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Breaking News: California Supreme Court Hears Long-Awaited Gillette Oral Argument

On October 6, 2015, counsel for the taxpayer and the Franchise Tax Board (“FTB”) argued before the California Supreme Court in The Gillette Company & Subs. v. California Franchise Tax Board. This case has been watched closely...more

Michigan Court of Appeals Upholds the Constitutionality of the State’s Retroactive Repeal of the Multistate Tax Compact

The Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the Court of Claims’ decisions in cases that challenged the constitutionality of Michigan’s purported retroactive repeal of the Multistate Tax Compact effective January 1, 2008. The...more

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

Court of Appeals Hears Michigan’s Compact Election Cases

The long saga of Michigan's Multistate Tax Compact election continued on Wednesday with oral argument before the Michigan Court of Appeals. A packed courtroom witnessed a 1.5 hour proceeding before an active three-judge...more

MTC Nearing Completion of Model Sourcing Regulation for Services and Intangibles

The Multistate Tax Commission’s (MTC) Annual Conference and Committee Meetings are being held on July 27-30, 2015, in Spokane, Washington. On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at approximately 1:00 pm PDT (exact time subject to...more

How Far Back Can a Back Tax Go? Petition for Certiorari in Hambleton Asks Supreme Court to Right Unjust Retroactivity

Retroactivity is an endemic problem in the state tax world. In this year alone, we have seen retroactive repeal of the Multistate Tax Compact (MTC) in Michigan, as well as significant retroactivity issues in New York, New...more

Pennsylvania Unwraps Final Market-Sourcing Guidance

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue (the Department) recently finalized its Information Notice on sourcing of services for purposes of determining the appropriate net income and capital franchise tax apportionment factors....more

Did You Pay a Michigan Assessment After an MTC Audit? What the State’s Retroactive Compact Repeal May Mean

On September 11, 2014, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation (SB 156) retroactively repealing the Multistate Tax Compact (Compact, formerly codified at MCL § 205.581 et seq.) from the state statutes, effective...more

How Will Michigan Courts Analyze a Legal Challenge to the Michigan Legislature’s Retroactive Repeal of the Multistate Tax Compact?

In recent days, the state tax world has focused on the State of Michigan’s retroactive repeal of the Multistate Tax Compact (Compact). Last week, the Michigan Legislature passed and Governor Snyder signed into law a bill...more

Now You See It, Now You Don’t: MTC Election Disappears in Michigan?

On September 11, 2014, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed S.B. 156, which purports to repeal the state’s adoption of the Multistate Tax Compact (the Compact) retroactive to January 1, 2008. Mich. Pub. Acts 2014, No. 282...more

Recent State Supreme Court Decision Prompts Repeal of Michigan Multistate Tax Compact (MTC)

Public Act 282 of 2014, signed into law by Governor Snyder on September 11, 2014, repeals the Multistate Tax Compact's three-factor apportionment election for multistate businesses, effective as of January 1, 2008. The Act is...more

California Taxpayers: Gillette Still an Option for the 2013 Return

What’s the Option? - We’re all still waiting for a final decision in Gillette. In the meantime, taxpayers have an option for the returns due this fall. They may compute their apportionment using one of the following...more

Multistate Tax Commission Enacts Significant Amendments to Its Compact

On July 30, the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) approved amendments to the Multistate Tax Compact’s (1) definition of nonbusiness income, (2) definition of “sales,” (3) factor-weighting, (4) alternative apportionment, and (5)...more

Possible Impact on Alabama Taxpayers: Michigan Supreme Court Rules that IBM Entitled to Use Multistate Tax Compact Election

In International Business Machines Corp. v. Department of Treasury, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that IBM was entitled to apportion its business income for purposes of the Michigan Business Tax (“MBT”) using the...more

Out-of-State Companies Might Be Owed Tax Refunds Under Michigan’s Multistate Tax Compact Election Decision

A Multistate Tax Compact (MTC) election is applicable to both the net income base and modified gross receipts base of the Michigan Business Tax (MBT), the Michigan Supreme Court ruled in International Business Machines v....more

Michigan Supreme Court Upholds the Compact Election

On July 14, 2014, the Michigan Supreme Court in a splintered 3-1-3 decision found in favor of IBM’s election to apply the Multistate Tax Compact’s three-factor apportionment formula to the now-repealed Michigan Business Tax...more

Legal Alert: MTC Speaks with Potential Transfer Pricing Vendors

On June 25, the Arm’s Length Adjustment Services Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met via teleconference to continue the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment...more

MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States...more

MTC Executive Committee Advances Significant Part of UDITPA Rewrite

On Thursday, May 8, the Multistate Tax Commission’s (MTC) Executive Committee (Committee) met in Washington, DC. During the meeting the Committee voted to advance its amendments to the Multistate Tax Compact’s (Compact)...more

Southeast State & Local Tax: Important Developments - October 2013

The Williams Mullen Southeast State and Local Tax (SESALT) team is pleased to provide you with a comprehensive recap of recent legislation around the U.S....more

California Quarterly Update -- A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (2nd Quarter 2013)

Welcome to the first edition of a series of quarterly updates from Reed Smith on California state tax developments. Every quarter, we will bring you legal updates and provide some insight on what taxpayers are facing in...more

Spotlight on SALT: Income Apportionment and the Multistate Tax Compact's "Taxpayer Option" – Uncertainty for Corporate Taxpayers...

A state's corporate tax income apportionment formula is at the heart of determining a business's multistate income tax liability....more

Michigan Court Allows Multistate Tax Compact Election

On June 6, 2013, the Michigan Court of Claims became the second court in the country to hold that the Multistate Tax Compact (the Compact) is a binding multistate compact that cannot be repealed by a separate, subsequent...more

April 2013 - Sutherland SALT Shaker

In this issue: - Click This!: New York Enacts Über Nexus Statute - Compact Litigation Fallout - Two States Expected to Join MTC Compact - Lesser-Known Tax Council Convenes in South Georgia -...more

California’s Proposition 39: Not-so-Mandatory Single Sales Factor

On November 6, California voters passed Proposition 39, which changes the state’s default apportionment to a single sales factor method. Additionally, Proposition 39 adopted a mandatory market-sourcing method for sourcing...more

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