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Indiana Tax Court Serves a Sales Tax Exemption To Restaurant Chain for Electricity Used to Warm Food

Electricity used by Qdoba Mexican Restaurants to keep food warm before final preparation and sale was found exempt from sales tax by the Indiana Tax Court. On June 23, 2015, the Indiana Tax Court in Aztec Partners, LLC v....more

Amended Return May Not Serve as Timely Refund Claim

Filing an amended tax return does not negate the need to file a timely petition for refund with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s Board of Appeals. In a case decided in June, Quest Diagnostics Venture, LLC v....more

Court Finds Good Faith Submission of Costs in Accordance with Rule 54 (North Dakota)

Fitbug Ltd. v. Fitbit, Inc., 2015 WL 2251257 (N.D. Cal. May 13, 2015). In this trademark infringement case, two manufacturers of electronic fitness tracking devices disagreed over the bill of costs submitted by the...more

Consumer Class Action Suit Alleging Sales Tax Misconduct is Partially Dismissed

On June 15, 2015, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, partially granted Whole Foods’ motion to dismiss in the case of Wong v. Whole Foods Market Group, Inc.1 In that case,...more

Attorney’s Fees Collectable in Tax Sale

A panel of The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania held that attorney’s fees are collectable in a tax sale, notwithstanding that Act 2003-20, which authorized the collection of reasonable attorney’s fees, was retroactive to...more

IRS Informally Rules Disgorgement Payments Under FDA Consent Decree May Be Deductible

In Internal Revenue Service Field Attorney Advice released May 22, 2015 (FAA 20152103F), the IRS Office of Chief Counsel expressed its informal view that the evidence suggests that the amount the taxpayer paid the United...more

The Crummey trust: Keeping both the IRS and the creditors at bay is taking some fancy footwork

Since Crummey v. Commissioner was decided in 1968, the IRS has been making life difficult for the settlors of Crummey trusts. Only recently the parties again skirmished, this time over whether an in terrorem clause in the...more

GST and Awards of Damages

A recent Victorian Supreme Court decision, Millington v Waste Wise Environmental Pty Ltd [2015] VSC 167 , confirms that a damages award should generally be calculated on a GST exclusive basis in circumstances where the...more

Alert: Using Insolvency Powers to Make Claims for Fraud: Important Supreme Court Decision

Companies are habitually used as part of a corruption scheme. Such companies often have only a single director, or a small number of directors, and are beneficially owned by the wrong-doers....more

The Magic GST/HST Registration (or How to Make a Multimillion-Dollar GST/HST Assessment Disappear)

It is well known that a GST/HST-registered person can purchase certain types of commercial real property without paying GST/HST to the vendor. ...more

Seller Beware: Collecting Sales Tax When Coupons Are Involved Is Not So Cut and Dried

If you are a retailer or a business that accepts or issues coupons, a slew of class action lawsuits should have you double-checking your sales tax collection practices. Recent lawsuits filed by consumers have accused...more

Illinois Appellate Court Affirms Dismissal of State Tax Qui Tam Lawsuit

On March 31, 2015, the Illinois Appellate Court issued an Opinion affirming the dismissal of a qui tam lawsuit filed by a law firm acting as a whistleblower (Relator law firm) on behalf of the State of Illinois against QVC,...more

TracFone Files Supplement to Emergency Petition for FCC Preemption on 911 Fees

As noted in our prior update, in November 2014, the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice requesting industry comment on a Petition filed by TracFone Wireless regarding 911 fees charged to Lifeline...more

Georgia Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Property Tax Incentives

On March 27, 2015, the Georgia Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the legal validity of property tax incentives in Georgia, largely on procedural grounds. SJN Properties, LLC v. Fulton County Bd. of Tax Assessors, No....more

Michigan Supreme Court Upholds Retroactive Corporate Officer Tax Relief

Relief granted to people who were previously subject to personal liability for unpaid tax debts of corporations and other entities should be applied retroactively to existing and future tax assessments, after the Michigan...more

Under Construction - March 2015

Welcome to the spring edition of our Under Construction newsletter. There have been some interesting legal changes that have taken place recently with the potential to significantly impact the construction...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Direct Marketing – Out of State Retailers may be in for a Shock!

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in one of the three state and local tax cases argued in this term - Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl, 575 U.S. __(2015) At first glance, the Court’s ruling adds clarity to the Tax...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds DMA’s Action Is Not Barred By Tax Injunction Act

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that the Tax Injunction Act does not bar Direct Marketing Association’s federal court challenge to Colorado’s sales and use tax notice and reporting requirements....more

SCOTUS: Colorado Notice and Reporting Challenge Not Barred by the Tax Injunction Act

The United States Supreme Court released a unanimous decision yesterday holding that the Tax Injunction Act (TIA), 28 U.S.C. § 1391, does not bar suit in federal court to enjoin the enforcement of Colorado notice and...more

All Nine Agree: U.S. Supreme Court Holds that the Tax Injunction Act Does Not Bar DMA’s Action in Federal Court

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Direct Marketing Ass’n v. Brohl that the Tax Injunction Act (TIA) does not bar Direct Marketing Association’s federal lawsuit against Colorado.1 The TIA provides that...more

Hollow Taxpayer Victory When IRS Unlawfully Discloses Taxpayer Information to Japan

By law, the U.S. is not permitted to disclose false return information, even if the release of false return information is authorized by law and treaty. Code Section 7431 imposes liability on the U.S. if it discloses return...more

French Social Taxes: Taxpayers Subject to Social Security Contributions in Another EU Member State Could Claim a Refund

EU resident individual taxpayers who have paid French social taxes (contribution sociale généralisée (CSG), contribution au remboursement de la dette sociale (CRDS) and prélèvements sociaux) on France-originating real estate...more

Tax Sale Voided

A panel of the Commonwealth Court held that a tax sale of owner-occupied property was void because of the failure of the sheriff to include a copy of the notice of the tax sale with affidavits filed in the proceeding....more

(US) Unamicable Split: Inherited Real Property and the Texas Forced Sale Statute

When multiple people inherit an interest in real property, each is responsible for their share of the ad valorem taxes of the property. What happens if one party fails to meet its tax obligations? What recourse is available...more

Recent Tax Court Decision Addresses the Tax Treatment of Amounts Received for Anticipated Injuries

On January 23, 2015, in Perez v. Commissioner, 144 T.C. No. 4, the U.S. Tax Court held that a woman was taxable on the $20,000 she received for serving as an “egg donor” to an infertile couple. To serve as an “egg...more

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