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Sprint Communications Inc. Asks the U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Bundling Issue

On February 18, 2016, Sprint Communications Inc. filed a petition for a writ of certiorari asking the United States Supreme Court to review the New York Court of Appeals’ denial of Sprint’s attempt to dismiss the...more

British Columbia Announces Changes to Film and TV Tax Credits

On May 2, 2016 the government of British Columbia announced significant changes to the province’s film, television and digital media tax credit programs. While the changes remain to be approved by the provincial legislature,...more

British Columbia film and television tax credit announcement

British Columbia Finance Minister Michael de Jong released a statement this morning regarding proposed changes to BC’s film, television and digital media tax credit programs. Subject to approval of the British Columbia...more

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

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

No April Fool's Joke: New Scam Targeting HR And Payroll

An unfortunate number of employers have recently fallen victim to a phishing scam that tricks them into disclosing highly sensitive employee information to unknown third parties. Make sure to warn your Human Resources and...more

Unusual Fact Situation? Tennessee Supreme Court Upholds Imposition of Alternative Apportionment in Vodafone v. Roberts

Corporate taxpayers that benefit from cost of performance sourcing face the unwelcome prospect of filing correctly under a state’s statute, yet later learning that a state revenue department is imposing an alternative...more

Media, Sport and Entertainment Intelligence - March 2016

Welcome to a new edition of Media, Sports and Entertainment Intelligence; this new version aims to provide an overview of what we see coming up on the horizon that could impact businesses in the Media, Sports and...more

Clampdown on VAT avoidance on sales of goods through online marketplaces

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

How Employers Can Help Prevent W-2's From Being Breached and Their Employees From Becoming Victims of ID Theft

The Internal Revenue Service issued an alert about an emerging phishing email scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on employees. The IRS has learned this scheme – part of...more

Brazil: Municipal Service Tax changes will impact dissemination, delivery of advertising and publicity in São Paulo City

This month, the Treasury Department of the City of São Paulo released Normative Ruling SF No. 1/2016 about the Tax on Services (ISS) on the dissemination, provision and insertion of advertising and publicity. ...more

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

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

FCC Chairman Previews Proposed Regulations for Implementing New TCPA Exemptions

A recent letter from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler describes the regulations being considered by the FCC for implementing new Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) exemptions for calls made...more

New Limit & Requirement on 501(c)(4) "Social Welfare" Organizations

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released two position papers that affect new, and some existing, social welfare organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). Last month the IRS...more

IRS Warns of “Surge” in Tax Season Phishing Scams

Tax season ‘tis the season to be phishing, according to the IRS. The IRS has issued a warning to payroll and human resources professionals about a “surge” in phishing emails seen this year. One of the preferred tactics of...more

E-Commerce: Do I have an obligation to collect state sales tax?

When making sales or conducting business on the internet, it is easy to overlook state sales tax. Whether you make a sale of tangible property online, on the phone, by fax, via a purchase order, or other medium, you are...more

IRS Alerts Payroll and HR Professionals to Phishing Scheme Involving W-2s

The Internal Revenue Service today issued an alert to payroll and human resources professionals to beware of an emerging phishing email scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on...more

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

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