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Supreme Court of Ohio Provides Sales Tax Guidance on Employment Services

by Reed Smith on

The Supreme Court of Ohio issued a decision in Accel Inc. v. Testa, in which it determined that some of a taxpayer’s purchases of employment services were not subject to Ohio sales tax, because those purchases fell within an...more

The Federal Tax Reform Proposals and the Likelihood of a Disappearing SALT Deduction

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Here's what you need to know about the likelihood of a disappearing SALT deduction. We have hesitated to jump on the bandwagon of firms rushing to inform you of what you probably already know about the federal tax reform...more

Act Fast: Tax Amnesty Program Offers Huge Opportunity

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

The Rhode Island Division of Taxation is offering a tax amnesty window program, beginning December 1. This is the first amnesty program since 2012, and the terms (discussed below) are very favorable to taxpayers. Any taxpayer...more

Pa. 2017 Tax Bill Changes Withholding Requirements, Sales Tax, Corporate Income Tax, and Tax Appeal Procedure

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Tax Bill signed by Governor Tom Wolf on October 30, 2017 made several significant changes to Pennsylvania tax laws that are estimated to generate additional revenue for the Commonwealth. Notable changes under the new law...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

Measuring the Worth of Advisory Opinions: A New York Cloud Computing Illustration

by Alston & Bird on

Guidance from state tax departments can be a useful resource for analyzing how a state’s tax laws apply to a specific set of facts. But with increasing frequency, tax departments are releasing guidance that seems less...more

Kentucky’s Limited Renewable Energy Incentives

by Dickinson Wright on

In August 2007, Kentucky enacted the Incentives for Energy Independence Act (IEIA) program (KRS 154.27-010 through 154.27-090). As with any Kentucky administered tax incentive programs, the inducements under the IEIA are...more

California’s New Office of Tax Appeals Issues Preliminary Draft of Procedural Rules that Is Silent on Discovery Matters

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As part of Governor Jerry Brown’s 2017 budget bill, the California State Board of Equalization (SBE) was stripped of its functions that had been authorized by statute, leaving principally property tax matters deriving from...more

Massachusetts ‘Cookie’ Nexus Regulation Challenged... in Virginia Circuit Court

by Reed Smith on

On October 24, Crutchfield Corporation filed a declaratory judgment action challenging the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s “cookie” nexus regulation. The action asserts that the regulation violates the Commerce Clause...more

Pennsylvania Enacts Tax Bill

by Reed Smith on

On October 30, 2017, Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 542 (“HB 542”) into law to make several tax changes that will generate revenue for Pennsylvania’s 2017/2018 budget. In addition to imposing entirely new tax obligations...more

DC Office of Tax and Revenue Launches New QHTC Sales and Use Tax Exemption Application/Pre-Certification Process

On November 1, 2017, the District of Columbia will begin implementing a new sales and use tax exemption application process for Qualified High Technology Companies (QHTCs). Previously, QHTCs could provide sales and use tax...more

Ohio Department of Taxation Issues New Sales and Use Tax Economic Nexus Information Releases

by Reed Smith on

On October 20, the Ohio Department of Taxation (the “Department”) issued an information release (“ST 2017–02”) explaining Ohio’s standard for “software” and “network” nexus for sales and use tax, which will take effect...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 8, Issue 10

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Tribunal Reverses ALJ and Holds that Department Impermissibly Discriminated Against Foreign Unauthorized Insurance Corporations - In an issue of first impression in New York, the New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal has...more

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe Receives Partial Victory in South Dakota Tax Case

by Holland & Knight LLP on

HIGHLIGHTS: •In a recent case before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe v. Gerlach, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe (Tribe) won a partial, but significant, victory...more

Pennsylvania Board of Appeals Sends Sales Tax Refund Claims to Audit: What Do You Do?

by Reed Smith on

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s Board of Appeals (the “Board”) is issuing orders dismissing large and complex sales and use tax refund petitions “without prejudice,” while directing the Department’s Bureau of Audits...more

Risky Business: Sales Tax Case Sets The Stage For SCOTUS Showdown

by Akerman LLP on

It has long been the law of the land that a taxpayer must have a discernable physical presence in a state before it can be required to collect and remit sales and use taxes. The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed this...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

Massachusetts to Move Forward With New “Cookie” Nexus Regulation Effective October 1

by Reed Smith on

On September 13, Massachusetts issued a final regulation that will require many “internet vendors” without traditional “physical presence” in Massachusetts to collect and remit sales and use tax, effective beginning October...more

Illinois DOR Proposes Use Tax Nexus Standards for Trade Show Retailers

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Illinois Department of Revenue (Department) has issued a proposed new administrative rule addressing the nexus implications for out-of-state retailers attending trade shows in Illinois. The proposed rule reaffirms the...more

23 States Join the Multistate Tax Commission Amnesty Ending on October 17, 2017: “Fulfillment by Amazon” Companies Targeted

This article provides practitioners with a practical overview of (1) the changing law of nexus; (2) the Multistate Tax Commission Amnesty Program ending on October 17, 2017; and (3) on-going state voluntary disclosure...more

South Dakota Supreme Court Strikes Down ‘Kill-Quill’ Law

by Reed Smith on

Just two weeks after holding oral argument, the South Dakota Supreme Court issued its decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, et al., striking down South Dakota’s “kill-Quill” law. South Dakota’s law would have imposed sales tax...more

Virginia’s Tourism Development Financing Program Gains Steam Around the State

by Williams Mullen on

The unique financing alternative afforded to tourism project developers under Virginia Code Section 58.1-3851.1 creates exciting opportunities for growth in tourism and resort areas throughout the state. The expected...more

Rhode Island State Tax – 2018 Budget Highlights

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

After some delay, Rhode Island's budget bill (H. 5175Aaa) was finally signed into law by the governor on August 3, 2017. The budget contains a number of changes impacting the administration of state and local taxes, not the...more

Purchases of Truck Leasing Company not exempt from Indiana Sales and Use Tax under Public Transportation Exemption

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In Schilli Leasing, Inc. v. Indiana Dep’t of State Rev., Cause No. 49T10-1306-TA-00054 (Aug. 31, 2017), the Indiana Tax Court denied the public transportation exemption from sales and use tax for purchases of a truck leasing...more

One Step Closer to Quill’s Downfall? South Dakota Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in 'Kill-Quill' Case

by Reed Smith on

The South Dakota Supreme Court heard oral argument in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. The case involves a South Dakota law enacted in 2016 that imposes an economic nexus standard to determine whether out-of-state retailers are...more

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