State & Local

  • April 08, 2024

    Md. Lawmakers OK Tobacco Tax, Vehicle Fee Boosts

    Maryland smokers and motorists would pay about $453 million in additional taxes and fees in the next fiscal year under a $63 billion budget approved by lawmakers and heading to the governor.

  • April 05, 2024

    Parents Seek Justices' Review Of Private School Funding Law

    Five Michigan families want the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their challenge to a Michigan constitutional provision that they say prevents them from using tax-advantaged education savings accounts to pay for religious school tuition, alleging the law amounts to religious discrimination.

  • April 05, 2024

    Arizona Loses Bid To Bar Federal Tax On One-Time Rebates

    A federal court declined Friday to bar federal taxation of Arizona's one-time state tax rebates issued last year, rejecting the state's move for a preliminary injunction against the Internal Revenue Service.

  • April 05, 2024

    Iowa Senate Panel OKs Tax Withholding On Sports Betting

    Iowa would levy the state's income tax on winnings from sports betting as part of a bill advanced by the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

  • April 05, 2024

    NH Revenues Through March Outpace Forecast By $104M

    New Hampshire's general fund receipts were higher than budget estimates by $104 million from July through March, according to a monthly report by the state Department of Administrative Services.

  • April 05, 2024

    Colo. Expands Quarterly Sales Tax Filing To More Taxpayers

    Colorado will allow the state Department of Revenue to authorize quarterly sales and use tax filings for more taxpayers under a bill signed by the governor. 

  • April 05, 2024

    Disney, Eatery Co.'s Escheat Win 'Illogical,' Mich. Justices Told

    Michigan's treasurer asked the state Supreme Court on Friday to find that audits of Disney and a restaurant company paused the statute of limitations to require them to turn uncashed checks over to the state, calling lower court rulings in the companies' favor "illogical."

  • April 05, 2024

    Mont. Revenue Through March Down From Prior Year

    Montana general fund revenue from July through March was down $193 million compared with the same period last fiscal year, the state Department of Revenue said in a report.

  • April 05, 2024

    NC High Court Snapshot: Law Firm Battles Defamation Suit

    The Supreme Court of North Carolina has a stacked calendar heading into spring arguments, from an appeal over Black-owned properties targeted for demolition to a law firm's attempt at dodging defamation claims over allegations of voter fraud.

  • April 05, 2024

    Ohio Tax Agency Finalizes Updated Regs For Data Processing

    The Ohio Department of Taxation updated the definition of "automatic data processing" in state sales and use tax regulations, according to a final administrative rule dated Friday that incorporates guidance from a recent state Supreme Court ruling.

  • April 05, 2024

    Ore. Will Exempt Farm Machinery From Property Tax

    Oregon will exempt farm machinery from property tax under a bill signed by the governor.

  • April 05, 2024

    Mo. General Revenue Through March Up $50M From 2023

    Missouri's general revenue collections from July through March were $50 million higher than in the same period last fiscal year, the state Office of Administration said in a monthly revenue report.

  • April 05, 2024

    Mich. General Revenue Through Feb. Up $241M

    Michigan general revenue collection from October through February was $241 million higher than during the same period last year, according to a monthly report by the state budget office.

  • April 05, 2024

    Maine Revenue Through Feb. Tops Estimate By $15M

    Maine general revenue collection from July through February was up $15 million from the budget estimate, according to a monthly report by the state Department of Administrative and Financial Services.

  • April 05, 2024

    Calif. Agency Boss Named Tax Group's Board President

    The director of California's tax department will take the role of president of the Federation of Tax Administrators' board of trustees, the group said Friday.

  • April 05, 2024

    Ore. Updates Conformity To Federal Code For State Taxes

    Oregon updated its conformity to the Internal Revenue Code and other provisions of federal law for state tax purposes under legislation signed into law.

  • April 05, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Latham, Simpson Thacher

    In this week's Taxation with Representation, Endeavor and Nuvei each go private, SLB purchases ChampionX and Liberty Media Corp. buys Dorna Sports SL.

  • April 04, 2024

    NY Congestion Pricing Judge Pleads For Predictability

    New Jersey state and local governments fighting New York's congestion toll-pricing vision urged a federal judge on Thursday to order environmental justification for the plan, while the judge in turn implored all parties to rely more heavily on precedent and the law.

  • April 04, 2024

    Mo. Senate OKs Fee Exemption For Streaming, Satellite Cos.

    Missouri would exempt streaming and satellite television companies from local franchise fees under a bill the state Senate approved Thursday, while localities remain embroiled in litigation alleging Netflix, DirecTV and similar companies failed to pay millions of dollars of the charges.

