State & Local

  • May 22, 2024

    DC Empty Building Not Eligible For Tax Exemption, Court Says

    The owner of a vacant building in Washington, D.C., can't claim an exemption from the district's vacant building property tax rate because the owner claimed the exemption outside the allowed two-year period, the district's highest court ruled.

  • May 22, 2024

    Fla. Dept. Owes Biz $1.2M In Interest, Fuel Supplier Tells Court

    The Florida Department of Revenue owes a 7-Eleven fuel supplier $1.2 million in interest on a refund of a duplicate tax assessment the department was ordered to pay, the supplier told a state court.

  • May 22, 2024

    Minn. Lawmakers OK Family Leave Payroll Tax Boost

    Minnesota would raise the payroll premium for its yet-to-begin paid family and medical leave program under a bill passed by state lawmakers in the final hours of their session.

  • May 22, 2024

    SC Expands Abandoned Building Credit, Adds Railroad Credit

    South Carolina expanded its tax credit for the revitalization of abandoned buildings and provided an income tax credit for railroad reconstruction under a bill signed by the governor.

  • May 22, 2024

    SC General Revenue Through April Up $333M From Last Year

    South Carolina's general revenue collection from July through April was up $333 million from last year, the state Board of Economic Advisors reported.

  • May 22, 2024

    ND General Fund Revenue Up $264M From Forecast

    North Dakota general revenue collection from July through April was up $264 million from budget estimates, the state's Legislative Council reported.

  • May 22, 2024

    NYC's Proposed Split From State Tax Regs Sparks Pushback

    New York City's plan to have its coming corporate tax overhaul regulations diverge from certain areas in the state's rules has drawn criticism from practitioners who say the proposals could increase compliance burdens and cut against the underlying law's intent to apply market-based sourcing.

  • May 22, 2024

    Ariz. General Revenues Through April Top Forecast By $120M

    Arizona general revenue fund from July through April was $120 million higher than forecasts, the state Joint Legislative Budget Committee reported.

  • May 22, 2024

    Colo. Extends And Ups Conservation Easement Tax Credit

    Colorado will extend and increase the amount available for its conservation easement tax credit under legislation signed by the governor.

  • May 21, 2024

    SC Justices Urged To Review $12.5M Amazon Tax Dispute

    South Carolina's highest court should review an appeals court's opinion that Amazon was required to collect and remit sales tax on products sold on its marketplace in 2016 and owes the state $12.5 million in tax, according to amicus briefs Law360 obtained Tuesday.

  • May 21, 2024

    Nixing Green Energy Tax Perks Would Be Tough For Trump

    Former President Donald Trump has vowed to scrap Democrats' signature 2022 climate law should he get reelected in November, but following through on that campaign promise could prove difficult amid bipartisan support for many of the law's clean energy tax incentives and a potentially divided Congress.

  • May 21, 2024

    Nev. Commission Floats Regs To Implement Tax On Cannabis

    Nevada would establish requirements for implementing the state's excise tax on cannabis that would apply to products obtained or bought by a "cannabis consumption lounge" and would clarify tax reporting rules for retail sales of cannabis under regulations proposed by the state Tax Commission.

  • May 21, 2024

    CohnReznick Adds PwC Partner To International Tax Practice

    CohnReznick has a new principal in its international tax practice who previously served as a partner at PwC, the firm announced.

  • May 21, 2024

    22 States Tell 11th Circ. Corp. Transparency Act Goes Too Far

    The federal Corporate Transparency Act unconstitutionally displaces state authority and its enforcement would economically harm states and their residents, attorneys general from 22 states told the Eleventh Circuit, urging it to uphold a ruling that struck down the law.

  • May 21, 2024

    South Carolina Conforms To Federal Tax Code Through 2023

    South Carolina will conform the state's tax laws to reflect changes made to the Internal Revenue Code through the end of last year as part of a bill signed by the governor.

  • May 21, 2024

    NM Dept. Proposes Tax Change For Short-Term Rentals

    New Mexico would clarify that businesses engaged in leasing short-term rentals are subject to gross receipts tax under a proposed rule published Tuesday by the state's revenue department.

  • May 21, 2024

    Ohio Tax Break Doesn't Apply To Farm's Vehicle, Board Says

    An Ohio farming business cannot claim a sales tax exemption on its purchase of a Mercedes-Benz vehicle because the vehicle was not primarily used for farming activity, that state Board of Tax Appeals ruled Tuesday.

  • May 21, 2024

    Ind. Tax Court Says New Home Owner Entitled To Tax Refund

    An Indiana company is entitled to a property tax refund for overpayments it made after acquiring a home in a foreclosure sale, but not for the taxes paid by another lender on behalf of the former owner, the state tax court ruled.

  • May 21, 2024

    Va. Tax Head Clarifies Co.'s Base Year Employment

    A manufacturing company that acquired a Virginia production facility properly determined its base year employment as zero and can elect a single sales factor apportionment method, the state tax commissioner ruled.

  • May 21, 2024

    Strategic Hiring Was The New Normal For BigLaw In 2023

    The 400 largest law firms by headcount in the U.S. grew more slowly in 2023 than in the previous two years, while Kirkland & Ellis LLP surpassed the 3,000-attorney threshold, according to the latest Law360 ranking.

  • May 21, 2024

    The Law360 400: Tracking The Largest US Law Firms

    The legal market expanded more tentatively in 2023 than in previous years amid a slowdown in demand for legal services, especially in transactions, an area that has been sluggish but is expected to quicken in the near future.

