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Bankruptcy Beat: The Second Circuit Establishes a Binding Standard For Lien Extinguishment Under a Plan of Reorganization

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion, City of Concord, N.H. v. N. New England Tel. Operations, LLC (In re N. New England Tel. Operations LLC), 795 F.3d 343 (2d Cir. 2015), addressing an issue of...more

Rectification in a Tax Context: The Intention Standard Prevails

A drafting mistake in an agreement can result in significant and unintended tax consequences. In the recent case of Baytex Energy Ltd. v. Canada (Attorney General) (Baytex), the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta (Court)...more

California Updates Conformity to Internal Revenue Code, Provides Large Corporate Understatement Penalty Relief

Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 154 on September 30, 2015, updating California’s general conformity to the Internal Revenue Code and providing three new exceptions to the imposition of the Large Corporate...more

Best in Law: Tax Ruling Confirms Protocol on Job-Related Judgments

The California Court of Appeal recently confirmed that employment-related settlements or judgments are wages from which employers must withhold payroll taxes. In Cifuentes v. Costco Wholesale Corp., Cifuentes...more

Illinois Appellate Court Holds City of Chicago Tax on Cars Rented Outside of but Used Within the City Valid

An Illinois Appellate Court, in Hertz Corp. v. City of Chicago, 2015 IL App (1st) 123210 (Sept. 22, 2015), gave the City of Chicago (City) permission to require rental car companies to collect tax on vehicle rentals from...more

Back in Court: DMA Argues Before the Tenth Circuit to Follow Quill

Direct Marketing Association (DMA) continued its fight against Colorado’s use tax reporting regime during oral arguments today before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. After getting sidetracked with a...more

Innocent Spouse Relief Granted Due to Spousal Abuse Even If Requesting Spouse Had Knowledge of Tax Deficiency

In a recent Tax Court case, innocent spouse relief was granted to a Florida taxpayer to relieve her from over $400,000 in tax deficiency and penalties. Tax Court typically is reluctant to grant innocent spouse relief when the...more

How Is a Relator’s Recovery in an FCA Settlement Taxed?

This rarely litigated question was presented to the Seventh Circuit in Patrick v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, No. 14-2190, 2015 WL 5024985, — F.3d —- (Aug. 26, 2015). Previously, the First Circuit, in Fresenius Medical...more

Indiana Tax Court Serves a Sales Tax Exemption To Restaurant Chain for Electricity Used to Warm Food

Electricity used by Qdoba Mexican Restaurants to keep food warm before final preparation and sale was found exempt from sales tax by the Indiana Tax Court. On June 23, 2015, the Indiana Tax Court in Aztec Partners, LLC v....more

Amended Return May Not Serve as Timely Refund Claim

Filing an amended tax return does not negate the need to file a timely petition for refund with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s Board of Appeals. In a case decided in June, Quest Diagnostics Venture, LLC v....more

Court Finds Good Faith Submission of Costs in Accordance with Rule 54 (North Dakota)

Fitbug Ltd. v. Fitbit, Inc., 2015 WL 2251257 (N.D. Cal. May 13, 2015). In this trademark infringement case, two manufacturers of electronic fitness tracking devices disagreed over the bill of costs submitted by the...more

Consumer Class Action Suit Alleging Sales Tax Misconduct is Partially Dismissed

On June 15, 2015, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, partially granted Whole Foods’ motion to dismiss in the case of Wong v. Whole Foods Market Group, Inc.1 In that case,...more

Attorney’s Fees Collectable in Tax Sale

A panel of The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania held that attorney’s fees are collectable in a tax sale, notwithstanding that Act 2003-20, which authorized the collection of reasonable attorney’s fees, was retroactive to...more

IRS Informally Rules Disgorgement Payments Under FDA Consent Decree May Be Deductible

In Internal Revenue Service Field Attorney Advice released May 22, 2015 (FAA 20152103F), the IRS Office of Chief Counsel expressed its informal view that the evidence suggests that the amount the taxpayer paid the United...more

The Crummey trust: Keeping both the IRS and the creditors at bay is taking some fancy footwork

Since Crummey v. Commissioner was decided in 1968, the IRS has been making life difficult for the settlors of Crummey trusts. Only recently the parties again skirmished, this time over whether an in terrorem clause in the...more

GST and Awards of Damages

A recent Victorian Supreme Court decision, Millington v Waste Wise Environmental Pty Ltd [2015] VSC 167 , confirms that a damages award should generally be calculated on a GST exclusive basis in circumstances where the...more

Alert: Using Insolvency Powers to Make Claims for Fraud: Important Supreme Court Decision

Companies are habitually used as part of a corruption scheme. Such companies often have only a single director, or a small number of directors, and are beneficially owned by the wrong-doers....more

The Magic GST/HST Registration (or How to Make a Multimillion-Dollar GST/HST Assessment Disappear)

It is well known that a GST/HST-registered person can purchase certain types of commercial real property without paying GST/HST to the vendor. ...more

Seller Beware: Collecting Sales Tax When Coupons Are Involved Is Not So Cut and Dried

If you are a retailer or a business that accepts or issues coupons, a slew of class action lawsuits should have you double-checking your sales tax collection practices. Recent lawsuits filed by consumers have accused...more

Illinois Appellate Court Affirms Dismissal of State Tax Qui Tam Lawsuit

On March 31, 2015, the Illinois Appellate Court issued an Opinion affirming the dismissal of a qui tam lawsuit filed by a law firm acting as a whistleblower (Relator law firm) on behalf of the State of Illinois against QVC,...more

TracFone Files Supplement to Emergency Petition for FCC Preemption on 911 Fees

As noted in our prior update, in November 2014, the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice requesting industry comment on a Petition filed by TracFone Wireless regarding 911 fees charged to Lifeline...more

Georgia Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Property Tax Incentives

On March 27, 2015, the Georgia Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the legal validity of property tax incentives in Georgia, largely on procedural grounds. SJN Properties, LLC v. Fulton County Bd. of Tax Assessors, No....more

Michigan Supreme Court Upholds Retroactive Corporate Officer Tax Relief

Relief granted to people who were previously subject to personal liability for unpaid tax debts of corporations and other entities should be applied retroactively to existing and future tax assessments, after the Michigan...more

Under Construction - March 2015

Welcome to the spring edition of our Under Construction newsletter. There have been some interesting legal changes that have taken place recently with the potential to significantly impact the construction...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Direct Marketing – Out of State Retailers may be in for a Shock!

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in one of the three state and local tax cases argued in this term - Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl, 575 U.S. __(2015) At first glance, the Court’s ruling adds clarity to the Tax...more

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