Tax Appeals

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It’s That Time Again! Property Tax Appeals in Connecticut: Know When to File

The deadline for appealing Connecticut local property taxes is approaching. For many cities and towns, that date is February 20 unless the town has extended the deadline. If a property owner does not file a tax appeal...more

What About New York State’s Federal Tax Audits?

A noteworthy determination was issued earlier this month by one of the Division of Tax Appeals’ administrative law judges. Judge Bennett found in Matter of Chery that the Division of Taxation improperly denied the petitioning...more

Flynn v. Commissioner of Revenue: What Are the Prerequisites for a Massachusetts Tax Appeal?

Recent decisions by the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board (ATB) illustrate that a taxpayer must fulfill three prerequisites in order to obtain ATB jurisdiction in tax appeals against the Commissioner of Revenue...more

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Holds that Statute of Limitations for Refund Claims Begins on Date When Tax Return was Filed

On December 10, 2015, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in Mission Funding Alpha v. Commonwealth, No. 313 F.R. 2012, held that the three-year statute of limitations for filing a refund claim begins on the date the tax...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, Issue 12

NYC Tribunal Rejects Claim That First Amendment Requires Use of Audience Factor for Sourcing Receipts from Credit Ratings - The New York City Tax Appeals Tribunal, reversing an Administrative Law Judge decision, has held...more

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

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