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Burr Alert: New Tennessee Reporting Requirements for Banks and Online Payment Networks

With the start of the 2016 tax reporting season, taxpayers making certain payments to a person or entity with a Tennessee address may find that Tennessee has added to the number of information returns they need to file....more

Adoption of the ‘Trade Mark Package’ and practical implications

On 23 March 2016, the European Union Trade Mark Regulation (dated 16 December 2015) comes into force. As part of the package of changes introduced by the Regulation, the ‘Community trademark’ will change its name to the...more

California Supreme Court Denies BOE Petition for Review in Lucent Technologies

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

TracFone Withdraws Emergency Petition

As previously reported, in October 2014 TracFone filed an Emergency Petition with the FCC asking it to preempt state 911 fees on Lifeline subscribers who receive no-charge wireless Lifeline service. In 2015, it tweaked its...more

Will Newspapers Evolve as Nonprofits?

Saying newspapers have struggled over the past decade – even longer, really – will shock no one. Readership and print advertising have declined precipitously in the face of digital competition....more

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

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

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

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

What is public can still be ‘private’: European Court of Human Rights halts journalists from re-publishing Finnish citizens’...

In a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (“ECHR”) handed down in July 2015, the right to respect for individuals’ privacy balance trumped journalists’ right to freedom of expression....more

Health Update - November 2015

Best Practices for Using Social Media in Healthcare: Maximizing Impact, Mitigating Risk - Editor's note: In a generation more likely to seek health information online than see a doctor, social media is playing an...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 11.20.15

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

FINRA Issues Investor Alert Regarding IRS Phone Scam

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued an Investor Alert warning investors about a phone scam involving phone calls allegedly coming from the Internal Revenue Service. Since 2013, more than 700,000 investors have...more

Recent Government-Issued FAQs Cause Plan Sponsors to Clarify Preventive Care and Wellness in Health Plan Communications

On October 23, 2015, the U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Treasury issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the implementation of preventive care and wellness provisions of the...more

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

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

Yes, Those Emails are Tax Phishing Scams

We were alerted yesterday that some individuals had received fake emails informing the recipient that he/she had received an Interac email money transfer (i.e., a surprise refund). The emails arrive with the subject line...more

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

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

Access to Point of Presence Not Subject to Sales Tax: Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court

In a unanimous decision, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court held that Level 3’s wholesale Internet access services were not subject to Pennsylvania sales and use tax. Reed Smith state tax lawyers argued the case for Level 3....more

Beyond the Clouds: Important Sales Tax Considerations for Web-Hosting Providers and Co-Location Facilities

Most people’s understanding of the Internet extends about as far as their eyes can see. In other words, they know that if they type a few words into the little white box beneath the colorful Google logo, within a fraction of...more

Internet Tax Freedom Act is Scheduled to Expire: Massachusetts Department of Revenue Publishes TIR 15-8

The federal Internet Tax Freedom Act (“ITFA”) is scheduled to expire on October 1, 2015, unless Congress extends it. The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (“DOR”) issued TIR 15-8 on September 9, 2015, advising internet...more

Tax Changes Made by Maine's 127th Legislature

The Maine Legislature ended its tumultuous session on July 16, 2015. After an advisory opinion by the Maine Supreme Court, we now know which bills actually became law. As usual, a number of significant tax issues were...more

Los Angeles Settles Disputed Phone Tax for $92.5M

Recently, a class of plaintiffs settled with City of Los Angeles over its alleged unlawful collection of telephone utility user tax (UUT). The class alleged that the Los Angeles Municipal Code exempted from UUT all amounts...more

Immediate Action Required by Cities to Begin Collecting Utility Users Tax

New Law Will Allow California Cities to Receive Tax Revenue on Prepaid Wireless Telephone Service - Prepaid wireless phone service is a booming business and, to date, cities have not been receiving their full measure...more

FCA Dismisses Appeal of Revocation of Charity Status

In Public Television Association of Quebec v. M.N.R. (2015 FCA 170), the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal by the Public Television Association of Quebec (“PTAQ”) of the CRA’s decision to revoke PTAQ’s registered...more

Reed Smith Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation in Sprint False Claims Act Appeal

On July 21, 2015, Reed Smith LLP, on behalf of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (“IPT”), filed an amicus brief with the New York State Court of Appeals in People of the State of New York, ex rel. Empire State...more

IRS Proposed Tax Regulations Aimed at Fee Waiver Arrangements

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have issued proposed regulations addressing disguised payment for services of a partner, including the proper tax treatment of fee waiver arrangements commonly used by...more

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