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Bank of America as Trustee v. Commissioner of Revenue: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Will Hear Case in 2016

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) will hear the appeal of Bank of America against the Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue in 2016. The SJC accepted Bank of America’s application for Direct Appellate Review on...more

By the Numbers: The Annual Report of the Division of Tax Appeals and Tax Appeals Tribunal

Earlier this month, the Annual Report of the New York State Division of Tax Appeals and Tax Appeals Tribunal for fiscal 2014-15 was submitted to the governor and the heads of the Senate and Assembly. Last year, we offered our...more

The Bank of America Case: May Massachusetts Tax the Trust Fund Income of Non-Resident Families with Unborn and/or Unascertained...

Background - Before addressing the Bank of America case, it is necessary to understand the Massachusetts taxation of trustees and their beneficiaries, which is described in 830 CMR 62.20.1: Income Tax on Estates and...more

U.S. Supreme Court Vacates Decision in First Marblehead; Remands to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

On October 13, the United States Supreme Court granted a request for review in the case of First Marblehead Corporation v. Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue, and summarily vacated the decision issued January 28, 2015, by...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, Issue 10

State Tax Department Releases Draft Article 9-A Nexus Regulations Under Corporate Tax Reform - The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has released draft amendments to the Article 9-A corporate franchise...more

Department Recommences Responsible Party Assessments

When the Department of Revenue transitioned trust fund taxes to its “new” integrated computerized tax system last November, it temporarily suspended the issuance of responsible party assessments. In its most recent PA Tax...more

Proceed With Caution – Indiana Property Tax Appeals: Receipt Of Tax Bill Triggered Right To Appeal; Relevancy Objection Overruled;...

In Alvarado v. Lake County Assessor (Aug. 5, 2015), the Indiana Board of Tax Review considered a number of procedural and evidentiary issues in ruling on the 2012 assessment appeal for a residential property....more

IRS Unveils New Competent Authority Procedures

In the recent Rev. Proc. 2015-40, the IRS describes updated competent authority procedures for taxpayers seeking certain U.S. treaty relief. The new procedures, effective for requests on or after October 30, 2015, supersede...more

Connecticut Establishes Procedure for Administrative Relief for Underpayment of 2015 Estimated Corporation Business Tax Payments

The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) has established a procedure by which a corporation may seek relief from the imposition of interest charges if the corporation underpaid its 2015 Connecticut estimated...more

Massachusetts Denies ‘True Debt’ Treatment for Cash Management Obligations

The Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board (“ATB”) has once again issued a Findings of Fact and Report upholding a Department assessment on the basis that a taxpayer’s intercompany obligations under a cash management system were...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

Another Significant Development in the Statutory Residency Area!

There are always “traps” in the tax law, where taxpayers unwittingly walk into a tax problem that they didn’t see coming. In the residency area, some taxpayers often got trapped on a move-in or move-out situation, with the...more

Hard Hats Required: Sales Taxes & Capital Improvements - Some Practical Pointers

We recently authored an article in State Tax Notes analyzing New York’s complicated rules affecting sales taxation of contractor services and capital improvements. In this follow-up post, we want to highlight a few practical...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, Issue 8 - August 2015

Court Of Appeals Affirms Revocation Of Tax Exemption For Public Parking Facilities - Reversing a decision by the Appellate Division, the Court of Appeals has held in a 5-2 decision that a charitable organization is not...more

The Advantages of Independent State Tax Tribunals

The following is an edited transcript of a discussion at a May 8 meeting of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation’s State and Local Taxes Committee in Washington. Bruce Ely, a partner at Bradley Arant Boult...more

Getting to “Finished” Faster: The Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s Expedited Settlement Process

In April 2014, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (MDOR) rolled out their new Expedited Settlements process. The program is one of three initiatives, which includes Early Mediation and Limited Information Settlements,...more

Tax Court Refuses To Reweigh The Evidence, Affirming The Indiana Board Of Tax Review’s Final Determinations Of Land Value For A...

In a pair of related decisions issued July 2, 2015, the Indiana Tax Court once again emphasized that it will not reweigh the evidence on appeal from the final determinations of the Indiana Board of Tax Review....more

New York Case Highlights Sales Tax Pitfalls for Boarding Operations

Commercial horse boarders and breeders enjoy a fairly broad set of sales and use tax exemptions in New York State. Exemptions covering most of the operation’s purchases are designed to parallel the tax breaks given to farming...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, Issue 7 - July 2015

In This Issue: - Important Changes at NYS and NYC Tax Agencies - Court of Appeals Upholds Constitutionality of Taxing Nonresidents on Gain from S Corporation Stock Sale in Two Separate Decisions - NYC Tribunal...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

Pennsylvania’s NOL Cap Litigation Moving Forward

In a Corporate Net Income Tax (“CNI”) appeal filed by Nextel Communications of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc. (“Nextel”), the Commonwealth Court will consider whether Pennsylvania’s statutory cap on net operating loss (“NOL”)...more

Property Tax And Valuation Topics - Summer 2015

The Environment and Property Taxes - It seems that many stakeholders are trying to deal with climate change. Connecticut’s hundreds of miles of coastline along the Long Island Sound include many low-lying areas...more

Deadlines for Pennsylvania Real Property Tax Appeals

In view of market conditions, now is a good time to review your company’s real estate portfolio to consider assessment appeals for tax year 2016. Deadlines for appeal in certain Pennsylvania counties follow:...more

It’s that Time of the Year; Pennsylvania Real Property Assessments are on the Horizon

It’s that time of year again, as Pennsylvania real property tax assessments will soon be upon us. It is important that property owners do not take an assessment or reassessment at face value. Please contact us if you would...more

Taxpayers Can Now Appeal Tax Disputes To A Court Without First Paying Tax, Penalties, and Interest

Michigan Taxpayers Now Have A Right To Appeal Tax Disputes to The Michigan Courts - Pre-Deprivation:  SB 100 Enacted To Eliminate The Prepayment Requirement For Appeals To The Michigan Court Of Claims. On June 16,...more

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