State & Local

  • May 01, 2024

    Colo. House OKs Quantum Tech Investment Tax Credits

    Colorado would create a pair of tax credits to promote investment in quantum technology development facilities, available only to entities receiving certain federal grants, under legislation passed by the state House of Representatives.

  • May 01, 2024

    Tax Credit Transfer Regs Show IRS Caution In Rulemaking

    The IRS and Treasury's final rules on the sale and transfer of green energy credits maintained a strict reading of the statute while making few changes, a sign of caution by regulators amid judicial scrutiny of the government's rulemaking authority.

  • April 30, 2024

    TracFone Must Pay Wash. City's Utility Tax

    Prepaid phone businesses are utilities and can be taxed as such under Washington state law, according to a state appeals court that had been posed such a question as part of a dispute between TracFone and a Seattle suburb.

  • April 30, 2024

    Taxing Business Inputs Still Vexes MTC Digital Work Group

    A Multistate Tax Commission work group aiming to harmonize state tax rules for digital products continues to struggle with how to advise states on taxing business-to-business transactions associated with such projects, state officials said Tuesday.

  • April 30, 2024

    Colo. Beats Challenge To Fees In Transportation Funding Law

    A conservative group has not shown that fees passed in a 2021 transportation funding package in Colorado exceeded the legislature's taxing authority, a state judge said, throwing out the group's challenge to the fees.

  • April 30, 2024

    Okla. Expands Allowed Disclosure Of Confidential Tax Info

    Oklahoma expanded when the state Tax Commission may share confidential tax records and be immune from liability for the disclosure of such information under a bill signed by the governor.

  • April 30, 2024

    Okla. Will Allow Making Pass-Through Election With Filing

    A partnership or S corporation in Oklahoma will be able to make the election to be taxed as a pass-through entity by filing a timely income tax return under a bill signed by the governor.

  • April 30, 2024

    Maine Gov. Vetoes Plan For New Top Income Tax Bracket

    Maine's governor vetoed legislation that would have created a new tax bracket for high-income earners and expanded the tax bracket for the state's lowest income tax rate.

  • April 30, 2024

    Okla. Removes Limit On Industrial Development Tax Credit

    Oklahoma will expand a tax credit for qualified economic development expenditures in industrial parks, removing a limit on the credit, under a bill signed by the governor.

  • April 30, 2024

    Va. Tax Head Says Some Corp. Fees Not Subject To Add-Back

    A corporation filing a combined return for its affiliates in Virginia should have its exception to the state's add-back increased because buyer service fees should not be included in royalty expenses, the state tax commissioner ruled.

  • April 30, 2024

    IRS Rejects Arizona's Effort To Exempt State Tax Rebates

    The state of Arizona can't sue the federal government to litigate the personal claims of its taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service told a federal court in an effort to dismiss a bid by the state to exempt state tax rebates from federal income taxes.

  • April 30, 2024

    Va. Tax Head Orders Adjustment Of Liability Over NJ Rule

    A corporation with affiliates filing in Virginia should have its corporate income tax liability adjusted because the amount of tax the affiliates paid to New Jersey was higher due to a state rule, the Virginia tax commissioner said. 

  • April 30, 2024

    The Tax Angle: TCJA Teams, Dear Colleague Letters

    From a look at House GOP efforts to prepare for next year's expiration of their 2017 tax overhaul to ongoing attempts by lawmakers to draw attention and support for their own tax legislation, here's a peek into a reporter's notebook on a few of the week's developing tax stories.

  • April 30, 2024

    NYC Judge Upholds Hotel Taxes On Apartment Subleases

    A company that leased residential apartments in New York City is liable for more than $200,000 in disputed hotel taxes on short-term subleases of the units, an administrative law judge found.

  • April 30, 2024

    Va. Mining Co. Can Appeal Refund Denial, Commissioner Says

    A mining company that operated in Virginia can move forward with an appeal of a county's denial of a machinery and tools tax refund, the state's tax commissioner ruled.

  • April 30, 2024

    Ind. Dept. Drops Transaction Threshold From Nexus Rules

    The Indiana Department of Revenue issued updated guidance Tuesday to reflect legislation that removed a 200-transaction threshold from the state's rules for determining sales tax nexus for remote sellers.

  • April 30, 2024

    MTC To Tweak Draft Rule On Sourcing Trucking Receipts

    A Multistate Tax Commission work group is revising a draft rule that would provide states with an alternative method for sourcing receipts from trucking companies and is aiming to have changes finalized in the coming months, the work group's chair said Tuesday.

  • April 30, 2024

    Calif. Tax Committee Puts Digital Ad Tax Bill On Hold

    A California bill that would create a Maryland-style digital ad tax is on hold, tabled by a key committee.

  • April 29, 2024

    Vetoed Kan. Tax Cut Bill Falls One Vote Short Of Override

    The Kansas Senate fell one vote short Monday in its attempt to override the governor's veto of legislation that sought to cut taxes for individuals, banks and property owners, with some Republicans joining Democrats who opposed the plan's estimated $460 million annual price tag.

