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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

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

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 11.20.15

The US Treasury Department and IRS are joining forces to address corporate tax inversions with the introduction of new measures aimed at “curtailing companies’ ability to avoid United States tax rates if they move to...more

FINRA Issues Investor Alert Regarding IRS Phone Scam

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued an Investor Alert warning investors about a phone scam involving phone calls allegedly coming from the Internal Revenue Service. Since 2013, more than 700,000 investors have...more

Recent Government-Issued FAQs Cause Plan Sponsors to Clarify Preventive Care and Wellness in Health Plan Communications

On October 23, 2015, the U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Treasury issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the implementation of preventive care and wellness provisions of the...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

Yes, Those Emails are Tax Phishing Scams

We were alerted yesterday that some individuals had received fake emails informing the recipient that he/she had received an Interac email money transfer (i.e., a surprise refund). The emails arrive with the subject line...more

Know Your Nexus: Don’t Get Blindsided by State Tax Rules

If you do business with out-of-state customers, does your business have nexus with the states where those customers are located? If your answer is, “I don’t know what ‘nexus’ means,” you could be in for an unpleasant...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

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

Internet Tax Freedom Act is Scheduled to Expire: Massachusetts Department of Revenue Publishes TIR 15-8

The federal Internet Tax Freedom Act (“ITFA”) is scheduled to expire on October 1, 2015, unless Congress extends it. The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (“DOR”) issued TIR 15-8 on September 9, 2015, advising internet...more

Tax Changes Made by Maine's 127th Legislature

The Maine Legislature ended its tumultuous session on July 16, 2015. After an advisory opinion by the Maine Supreme Court, we now know which bills actually became law. As usual, a number of significant tax issues were...more

Los Angeles Settles Disputed Phone Tax for $92.5M

Recently, a class of plaintiffs settled with City of Los Angeles over its alleged unlawful collection of telephone utility user tax (UUT). The class alleged that the Los Angeles Municipal Code exempted from UUT all amounts...more

Immediate Action Required by Cities to Begin Collecting Utility Users Tax

New Law Will Allow California Cities to Receive Tax Revenue on Prepaid Wireless Telephone Service - Prepaid wireless phone service is a booming business and, to date, cities have not been receiving their full measure...more

FCA Dismisses Appeal of Revocation of Charity Status

In Public Television Association of Quebec v. M.N.R. (2015 FCA 170), the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal by the Public Television Association of Quebec (“PTAQ”) of the CRA’s decision to revoke PTAQ’s registered...more

Reed Smith Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation in Sprint False Claims Act Appeal

On July 21, 2015, Reed Smith LLP, on behalf of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (“IPT”), filed an amicus brief with the New York State Court of Appeals in People of the State of New York, ex rel. Empire State...more

IRS Proposed Tax Regulations Aimed at Fee Waiver Arrangements

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have issued proposed regulations addressing disguised payment for services of a partner, including the proper tax treatment of fee waiver arrangements commonly used by...more

Advertising Law - July 2015 #3

Harlem Globetrotters Get an Assist From CARU - In a rare loss, the Harlem Globetrotters agreed, at the direction of the Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU), that their age-screening practices for the company's...more

"City of Chicago Expands Tax Reach to Internet Services"

On June 9, 2015, the city of Chicago released two rulings that significantly expand the city’s 9 percent gross receipt tax to charges for cloud computing and other services delivered over the Internet. The first ruling (City...more

Goodwill and Section 1031 Exchanges Do Not Mix Well

The goodwill of a business can never be exchanged for the goodwill of another business. Goodwill is not like kind property. Treasury Regulation 1.1031(a)-2(c)(2) makes that crystal clear, providing: "The goodwill or...more

Remote Transactions Parity Act Introduced in the U.S. House

Today, Representative Jason Chaffetz introduced H.R. 2775, the Remote Transactions Parity Act of 2015 (RTPA), in the United States House of Representatives (House). The RTPA addresses the Internet sales tax issue using...more

Washington Department of Revenue takes same position on taxability of early termination fees being challenged in Massachusetts

In a ruling that will be of interest to taxpayers following Massachusetts appeals on the issue, Washington has issued recent guidance (see Washington DOR – Termination Fees) asserting that early termination fees for...more

Dubai launches new design and e-commerce hubs

A cornerstone of Dubai's success in attracting businesses and encouraging growth across a diverse range of sectors has been the continued establishment of free zones. These special economic zones offer business-friendly...more

Ontario “Grandfathers” Tax Credit Rate Changes

When Ontario announced its 2015 budget, one particular proposed change was met with… well, let’s call it “concern” from the Ontario film and television production community: the reduction of the OPSTC and OCASE tax credits...more

New York Advises Sales of “Computing Power” Not Taxable

Yesterday, the New York Department of Taxation and Finance Office of Counsel issued advisory opinion TSB-A-15(2)S holding that cloud computing vendors providing “Internet infrastructure” were not subject to sales tax. ...more

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