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New Ruling Makes a Splash -- Fees to Use a Bathroom are not Subject to Sales Tax

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

A new advisory opinion issued by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance should make all New York taxpayers flushed with pride – access to toilets is not subject to tax. The case involved a new software...more

Bill Banning Streaming Video Tax Rejected - Legislation that would prohibit California localities from imposing taxes on streaming...

On April 24, 2017, the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation (Committee) voted unanimously to postpone for at least one year a bill that would temporarily ban California localities from taxing streaming video services. ...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

Funds Talk: May 2017 - The ‘Commercially Reasonable Efforts’ Standard as Defined by the Delaware Supreme Court

In its recent decision in The Williams Cos., Inc. v. Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., et al., the Delaware Supreme Court offered guidance on the interpretation of the “commercially reasonable efforts” standard in a merger...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

The new administration is working on a tax plan that would slash corporate tax rates to 15 percent and doing so with a hastiness that could jeopardize House Republicans’ ability to make the cuts permanent....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - April 14th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending April 14, 2017 is below. Additional details regarding last week’s long-awaited report on online travel by the European Commission are featured in this week’s...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

China’s infamous shadow banking industry—an $8.5 trillion marketplace that’s sprung up in reaction to the government’s “campaign against financial leverage”—is back and bigger than ever these days....more

Important Information on W-2/SSN Data Theft Scam

by Bryan Cave on

A dangerous email scam currently is circulating nationwide and targeting employers, including tax exempt entities, universities and schools, government and private-sector businesses. The scammer poses as an internal executive...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Testimony on Tax Surcharge Bills - This week, the Legislature’s Taxation Committee heard...more

Can You Hear Me Now? South Carolina Department of Revenue Issues Guidance on Taxation of Communication Services

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (the “Department”) issued guidance earlier this month, in South Carolina Revenue Ruling 17-2, to update a comprehensive discussion concerning how communication services are taxed. Up...more

It's W-2 Phishing Season: How to Stop, and Respond to, Tax-Related Identity Fraud Aimed at Your Organization's Employees

by Littler on

HR and payroll professionals nationwide have been, and will continue to be, targeted with e-mails apparently sent by a senior executive but actually sent by scammers who ask for a prompt reply with the 2016 W-2s for all of...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - March 2017

by DLA Piper on

Appeals court rejects lawsuit calling for mandatory “cage-free” egg labeling. On February 27, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected a lawsuit filed by two animal advocacy groups and six egg consumers who had...more

A (Howard) Stern Reminder on Taxpayer Information Confidentiality

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Howard Stern fans are accustomed to hearing the satellite radio personality rant about the federal government. Now, in an unusual twist of fate, Stern and the federal government are on the same side of a lawsuit that...more

Don’t Get Hooked! W-2 Phishing Scams on the Rise During Tax Season

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Tax season can be a trying time of the year for any employer, but even more so now. As HR Departments across the country are working hard to distribute W-2 forms to employees, cybercriminals are using increasingly...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

Michigan Adopts New Sales and Use Tax Laws on Direct Mail

by Fraser Trebilcock on

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

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

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?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

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

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