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California Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (2nd Quarter 2015)

Case Updates - BREAKING NEWS: Gillette Oral Arguments Scheduled - The California Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in the Gillette Multistate Tax Compact case. This comes three years after the California...more

Cash Businesses, Poor Records and Obstruction Charges, Ouch!

Cash business operators are often prone to under report income or overstate deductions when filing tax returns. The effect of engaging in such conduct can be criminal charges, including tax evasion, money laundering and...more

Tax and Estate Planning Newsletter - Summer 2015

Dear Clients and Colleagues: This summer’s weather is a mix of hot and cold temperatures, and the rain we need so desperately is coming now in sprinkles along with thunder and lightning. Along with changes in the...more

FTB Releases Plans for May Department Stores Interest Computation Adjustments

The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has announced plans to make adjustments to interest rate calculations in certain circumstances involving May Department Stores v. United States to approximately 27,000 taxpayer...more

California’s Harley-Davidson Decision Rides over Nexus Lines

On May 28 2015, The California Court of Appeals issued a decision in Harley-Davidson, Inc. v. Franchise Tax Board, 187 Cal.Rptr.3d 672; and it was ultimately about much more than the validity of an election within...more

Good News for Taxpayers: California 1031 Exchange Decision

The California State Board of Equalization (Board) recently issued a favorable decision in an important Section 1031 exchange case. As an elected body of five members, the Board hears appeals in California tax cases where the...more

California Franchise Tax Board Turns Over Tax Forms to Tax Analysts; Pays Attorney Fees

Last month, Reed Smith, acting for its client, Tax Analysts, struck a blow for transparent tax administration, by convincing the California Franchise Tax Board (the “FTB”) to disclose certain forms used by FTB auditors. In...more

Increased Activity Seen Under the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Is Your Company Prepared?

In April 2015, the California Department of Justice began, for the first time, to send letters to companies regarding compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act. The Act, effective January 1, 2012,...more

California Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (4th Quarter 2014)

Case Updates - California Supreme Court Accepts Review of Documentary Transfer Tax Case In our last quarterly update, we reported on a controversial opinion recently published by a California Court of Appeal. In 926...more

Court Holds Corporation “Coulda, Shoulda” Revived Itself

California law provides that a domestic corporation that fails to pay certain taxes and penalties may have its corporate rights and privileges suspended. Cal. Rev. & Tax. Code § 23301. While suspended, a corporation may not...more

California Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (3rd Quarter 2014)

Case Updates - Court finds ownership of LLC membership interest does not constitute doing business in California On November 14, the Fresno County Superior Court determined that Swart, an Iowa-based corporation with a...more

Judge Rules Against FTB In “Doing Business” Definition

Over a year ago, I wrote about an Iowa corporation, Swart Enterprises, Inc., which operates a 60 acre farm in Kansas. Swart has no physical presence in California. It owns no real or personal property in California. However,...more

California FTB to Consider Revisions to Combination Regulations for Mixed Financial and Non-Financial Reporting Groups

The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has announced the scheduling of an Interested Parties Meeting (IPM) for December 4, 2014 on the topic of possible regulatory efforts regarding the proper treatment of mixed...more

Nevada Supreme Court Upholds Fraud Verdict Against The California Franchise Tax Board

The Franchise Tax Board’s Shande - This is case that has been more than two decades in the making. It began in the 1990s when inventor Gilbert Hyatt filed a California tax return showing that he relocated from...more

Appellate Court Orders California Tax Agency to Pay Attorney Fees Based on Significant Public Benefit Obtained by Reed Smith

The California Court of Appeal held in a published decision Sept. 2 that Reed Smith secured a significant benefit for the public by bringing a case that resulted in the Court striking down portions of an unconstitutional and...more

The Franchise Tax Board’s Doing Business Legal Ruling – Ex Nihilo, Aliquid Fit

Today’s post will try to put the Franchise Tax Board’s recent Legal Ruling 2014-01 in perspective by imagining the following inquisition by the Franchise Tax Board...more

California Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (1st Quarter 2014)

Case Updates - Superior Court deems Comcast and QVC are not unitary; determines early termination fee is business income. On March 6, 2014, a Los Angeles Superior Court issued its final decision in Comcon Production...more

Lingering Questions About the San Francisco Gross Receipts Tax

The first installment payment for the new San Francisco Gross Receipts Tax was due April 30, 2014. Many questions about the new tax remain. While the City has provided some relief from installment underpayment penalties,...more

State + Local Tax Insights -- Spring 2014

In This Issue: - Where’s Walden? Finding Protection under the Due Process Clause - Upcoming Speaking Engagements - CFCs and Subpart F Income in a California Water’s-Edge Election and What’s Wrong with the Apple...more

California Continues Crackdown on 1031 Exchanges

During the last several years, the California Franchise Tax Board (“FTB”) has been closely scrutinizing section 1031 exchanges, and finding section 1031 exchanges to be a fruitful area for state tax audits. While California...more

California Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (4th Quarter 2013)

Happy 2014! The start of the New Year invites a look back on highlights from the past year. In case you missed it, here’s a recap of what happened in the great Golden State during the last quarter of 2013....more

Thinking About Franchising Your Business?

As a successful business owner or business owner with a new and trendy concept, you probably get approached frequently by people hoping to acquire rights to operate your business “back home.” You are probably flattered by the...more

Spotting an Accidental Franchise (and Why It Matters to You)

Imagine you own a successful business with retail locations in several Southern California cities offering desserts in a unique fun-filled party atmosphere operating under the name Dessert Dreams. A Chicago investor...more

Calif. Taxpayers: You Can['t] Check Out Any Time You Like

For California's high-earners and business owners, Proposition 30's passage in November 2012 was a "cross the Rubicon" moment. First, Proposition 30 increased tax rates retroactively to the beginning of 2012....more

1031 Exchanges: Exchanging Out of California? Do Keep In Touch

As we have noted previously, many property owners are aware that one can sell investment property and reinvest the sales proceeds in like-kind investment property without having to pay tax on the sale. Such transactions are...more

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