  • May 20, 2024

    NY Senate Approves Making Usage Of Tax 'Zappers' A Felony

    New York would make it a crime to make, sell, install or use software used to falsify electronic records to avoid taxes under legislation passed by the state Senate on Monday.

  • May 20, 2024

    Virginia Co. Can't Escape Tax After Exiting Bankruptcy

    A Virginia company that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy is on the hook for a disputed corporate income tax assessment because the liability occurred after the company emerged from bankruptcy, the state's tax commissioner said.

  • May 20, 2024

    Va. Woman Owes Additional Income Tax, Commissioner Finds

    A Virginia woman's adjusted gross income was correctly increased by the state Department of Taxation based on information from the Internal Revenue Service, the state tax commission said.

  • May 20, 2024

    Va. Construction Biz's Workers Not Employees, Tax Head Says

    A Virginia construction company was wrongly assessed withholding tax, the state's tax commissioner said, finding the company's workers should have been considered independent contractors rather than employees.

Featured Stories

  • NYC's Proposed Split From State Tax Regs Sparks Pushback

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    New York City's plan to have its coming corporate tax overhaul regulations diverge from certain areas in the state's rules has drawn criticism from practitioners who say the proposals could increase compliance burdens and cut against the underlying law's intent to apply market-based sourcing.

  • Nixing Green Energy Tax Perks Would Be Tough For Trump

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    Former President Donald Trump has vowed to scrap Democrats' signature 2022 climate law should he get reelected in November, but following through on that campaign promise could prove difficult amid bipartisan support for many of the law's clean energy tax incentives and a potentially divided Congress.

  • In Hush Money Case, Jury May Choose To Keep Silent, Too

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    Though Donald Trump's gag order violations have earned him a threat of jail time, First Amendment experts say jurors in the New York case will likely be free to speak their mind afterward if they want to — a dynamic that in rare instances has led to posttrial controversy.

Expert Analysis

  • Tax Assessment: Recapping Georgia's Legislative Session

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    Jonathan Feldman and Alla Raykin at Eversheds Sutherland examine tax-related changes from Georgia’s General Assembly — such as the governor’s successful push to accelerate income tax cuts — and suggest steps to take before certain tax incentives are challenged in the state's next legislative session.

  • Geothermal Energy Has Growing Potential In The US

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    Bipartisan support for the geothermal industry shows that geothermal energy can be an elegant solution toward global decarbonization efforts because of its small footprint, low supply chain risk, and potential to draw on the skills of existing highly specialized oil and gas workers and renewable specialists, say attorneys at Weil.

  • Bad Ideas That Won't Go Away: SALT In Review

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    From California's latest move toward a digital ad tax to Kansas' proposed tax credits for film production, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Exploring An Alternative Model Of Litigation Finance

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    A new model of litigation finance, most aptly described as insurance-backed litigation funding, differs from traditional funding in two key ways, and the process of securing it involves three primary steps, say Bob Koneck, Christopher Le Neve Foster and Richard Butters at Atlantic Global Risk LLC.

  • Trump Hush Money Case Offers Master Class In Trial Strategy

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    The New York criminal hush money trial of former President Donald Trump typifies some of the greatest challenges that lawyers face in crafting persuasive presentations, providing lessons on how to handle bad facts, craft a simple story that withstands attack, and cross-examine with that story in mind, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • A Vision For Economic Clerkships In The Legal System

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    As courts handle increasingly complex damages analyses involving vast amounts of data, an economic clerkship program — integrating early-career economists into the judicial system — could improve legal outcomes and provide essential training to clerks, say Mona Birjandi at Data for Decisions and Matt Farber at Secretariat.

  • E-Discovery Quarterly: Recent Rulings On Text Message Data

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    Electronically stored information on cellphones, and in particular text messages, can present unique litigation challenges, and recent court decisions demonstrate that counsel must carefully balance what data should be preserved, collected, reviewed and produced, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Kentucky Tax Talk: Budget Focus Cools Tax Reform Efforts

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    There were some noteworthy tax developments during Kentucky’s legislative session — like the revival of local tax reform and enactment of another tax amnesty program — but major tax initiatives, like those seen in recent years, were largely tabled as legislators focused on establishing the state’s two-year budget, say attorneys at Frost Brown.

  • NY Tax Talk: Primary Function Is Key Analysis For Sales Tax

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    Two sales tax cases recently decided by New York's Appellate Division illustrate why both taxpayers and the state's Department of Revenue subscribe to the primary function test, a logical way to determine whether business transactions are subject to sales tax, say Elizabeth Cha and Jeremy Gove at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Time To Fix NYC's Broken Property Assessment System

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    A New York appellate court's decision to revive Tax Equity Now New York v. City of New York may force the city to revamp its outdated and unfair real estate tax assessment system, which could be fixed with a couple of simple changes, says Seth Feldman at Romer Debbas.

  • Strange Notions Bubble Up: SALT In Review

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    From an assault on North Carolina's phaseout of its corporate income tax to a court ruling on the taxability of sparkling water in Pennsylvania, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Don't Use The Same Template For Every Client Alert

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    As the old marketing adage goes, consistency is key, but law firm style guides need consistency that contemplates variety when it comes to client alert formats, allowing attorneys to tailor alerts to best fit the audience and subject matter, says Jessica Kaplan at Legally Penned.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Follow The Iron Rule Of Trial Logic

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    Many diligent and eager attorneys include every good fact, point and rule in their trial narratives — spurred by the gnawing fear they’ll be second-guessed for leaving something out — but this approach ignores a fundamental principle of successful trial lawyering, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.