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State + Local Tax Insights -- Spring 2014

In This Issue: - Where’s Walden? Finding Protection under the Due Process Clause - Upcoming Speaking Engagements - CFCs and Subpart F Income in a California Water’s-Edge Election and What’s Wrong with the Apple...more

Affordable Care Act Update April 7, 2014: High Courts Vet Key Provisions Of The Affordable Care Act Government Extends Enrollment...

March 2014 has produced quite a bit of activity regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA"). On March 24, 2014, oral argument was held in the latest challenges to the ACA in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby...more

Gore Decided: Unitary Nexus Rejected; Economic Substance Test Clarified

Today, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued its highly anticipated decision in Gore Enterprise Holdings, Inc. v. Comptroller of the Treasury; Future Value, Inc. v. Comptroller of the Treasury. The court held that under the...more

IRS Fighting Hard to Avoid Tea Party Class Action Claims

The IRS recently filed a motion to dismiss class action claims brought by Tea Party groups. In NorCal Tea Party Patriots, et. al. v. IRS, et. al., S.D. Ohio, Case No. 1:13-cv-00341, Tea Party groups asserted that the IRS...more

Court Continues A Fairly Busy Term

Perhaps coincidence, perhaps not, but on "Cyber Monday" the U.S. Supreme Court refused to "click yes" to consider two cases contesting the constitutionality of click-through-nexus when, as discussed further below, it denied...more

Victory for the Taxpayer in Validus: District Court Holds that Federal Excise Tax Does Not Apply to Retrocessions

On February 5, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued its opinion in Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. v. United States, which is the first case to involve a challenge to the IRS’s position on the “cascading”...more

New York’s Highest Court Allows Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax To Stand

It appears the legal battle to invalidate the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax (MCTMT) is finally over. On January 14, the New York Court of Appeals declined to review last year’s appellate court decision...more

State + Local Tax Insights -- Winter 2014

In This Issue: Ringing in the New Year: Issues from 2013 That Will Likely Impact 2014; Upcoming Speaking Engagements; Defending Against Penalties; and Dueling “Doing Business” Interstate-Commerce Exemptions:...more

New Jersey Throwout: Tax Court Amplifies Its No Dual Nexus Decision

The New Jersey Tax Court issued a written amplification of its bench decision in Lorillard Licensing Company LLC’s appeal that the Division of Taxation may not apply dual nexus standards for Throwout purposes. In...more

U.S. Supreme Court Update - January 2014

Court Begins 2013-2014 Term - Upon starting its 2013-2014 term during the government's recent partial shut-down, the U.S. Supreme Court opened with a grant of certiorari in a case with state and local tax implications,...more

State & Local Tax Alert: Alabama Edition - December 20th, 2013

On December 16, 2013, the Council On State Taxation (COST) released its fifth edition of the COST Due Process Scorecard on Tax Appeals and Procedural Requirements. For the second time in as many scorecards, Alabama ranked in...more

Tax Litigation Update: Determination Of Proper Appellate Court For Review Of Certain Tax Court Cases In Flux

It is a bedrock principle of tax litigation that the US Tax Court is bound to following the precedent of the Circuit Court of Appeals to which its decisions are subject to appeal. See Golsen v. Comm’r, 54 T.C. 742 (1970). ...more

Appeals Court Dismisses Legal Challenge to New York RGGI Program

This week, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department (“Third Department” or “Court”), issued a memorandum decision in the case of Thrun v. Cuomo, dismissing a legal challenge to New York’s involvement...more

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Certiorari to Review New York’s Click-Through Nexus Law

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to consider the constitutionality of New York’s “Amazon” click-through sales tax nexus law, leaving it in effect and emboldening other states’ similar efforts. Unless federal legislation...more

Q&A With Morrison & Foerster's Mitch Newmark

Mitchell A. Newmark is a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP and is concentrated on state and local tax litigation and appeals before administrative and judicial bodies around the country. Newmark also advises companies and...more

Religious Institutions Update - December 2013

A federal district court has ruled unconstitutional one of the most important tax benefits available to ministers: the minister's housing allowance. A summary of the case follows. The ruling threatens to have a dramatic...more

Pennsylvania Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (3rd Quarter 2013)

This is a brief update on recent Pennsylvania tax developments. It is intended to provide an overview of issues and cases to watch, as well as administrative and legislative developments. ...more

“Alleged Clothes,” “Things of Value,” and “Recess Appointments”: What’s In “Store” In The New Supreme Court Term

Last week started the 2013-2014 Term at the Supreme Court of the United States. While the hot issues last year were DOMA, Title VII (Vance v. Ball State University and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v....more

Taxpayer Settlement Agreement Waives Future Claims and Judicially Estops Contradictory Claims

After challenging a 1991 Utility User Tax, taxpayers negotiated a monetary settlement agreement with Los Angeles County. The settlement agreement also provided for an election to validate the tax. After the election, a...more

New Law Clarifies that Business Improvement and Tourism Marketing District Assessments are Not Taxes Under Proposition 26

Local Government Bears the Burden of Proving that an Assessment is Not a Tax - Assembly Bill 483, signed as urgency legislation by the Governor on October 4 and effective immediately, clarifies provisions of California...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law September 12, 2013

The Virginia Supreme Court issued new opinions this morning, some of which affect local government law. Here they are (summaries taken from the Virginia Supreme Court website): PKO Ventures, LLC v. Norfolk Redev’t &...more

New Jersey Tax Court Issues Bench Ruling That Dual Nexus Standards Are Inappropriate In Applying Throwout

In response to numerous inquiries for copies of our Transcript of ruling and argument following our August 22, 2013 alert, of the New Jersey Tax Court’s bench ruling that the Division of Taxation may not apply dual nexus...more

New Jersey Tax Court Issues Important Order on the State’s Throw Out Rule

The Tax Court of New Jersey recently issued an important order that may have eviscerated the impact of the Throw Out Rule on intangibles holding companies. On its face the order does not appear to address the application of...more

IRS Provides Mobility To Same-Sex Married Couples

Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675 (2013) that same sex married couples would be recognized for federal purposes, a question has existed as to what happens if a same sex couple married in a state...more

Spotlight on Multistate Taxation: Does the Wider Adoption of "Affiliate Nexus" Statutes Expand State Sales and Use Taxing...

When it comes to state and local taxation, states regularly push the envelope when asserting taxing jurisdiction or "nexus" over out-of-state taxpayers. One such position that is becoming widespread in state statutes is that...more

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