  • April 29, 2024

    Ex-COO Of Mo. Charity Gets 3 Years For Bribing Officials

    The former chief operating officer of a Missouri-based healthcare charity was sentenced to three years in prison Monday after admitting she and her husband, the charity's ex-chief financial officer, conspired to bribe elected officials in Arkansas, according to Missouri federal court documents.

  • April 29, 2024

    Calif. Senate OKs Eased Rules For SALT Cap Workaround

    California would ease payment requirements for eligible business owners seeking to pay an elective pass-through entity tax to get around the federal cap on state and local tax deductions under a bill that passed the state Senate.

  • April 29, 2024

    Pa. Retirement Home Wants Ed Board Tax Challenge Nixed

    The nonprofit owner of a retirement community in a suburb of Pittsburgh has filed a lawsuit against the local school board claiming that the board violated a soon-to-expire payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, agreement that was brokered almost 15 years ago.

  • April 29, 2024

    Colo. House OKs Sales Tax Break For Modular Homes

    Modular and manufactured homes would be completely exempt from Colorado sales and use taxes under legislation passed Monday by the House of Representatives that also amends some tax credits and eliminates several unused ones.

  • April 29, 2024

    Ind. Co. Rightly Denied Additional Refund, Tax Dept. Says

    An Indiana manufacturing company was correctly denied an additional sales tax refund for safety equipment and service contracts for computer software, according to a decision by the Department of Revenue.

  • April 29, 2024

    Colo. House OKs Agricultural Stewardship Tax Credits

    Colorado farms and ranches using certain agricultural stewardship practices would be eligible for tax credits worth up to $300,000 under legislation passed Monday by the state House of Representatives.

Expert Analysis

  • Holding These Truths Incontrovertible: SALT In Review

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    RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news, beginning with "almost irrefutable" observations delivered at a recent tax seminar.

  • LA's High-Value Real Estate Transfer Tax Should Be Scrapped

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    Los Angeles’ recently implemented high-value property transfer tax has chilled the real estate market, is failing to meet revenue expectations and raises significant constitutional concerns, making it a flawed piece of legislation that should be invalidated, says attorney Paul Weinberg.

  • Avoiding Negative Tax Consequences In Loan Modifications

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    Borrowers who may be caught in the dramatic uptick in nonperforming commercial real estate loans should consider strategies to avoid income and capital gains tax that may be triggered by loan modifications, says Aman Badyal at Glaser Weil.

  • Chapter 100 Incentives Can Offer Relief For Mo. Solar Projects

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    Although the Missouri Supreme Court's decision last year in Johnson v. Springfield Solar 1 overturned the state's tax exemption for solar energy systems, solar developers may still be able to use other mechanisms, like Chapter 100 incentives, to offset project costs, say Lizzy McEntire and Anna Kimbrell at Husch Blackwell.

  • Now Is The Time For State And Local Sales Tax Simplification

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    In the five years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, state and local governments increasingly rely on sales tax, but simple changes are needed to make compliance more manageable for taxpayers, wherever located, without unduly burdening interstate commerce, says Charles Maniace at Sovos.

  • Connecticut Tax Cuts And Missouri Movies: SALT In Review

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    From income tax cuts in Connecticut to film tax credits in Missouri, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • What To Make Of IRS' New Advance Pricing Guidance

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    Recent guidance on the IRS' goals for its advance pricing agreement system provides helpful insight into review and decision-making procedures for advance pricing agreement requests, but it also raises questions about the IRS' objectives, say Richard Slowinski and Stefanie Kavanagh at Alston & Bird.

  • For NY Wind And Solar Projects, Some Tax Assessment Clarity

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    Recent legislation, which moots a challenge to New York’s discounted cash flow method for assessing solar and wind project real property taxes, lifts a cloud of uncertainty and brings new considerations for developers, investors and lenders, say attorneys at Hodgson Russ.

  • The Reciprocal Tax Bill Is A Warning Shot At Pillar 2

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    A bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives to reciprocally tax countries deemed to have imposed discriminatory taxes on U.S. citizens and businesses takes aim at countries implementing the global minimum tax treaty known as Pillar Two, with which the U.S. has not complied, says Alan Cole at the Tax Foundation.

  • Cost To Gov't Means Justices Must Review NC Sales Tax Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court should review and overrule the North Carolina high court’s decision in Quad Graphics v. North Carolina Department of Revenue — an anticipatory overruling of precedent that expands the state sales tax base and imposes a stealth tax on the federal government, says Richard Pomp at the University of Connecticut Law School.

  • Potential Risks And Benefits Of NY Cannabis Crop Rescue Act

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    Though proposed legislation in New York would help struggling cannabis farmers by allowing them to sell their crops directly to consumers, it poses numerous challenges for retailers and the state’s regulatory framework — and striking the right balance here will be crucial to shaping a sustainable, equitable industry, say Meaghan Feenan and William Wolfe at Harris Beach.

  • La. Franchise Tax, Minn. Home Seizure: SALT In Review

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    From a proposal to phase out Louisiana's corporate franchise tax to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that a Minnesota county had no right to sell a woman's home for more than she owed, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • How New York State Budget Will Affect Business Taxpayers

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    The comprehensive state budget legislation recently finalized by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and the state Legislature did not include some especially concerning tax proposals, but it will subject some state taxpayers to increased tax liability and lengthier appeals, say attorneys at McDermott.

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