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IRS says taxpayers can’t sue it for data breach

The Internal Revenue Service recently requested a federal judge in the D.C. Circuit to dismiss a putative class action suit by taxpayers against the IRS for a data breach earlier this year that affected over 330,000...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

End of Year Legislative Agenda

With the House and Senate in recess this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, there are now only a very limited number of scheduled legislative days left for the year – 12 in the House and 15 in the Senate – and there is...more

Health Update - November 2015

Best Practices for Using Social Media in Healthcare: Maximizing Impact, Mitigating Risk - Editor's note: In a generation more likely to seek health information online than see a doctor, social media is playing an...more

Hands-Off Digital Currencies! Canada’s Senate Calls for a Light Regulatory Approach

Formerly considered a gimmick for geeks and gamers, digital currencies, such as Bitcoin, have since grown into a worldwide phenomenon that now garner significant public attention. Among the interested parties are both...more

Senator Stabenow Introduces Legislation To Provide Tax Credits For Renewable Chemical Production

On November 10, 2015, Senator Stabenow (D-MI), along with Senators Coons (D-DE) and Franken (D-MN), introduced S. 2271, the Renewable Chemicals Act of 2015 to the Senate. If passed, the bill would amend the Internal Revenue...more

Michigan Court of Appeals Holds That Cloud Computing Applications Are Not Taxable as Software

On October 27, 2015, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued a much-anticipated decision in Auto-Owners Insurance Company v. Michigan Department of Treasury that has relevance to most Michigan companies concerning whether sales...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, Issue 11

Resident Is Not Subject to Use Tax on Yacht Briefly Docked in the State - In Matter of Michael Pellino, DTA No. 825869 (N.Y.S. Div. of Tax App., Oct. 1, 2015), a New York State Administrative Law Judge concluded that...more

Chicago Mayor’s Tax-Heavy Budget Passes: Lease and Amusement Tax Implications

Last week the Chicago City Council approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2016 revenue ordinance as part of his tax-laden budget proposal. The revenue ordinance included noteworthy changes to the personal property lease transaction...more

ECJ rules bitcoin exchange is VAT exempt

In the case of Skatteverket v. Hedqvist, the ECJ ruled that the exchange of traditional currency for bitcoin virtual currency and vice versa constitutes a VAT exempt supply of services under the VAT Directive. The ECJ ruled...more

Precedential Cloud Victory in Michigan Court of Appeals

On October 27, 2015, a three-judge panel sitting for the Michigan Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed a lower court decision finding that the use of cloud-based services in Michigan is not subject to use tax in Auto-Owners...more

Health Care Update - October 2015

Senate Working Group Pressing Forward on Telehealth - As Congress focuses on bigger picture policy decisions, including broad budget negotiations and raising the debt ceiling, there are some exciting developments on the...more

European Court Gives Bitcoin a Tax-Free Boost

In an important ruling for digital currency service providers, EU’s top court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), ruled that transactions to exchange a traditional currency for bitcoin virtual currency, or...more

New tax incentives for the R&D sector in Poland

On October 16, 2015, the President of Poland signed Amendments to Certain Acts Related to Supporting Innovation Act of September 25, 2015. We devoted one of our previous alerts to this amendment bill. However, the final...more

IRS Adjusted ACA Fee Amounts for the 2015/2016 Policy or Plan Years and Additional Payment Options

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee was established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to advance comparative clinical effectiveness research. The PCORI fee is assessed on issuers of health insurance...more

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement reached: What does it mean for you?

The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim trading partners recently announced that they have come to a provisional agreement on the wide-ranging trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”), which, over...more

Access to Point of Presence Not Subject to Sales Tax: Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court

In a unanimous decision, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court held that Level 3’s wholesale Internet access services were not subject to Pennsylvania sales and use tax. Reed Smith state tax lawyers argued the case for Level 3....more

Bad Day for California as TTA Sales Tax Exemption for Software Is Broadly Reaffirmed by Appellate Court – Will Taxpayer Refund...

In a significant rebuff of the California State Board of Equalization (BOE), the California Second District Court of Appeal held that a manufacturer’s sale of software on tangible media was exempt from sales tax under the...more

Strong Commentary From Washington Regarding IRS Budget Cuts

As reported in previous blog posts (January 17, 2014, January 21, 2014, and January 20, 2015), federal budget setbacks continue to severely impact the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and its ability to carry out its lofty...more

Beyond the Clouds: Important Sales Tax Considerations for Web-Hosting Providers and Co-Location Facilities

Most people’s understanding of the Internet extends about as far as their eyes can see. In other words, they know that if they type a few words into the little white box beneath the colorful Google logo, within a fraction of...more

New IP Legislation Under Consideration Regarding Tax Relief for Income Generated From IP Assets

McGraw Hill Financial, Oracle and Facebook, announced they are forming a group called “American Innovation Matters” (AIM) to lobby Congress to revise the U.S. international tax code rules in an effort to encourage innovation...more

Now to End of 2015 – What to Expect?

Funding Crisis Averted & New Leadership in the House: A week ago no one could have predicted that the biggest story in Washington this week would not be the last minute avoidance of a government shutdown by passage of a...more

California Court of Appeal Hears Oral Argument in Lucent Technologies

On September 24, the Court of Appeal for the Second District heard oral argument in Lucent Technologies v. State Board of Equalization. The issue before the court was whether telephone switching software is exempt from sales...more

New Japanese ECommerce Consumption Tax Commences Effect on October 1, 2015

On October 1, 2015, Japan commences application of its business-to-consumer (“B2C”) ecommerce consumption tax (“JCT”), analogous to the EU electronic services VAT which commenced January 1 of this year. The JCT will require...more

Senate Legislation Seeks To Protect Taxpayer Data In Response To IRS Data Breach

On September 11, 2015, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a bill aimed at combating identity theft and tax rebate fraud. The legislation comes as the Internal...more

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