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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

11/5/2013 - Licenses Local Ordinance Municipalities Software

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

10/21/2013 - Click-Through Nexus Internet Taxation Preemption

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

10/14/2013 - Captive Insurance Company Income Taxes Insurers Wendy's

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

10/9/2013 - Local Ordinance Local Taxes Preliminary Injunctions Sales & Use Tax Summary Judgment

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

7/31/2013 - Franchise Taxes Income Taxes Net Operating Losses Tax Reform

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

7/25/2013 - Local Ordinance Property Tax Sales & Use Tax

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

6/25/2013 - Chamber of Commerce Commerce Clause Local Ordinance Sales & Use Tax Tax Rates

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

6/17/2013 - Commerce Clause Local Ordinance Preliminary Injunctions Sales & Use Tax

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

5/30/2013 - Ad Valorem Tax Dormant Commerce Clause Home Rule States Property Tax

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

5/17/2013 - Fracking Marcellus Shale Mining Pollution Control Sales & Use Tax Tax Exemptions

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

1/28/2013 - Fracking Marcellus Shale Mining Sales & Use Tax Subcontractors

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