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CRA: Tax treatment of Ponzi scheme investments

We have previously written about court decisions on the tax results arising from taxpayers’ (failed) investments in Ponzi schemes (see our posts on Roszko v. The Queen (2014 TCC 59), Johnson v. The Queen (2011 TCC 54) and...more

Summary of the 2014 Mississippi Taxpayer Fairness Act

This omnibus tax legislation, House Bill No. 799, was signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant on April 11, 2014, after passing the House of Representatives by a unanimous vote 121-0, and by a Senate vote of 40-9. This...more

Indiana Tax Court denies budget and tax levy appeals; two local units gave improper notices, one erroneously argued that poor...

The Indiana Tax Court has issued three decisions in the first half of 2014 relating to appeals of final determinations by the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) regarding budgets and tax levies for local taxing...more

Tax Litigation Update: United States v. Clarke Tests Limits of IRS Summons Enforcement Power

On April 23, 2014, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in United States v. Clarke, a case which may affect every taxpayer subject to a future IRS examination....more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 5, Issue 5 - May 2014

In This Issue: - Two Combined Reporting Decisions Highlight Issues Involving “Permissive” Combined Reporting - New York State Corporate Tax Reform Legislation Enacted – What You Need to Know - Appellate Court...more

Indiana homeowner failed to prove lack of uniformity in the assessment of his property

Indiana’s burden-shifting statute doesn’t apply to uniformity claims, the Tax Court ruled in a recent decision in which it also held the Owner failed to show that the assessment of his home was non-uniform with those of other...more

Choice of Forum in Federal Excise Tax Refund Cases

To challenge an administrative determination and assessment of federal excise tax, taxpayers in refund cases have a choice of two different federal courts to bring an action: the U.S. federal district court and the U.S....more

Permanent Place of Abode Requires Actual Use of Property as Taxpayer’s Residence

The New York Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court and held that in order for an individual to have a “permanent place of abode” in New York for purposes of determining...more

Alabama Senate Unanimously Approves Bill to Establish an Independent Tax Tribunal

Last night, the Alabama Senate passed by a vote of 26-0 Substitute House Bill 105, formerly known as the Alabama Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights II (TBOR II) and recently renamed the “Alabama Taxpayer Fairness Act,” which...more

DC Circuit Upholds Ruling That IRS Cannot Regulate Tax-return Preparers

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently held that the Internal Revenue Service did not have the statutory authority to regulate tax-return preparers....more

IRS Lacks Authority to Issue and Enforce Tax Return Preparer Regulations

On February 11, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the decision of the District Court for the District of Columbia, affirming that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) lacked the authority to...more

John Gaied v. New York State Tax Appeals

Opinion Reversing Appellate Court Judgment

New York State’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, today issued a decision reversing an appellate court judgment in John Gaied v. New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal. The case involved a resident of New Jersey who owned...more

Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal – What You Need To Know NOW!

Through Public Act 97-1129, Illinois established the Independent Tax Tribunal (the “Tax Tribunal”) to largely replace the system of administrative hearings conducted by the Illinois Department of Revenue (the “Department”)....more

Value of Intangible Assets That Make a Direct Contribution to the Going Concern Value of a Business Must be Deducted from Property...

After the sale of an upscale city hotel, a county assessor reassessed the property. The new owner challenged the assessment, claiming it improperly included the value of nontaxable intangible assets. The county assessment...more

Q&A With Morrison & Foerster's Mitch Newmark

Mitchell A. Newmark is a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP and is concentrated on state and local tax litigation and appeals before administrative and judicial bodies around the country. Newmark also advises companies and...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 4, Issue 12 - December 2013

In This Issue: Governor’s tax Reform Commission Issues Final Report; Third Department Affirms tribunal: Government Financing Arrangements Are not Investment Capital; Appellate Division holds taxpayer Failed to Prove...more

Court Rules That Delayed Compliance With A FOIA Request Remains A Violation

In a recent Illinois Appellate Court decision, the Court held that a public body was in violation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) where the public body initially willfully ignored its obligation to respond to a FOIA...more

Illinois Local Sales Tax Sourcing Uncertainty is Over…Replaced by Chaos: Hartney Wins Tax Situs Suit, But Governing Regulations...

On November 21, 2013, in Hartney Fuel Oil Company v. Hamer, the Illinois Supreme Court determined that the longstanding regulations for sourcing sales for local sales and use tax purposes promulgated by the Illinois...more

Taxpayer Wins New York Bank Tax Case: Division of Tax Appeals Determines that Department Violated its Own Published Guidance

In a recent decision, the New York State Division of Tax Appeals soundly rejected a determination by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (the "Department") that it could treat a banking corporation’s...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 4, Issue 9 - September 2013

In This Issue: Gain on Sale of Non-New York Leaseholds Held Properly Sourced to New York Based on Business Allocation Percentage; Tribunal Reverses Dismissal and Allows Case to Proceed Before ALJ; Federal Court...more

Assessment Appeals Commission Holds that Personal Property is Valued at Capitalized Cost

The Assessment Appeals Commission (“AAC”) of the Tennessee State Board of Equalization has reversed a 2011 administrative law judge decision, holding that intangible costs (such as freight, installation, engineering costs and...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 4, Issue 1 - January 2013

In This Issue: Court of Appeals Reverses Appellate Division, Holds that EchoStar’s Equipment Purchases Qualified as Sales for Resale; Appellate Court Holds Electronic Messaging Services Subject to Sales Tax; ALJ Finds...more

Federal Court Decides that JP Morgan’s Judicial Review Application Challenging The Minister’s Decision To Assess Part XIII Tax May...

In a decision released on November 26, 2012 in JP Morgan Asset Management (Canada) Inc. v. Minister of National Revenue and Canada Revenue Agency (Docket T-1278-11), Justice Leonard Mandamin of the Federal Court dismissed the...more

Government Challenges Sixth Circuit Decision in Quality Stores, Inc.

On October 18, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a petition for rehearing en banc in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc., No. 10-1563 (September 7, 2012), asking the full court...more

Quality Stores, Inc. Update

Department of Justice files petition for rehearing en banc, challenging the Sixth Circuit's recent decision that severance payments paid pursuant to an involuntary reduction in force are exempt from FICA taxes. On...more

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