covers more than just digital downloads and streaming services. Effective August 1,...more

Pennsylvania Enacts Tax Bill as Part of Budget Package

Pennsylvania has enacted tax law changes projected to generate $752M in new revenue. The changes include severe restrictions on the vendor sales tax discount for timely filing, imposition of sales tax on digital downloads and...more

Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Releases Discussion Draft of Add-Back Notice

On February 2, 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue (the “Department”) released its first effort at providing public guidance regarding Pennsylvania’s intangible expense add-back provision. In its Discussion Draft of...more

Pennsylvania Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update: July 2015

This is a brief update on recent Pennsylvania tax developments. Amended Return “Trap”—Court Holds That Amended Return Was Not a Petition for Refund; Possible Legislative Fix? - On June 9, the Commonwealth Court issued a...more

Pennsylvania Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update: March 2015

This is a brief update on recent Pennsylvania tax developments. Governor Wolf’s FY16 Budget Proposal—combined reporting and more On March 3, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) presented his first budget address as Pennsylvania’s 47th...more

City of Chicago Expands Lease Tax Base to Include Perpetual Software Licenses—City Continues to Ignore Its Own Ordinance

On August 6, 2013, the City of Chicago’s Department of Finance revised its June 1, 2004 Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax ("Lease Tax") Ruling #5. The revised ruling, effective September 1, 2013, expands the Lease Tax...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Federal Law Preempts Click-Through Nexus Law

In a decision released this October 18th, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld the Circuit Court of Cook County’s decision invalidating the Illinois click-through nexus statute in Performance Marketing Association v. Hamer. The...more

Illinois Appellate Court Respects Characterization of Captive Insurance Company

In Wendy’s International, Inc. v. Brian Hamer, decided earlier this week, the Illinois Appellate Court found that Taxpayer had met its burden and proved that its subsidiary insurance company was a bona fide insurance company...more

Cook County Use Tax Update – Reed Smith wins Summary Judgment – Tax Ordinance Invalid on its Face

Today, Cook County was finally (pending a possible appeal) stopped from trying to impose its Non-Titled Personal Property Use Tax (the "Use Tax"). Following Judge Lopez Cepero’s granting of Reed Smith’s Motion for Preliminary...more

Pennsylvania Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (2nd Quarter 2013)

This is a brief update on recent Pennsylvania tax developments. It is intended to provide an overview of issues and cases to watch, as well as administrative and legislative developments....more

Cook County Use Tax Suspended

The imposition of the Cook County Non-Titled Personal Property Use Tax (“Use Tax”) has been successfully enjoined through Reed Smith’s efforts. ...more

Cook County Use Tax Litigation Update -- April 24, 2013

Two significant developments have occurred with respect to the Cook County Non-Titled Personal Property Use Tax ("Use Tax") and Reed Smith’s challenge to the Use Tax....more

Reed Smith Sues, Cook County Backtracks…A Bit

Reed Smith has been advised, by representatives of Cook County (the “County”), that the County will be revising the language of the County Ordinance implementing the Cook County Non-Titled Personal Property Use Tax (the “Use...more

Cook County Use Tax Litigation Update

On May 7, 2013, a complaint was filed against Cook County to enjoin the county from enforcing its newly enacted Cook County Personal Property Use Tax (“Tax”). The Cook County Circuit Court has now set a briefing schedule on...more

Reed Smith Marcellus Shale Tax Update - Recycle, Reuse, Reduce Your Tax Burdens

Pennsylvania’s broad mining exemption from sales and use tax also includes an exemption for pollution-control devices that is less well known than the general exemption for mining equipment. The pollution-control exemption...more

Reed Smith Marcellus Shale Tax Update – Sales and Use Tax

Using subcontractors does not 'fracture' your exemption from Pennsylvania sales tax - The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has taken the position that certain equipment used in Pennsylvania fracking operations is...more

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