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Tax Review - August 2015

We are proud to present the next edition of our “Tax Review” which contains a selection of rulings and interpretations that had been issued or published in July 2015. We hope you will find the information provided here...more

Use of Estonia in U.S. International Tax Planning

According to recent estimates, Estonia, which is situated halfway between Stockholm and St. Petersburg, currently has more than 350 start-up technology companies – one for every 3,700 citizens – and the government expects...more

Montana: OTCs Subject to Retroactive Sales Tax Assessments

Recently, the Montana Supreme Court ruled 5-to-2 that online travel companies (OTCs) were subject to sales tax under the existing sales tax statute. Furthermore, their liability is retroactive to November of 2010. However,...more

WTO Members Agree to Cut Tariffs on IT Products

On Friday, July 24, 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that more than 50 of its member countries had agreed to cut tariffs on hundreds of information technology (IT) products, including semiconductors, MRI...more

The Wine Institute and Reed Smith Team Up To Fight Illinois False Claims Act Overreach

On July 28, 2015, on behalf of the Wine Institute and its members, Reed Smith filed an action in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois against the Illinois Attorney General (the “Attorney General”) and the Illinois...more

Eliminating Tariffs on Information Technology (IT) Products: Expanded WTO List on the Horizon

On July 24, 2015 the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that negotiators had agreed on a list of products and draft declaration to expand the product scope of the 1996 Information Technology Agreement (ITA). The...more

Washington State Tax Update

The Washington Legislature released the state budget for the 2015-2017 biennium, which enhanced the state’s nexus standard, eliminated certain tax exemptions, extended some tax preferences, and made other tax changes:...more

Alabama Department of Revenue Wisely Withdraws Controversial Proposal

Yesterday afternoon, the Alabama Department of Revenue (ADOR) withdrew its controversial proposed digital tax regulation, Rule 810-6-5-09, likely in response to the request of the Legislative Council’s newly-appointed...more

Chicago's New Lease Tax Applies to Personal Property and “The Cloud” - The Tax Includes "Non-Possessory Computer Leases" Unless...

The Chicago Department of Finance (the "Department") issued Lease Transaction Tax Ruling No. 12 with respect to application of Chicago's Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax (the "lease tax") to non-possessory computer...more

Spotlight on Tennessee: 2015 Tax and Related Legislation

The 2015 Legislative Session, 109th General Assembly, considered a large number of tax and related initiatives. Many of these initiatives have been enacted, some with very far reaching impact upon the tax climate in this...more

Orrick's Derivatives in Review - June 2015

NYDFS Finalizes BitLicense Regulations - On June 3, 2015, the New York Department of Financial Services released its final BitLicense regulations, which it described as "the first comprehensive framework for regulating...more

Triple Threat: U.S. House Subcommittee Considers Three State Tax Bills

On June 2, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law conducted a hearing on three state tax bills: the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax...more

Dubai launches new design and e-commerce hubs

A cornerstone of Dubai's success in attracting businesses and encouraging growth across a diverse range of sectors has been the continued establishment of free zones. These special economic zones offer business-friendly...more

New York Issues Tax Advisory Opinion Regarding Cloud Computing Product

The new guidance addresses the New York sales and use tax treatment of cloud computing services. Background - On April 14, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (the Department) issued Advisory...more

Japan makes significant changes to Consumption Tax Act – steps for offshore e-commerce providers

Japan’s National Diet has passed an amendment to the Consumption Tax Act which includes several important changes that especially affect offshore providers of e-commerce services in Japan. Change in cross-border...more

OECD Discussion Draft on Cost Contribution Arrangements vs. US tax rules on Cost Sharing Arrangements: key comparisons

The OECD has released a Discussion Draft on Cost Contribution Arrangements (CCAs) as part of its ongoing activities related to eliminating Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) by multinational enterprises. This...more

Bitcoin and the Like: Further Tax Developments to Monitor

Virtual currency developments continue to emerge, including state tax guidance, a court decision on deductibility of losses, and the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (the “Act”). State Tax Guidance - The New...more

Tax: Tax Considerations for Technology Licenses

The parties to licenses of technology should consider tax issues with such licenses. The following is a summary of some of the tax implications that may arise with regard to technology licenses....more

Are eFax services taxable telecommunications services in Massachusetts?

While Massachusetts’ expansion of its sales tax to include computer-related services was repealed within three months of its enactment, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue continues to take a close look at sales treated...more

Five Things to Know about New Jersey’s Taxation of Convertible Virtual Currency

On March 10, 2015, the New Jersey Division of Taxation issued Technical Advisory Memorandum TAM-2015-1, explaining its policy regarding convertible virtual currency. - The IRS has held that convertible virtual currency...more

Five Things to Know about New Jersey’s Taxation of Convertible Virtual Currency

On March 10, 2015, the New Jersey Division of Taxation issued Technical Advisory Memorandum TAM-2015-1, explaining its policy regarding convertible virtual currency. The IRS has held that convertible virtual currency (CVC),...more

Bitcoin and the Like: Tax Considerations

Virtual currency is a new, untested, and unregulated asset. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) defines “virtual currency” as a digital representation of value that functions as a medium of exchange, a unit of account, and/or...more

Innovation Districts

Last year representatives of a coalition of 11 organizations started meeting to discuss the continued development and expansion of Oklahoma City’s bioscience and technology sectors. Among other matters, the group discussed...more

Tax Injunction Act Does Not Bar Suit by Online Retailers Trade Association, But May Not Be the Last Word on Taxation of Online...

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held on March 3 that the Tax Injunction Act does not bar a lawsuit brought by the Direct Marketing Association, a trade association of retailers, challenging the enforcement of a Colorado...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Public Hearings on Governor’s Tax Reform Proposal Complete - This week, the Appropriations...more

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