State & Local

  • April 10, 2024

    Trump Fails Again To Halt NY Trial Over Claim Judge Is Biased

    Donald Trump on Wednesday tried and failed for the third time in as many days to delay his upcoming hush-money trial, after arguing the judge should be removed for supposed bias and that the judge's rules were preventing him from defending himself.

  • April 10, 2024

    Rhode Island Extends Filing, Payment Deadlines After Storms

    Rhode Island will extend some state tax filing and payment deadlines from April to July for people and businesses affected by storms and flooding, the state Division of Taxation said Wednesday.

  • April 10, 2024

    Pa. House Committee To Consider SALT Cap Workaround

    Pennsylvania would allow pass-through entities to elect to be taxed at the entity level as a workaround to the $10,000 federal cap on state and local tax deductions under a bill referred to the House Appropriations Committee. 

  • April 10, 2024

    NC Tax Revenue Collection Through Feb. Down $187M

    North Carolina's total revenue from July through February was roughly $187 million below last year's figure, according to a monthly report released by the state controller office.

  • April 10, 2024

    Md. Digital Ad Tax Rule Illegally Bars Speech, Chamber Says

    A provision in Maryland's digital ad tax law barring companies from directly passing the tax through to consumers regulates companies' speech, not just their conduct, violating the First Amendment, business groups told a federal court.

  • April 10, 2024

    Ex-Trump Finance Chief Weisselberg Jailed For Perjury

    A New York state judge on Wednesday sentenced former Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg to five months in jail for lying under oath in the attorney general's civil fraud case against Donald Trump and his business associates, imprisoning a close ally of the former president on the eve of his hush-money trial.

  • April 09, 2024

    NYC Developers Get $270M In Financing For Brooklyn Project

    The Gotham Organization, Monadnock Development and the Christian Cultural Center obtained $270 million in construction financing for the first phase of their mixed-use Innovative Urban Village project in Brooklyn, New York, according to an announcement.

  • April 09, 2024

    NYC Developers Blame Tax Break Loss For Apartment Slump

    The foundation application filings for multifamily housing in New York City declined significantly in March, which signifies a decline that began after the city's 421-A tax break expired in June 2022, the NYC developer trade group Real Estate Board of New York stated.

  • April 09, 2024

    Ohio Rep. Says Energy Taxes Could Offset Proposed Cuts

    Lost revenue resulting from a bill to end Ohio's income and business receipts taxes could come from new or increased taxes on energy production, a sponsor of the legislation told a state House of Representatives panel Tuesday.

  • April 09, 2024

    Ohio Justices Voice Displeasure With Woodland Deduction

    Several Ohio Supreme Court justices sounded skeptical Tuesday of the state tax commissioner's valuation of a deduction for clearing woodlands that factors into assessments of agricultural properties, saying the figure appeared to be arbitrarily low.

  • April 09, 2024

    Professor In Conn. Says NY Teleworker Tax Can't Reach Him

    A tax professor who lives in Connecticut but teaches in New York worked at home under mandate during the COVID-19 pandemic and none of his income during that time can be subject to New York's teleworker tax, he told the state Tax Appeals Tribunal on Tuesday.

  • April 09, 2024

    Pittsburgh Schools Sue To Force Countywide Reassessment

    The school district serving the city of Pittsburgh has filed a lawsuit in state court to compel Allegheny County to conduct a countywide reassessment of real estate values, arguing that taxation starting from a 12-year-old base level is putting homeowners in some neighborhoods at an unfair and unconstitutional disadvantage.

  • April 09, 2024

    Tenn. House OKs Broader Sales Tax Break For Data Centers

    Tennessee would expand a sales and use tax exemption for qualified data centers under a bill passed by the state House of Representatives.

  • April 09, 2024

    Ohio House Bill Seeks To End Double Taxation Of Deliverers

    Companies that deliver goods in Ohio, such as UberEats and Instacart, would be able to obtain a waiver to opt out of being considered a seller in order to avoid double taxation under a bill introduced Tuesday in the state House Ways and Means Committee. 

  • April 09, 2024

    Tenn. House OKs Corp. Tax Change, $800M In Rebates

    Corporations operating in Tennessee could be eligible for about $800 million in rebates for past tax payments along with reduced liabilities going forward under legislation approved by the state House of Representatives.

  • April 09, 2024

    Trump Loses 2nd Appellate Bid To Pause NY Criminal Trial

    A New York state appellate judge refused Tuesday to delay Donald Trump's upcoming criminal hush-money trial while the former president challenges a gag order, just one day after a different appeals judge declined to halt the trial due to supposed jury pool bias.

  • April 09, 2024

    Biz Group Looks To Sink NY's Tax Rule For Internet Activities

    A New York regulation outlining when certain online activities by out-of-state businesses exceed a federal law's protections against state income taxes unconstitutionally narrows the law's scope, the American Catalog Mailers Association said Tuesday in announcing a complaint filed in New York state court.

