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Kentucky Court Of Appeals Slashes Punitive Award Against Grant Thornton

A couple of months ago, the Kentucky Court of Appeals in Grant Thornton LLP v. Yung cut a trial court’s award of punitive damages from $80 million to $20 million—reducing the punitive/compensatory ratio to 1:1....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

Developments in Association Law 2015–2016

The Nonprofit Organizations Practice at Pillsbury has prepared this summary of significant legal and policy developments that have occurred in approximately the past year. All of these developments have potential impacts upon...more

"Double Trouble": The Kenyan Constitution and DTAs

Controversy stalks international corporate taxation. With the integration of national economies and the promotion of Foreign Development Investments (FDIs), international corporations’ presence in multiple jurisdictions with...more

Retroactive Tax Law Upheld, Circuit Court Jurisdiction Limited

Before 2014, Alabama sales tax applied only to the sale of prepaid calling cards or authorization numbers, pursuant to Ala. Code §40-23-1(a)(13). In 2014, the Alabama Legislature amended the above statute to “clarify” that it...more

Ohio Supreme Court Finds Quill Does Not Apply to the Commercial Activity Tax

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that the Ohio Commercial Activity Tax is a business privilege tax and that the physical presence requirement articulated by the U.S. Supreme Court in Quill does not limit Ohio’s ability to...more

Ohio Imposes Tax on Online Retailers with No Physical Presence in State

Ohio Supreme Court decides physical presence is not a necessary condition for imposing commercial activity tax. The Ohio Supreme Court recently ruled that Ohio may impose its commercial activity tax (CAT) on...more

Mississippi Supreme Court Finally Disconnects The Line On Dividend Exclusion Statute In The AT&T Case

In a previous article, we summarized AT&T’s 16-year effort, in two separate lawsuits, to have declared unconstitutional two Mississippi income tax statutes on the alleged basis that they placed a greater tax burden on AT&T...more

The Future of Airbnb in New York

One of the most controversial and popular topics in real estate today involves Airbnb, the online home rental service, and the concept of transient rentals. In New York City, Airbnb’s largest market in the United States, this...more

Another Wynne for Taxpayers: Unconstitutional Limitations on Credits for Taxes Paid to Other States

Originally published by the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, November 2016. In Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne, the U.S. Supreme Court declared Maryland’s income tax credit scheme...more

Video-Streaming Companies See the “Netflix Tax” Going into Effect Around the Country to the Dismay of “Cord Cutters”

If you are like many other Americans, then you may have “cut your Cable TV cord” and turned to streaming movies and shows through your accounts with Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO GO, SlingTV, or other video streaming tech...more

Financing Increased Demand On Pre-Existing Services Constitutes “Additional Services”

California Court Decision Rules on Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982 - Community Facilities Districts formed by a landowner vote may be used to finance increased demand on pre-existing services, a California...more

California real estate: Change the ownership, increase the tax

In 1978, Proposition 13 was added to the California State Constitution limiting increases in assessed value of real property to help California real property owners, particularly retirees, from suffering drastic increases in...more

SCOTUS Asked to Hear Appeal Involving Constitutionality of Retroactive Tax Legislation

The Supreme Court of the United States has been asked to hear an appeal in a case involving the circumstances in which retroactive tax legislation will be constitutional. In Dot Foods, Inc. v. State of Washington...more

Property Tax and Valuation TOPICS: Fall 2016

October 1, 2016 Revaluations: If/When/How to Challenge Your Real Estate Property Assessment - Connecticut municipalities are required to carry out a general revaluation of all real estate within their boundaries at least...more

Nashville Islamic Center Claims Tax Rules Impose Unfair Burden

The Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) recently filed a federal complaint and request for declaratory judgment against the State of Tennessee, the Metropolitan Trustee of Nashville, and the Tennessee State Board of...more

PA Supreme Court Declares Portion of Slot Machine Tax Unconstitutional; Provides Possible Preview of Pending NOL Cap Case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court finds municipal share assessment unconstitutional. The Court held that the municipal share assessment, imposed on slot machine revenue, is a non-uniform progressive rate structure that violates...more

Alabama Department of Revenue Submits Response in Economic Nexus Test Case

The Alabama Department of Revenue (ADOR) quietly filed its Answer in the ongoing challenge by Newegg, Inc. to the so-called economic nexus threshold set forth in ADOR Rule 810-6-2.90.03 for certain out-of-state retailers. In...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: September 15, 2016

The Virginia Supreme Court issued two opinions in September affecting local government law. Its work resulted in opinions addressing legislative privilege from document requests, and applying a local government tax exemption...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - The Unprecedented Extraterritorialization of Tax Crimes

In addition to the discussion of the recently proposed U.K. criminal tax legislation, this month’s issue features articles regarding the Tenth Circuit Court decision in McNeill v. United States discussing a managing partner’s...more

Local Tax Incentives Tied to Use of Union Labor —Preempted by the NLRA?

Seyfarth Synopsis: Third Circuit rejects market-participant argument, opening the door for preemption challenge to local law tying tax incentives to use of union labor. The case before the Third Circuit, Associated...more

States Battle E-Retailers and Federal Precedent Over Digital Sales Tax

South Dakota and several online retailers are currently engaged in a battle over the state’s new internet sales tax law (SB 106) aimed at online businesses who sell products to South Dakota residents but which are not...more

Jefferson County Sales Tax Ruling Appealed, Constitutional Amendment on November Ballot

A decision affecting Jefferson County’s one-cent sales tax increase to pay for a bond refinancing has been appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court, but the ramifications of the circuit court ruling have proved to be much...more

Maryland Tax Court Overturns Comptroller's Policy of Limiting Subtraction for Interest Received on Federal Obligations

The Maryland Tax Court recently ruled that a bank was entitled to deduct all of its interest received with respect to federal obligations for Maryland corporate income tax purposes, thereby generating net operating losses...more

Solar Industry Update:  What’s on the Back of My Ballot? What Amendment 4 Is All About

If you vote by mail, then you’ve likely already received your August 30 primary ballot with a proposed amendment to the Florida constitution on the back. It is Amendment 4, and it is the only amendment on the primary ballot....more

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