State & Local

  • 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

    Digital Taxes May Take Hold Regardless Of Treaty Signing

    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.

  • 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. 

  • June 11, 2024

    Texas General Revenue Up $263M From Last Fiscal Year

    Texas brought in $263 million more in general revenue from September through May than it did during the same period last fiscal year, the state comptroller's office said.

  • June 11, 2024

    Conn. Man's Land Not Used For Farming, Appeals Court Finds

    A tax assessor in Connecticut properly declassified a property owner's land as farmland, the state's appellate court ruled in an opinion released Tuesday, affirming a trial court's finding that the property was no longer used for farming.

  • June 11, 2024

    No Tax Owed On Mailed Ads, Insurer Tells Mich. Appeals Court

    Advertisements mailed for a Michigan insurance provider by an out-of-state direct-mail contractor should not incur the state's use tax, the insurer told a state appeals court Tuesday.

  • June 11, 2024

    Global Combined Reporting Catches States' Eyes, Expert Says

    States in the last two years are showing interest in worldwide combined reporting at a level not seen in decades, a tax expert said.

  • June 11, 2024

    Ohio Revenue Through May Misses Estimate By $1B

    Ohio general revenue fund receipts from July through May totaled roughly $1 billion less than expected, according to the state's Office of Budget and Management.

  • June 11, 2024

    State Tax Agencies Should Eye Chevron Cases, Official Says

    Although the concept known as Chevron deference refers to federal agencies' interpretations of ambiguous laws, state tax officials should be paying close attention to the outcome of two cases that could overturn or significantly weaken Chevron as soon as Thursday, an official said.

Expert Analysis

  • Practicing Law With Parkinson's Disease

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    This Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Adam Siegler at Greenberg Traurig discusses his experience working as a lawyer with Parkinson’s disease, sharing both lessons on how to cope with a diagnosis and advice for supporting colleagues who live with the disease.

  • Why Supreme Court Should Allow Repatriation Tax To Stand

    If the U.S. Supreme Court doesn't reject the taxpayers' misguided claims in Moore v. U.S. that the mandatory repatriation tax is unconstitutional, it could wreak havoc on our system of taxation and result in a catastrophic loss of revenue for the government, say Christina Mason and Theresa Balducci at Herrick Feinstein.

  • For Lawyers, Pessimism Should Be A Job Skill, Not A Life Skill

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    A pessimistic mindset allows attorneys to be effective advocates for their clients, but it can come with serious costs for their personal well-being, so it’s crucial to exercise strategies that produce flexible optimism and connect lawyers with their core values, says Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • Trump's NY Civil Fraud Trial Spotlights Long-Criticized Law

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    A New York court’s recent decision holding former President Donald Trump liable for fraud brought old criticisms of the state law used against him back into the limelight — including its strikingly broad scope and its major departures from the traditional elements of common law fraud, say Mark Kelley and Lois Ahn at MoloLamken.

  • Speaking Of Ideas Hard To Swallow: SALT In Review

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    From a Pennsylvania bill that would force corporate tax disclosure to a proposed candy tax in California, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Requiring Leave To File Amicus Briefs Is A Bad Idea

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    A proposal to amend the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure that would require parties to get court permission before filing federal amicus briefs would eliminate the long-standing practice of consent filing and thereby make the process less open and democratic, says Lawrence Ebner at the Atlantic Legal Foundation and DRI Center.

  • 4 Ways To Motivate Junior Attorneys To Bring Their Best

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    As Gen Z and younger millennial attorneys increasingly express dissatisfaction with their work and head for the exits, the lawyers who manage them must understand and attend to their needs and priorities to boost engagement and increase retention, says Stacey Schwartz at Katten.

  • Former Minn. Chief Justice Instructs On Writing Better Briefs

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    Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, now at Greenberg Traurig, offers strategies on writing more effective appellate briefs from her time on the bench.

  • Stay Interviews Are Key To Retaining Legal Talent

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    Even as the economy shifts and layoffs continue, law firms still want to retain their top attorneys, and so-called stay interviews — informal conversations with employees to identify potential issues before they lead to turnover — can be a crucial tool for improving retention and morale, say Tina Cohen Nicol and Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey.

  • Neb. Justices Should Weigh IRC Terms In Dividend Tax Case

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    Nebraska’s highest court, which will hear oral arguments in Precision CastParts v. Department of Revenue on April 1, should recognize that the Internal Revenue Code provides key clues to defining “dividends received or deemed to be received,” and therefore limits Nebraska’s tax on foreign-sourced corporate income, says Joseph Schmidt at Ryan.

  • Strange But True, Here And There: SALT In Review

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    From a confusing proposal to relocate the Louisiana Tax Commission to a perplexing legislative vote on a citizen initiative in Washington state, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Judicial Independence Is Imperative This Election Year

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    As the next election nears, the judges involved in the upcoming trials against former President Donald Trump increasingly face political pressures and threats of violence — revealing the urgent need to safeguard judicial independence and uphold the rule of law, says Benes Aldana at the National Judicial College.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

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