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A Tax Policy Decided 15 Years Ago Raised Questions for Unending Debate

We are just a few months away from the 15th anniversary of the historic November, 2000, election when Massachusetts voters approved a referendum calling for the reduction of the state income tax rate from 5.95% to 5%. No...more

Could Maryland v. Wynne Result in NY Refunds?

A new U.S. Supreme Court case, Maryland v. Wynne, will likely have a broad impact on various state taxation schemes, and it could create the potential for refunds for numerous taxpayers. Taxpayers who have paid tax to...more

U.S. state and local sales and use taxes: Bad news, good news and the smoke from a distant fire

Thousands of American subnational governmental units (states and localities) impose taxes. These taxes include “sales taxes,” which are imposed on sales to end users of goods and certain services, and “use taxes,” which are...more

Politics of Hiking Earned Income Tax Credit More Intriguing than the Substance

For anyone awaiting the final resolution of the state budget for Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016), one of the biggest question marks overs over the Earned Income Tax Credit (“tax credit”). The Senate...more

ALJ Determines Taxpayer Settlement With the Internal Revenue Service Does Not Need to Be Reported to New York State

Taxpayers tend to face a difficult road when litigating tax disputes. We recently wrote about that here. It can be even more challenging, and costly, for taxpayers when they have to deal with more than one taxing authority on...more

Connecticut Tax Developments 2015 - Tax Increases...Again

Four years after enacting the largest tax increase in Connecticut history, the Connecticut General Assembly has adopted a new $40.3 billion biennial state budget that contains $1.5 billion in tax and fee increases. Few...more

House Judiciary Committee Approves Three State Tax Bills

Yesterday, on June 17, 2015, three state tax bills were favorably reported to the United States House of Representatives (House) by the House Judiciary Committee (House Judiciary) after considering each during a half-day...more

New Maine Budget Would Make Numerous Tax Changes

Hoping to avoid a potential government shutdown, this week the Legislature passed a biennial budget that once again makes significant tax changes, but stops well short of the major tax reform desired by many legislators. The...more

Preventing Double Taxation of Interstate Income: Supreme Court’s “Wynne” Decision is a Win for Taxpayers

In a five-to-four decision, the United States Supreme Court held that the dormant commerce clause protects in-state residents from the double taxation of their interstate income. This is a complicated decision and the margin...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Maryland Personal Income Tax Unconstitutional Under Commerce Clause

In Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne, Dkt. No. 13-485 (U.S. May 18, 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court found that Maryland’s system of personal income taxation violated the nondiscrimination prong of the dormant...more

Triple Threat: U.S. House Subcommittee Considers Three State Tax Bills

On June 2, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law conducted a hearing on three state tax bills: the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax...more

Supreme Court Update: Comptroller v. Wynne (13-485) And San Francisco v. Sheehan (13-1412)

We're back with the two remaining decisions from Monday, Comptroller v. Wynne (13-485) and San Francisco v. Sheehan (13-1412), two split decisions featuring strange bedfellows. The Justices' philosophical differences...more

Maryland Tax Amnesty and Other Highlights from the 2015 Maryland Legislative Session

Last week, the Maryland General Assembly wrapped up its 2015 legislative session. From a tax perspective, it was a relatively quiet term. Nevertheless, a few bills were enacted that taxpayers should be aware of....more

Inside the New York Budget Bill: Economic Nexus

The New York Legislature has passed bills related to the 2015–2016 budget (S2009-B/A3009-B and S4610-A/A6721-A, collectively referred to herein as the “Budget Bill”) containing several significant “technical corrections” to...more

Inside the New York Budget Bill: Apportionment

The New York Legislature has passed bills related to the 2015–2016 budget (S2009-B/A3009-B and S4610-A/A6721-A, collectively referred to herein as the “Budget Bill”) containing several significant “technical corrections” to...more

In California We Trust: A Sensible Expansion Of The Voluntary Disclosure Program

Trusts administered outside California often are susceptible to not filing California income tax returns. This is because California has an atypical legal threshold for filing: trusts must file if a trustee or beneficiary...more

Franchise and Distribution News - January 2015

TAKE ACTION NOW TO AVOID UNEXPECTED STATE TAX LIABILITIES - Traditionally, nexus for state income tax liability has required some type of physical presence or continuous contacts by the franchisor/distributor with a...more

Nonresidency Denied

A panel of the Commonwealth Court held that a taxpayer failed to prove that he was a nonresident of Pennsylvania in 2005. Lust v. Commonwealth, No. 645 F.R. 2011 (Pa Commw. Jan. 9, 2015) (unreported). The taxpayer filed...more

Maine Governor Proposes Major State Tax Restructuring

Maine Governor Paul LePage has proposed a major restructuring of Maine’s tax system as part of his FY 2016-2017 budget submission. Generally, the governor’s proposal decreases the state’s reliance on income tax revenue and...more

Alabama Receives Significant Upgrade from COST on State Tax Due Process Scorecard

On December 17, the Council On State Taxation (COST) announced that Alabama’s grade in their “Best and Worst of State Tax Administration” scorecard on Tax Appeals and Procedural Requirements, otherwise known as the “Due...more

Spotlight on Tennessee: Ruling Highlights Importance of State Income Tax Considerations for Section 338 Elections

In Spotlight on Tennessee: Letter Ruling Addresses Treatment of a Section 338(h)(10) Election, dated July 10, 2014, we examined how Tennessee treats the federal election under Internal Revenue Code Section 338(h)(10) for...more

D.C. Bill Ostensibly Lowers Tax on Capital Gains from QHTC Investments… But How?

On September 23, District of Columbia Council Chairman Mendelson introduced the Promoting Economic Growth and Job Creation Through Technology Act of 2014 (Bill 20-0945 , hereinafter the “Act”) at the request of Mayor Vincent...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

U.S. Supreme Court Update - September 2014

The Supreme Court is set to hear three state tax cases during its 2014-2015 term. The three cases, Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation, Inc.; Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne; and Direct...more

It Wasn’t Wirth It: Nonresident Limited Partners Liable for Personal Income Tax on Discharge of Nonrecourse Debt

In June 17, 2014, in Wirth v. Commonwealth, 82-85 MAP 2012, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (the “Court”) affirmed the Commonwealth Court’s holding that nonresident limited partners were liable for Pennsylvania Personal Income...more

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