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Supreme Court Grants Certiorari To Two State Tax Cases

On July 1, 2014, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to two state tax cases, just one day after denying certiorari in the Mississippi Equifax case. The two cases, which will be heard during the Court’s October 2014 term,...more

Repair Service or Manufacturing? Tax Court finds that grinding and calibrating work rolls used by Mills was manufacturing...

Indiana allows an exemption from sales and use tax for items directly used or consumed in the direct production of tangible personal property. The Indiana Tax Court last month concluded that a Taxpayer’s grinding and...more

PA Senators Continue Pushing to Replace School Property Taxes with Expanded Personal Income & Sales Taxes - May 2014

On April 30th the Pennsylvania Senate’s Finance Committee held a hearing on S.B. 76 which would eliminate school district property taxes in Pennsylvania. The bill would replace the lost revenues: (a) by boosting the...more

Spotlight on Florida: Sales and Use Tax Exemption Now Available for Purchases of Industrial Machinery and Equipment

Any "eligible manufacturing business" is reminded that, effective April 30, 2014, an exemption from Florida sales and use tax is available for purchases of industrial machinery and equipment used at a fixed location in...more

Extension of Eight Valuable As-of-Right Incentive Programs Included in New York State's Budget Bill

New laws may benefit developers and businesses with applications long pending and for future applicants that depend on these incentive programs to help induce investment and economic growth in the New York City. These...more

Minnesota Legislature Convenes

The Minnesota Legislature convened at noon on Tuesday, February 25. It hit the ground running with a minimum wage increase and tax cuts at the forefront. It has already passed a $20 million heating assistance bill. The House...more

PA Tax Law News - February 2014: PA Issues On Appeal - Sales and Use Tax (Part 2)

In our last issue of PA Tax Law News, we published the first part of a list of Sales and Use Tax issues recently raised in tax appeals filed with the Commonwealth Court. This list is intended to help readers identify issues...more

PA Tax Law News - February 2014: Documentation Requirements for Sales of Fuel Oil, Kerosene, Natural Gas and Propane

For sales tax purposes, fuel vendors are required to obtain valid exemption certificates for all exempt nonresidential sales of fuels that are not subject to fuel taxes. Although the residential use of fuel is not subject to...more

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

Welcome to the latest Reed Smith Massachusetts State Tax Quarterly Update. In this update, we’ll take a look back to the developments from the last quarter of 2013, and look ahead to some percolating issues at the Appellate...more

Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal Is Up And Running

The Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal is officially up and running. The Tax Tribunal largely replaces the Illinois Department of Revenue’s Office of Administrative Hearings. Now, protests of Notices of Deficiency, Notices...more

Warning: Illinois Courts Will Not Abide By Sales Tax Audit Results

In rulings in two of the more than 200 recent Illinois False Claims Act ("FCA") cases, the Circuit Court of Cook County (i) denied a motion by the retailer/defendant seeking a dismissal of the complaint and (ii) granted the...more

Alabama Legislative Update - Week 3: Mother Nature and Old Man Winter Disrupt Legislative Schedule

Alabama was taken by storm last week. Among the thousands stranded on highways or the fortunate ones at home or at work were scores of State Legislators who could not get to Montgomery or who could not leave Montgomery. The...more

Illinois Files Emergency Sales Tax Regulations

The Illinois Department of Revenue last week filed emergency regulations on sourcing sales for the purpose of determining local sales tax, in response to the Illinois Supreme Court's decision in Hartney Fuel Oil Co. v. Hamer....more

Illinois DOR Changes Sales Tax Sourcing Rules For Place Of Sale: Drops Bright-Line Test For Facts & Circumstances Approach

The Illinois Department of Revenue recently issued Emergency Regulations changing long standing rules for determining the proper location of where a sale takes place. These Regulations were promulgated in response to a recent...more

Update On Initial Filing Requirement And Annual Recapture Report Requirement Contained In The 2013 New York State Budget...

Among other requirements, Chapter 59 of the Laws of 2013 (Part J), effective March 28, 2013 (the “2013 Budget Law”), imposed new sales tax recordkeeping and reporting requirements on industrial development agencies in New...more

Illinois Issues Emergency Sales Tax Sourcing Regulations

As anticipated after the Illinois Supreme Court decision in Hartney Fuel described in our November 25, 2013 alert, the Illinois Department of Revenue (the "Department") has decided to issue emergency regulations (the "Rules")...more

North Carolina Regulator Issues Guidance On New Service Contracts Sales Tax

Recently, the North Carolina Department of Revenue issued guidance regarding a new state law that imposes the state’s 4.75% general sales and use tax, as well as applicable local and transit sales and use tax rates, to the...more

Sales Tax Refunds on Defaulted Credit Sales: Does Anyone Get a Refund?

James Susa analyzes the state tax statutory structures and major court decisions on bad debt deductions and concludes that in practice, the availability of such a deduction is limited in scope. Each state that imposes...more

Southeast State & Local Tax: Important Developments - November 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

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 4, Issue 11 -- November 2013

In This Issue: Taxpayer Wins and Loses in Statutory Residency Case; Guidance Issued on Reciprocal Credit for Sales or Use Tax; State Tax Department Issues Guidance on START-UP NY Program; and Insights in...more

Spotlight on Tennessee: 2013 Tax and Related Legislation

The 2013 Session, 108th General Assembly, considered numerous tax and related initiatives, many of which passed. The subject matter of these initiatives this year was very broad, ranging from efforts toward amending the...more

New PARCA Report Examines State and Local Tax Burdens

A new report by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA), a well-respected nonprofit research organization headquartered at Samford University in Birmingham, shows that frequent statements during the 2012...more

PA Governor Proposes Corporate Tax Cuts & Fuel Tax Increases

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has proposed significant corporate tax cuts and fuel tax increases as part of his proposed 2013-14 budget, presented on February 5th. The General Fund budget would be increased by 2.4%, to...more

Ohio Budget Bill Introduced

On February 12, 2013, the text of the Governor's budget proposal for the 2014-2015 biennium, announced on February 4, 2013, was made public as House Bill 59 ("HB 59"). The new HB 59 includes a state income tax deduction for...more

A Pinch of SALT: State Tax Treatment of a 'Manufacturer'

Originally published in State Tax Notes. Many states have created special treatment for manufacturers, including tax exemptions, credits, and special income tax apportionment rules. In this edition of A Pinch of SALT, we...more

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