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Law à la Mode: Special Edition - INTA 2017

by DLA Piper on

The Belgian editorial team is delighted to bring you this special edition of Law a` la Mode, marking the 139th INTA Annual Meeting in Barcelona. Just some of the focuses for this special edition include the dangers of...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 8, Issue 5

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Final 2017-18 New York State Budget Bill Enacted - The New York State Budget Bill was enacted by the New York State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. S. 2009-C, A. 3009-C. Among the Governor’s...more

To Tax or Not to Tax Internet Retailers, that is the Question

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Since the dawn of the age of e-commerce, brick-and-mortar retailers have championed “the level playing field”. Their battle cry: Internet retailers should be subject to sales tax just like us!...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Former AIG chief Hank Greenberg and his co-defendant, AIG’s former CFO, reached an “unexpected” settlement last week with NY officials. The duo will fork over about $10 million in bonuses payments and admit that they...more

TTB Changes Under the Fall Edition of the Unified Agenda

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On December 23rd, 2016 the federal government published its Fall edition of the “Unified Agenda” – a bi-annual compilation of all ongoing federal rulemaking projects. Attached is a copy of the TTB detail from this latest...more

Law à la Mode: Brexit and the fashion industry; US Tariff Act; Hong Kong real estate; and more - Issue 21

by DLA Piper on

The Australian editorial team is delighted to bring you the 21st edition of Law à la Mode, the legal magazine produced by DLA Piper’s Fashion, Retail and Design Group for distribution to clients and contacts of the firm...more

Pennsylvania Enacts Tax Bill as Part of Budget Package

by Reed Smith on

Pennsylvania has enacted tax law changes projected to generate $752M in new revenue. The changes include severe restrictions on the vendor sales tax discount for timely filing, imposition of sales tax on digital downloads and...more

Oklahoma Retail Protection Act of 2016: New Oklahoma Sales Tax Law on Internet Sales

by GableGotwals on

Internet sales to Oklahomans will now be subject to new sales tax requirements. HB 2531, entitled the “Oklahoma Retail Protection Act of 2016” (the “Act”), enacted May 17, 2016, becomes effective November 1, 2016....more

Florida Sales Taxes on Internet Sales Outside of Florida [Florida]

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Question: A Florida corporation, with a physical location and principal address in Florida, sells flowers, gift baskets, and other items of tangible personal property over the Internet. The company does not maintain any...more

How Smartphones, Showrooming Impact Property Taxes and More

The battle between physical stores and online retail rages on, but the recent explosion in smartphone usage is blurring the battle lines. Using smartphones, consumers in a store now can simultaneously shop and compare pricing...more

New Legislation Clarifies Property Taxation of Outdoor Billboards

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The South Carolina General Assembly has clarified how outdoor advertising signs (i.e. billboards) are taxed in the state for property tax purposes. The new law amends South Carolina Code Section 12-43-230, and applies to...more

Spotlight on Tennessee: Forced Franchise/Excise Tax Variance Upheld by Supreme Court

by Baker Donelson on

On March 23, 2016, the Tennessee Supreme Court issued its much-awaited decision in the case of Vodafone Americas Holdings, Inc. et al. vs. Tennessee Commissioner of Revenue....more

Clampdown on VAT avoidance on sales of goods through online marketplaces

by DLA Piper on

The Chancellor has announced a package of measures to give HMRC stronger powers to collect VAT from overseas businesses who sell goods online to UK customers. Failure to pay VAT in these circumstances is estimated to have...more

Taxing The Deal: State And Local Tax Issues In Telecom M&A Transactions

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The acquisition of a telecommunications service provider or a cloud-based service provider raises unique state and local tax issues that do not arise in connection with the acquisition of other businesses. Telecom and...more

California Supreme Court Denies BOE Petition for Review in Lucent Technologies

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Last week, the California Supreme Court denied the State Board of Equalization’s (BOE’s) petition for review in Lucent Technologies, Inc. v. State Bd. of Equalization, No. S230657 (petition for review denied Jan. 20, 2016)....more

IP, IT and mass communications. Major Russian Legislation Changes for 2015 - Our traditional overview of the most important...

by Dentons on

New songs on the main - Most of 2015 was spent anticipating the entry into force of RF Federal Law ? 242-FZ dated 21.07.2014 “On the Amendment of Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Clarifying the...more

TTB Publishes Projected Regulatory Agenda as Part of Government’s Unified Agenda

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As it does twice per year, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently published its projected Regulatory Agenda as part of the federal government’s “Unified Agenda.” Links to the U.S. Department of...more

Financial Statement Countdown for Remote Sellers Selling into Alabama

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Remote sellers making sales into Alabama have until January 1, 2016, to begin collecting sales tax regardless of their physical presence in the state or consider whether there is any impact on financial statement issues as a...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 11.20.15

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The US Treasury Department and IRS are joining forces to address corporate tax inversions with the introduction of new measures aimed at “curtailing companies’ ability to avoid United States tax rates if they move to...more

Chicago Mayor’s Tax-Heavy Budget Passes: Lease and Amusement Tax Implications

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Last week the Chicago City Council approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2016 revenue ordinance as part of his tax-laden budget proposal. The revenue ordinance included noteworthy changes to the personal property lease transaction...more

Know Your Nexus: Don’t Get Blindsided by State Tax Rules

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

If you do business with out-of-state customers, does your business have nexus with the states where those customers are located? If your answer is, “I don’t know what ‘nexus’ means,” you could be in for an unpleasant...more

Washington Department of Revenue takes same position on taxability of early termination fees being challenged in Massachusetts

by Reed Smith on

In a ruling that will be of interest to taxpayers following Massachusetts appeals on the issue, Washington has issued recent guidance (see Washington DOR – Termination Fees) asserting that early termination fees for...more

Dubai launches new design and e-commerce hubs

by Dentons on

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

Crowdfunding: Update From the CRA

by Dentons on

In a short technical interpretation (CRA Document 2015-0579031I7 “Crowdfunding” (April 1, 2015)), the CRA has restated its views on the tax treatment of amounts raised via crowdfunding arrangements. The CRA stated that...more

Are eFax services taxable telecommunications services in Massachusetts?

by Reed Smith on

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

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