  • April 08, 2024

    NRA, LaPierre, Execs Seek To Ax $6M Misconduct Verdict

    The National Rifle Association, its longtime CEO Wayne LaPierre and two other executives asked a New York judge to throw out a Manhattan jury's verdict that they improperly used donor money, among other misconduct, and owe the gun rights group a total of $6.4 million.

  • April 08, 2024

    No Tax Cuts Or Hikes In Va. Budget, Youngkin Now Says

    Virginia would have neither tax cuts nor tax increases in the next biennial budget under an updated plan released Monday by Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who said he knew he must compromise with the Democratic-run General Assembly.

  • April 08, 2024

    Vermont Senate Receives New Top Income Tax Rate Bill

    Vermont would create a top income tax rate of 11.75% under a bill passed by the state House of Representatives and sent to the state Senate.

  • April 08, 2024

    Minn. Retroactively Delays Cut To NOL Deduction

    Minnesota is retroactively delaying a cut to its maximum income tax deduction for net operating losses under legislation signed into law Monday, correcting an error in a tax package enacted last year.

  • April 08, 2024

    RI Bill Would Expand Tax Break For Renewable Energy Items

    Rhode Island would expand a sales tax exemption for renewable energy products under a bill introduced in the state Senate.

  • April 08, 2024

    Va. Will Allow Installment Agreements For 'Omitted' Taxes

    Virginia will allow local officials to create installment agreements for those assessed taxes that should have been assessed in previous years, under a bill signed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin.

  • April 08, 2024

    Trump Can't Move Hush Money Trial, NY Appeals Judge Says

    A New York appellate judge on Monday denied Donald Trump's request to halt his upcoming hush money trial due to what the former president cast as a hopelessly biased jury pool in Manhattan, as he awaited a hearing on his separate bid to lift a gag order.

  • April 08, 2024

    Tenn. Extends Counties' Ability To Hire Collection Agents

    Tennessee removed the sunset date on a law that allows county trustees to hire collection agents to collect delinquent tangible personal property taxes under a bill signed by the governor. 

Expert Analysis

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • How 3 New Laws Change Calif. Nonprofits' Legal Landscape

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    Legislation that went into effect on Jan. 1 should be welcomed by California’s nonprofit organizations, which may now receive funding more quickly, rectify past noncompliance more easily and have greater access to the states’ security funding program, say Casey Williams and Brett Overby at Liebert Cassidy.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • Thinking Big And Soaking The Rich: SALT In Review

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    From a bold and broad tax plan in Louisiana to proposed legislation targeting the well-to-do in Rhode Island and Michigan, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Reimagining Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

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    While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • High Court Case Could Reshape Local Development Fees

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    If last month's oral arguments are any indication of how the U.S. Supreme Court will rule in Sheetz v. County of El Dorado, it's unlikely the justices will hold that the essential nexus and rough proportionality tests under the cases of Nollan, Dolan and Koontz apply to legislative exactions, but a sweeping decision would still be the natural progression in the line of cases giving property owners takings claims, says Phillip Babich at Reed Smith.

  • Nebraska Should Abandon Proposed Digital Ad Tax

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    If passed, Nebraska’s recently proposed Advertising Services Tax Act, which would finance property tax relief by imposing a 7.5% gross revenue tax on advertising services, would cause a politically risky shift of tax burdens from landowners to local businesses and consumers, and would most certainly face litigation, say attorneys at McDermott.

  • The Legal Industry Needs A Cybersecurity Paradigm Shift

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    As law firms face ever-increasing risks of cyberattacks and ransomware incidents, the legal industry must implement robust cybersecurity measures and privacy-centric practices to preserve attorney-client privilege, safeguard client trust and uphold the profession’s integrity, says Ryan Paterson at Unplugged.

  • As Promised, IRS Is Coming For Crypto Tax Evaders

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    The IRS is fulfilling its promise to crack down on those who have neglected to pay taxes on cryptocurrency earnings, as demonstrated by recently imposed prison sentences, enforcement initiatives and meetings with international counterparts — suggesting a few key takeaways for taxpayer compliance, say attorneys at BakerHostetler.

  • 5 Reasons Associates Shouldn't Take A Job Just For Money

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    As a number of BigLaw firms increase salary scales for early-career attorneys, law students and lateral associates considering new job offers should weigh several key factors that may matter more than financial compensation, say Albert Tawil at Lateral Hub and Ruvin Levavi at Power Forward.

  • The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Djerassi On Super Bowl 52

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    Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ramy Djerassi discusses how Super Bowl 52, in which the Philadelphia Eagles prevailed over the New England Patriots, provides an apt metaphor for alternative dispute resolution processes in commercial business cases.

  • Envy, Regressivity And Other Sins: SALT In Review

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    From a California official's remarks on a star athlete's contract to another study documenting the regressivity of tax policies across the land, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Employee Experience Strategy Can Boost Law Firm Success

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    Amid continuing business uncertainty, law firms should consider adopting a holistic employee experience strategy — prioritizing consistency, targeting signature moments and leveraging measurement tools — to maximize productivity and profitability, says Haley Revel at Calibrate Consulting.

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