  • April 04, 2024

    Hawaii Cannabis Legalization Bill Dies In State House

    An effort to legalize adult-use marijuana in Hawaii is effectively dead for this legislative session after Democrats in the state House of Representatives announced they would not deliberate any further on a proposal that had already cleared the state Senate this year.

  • April 04, 2024

    Massachusetts Revenues Through March Down $4M

    Massachusetts' total revenue collection from July through March came in nearly unchanged from the same period last fiscal year, declining by $4 million, according to a report by the state Department of Revenue.

  • April 04, 2024

    Arkansas Revenues Down From Previous Year

    Arkansas' general revenue from July through March came in 1.6% higher than projected, but down 5.6% from the same period last year, the Department of Finance and Administration announced.

  • April 04, 2024

    Iowa General Revenue Collection Through March Up $267M

    Iowa collected $267 million more in tax revenue from July through March than the same period last year, according to a monthly report by the state Department of Management.

  • April 04, 2024

    Md. House OKs Extending Tax Exemption For Aircraft Parts

    Maryland would extend a sales tax exemption for aircraft parts and equipment under a bill passed in the House of Delegates on Thursday.

  • April 04, 2024

    Fla. Revenue Collection Through Feb. $292M Above Estimate

    Florida collected $292 million more in net revenue from July through February than the amount the state had forecast, according to a monthly revenue report by the state's Office of Economic and Demographic Research.

Expert Analysis

  • 6 Practice Pointers For Pro Bono Immigration Practice

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    An attorney taking on their first pro bono immigration matter may find the law and procedures beguiling, but understanding key deadlines, the significance of individual immigration judges' rules and specialized aspects of the practice can help avoid common missteps, says Steven Malm at Haynes Boone.

  • Lessons From Country Singer's Personal Service Saga

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    Recent reports that country singer Luke Combs won a judgment against a Florida woman who didn’t receive notice of the counterfeit suit against her should serve as a reminder for attorneys on best practices for effectuating service by electronic means, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • 7 E-Discovery Predictions For 2024 And Beyond

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    The legal and technical issues of e-discovery now affect virtually every lawsuit, and in the year to come, practitioners can expect practices and policies to evolve in a number of ways, from the expanded use of relevancy redactions to mandated information security provisions in protective orders, say attorneys at Littler.

  • Other Views On Administration And Land Tax: SALT In Review

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    From another take on ranking the states' tax agencies to the latest proposal on a different approach to land values, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • 5 Litigation Funding Trends To Note In 2024

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    Over the next year and beyond, litigation funding will continue to evolve in ways that affect attorneys and the larger litigation landscape, from the growth of a secondary market for funded claims, to rising interest rates restricting the availability of capital, says Jeffery Lula at GLS Capital.

  • 4 Legal Ethics Considerations For The New Year

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    As attorneys and clients reset for a new year, now is a good time to take a step back and review some core ethical issues that attorneys should keep front of mind in 2024, including approaching generative artificial intelligence with caution and care, and avoiding pitfalls in outside counsel guidelines, say attorneys at HWG.

  • What The Law Firm Of The Future Will Look Like

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    As the legal landscape shifts, it’s become increasingly clear that the BigLaw business model must adapt in four key ways to remain viable, from fostering workplace flexibility to embracing technology, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • 4 PR Pointers When Your Case Is In The News

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    Media coverage of new lawsuits exploded last year, demonstrating why defense attorneys should devise a public relations plan that complements their legal strategy, incorporating several objectives to balance ethical obligations and advocacy, say Nathan Burchfiel at Pinkston and Ryan June at Castañeda + Heidelman.

  • 10 Considerations For Litigating A New York Tax Case

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    While some of New York’s recently adopted corporate tax regulations are likely to face legal challenges, aggrieved taxpayers should answer certain questions before deciding to embark on the tax litigation process, say Cyavash Ahmadi and Jeffrey Friedman at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Revenue Agencies At Their Finest: SALT In Review

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    From a survey of the nation's best departments of revenue to baseball superstar Shohei Ohtani's creative free-agent contract, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Law Firm Strategies For Successfully Navigating 2024 Trends

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    Though law firms face the dual challenge of external and internal pressures as they enter 2024, firms willing to pivot will be able to stand out by adapting to stakeholder needs and reimagining their infrastructure, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants.

  • Attorneys' Busiest Times Can Be Business Opportunities

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    Attorneys who resolve to grow their revenue and client base in 2024 should be careful not to abandon their goals when they get too busy with client work, because these periods of zero bandwidth can actually be a catalyst for future growth, says Amy Drysdale at Alchemy Consulting.

  • How Attorneys Can Be More Efficient This Holiday Season

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    Attorneys should consider a few key tips to speed up their work during the holidays so they can join the festivities — from streamlining the document review process to creating similar folder structures, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

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