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Breaking News: California Supreme Court Hears Long-Awaited Gillette Oral Argument

On October 6, 2015, counsel for the taxpayer and the Franchise Tax Board (“FTB”) argued before the California Supreme Court in The Gillette Company & Subs. v. California Franchise Tax Board. This case has been watched closely...more

Pennsylvania’s NOL Cap—There’s Still Time to File a 2011 Refund Claim (and It’s Easy!)

There is ongoing litigation over whether Pennsylvania’s NOL cap is unconstitutional. Many taxpayers have already filed protective refund claims to preserve their rights in the event the cap is found unconstitutional. If you...more

Wynne Is a Win for Corporate Taxpayers

On May 18, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne, No. 13-485, holding that the absence of a credit against the local portion of the state’s personal income tax scheme was an...more

Supreme Court Rules on Limits of State Taxing Authority – Refund Claims in Order

In Comptroller v. Wynne, the Supreme Court ruled that individuals who earn income in states in which they do not reside may be entitled to refunds if the taxes they pay to the nonresident state are not fully creditable...more

New York City Legislation Enacts General Corporation Tax Reform

On April 13, 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed New York’s 2015-2016 budget legislation, which, among other changes, conforms the New York City general corporation tax (GCT) to the most significant changes from last year’s...more

Southeast State & Local Tax: Important Developments - March 2015

The Williams Mullen Southeast State and Local Tax (SESALT) team is pleased to provide you with a comprehensive recap of important tax developments around the Southeast....more

California Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (4th Quarter 2014)

Case Updates - California Supreme Court Accepts Review of Documentary Transfer Tax Case In our last quarterly update, we reported on a controversial opinion recently published by a California Court of Appeal. In 926...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, Issue 1 - January 2015

In This Issue: - The Top 10 New York Tax Highlights of 2014 - Tribunal Affirms That a Charter Yacht Is Not Exempt from Use Tax as a Commercial Vessel - Court of Appeals Holds City Transfer Tax Does Not...more

Was It Wirth It? The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Sets a Low Bar for Minimum Contacts

In Wirth v. Commonwealth, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania held that Pennsylvania personal income tax applied to non-resident limited partners whose only connection with the state was the ownership of a small interest in a...more

French 3 Per Cent Tax on Distributions: French Subsidiaries of Foreign Companies Should Consider Claiming a Refund

Scope of The 3 Per Cent Tax - The 3 per cent tax is levied on dividend distributions and/or deemed dividend distributions by French companies, French permanent establishments and other French entities that are liable...more

Gore Decided: Unitary Nexus Rejected; Economic Substance Test Clarified

Today, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued its highly anticipated decision in Gore Enterprise Holdings, Inc. v. Comptroller of the Treasury; Future Value, Inc. v. Comptroller of the Treasury. The court held that under the...more

IRS Fighting Hard to Avoid Tea Party Class Action Claims

The IRS recently filed a motion to dismiss class action claims brought by Tea Party groups. In NorCal Tea Party Patriots, et. al. v. IRS, et. al., S.D. Ohio, Case No. 1:13-cv-00341, Tea Party groups asserted that the IRS...more

New circular letter on transfer of assets and partnership interests

Federal Ministry of Finance directs non-application of recent rulings by the Federal Fiscal Court. With its circular letter dated 12 September 2013, the Federal Ministry of Finance comments on three rulings by the...more

California Tax Relief for Sellers of Qualified Small Business Stock

On Friday October 3, 2013, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1412, which provides full relief for individuals affected by the decision in Cutler v. Franchise Tax Board, where the California Court of Appeal held that the...more

Religious Institutions Update: October 2013

The legitimacy of political speech from the pulpit is much debated. Some contend that religious institutions should be silent, because of separation of church and state or the inaccessibility of divine inspiration to...more

Corporate tax reform is coming to Switzerland

Tax experts in Switzerland now predict that certain Swiss tax regimes – the cantonal tax regime, the holding regime and, in particular, the auxiliary company regime, will ultimately need to be repealed. A repeal of...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 4, Issue 8 - August 2013

In This Issue: ALJ Disallows Combined Filing in Absence of Substantial Intercorporate Transactions; Court Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Tax Credit Deferral Legislation; New York City Loses Another Transfer Tax...more

60 Acres And A Lawsuit Challenging The FTB’s Interpretation of “Doing Business”

Swart Enterprises, Inc. is an Iowa corporation. It operates a farm of some 60 acres of crop land in Kansas. Swart has no physical presence in California. It owns no real or personal property in California. It has no...more

‘Inherited’ Nexus And Other Extreme Nexus Theories

Nexus — whether a corporation has a sufficient connection such that it may be taxed by a state — is one of the most important issues in state tax. Various legal theories have been asserted (and are being asserted) to justify...more

Spotlight on Tennessee: 2013 Tax and Related Legislation

The 2013 Session, 108th General Assembly, considered numerous tax and related initiatives, many of which passed. The subject matter of these initiatives this year was very broad, ranging from efforts toward amending the...more

California State Senate Passes Measure Providing Partial Relief From Cutler Decision (re: QSBS)

The California State Senate yesterday approved a measure providing relief (albeit only partial relief) to those taxpayers facing retroactive tax assessments by reason of the Cutler decision. In Cutler v. Franchise Tax Board...more

State + Local Tax Insights -- Spring 2013

In This Issue: Factor Representation: Is It Unconstitutional for a State to Have It Both Ways?; Upcoming Speaking Engagements; Expanded California Sales and Use Tax Exclusions for Advanced Manufacturing Projects; and...more

Bill Aims To Make Foreign Nonqualified LLC Contracts Voidable

As discussed in prior posts, “transacting intrastate business” is not the same as “doing business”. See You may Be Doing Business in California Even When Not Transacting Intrastate Business. The former is what determines...more

The State Of California Seeks Back Taxes From Small-Business Shareholder- Not So Fast

A closer look at federal constitutional case law would seem to indicate that the State of California may not find it so easy to seek refunds plus interest after all....more

FTB Retroactively Denies "Qualified Small Business Stock" Personal Income Tax Benefits

On December 21, 2012, the Franchise Tax Board ("FTB") released Notice 2012-03 (the "FTB Notice"), which notice outlines the procedures the FTB will apply in response to the Court of Appeal's recent decision in Cutler v....more

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