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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

Michigan Adopts New Sales and Use Tax Laws on Direct Mail

New laws on the sales tax and use tax consequences on direct mail became effective in Michigan September 7, 2016. These laws were adopted as part of Michigan’s participation in the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement, and...more

IRS Issues Warning of “Dangerous W2 Phishing Scam”

We always see a surge in W2 email phishing schemes this time of year, as it is tax time, and many individuals are filing their tax returns in order to get a quick refund. So are criminals and cyber-hackers. ...more

California Legislation Introduced to Ban Local Taxation of Streaming Video

On January 31, 2017, California Assembly Bill 252 was introduced by Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas to prohibit California cities and counties from subjecting streaming video to tax. As we have previously...more

NYC Administrative Law Judge Determines Long Distance Telecommunications Service Fees Exempt from Utility Tax

On December 29, 2016, a New York City administrative law judge (ALJ) determined that Sprint’s long distance telecommunications service fees were exempt from the City’s Utility Tax. The ALJ concluded that the Utility Tax...more

TTB Changes Under the Fall Edition of the Unified Agenda

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

2016 was the Year of the Data Breach

Although every year we lament about the significance of data breaches in the past year, 2016 was by far the worst. Data breaches were rampant, victimizing every industry and numbing consumers in the process. It was so bad...more

Privacy Tip #66 - False IRS Phone Scams Defraud Victims of More than $50 Million

We have previously warned consumers about IRS phone scams that defraud consumers. Basically, the fraudsters call unsuspecting victims over the telephone impersonating an IRS official, and intimidate the recipient of the...more

AirBNB & VRBO: Do My Neighbors Have a Say?

Following his transfer to Houston, Ruel Benda decided to keep his posh gated neighborhood Rodeo Drive house and started advertising it on AirBNB. His profits were so good that he began renting for 7 days or less. Insisting...more

California Cities To Tax Streaming Video?

Many cities in California are considering the expansion of their Utility User Tax (UUT) to streaming video services. Such an expansion may be inconsistent with the cities’ existing ordinances, be invalid under Proposition 218...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - November 2016 #3

Krispy Kreme faces suit over content of donuts. A federal lawsuit filed on November 9 against Krispy Kreme alleges that the donut company is falsely advertising the ingredients of its fruit-filled and maple-glazed donuts. In...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - November 2016 #2

Four cities pass ballot measures to tax sugary drinks. Four US cities – San Francisco, Oakland and Albany, California and Boulder, Colorado – passed ballot initiatives on November 8 that will impose taxes on sugar-sweetened...more

Post-Election Congress Returns for Lame Duck Session What to Expect? - Updated

Last week, ML Strategies shared our thoughts on what to expect in the post-election lame duck Congress. The unknown factor at that point in time was who would be elected President on November 8th, which party would be in the...more

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

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

Video-Streaming Companies See the “Netflix Tax” Going into Effect Around the Country to the Dismay of “Cord Cutters”

If you are like many other Americans, then you may have “cut your Cable TV cord” and turned to streaming movies and shows through your accounts with Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO GO, SlingTV, or other video streaming tech...more

Sutherland SALT Scoreboard - Q3 2016

This is the third edition of the Sutherland SALT Scoreboard. Each quarter, we tally the results of what we deem to be significant taxpayer wins and losses and analyze those results. This issue of the Sutherland SALT...more

Digital Tax Update – Local Edition

After the highly publicized administrative lease transaction and amusement tax expansions in Chicago last year, more cities around the country are taking steps to impose transaction taxes on the sale or rental of digital...more

Petition for Writ of Certiorari Denied by Alabama Supreme Court in Key Sales Tax Case

Last Friday the Alabama Supreme Court denied the ADOR’s petition for writ of certiorari in the case of State Dep’t of Revenue v. Omni Studio, L.L.C. The denial by the Supreme Court follows a pro-taxpayer ruling in the Alabama...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.31.16

Continual rejections worked for Hershey in fending off Mondelez’s takeover bid. The Deal Professor thinks that Tronc faces considerable risks in following the same strategy with Gannett’s repeated overtures....more

New York Issues DFS Permits

Just days after a New York State’s Daily Fantasy Sports law was passed, the New York Gaming Commission announced it has issued temporary permits to 5 DFS operators. The companies are DraftKings, FanDuel, Yahoo, Fantasy Draft...more

Thinking of Crowdfunding Your Project? Beware – the Taxman Cometh

The IRS Office of Chief Counsel recently released Information Letter 2016-0036 in response to questions regarding the taxation of crowdfunding revenue. In it the IRS concluded that crowdfunding revenue is taxable to the...more

Digitally Delivered Products Now Subject to Sales Tax in Pennsylvania - Tax Update Volume 2016, Issue 3

The implementation of sales tax on the thousands of services that are delivered digitally can prove vexing. Have you downloaded a book recently or sent an e-card? Is your billing address in Pennsylvania? If so, as of August...more

Pennsylvania Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update

Is Pennsylvania bringing back its tax on “computer-related services”? Pennsylvania’s new “Netflix” tax (enacted as part of Act 84 of 2016) covers more than just digital downloads and streaming services. Effective August 1,...more

New rules for vat taxation of e-commerce services in Russia

On 3 July 2016 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed Federal Law No. 244-FZ introducing rules for VAT taxation of e-commerce services in Russia (Law)....more

Pennsylvania General Assembly Passes Revenue Package with Significant Digital Tax Expansion

On July 13, 2016, a legislative conference committee was appointed to approve an already agreed-upon $1.3 billion revenue package, which was immediately approved by both the House (116-75) and Senate (28-22) and sent to...more

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