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U.S. v. Coinbase: Virtual Currency Holders Not Outside the IRS’s Reach

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, on November 28, 2017, ordered the international digital currency broker, Coinbase, Inc., to produce to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) the records of...more

Florida Homestead Protections Against Forced Sale Under Threat of Dilution

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Once every 20 years, Florida convenes a Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) to review and make recommended changes to the Florida Constitution. Proposed changes are then put to Florida voters for approval or disapproval. A...more

Tax Appeals Based on Property Type May Violate State Constitution

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Valley Forge Towers Apartments N, L.P. v. Upper Merion Area School Dist., 2017 Pa. LEXIS 1520, 163 A.3d 962 (Pa. July 5, 2017). (The Pennsylvania Supreme Court holds that school district’s tax assessment appeal policy...more

Massachusetts High Court Hears Oral Argument on Consumer’s Standing to Recover Sales or Use Tax

An attorney representing a Massachusetts consumer (“Dedham Health”) argued this week that the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) must abate and refund the sales tax and/or use tax that the seller collected from Dedham...more

New Rules for Tax-Exempt Organizations in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

House Republican Tax Bill Imposes Excise Tax on Wealthy Private Universities and Excess Compensation of Highly Paid Employees; Subjects State Pension Plans to UBTI Rules - On Thursday, November 2, House Republicans led by...more

The Budget Reconciliation Process and the “Byrd Rule”: Implications for the Ongoing Tax Reform Effort

In order to understand the context in which the current tax reform bill, H.R. 1, is being considered, it is important to know the meaning of two bits of Washington jargon: “budget reconciliation” and the “Byrd rule.” Though...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Declares $3,000,000 Net Loss Carryover Deduction Unconstitutional

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On October 18, 2017 the Pennsylvania Supreme handed down its decision in Nextel Communications of the Mid Atlantic v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania No. 6 EAP 2016. The tax provision at issue gave taxpayers with a net...more

Evading 200 Years of Precedent: The IRS's New Foreign Travel Ban Will Revoke or Deny Passports of Taxpayers Owing More than...

Under the new Section 7345 of the Internal Revenue Code coming into effect in January 2018, Congress has given the IRS the power to “certify” the names of delinquent taxpayers to the State Department for purposes of denying...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Declares Dollar-Based NOL Cap Unconstitutional

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a unanimous decision in Nextel Communications of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc. v. Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed the Commonwealth Court's holding that Pennsylvania's dollar-based cap on corporate net income...more

IRS Audits Of Cannabis Companies And The Importance Of Substantiation

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Today, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Feinberg v. Commissioner, a case involving an ongoing and hard fought battle between the IRS and a medical marijuana dispensary, Total Health Concepts, LLC. The IRS examined THC’s...more

Step by Step: Employee Benefits in the Supreme Court

In conjunction with the start of the Supreme Court’s new term, Eversheds Sutherland took a look back at the Court’s work in employee benefit cases since the enactment of ERISA. We found an astonishing 128 decisions, spanning...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Finds Flat-Dollar NOL Cap Unconstitutional, But Upholds Percentage Cap

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that the state’s flat $3 million cap on net operating loss (NOL) carryforwards violates the state constitution’s Uniformity Clause. Unlike the lower court, however, the Supreme Court left...more

End and refund of the French 3% tax on distributions

by White & Case LLP on

The French Constitutional Court rules that the 3% contribution on distributions is unconstitutional - On 6 October, 2017, the French Constitutional Court, in its decision (n°2017-660 QPC), held that the 3% contribution on...more

Illinois Supreme Court Grants Petition to Appeal Ruling on Constitutionality of Illinois Hospitals’ Property Tax Exemption Law

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Illinois hospitals continue to face uncertainty regarding the law under which they may seek exemption from property taxes. As reported in our March 30, 2017, Health Law Alert, the Illinois Supreme Court declined to rule on...more

You are Contacted by an IRS Criminal Investigator: What Do You Do? Defending an IRS Criminal Investigation (Part 11)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The IRS investigates criminal violations of federal tax laws, including tax evasion, tax fraud, and not filing tax returns. Many people do not realize that simply not filing a tax return when it is due is a crime under...more

Anti-Inversion Regulations Held to Violate Administrative Procedure Act

by King & Spalding on

On September 29, 2017, the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas struck down a 2016 temporary regulation designed to limit corporate inversions(the “Rule”). Rule was simultaneously issued as a...more

South Dakota Petitions US Supreme Court for Opportunity to Overturn Quill

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On October 2, 2017, the State of South Dakota (State) filed its petition for a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court (Court). The case, South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. et al., is expected to be docketed on...more

Legislation to Provide Equal Tax Treatment for Married Same Sex Couples

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

On July 13, 2017 Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-MA-1), joined by other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, introduced H.R. 3234, Refund Equality Act of 2017, which has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and...more

South Dakota Nexus Law Held Invalid in Violation of Quill

by Varnum LLP on

Like many states, South Dakota recently enacted an aggressive sales and use tax nexus statute requiring certain out-of-state retailers with no physical presence in South Dakota to collect and remit tax on sales made to South...more

Edith Windsor: Saying Farewell to a Brave Woman

by Bowditch & Dewey on

In law school, I wrote papers on the tax consequences of death and divorce for same-sex married couples. The conclusions I drew in those academic exercises included advising same-sex married couples to plan for tragedy well...more

South Dakota Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Remote Retailers; Next Step US Supreme Court?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On September 14, 2017, the South Dakota Supreme Court released its much-anticipated opinion in the Wayfair litigation, affirming a March 2017 trial court decision granting the remote retailer’s motion for summary judgment on...more

Hurricane Hardship and Loan Relief Also Extended to Hurricane Irma, Pension Relief and a Cybersecurity Update

by Winstead PC on

The Internal Revenue Service (the “Service”) issued and announcement providing relief from verification of the qualification of an individual’s request for a hardship withdrawal or a loan in order for a person to obtain the...more

Payments Clause in City Contract Deemed Unconstitutional When it Suspends the City’s Ability to Tax

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Russell City Energy Co. LLC v. City of Hayward - Court of Appeal, First District (August 7, 2017) - In Russell City Energy Co. LLC v. City of Hayward, the California Court of Appeals held that a payments clause in a...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: December 2016 and March, April, June, and August 2017

by Sands Anderson PC on

Happy Fall! The Virginia Supreme Court issued a number of opinions since my last update affecting local government law. Its work resulted in opinions addressing...more

Taxes By Voter Initiative Not Restricted By Article XIII C of the California Constitution - California Supreme Court Holds That...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The power of the initiative is the power of the electorate to propose new laws subject to approval by voters. Filed yesterday, California Cannabis Coalition v. City of Upland et al. looks at the interplay between the...more

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