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Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislature Delays Passage of a Tax Conformity Bill - The Appropriations Committee worked on...more

2016 Washington Preview

Having completed the first session of the 114th Congress, many in Washington are quickly turning toward the 2016 elections. In the coming year, the headlines will undoubtedly be dominated by electioneering but, after a...more

Additional Analysis of Illinois Appellate Court Decision Finding Hospital Property Tax Exemption Unconstitutional

A new chapter has been added to the long saga of property tax exemptions for hospitals in Illinois. Last week, an Illinois Appellate Court struck down as unconstitutional Section 15-86 of the Property Tax Code, which created...more

Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Rules that Motor Vehicle Use Tax is Constitutional

Motor Vehicle Use Tax is Constitutional - Regency Transportation, Inc. v. Commissioner of Revenue - MA Supreme Judicial Court No. SJC-11873 (January 6, 2016) - The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has held...more

Supreme Judicial Court Rules Against Taxpayer in Regency Transportation

On January 6, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) issued its decision in Regency Transportation v. Commonwealth, finding against the taxpayer. The taxpayer in Regency was a trucking company that purchased...more

Illinois Appellate Court Finds Hospital Property Tax Exemption Statute Unconstitutional

In a 46-page decision issued yesterday by the 4th District Appellate Court, a recently enacted provision of the Illinois Property Tax Code, Section 15-86, has been found unconstitutional. Section 15-86 created a separate...more

New Jersey Tax Court Publishes Decisions That Dual Nexus Standards Are Inappropriate For Throwout

On January 6, 2016, the New Jersey Tax Court approved its January 14, 2014 decision in Lorillard Licensing Company LLC v. Director, Division of Taxation for publication, making the Tax Court decision precedential. The...more

IRS and DOJ Use a New Method to Defeat Taxpayers’ Fifth Amendment Argument Against Turning Over Foreign Account Records

At virtually every turn, courts have ruled against taxpayers who have asserted their Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination to avoid turning over foreign account records to the government, citing the “Required...more

New Jersey Files Notice of Petition for Certification After Appellate Division Affirms That Dual Nexus Standards Are Inappropriate...

New Jersey filed a notice of petition for certification (request for discretionary review) with the New Jersey Supreme Court seeking reversal of the Appellate Division’s December 4, 2015 decision that the Division may not...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

PA Commonwealth Court Holds NOL Tax Deduction Cap is Unconstitutional, Creating Potential Refund Opportunities

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court unanimously held in a 7-0 decision that Pennsylvania's net operating loss (NOL) cap that limits a corporation's ability to deduct NOL carryforwards for corporate net income tax (CNIT)...more

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Declares Corporate Net Income Tax Net Operating Loss Scheme Unconstitutional

Taxpayers that are in a positive net operating loss carryover position, but that paid tax in any open year due to the statutory scheme, should file protective refund claims seeking a refund for any overpaid tax....more

Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court Finds NOL Cap Unconstitutional, Grants Refund to Taxpayer

In a 5–2 decision, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court in an en banc panel has held that Pennsylvania’s NOL cap violates the Uniformity Clause of the Pennsylvania Constitution, and granted the taxpayer (Nextel Communications...more

Bank of America as Trustee v. Commissioner of Revenue: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Will Hear Case in 2016

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) will hear the appeal of Bank of America against the Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue in 2016. The SJC accepted Bank of America’s application for Direct Appellate Review on...more

IRS Proposed Regs Redefine the Terms “Husband” and “Wife”

The Supreme Court has recently struck down state bans on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 US ___ (2015), after previously striking down the federal exclusion of same-sex couples from...more

NC Business Court Turns 100

The Business Court turned out its one hundredth published (numbered) opinion of 2015 at the end of last week. It came in the form of a tax case, in Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. v. North Carolina Dept. of Revenue, 2015 NCBC 100....more

Treasury and the IRS Issue Proposed Regulations Implementing Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

In recent guidance, the Department of Treasury and the IRS issued proposed rules that clarify under the Internal Revenue Code (Code) that the terms “spouse” and “husband” and “wife” refer to individuals who are lawfully...more

The Bank of America Case: May Massachusetts Tax the Trust Fund Income of Non-Resident Families with Unborn and/or Unascertained...

Background - Before addressing the Bank of America case, it is necessary to understand the Massachusetts taxation of trustees and their beneficiaries, which is described in 830 CMR 62.20.1: Income Tax on Estates and...more

A Quick Refresher on the Tax Consequences of Condemnation

Most of us are at least vaguely familiar with the tax on gains from the sale of property. Many of us know that when property is sold voluntarily and the funds re-invested, the gain may be deferred under Internal Revenue Code...more

Breaking News: U.S. Supreme Court Vacates Decision in First Marblehead; Remands to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Today, the United States Supreme Court granted a request for review in the case of First Marblehead Corporation v. Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue, and summarily vacated the decision issued January 28, 2015, by the...more

Breaking News: California Supreme Court Hears Long-Awaited Gillette Oral Argument

On October 6, 2015, counsel for the taxpayer and the Franchise Tax Board (“FTB”) argued before the California Supreme Court in The Gillette Company & Subs. v. California Franchise Tax Board. This case has been watched closely...more

Pennsylvania’s NOL Cap—There’s Still Time to File a 2011 Refund Claim (and It’s Easy!)

There is ongoing litigation over whether Pennsylvania’s NOL cap is unconstitutional. Many taxpayers have already filed protective refund claims to preserve their rights in the event the cap is found unconstitutional. If you...more

Illinois Appellate Court Holds City of Chicago Tax on Cars Rented Outside of but Used Within the City Valid

An Illinois Appellate Court, in Hertz Corp. v. City of Chicago, 2015 IL App (1st) 123210 (Sept. 22, 2015), gave the City of Chicago (City) permission to require rental car companies to collect tax on vehicle rentals from...more

Michigan Court of Appeals Upholds the Constitutionality of the State’s Retroactive Repeal of the Multistate Tax Compact

The Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the Court of Claims’ decisions in cases that challenged the constitutionality of Michigan’s purported retroactive repeal of the Multistate Tax Compact effective January 1, 2008. The...more

Back in Court: DMA Argues Before the Tenth Circuit to Follow Quill

Direct Marketing Association (DMA) continued its fight against Colorado’s use tax reporting regime during oral arguments today before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. After getting sidetracked with a...more

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