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Petition for Writ of Certiorari Denied by Alabama Supreme Court in Key Sales Tax Case

Last Friday the Alabama Supreme Court denied the ADOR’s petition for writ of certiorari in the case of State Dep’t of Revenue v. Omni Studio, L.L.C. The denial by the Supreme Court follows a pro-taxpayer ruling in the Alabama...more

New York Issues DFS Permits

Just days after a New York State’s Daily Fantasy Sports law was passed, the New York Gaming Commission announced it has issued temporary permits to 5 DFS operators. The companies are DraftKings, FanDuel, Yahoo, Fantasy Draft...more

Welcome (Back) to New York: The Empire State Legalizes Daily Fantasy Sports

On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law S. 8153, a bill authorizing daily fantasy sports (DFS) in the Empire State. The law requires DFS operators to register with the New York State Gaming Commission, pay a 15%...more

Pennsylvania Tax Changes and Tax Amnesty Program

As part of the budget package, the Pennsylvania General Assembly made many significant changes to various Pennsylvania tax laws and the unclaimed property law (including a tax amnesty program) that are estimated to generate...more

9th Circuit: Online Poker Accounts Not Reportable on FBAR

On July 21, 2016, the Ninth Circuit in United States v. Hom, No. 14-16214 D.C. No. 3:13-cv-03721-WHA (9th Cir. 2016), determined that a taxpayer who held an online poker account with PokerStars and PartyPoker was not required...more

FinCEN Assesses Significant Penalty Against Casino for Bank Secrecy Act Violations

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) assessed on July 15 a civil money penalty in the amount of $2.8 million against Hawaiian Gardens Casino Inc., d/b/a The Gardens Casino, for Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) regulatory...more

Pennsylvania General Assembly Passes Revenue Package with Significant Digital Tax Expansion

On July 13, 2016, a legislative conference committee was appointed to approve an already agreed-upon $1.3 billion revenue package, which was immediately approved by both the House (116-75) and Senate (28-22) and sent to...more

Pennsylvania Enacts Tax Bill as Part of Budget Package

Pennsylvania has enacted tax law changes projected to generate $752M in new revenue. The changes include severe restrictions on the vendor sales tax discount for timely filing, imposition of sales tax on digital downloads and...more

What do Prince, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston Have in Common?

Michael Jackson, Prince and Whitney Houston each revolutionized the music industry and impacted popular music for decades. We all appreciate how Michael Jackson moonwalked across the stage, Prince made it (purple) rain and...more

The Death of Prince Rogers Nelson – An Estate Tax Controversy Likely To Follow

Many of our readers have asked me about the likely controversy that will ensue following the death of Prince. In fact, two readers feel, since I have been reporting about some of the controversy surrounding the Estate of...more

Big Leaguers: Daily Fantasy Sports Scores Major Legislative Victory in New York

From the Stanley Cup to the NBA Championship, there were some major sports victories these last few weeks. Championship cities celebrated with fans flooding their streets for victory parades. But one sports victory—a win...more

Georgia’s ‘Y’allywood’ Film Tax Credits Irresistible to Buyers

“Y’allywood” is quickly supplanting “Hotlanta” as the cringe-worthy, yet seemingly ubiquitous term used to describe Atlanta’s new starring role. Like it or not, Y’allywood aptly captures the moment and growing trend that...more

The Battle Between the Estate of Michael Jackson and the IRS Continues

In March 2014, I reported on the all-out battle that was ensuing in the U.S. Tax Court between the IRS and the Estate of Michael Jackson over the value of the late pop singer’s estate. It began in 2013, when the estate...more

Naming Rights, Sponsorships, Advertising and Other Private Business Use Relating to Texas Public High School Stadiums and Other...

In addition to building some of the nation's largest high school football stadiums, Texas public school districts are following a national trend – the sale of naming rights to football stadiums and other district facilities....more

Tax Law Blog: More Issues for Prince's Lack of Estate Planning

I’m not typically one to follow pop culture, but in the case of Prince’s lack of an estate plan, I’m following closely how this can serve as an example of how not to do your estate plan. An earlier post discussed the...more

Milwaukee Bucks become latest victim to w-2 phishing scheme

We have been repeatedly warning our clients and readers about the massive and successful W-2 phishing schemes where hackers impersonate the CEO or CFO and send emails to payroll and/or HR folks in companies requesting W-2...more

Canadian Tax Credits: Lights, Credit, Axing!

As of October 1, 2016, British Columbia (B.C.) will reduce tax credits available to film and television productions. Basic production service tax credits will be reduced from 33 percent to 28 percent, and tax credits offered...more

Trial & Heirs: 5 Estate Planning Stumbling Blocks

Last month, Prince died at the ripe young age of 57. He had no will, as reported by his only full sibling (a sister). She filed for probate of his estate in Minnesota, where he owned a home in Paisley Park. Under Minnesota...more

Home Stretch-Second to Last Week

Closed-door talks aimed at striking a budget agreement began Monday with a consensus that the divide over transportation needs to be solved before lawmakers can make real progress. Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed the initial...more

Forget That Prince Had No Will, What About the Estate Tax Problems?

There has been a fair amount of buzz in the days after Prince’s death about his estate plan, whether he has a Will, whether he did or did not do any planning. Time will see this out. Prince’s heirs at law appear at this time...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

Russian Box Office: Proposal to Tax Hollywood Films

Death and Russian Taxes - The Russian government has found another way to make 2016 “The Year of Cinema.” Rather than increasing direct support for films, Russian legislators may impose a tax on foreign films. The...more

Massachusetts Gaming Update: Commission Rejects Application for Resort Casino in Brockton

The wait is over and the decision is in. On Thursday, April 28, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 4-1 against awarding a commercial license to Mass Gaming & Entertainment, LLC to build a resort casino in Brockton....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 Alabama: Sales Tax Held Not to Apply to Tangible Personal Property

The issue of whether photographers, and specifically commercial photographers, must collect and remit Alabama sales tax on charges for their services and the tangible property associated with those services, has been a topic...more

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