State & Local

  • June 13, 2024

    NYC Dance Club's Tickets Freed From $2M In Sales Tax

    A New York City dance club isn't on the hook for a $2 million state sales tax bill on its admission charges because its techno music shows qualified as a tax-exempt live music performance, a state administrative law judge determined Thursday.

  • June 13, 2024

    Mich. Bill Seeks Income Tax Credit For Home Down Payments

    Michigan would create an income tax credit for homebuyers who purchase a single-family residence that would equal a portion of the down payment amount as part of a bill introduced in the state House of Representatives.

  • June 13, 2024

    Ohio Senate OKs Requiring Tax Payments For Property Splits

    Ohio would require delinquent property taxes to be paid before a real parcel was subdivided or transferred and would prohibit tax-delinquent property owners from buying tax-foreclosed property under a bill passed by the state Senate.

  • June 13, 2024

    NY Babysitter Can Get Earned Income Tax Credits, ALJ Rules

    A New York woman who was paid cash for babysitting was able to prove she was entitled to the state's and New York City's earned income tax credits, an administrative law judge said in a determination released Thursday. 

  • June 13, 2024

    Mo. City Tax Credit Suit Tossed Over Federal Jurisdiction

    A federal judge dismissed a Kansas City, Missouri, resident's claims that the city unconstitutionally refused to credit his state income taxes paid to Kansas against his city earnings tax liabilities, ruling that a federal law barred the case from being lodged in federal court.

  • June 13, 2024

    La. AG Tells Parish That Sheriff Has Tax Collection Authority

    A Louisiana parish cannot shift occupational license tax collection responsibilities from its sheriff to its president's office, the state attorney general's office said in an opinion.

  • June 13, 2024

    Ariz. Lawmakers OK Expanding Jet Fuel Definition For Tax

    Arizona would expand the definition of jet fuel subject to state's 3.05-cent-per-gallon excise tax under a bill sent to Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs.

  • June 12, 2024

    NY Court Strikes Housing Tax Break's Labor Dispute Process

    A New York state court has undercut a provision in a since-expired affordable housing tax break that enabled a city watchdog to issue judgments against developers who underpaid construction workers, deeming the provision unconstitutional because decisions could not be appealed.

  • June 12, 2024

    Senate Budget Chair Seeks End To Carried Interest Tax Break

    Lawmakers should end the favorable tax treatment of income from carried interest compared with ordinary earned income, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse said Wednesday.

  • June 12, 2024

    Mass. Tax Board Knocks $4M Off Valuation Of Elder Housing

    A Massachusetts tax panel slashed the valuation of a residential complex for low-income seniors by nearly two-thirds in a decision released Wednesday, agreeing with the owner that restrictions on the property justified a lower assessment.

  • June 12, 2024

    NM Home Dialysis Co. Gets $2M Tax Bill Thrown Out

    A New Mexico business that provides at-home dialysis care to patients was wrongly hit with a $2 million gross receipts tax assessment and penalty notice, the state Administrative Hearings Office ruled, finding the company provided exempt healthcare services.

  • June 12, 2024

    Mass. Tax Board Says No To Decrease In Parcel Values

    The owner of a pair of Massachusetts land parcels failed to show they were overvalued by local assessors, a state tax board ruled in a decision released Wednesday, saying the owner sought relief beyond the board's authority on several issues.

  • June 12, 2024

    Ohio Bill Seeks Tax Break For Items Bought By Logistics Cos.

    Ohio would create a sales and use tax exemption for items purchased by logistics businesses to transport manufactured products, general merchandise and grocery products under a bill introduced in the state Senate.

  • June 12, 2024

    Ore. Tax Court Affirms No Retroactive Fix To Home Value

    The tax valuation of an Oregon residence erroneously assessed at a larger square footage cannot be retroactively reduced, the Oregon Tax Court said, upholding the state tax department's rejection of the request.

  • June 12, 2024

    Kan. Tax Collection Through May Up $134M From Last Year

    Kansas' total tax revenue collected from July through May grew $134 million from the previous fiscal year, according to a monthly report by the state Department of Revenue.

  • June 12, 2024

    Ohio Tax Board Undoes Vacant Eatery's COVID-19 Value Cut

    An Ohio County Board of Revision erred when it lowered a vacant restaurant property's value after the property owner argued the value had dropped as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state Board of Tax Appeals ruled.

  • June 12, 2024

    Treasury Issued Over $1B In Clean Vehicle Tax Credits

    The clean vehicle tax credit of up to $7,500 has saved buyers more than $1 billion in total upfront costs since January, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday, saying the figures represent a major milestone in lowering transportation costs since the incentive was updated in 2022.

  • June 12, 2024

    Florida Net Revenue Through April Beats Estimate By $879M

    Florida's net revenue from July through April exceeded forecasts by $879 million, the state Office of Economic and Demographic Research reported.

  • June 12, 2024

    Colo. Dept. OKs Tax Credit For Donations To Adoption Agency

    Donations to an agency that seeks adoptive parents for children qualify for Colorado's child care contribution tax credit, the state Department of Revenue said.

  • June 11, 2024

    Tax Agencies Must Exercise Caution With AI, Experts Say

    Artificial intelligence has the potential to make tax administration more efficient and effective but must be approached with great caution to minimize significant risks including privacy, fairness and quality control, experts on the subject said Tuesday.

  • June 11, 2024

    Precedent Favors Nationwide In Mich. Tax Fight, Judge Says

    A Michigan Court of Appeals judge said Tuesday that the state's tax agency was asking the court to turn its back on recent precedent to hold that Nationwide entities couldn't file as a unitary business to share insurance tax credits across their group members.

