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Tangible Property

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

7 things you might not know about cybersecurity insurance

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The number of cyber attacks and data breaches are increasing, and the costs to respond to such incidents are also increasing. This underscores the importance of cyber insurance, a valuable tool that companies can access that...more

Massachusetts State Tax Developments

by Reed Smith on

Welcome to the latest Reed Smith update on recent developments in Massachusetts state tax. In this update, we’ll discuss the following developments: - Corporate excise tax implications of the Department’s decision to...more

MTC Adopts Allocation and Apportionment Regulations

In a rare special meeting on February 24, 2017, the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) adopted amendments to the MTC’s Model General Allocation and Apportionment Regulations (Model Regulations) that it has worked on since 2014....more

Christmas Comes Early: IRS Provides Additional Year of Relief for Taxpayers Seeking to Implement Tangible Property Rules

On December 20, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (the Service) issued Notice 2017-6, which provides relief for a taxpayer seeking to change accounting methods in connection with the final tangible property regulations...more

Sukuk vs. bonds - Sukuk, the Islamic alternative to conventional bonds, is rapidly and steadily gaining ground in Turkey.

by White & Case LLP on

Sukuk typically represent an undivided beneficial ownership interest in certain tangible assets (save for certain receivables, such as zhimam or duyun), the usufruct of an asset or certain projects or investment activities. ...more

Sales Tax Exemption for Manufacturing Held Inapplicable for Oil and Gas Equipment, but Questions Remain

by Bracewell LLP on

Southwest Royalties, Inc. v. Hegar, No. 14-0743 (Tex. June 17, 2016)(“Southwest”), addresses the applicability of a sales tax exemption for property sold for use in manufacturing in the context of oil and gas production....more

Spotlight on Alabama: Sales Tax Held Not to Apply to Tangible Personal Property

by Baker Donelson on

The issue of whether photographers, and specifically commercial photographers, must collect and remit Alabama sales tax on charges for their services and the tangible property associated with those services, has been a topic...more

California FTB to Discuss Apportionment of Combined Group Income

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) will hold a second Interested Parties Meeting at their office in Rancho Cordova on April 20, 2016, dealing with the apportionment of income for combined reporting groups with both...more

Precedential Cloud Victory in Michigan Court of Appeals

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On October 27, 2015, a three-judge panel sitting for the Michigan Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed a lower court decision finding that the use of cloud-based services in Michigan is not subject to use tax in Auto-Owners...more

Bad Day for California as TTA Sales Tax Exemption for Software Is Broadly Reaffirmed by Appellate Court – Will Taxpayer Refund...

In a significant rebuff of the California State Board of Equalization (BOE), the California Second District Court of Appeal held that a manufacturer’s sale of software on tangible media was exempt from sales tax under the...more

Proposed Regulations Dramatically Change U.S. Federal Tax Treatment of Outbound Transfers of Intangible Property

On September 16, 2015, the Treasury Department (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published proposed regulations under section 367 and proposed and temporary regulations under section 482 that together would...more

Reed Smith Instrumental in New Proposed Regulations Concerning the Sales Taxation of Shipping Charges in Illinois

by Reed Smith on

On August 28, 2015, the Illinois Department of Revenue’s (the “Department”) proposed regulations clarifying the Department’s position on the sales taxation of shipping charges were posted to the Illinois Register, commencing...more

Michigan Supreme Court Approves Partial Use Tax Exemption for Transmission and Distribution Equipment

The Michigan Supreme Court held that an electric utility’s transmission and distribution equipment used for both taxable and exempt purposes qualifies for a partial sales and use tax exemption. See Detroit Edison Co. v. Dept....more

MTC Nearing Completion of Model Sourcing Regulation for Services and Intangibles

The Multistate Tax Commission’s (MTC) Annual Conference and Committee Meetings are being held on July 27-30, 2015, in Spokane, Washington. On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at approximately 1:00 pm PDT (exact time subject to...more

New Nevada Commerce Tax Effective July 1, 2015

by K&L Gates LLP on

While not purporting to give specific advice on Nevada tax law, the following is a summary of some of the general principals underlying the new tax law. A new Nevada Commerce Tax (“NCT”) was signed into law by Nevada Governor...more

Influential Business Group Requests Legislative Rejection of Proposed Rental Tax Regulation; Legislative Council Hearing Set for...

As previously reported, the Alabama Department of Revenue proposed a regulation imposing a rental tax on digital transmissions, broadly defined as “on demand movies, television programs, streaming video, streaming audio, and...more

Lessons Learned from the Robin Williams Litigation

Robin Williams died on August 11, 2014, and it did not take long for litigation to be filed over his estate, or more specifically, his living trust. Mr. Williams last rewrote his trust in January 2012, not long after marrying...more

A Saab Is Not A Tangible Object Either

We previously reported on a U.S. Supreme Court case which interpreted the evidence destruction provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley. A plurality of the Court held in Yates that destruction of fish was not destruction of a tangible...more

Tax: Tax Considerations for Technology Licenses

by Buchalter on

The parties to licenses of technology should consider tax issues with such licenses. The following is a summary of some of the tax implications that may arise with regard to technology licenses....more

New Tax Rules for Tangible Property

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Progress always requires change, and progress in the way we tax tangible property is no exception. The tangible property rules have long been one of the murkier areas of the federal tax code. But new regulations — the last...more

Louisiana Supreme Court Upholds Bundling Portable Toilet Leases and Cleaning Services, but Not Sure About True Object of Resulting...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

If you are ever waiting in line for portable toilet facilities at the St. Patty’s Day Parade and in need of something to think about, consider the property and service you are about to use: Is it the lease of tangible...more

Phase-Out of School District and Local Government Property Tax Replacement Payments Proposed

by Benesch on

In February 2015, the Ohio General Assembly introduced House Bill 64 (“H.B. 64”), which is the biennial operating budget bill for the biennium beginning July 1, 2015. H.B. 64 contains language that would restart the...more

Supreme Court Limits Scope of SOX Anti-Shredding Provision

The US Supreme Court recently reversed the conviction of a commercial fisherman, John L. Yates, accused of violating 18 U.S.C. § 1519, also known as the anti-shredding provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), holding that...more

U.S. Supreme Court Finds That SOX’s Anti-Shredding Provision Does Not Apply To Fish

by Snell & Wilmer on

When one thinks of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX)—a law created to restore trust in the financial markets following the collapse of Enron—red grouper is not usually the first thing that comes to mind. Nevertheless, the...more

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