  • June 11, 2024

    RI Lawmakers OK Sharing Info About Biz Entities' Tax Status

    Rhode Island would allow its Division of Taxation and secretary of state's office to share information on a business' tax status as part of a bill passed by lawmakers and headed to the governor.

  • June 11, 2024

    NY Senate Confirms Gov.'s Appointment To Tax Tribunal

    The New York State Senate confirmed Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul's nominee for the state's Tax Appeals Tribunal, according to a statement from the governor's office.

  • June 11, 2024

    Colo. To Allow Tax Credits For Gifts Through Intermediaries

    Colorado will allow taxpayers to claim income tax credits for charitable gifts made through certain intermediaries instead of directly to qualifying organizations under a bill signed by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis.

  • June 11, 2024

    NJ City's Watershed Property Is Subject To Tax, Court Says

    An undeveloped property in West Milford, New Jersey, that's owned by Newark was properly valued by West Milford, as the property is a watershed subject to tax, the New Jersey Tax Court ruled. 

Featured Stories

  • Staffing Hurdles Could Slow Impact Of IRS Audit Boost

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    The Internal Revenue Service's intended ramping up of enforcement on wealthy people, large corporations and complex partnerships may not have a meaningful impact in the short term because of challenges in hiring and training people to do the work.

  • Digital Taxes May Take Hold Regardless Of Treaty Signing

    Natalie Olivo

    An internationally agreed-upon freeze on digital levies may continue to thaw even if countries meet their impending deadline to sign a related treaty for new corporate tax rules, in part because the accord faces a hazy path to formal ratification.

  • Pa. Business Income Rule Sparks Worries Of Tax Overreach

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    A regulation that the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue proposed to outline what constitutes apportionable business income has raised concerns from tax practitioners over whether the agency is seeking to expand its taxing authority over multistate businesses.

Expert Analysis

  • Calif. Budget Will Likely Have Unexpected Tax Consequences

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    A temporary suspension of net operating loss deductions and business incentive tax credits, likely to be approved on June 15 as part of California’s next budget, may create unanticipated tax liabilities for businesses that modeled recently completed transactions on current law, says Myra Sutanto Shen at Wilson Sonsini.

  • Litigation Inspiration: Attys Can Be Heroic Like Olympians

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    Although litigation won’t earn anyone an Olympic medal in Paris this summer, it can be worthy of the same lasting honor if attorneys exercise focused restraint — seeking both their clients’ interests and those of the court — instead of merely pursuing every advantage short of sanctionable conduct, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • Lean Into The 'Great Restoration' To Retain Legal Talent

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    As the “great resignation,” in which employees voluntarily left their jobs in droves, has largely dissipated, legal employers should now work toward the idea of a “great restoration,” adopting strategies to effectively hire, onboard and retain top legal talent, says Molly McGrath at Hiring & Empowering Solutions.

  • How Cannabis Rescheduling May Alter Paraphernalia Imports

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    The Biden administration's recent proposal to loosen federal restrictions on marijuana use raises questions about how U.S. Customs and Border Protection enforcement policies may shift when it comes to enforcing a separate federal ban on marijuana accessory imports, says R. Kevin Williams at Clark Hill.

  • Fishing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Atop the list of ways fishing makes me a better lawyer is the relief it offers from the chronic stress of a demanding caseload, but it has also improved my listening skills and patience, and has served as an exceptional setting for building earnest relationships, says Steven DeGeorge​​​​​​​ at Robinson Bradshaw.

  • A Healthier Legal Industry Starts With Emotional Intelligence

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    The legal profession has long been plagued by high rates of mental health issues, in part due to attorneys’ early training and broader societal stereotypes — but developing one’s emotional intelligence is one way to foster positive change, collectively and individually, says attorney Esperanza Franco.

  • To Make Your Legal Writing Clear, Emulate A Master Chef

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    To deliver clear and effective written advocacy, lawyers should follow the model of a fine dining chef — seasoning a foundation of pure facts with punchy descriptors, spicing it up with analogies, refining the recipe and trimming the fat — thus catering to a sophisticated audience of decision-makers, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Circuit Judge Writes An Opinion, AI Helps: What Now?

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    Last week's Eleventh Circuit opinion in Snell v. United Specialty Insurance, notable for a concurrence outlining the use of artificial intelligence to evaluate a term's common meaning, is hopefully the first step toward developing a coherent basis for the judiciary's generative AI use, says David Zaslowsky at Baker McKenzie.

  • Ohio Tax Talk: The Legislative Push For Property Tax Relief

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    As Ohio legislators attempt to alleviate the increasing property tax burden, four recent bills that could significantly affect homeowners propose to eliminate replacement property tax levies, freeze property taxes for longtime homeowners, adjust homestead exemptions annually for inflation, and temporarily expand the homestead exemption, say Raghav Agnihotri and Rachael Chamberlain at Frost Brown.

  • Looking South With A Smile: SALT In Review

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    From Mississippi's long walk toward repealing its personal income tax to a welcome stroke for open government in Kentucky, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Trauma-Informed Legal Approaches For Pro Bono Attorneys

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    As National Trauma Awareness Month ends, pro bono attorneys should nevertheless continue to acknowledge the mental and physical effects of trauma, allowing them to better represent clients, and protect themselves from compassion fatigue and burnout, say Katherine Cronin at Stinson and Katharine Manning at Blackbird.

  • How Attys Can Avoid Pitfalls When Withdrawing From A Case

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    The Trump campaign's recent scuffle over its bid to replace its counsel in a pregnancy retaliation suit offers a chance to remind attorneys that many troubles inherent in withdrawing from a case can be mitigated or entirely avoided by communicating with clients openly and frequently, says Christopher Konneker at Orsinger Nelson.

  • Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

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    From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.