State & Local

  • April 02, 2024

    Hunter Biden Can't Toss 'Vindictive' Criminal Tax Charges

    Hunter Biden lost his bid to end his criminal tax case over claims his prosecution is vindictive and politically motivated, among other arguments, after a California federal judge ruled Monday that Biden "filed his motion without any evidence" and merely "cites portions of various internet news sources, social media posts and legal blogs."

  • April 02, 2024

    Challenges To IRS' Regs On SALT Cap Workarounds Tossed

    The Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Treasury Department won't face challenges from three states and a village in New York to final regulations barring workarounds to the cap on state and local tax deductions due to a New York federal judge's decision.

  • April 02, 2024

    Tenn. House Panel Advances $800M In Corp. Tax Rebates

    Tennessee would revise its corporate franchise tax and issue rebates of about $800 million for past payments under legislation approved Tuesday by a state House committee, setting the plan up for a vote in the full House.

  • April 02, 2024

    No Agent Tax Break For Aramark, Ohio Tells State Justices

    Ohio's tax appeals board correctly found that Aramark does not qualify for an agency exclusion for reimbursements it received from clients on purchases made on their behalf, Ohio's tax agency told the state Supreme Court on Tuesday.

  • April 02, 2024

    Boston Bomber Case Offers Clues For Trump Jury Selection

    A recent ruling that may undo the Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence holds lessons for Donald Trump's upcoming trials, where attorneys will need to make prospective jurors comfortable enough to admit bias before they're picked — and potentially avoid years of appellate fights.

  • April 02, 2024

    Ariz. Senate OKs 3rd-Party Sourcing Certification Plan

    The Arizona Department of Revenue would create a certification process for third-party providers of sourcing services to taxpayers that sell tangible personal property in the state under a bill passed in the Senate.

  • April 02, 2024

    Pa. Revenue In March Tops Estimate

    Pennsylvania's collected revenue in March was 4.8% higher than previously estimated, the state Department of Revenue said.

  • April 01, 2024

    Trump's Gag Order Expands Over 'Attacks' On Judge's Family

    Donald Trump has a constitutional right to respond to alleged political attacks, but he does not have a right to attack family members of the state judge overseeing his criminal case in New York, the judge ruled late Monday, expanding the former president's gag order in his hush money case.

  • April 01, 2024

    Combined Reporting Could Fight Tax Avoidance, Group Says

    States lose at least $10 billion annually as multinational corporations shift profits to low-tax jurisdictions, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, but enacting worldwide combined reporting could help remedy the problem.

  • April 01, 2024

    Chamber Says Md. Digital Ad Tax Rule Violates Free Speech

    Maryland's law against passing through its digital advertising tax to consumers is an unconstitutional restriction on free speech, business groups told a federal court, responding to its order for briefs on the meaning of the provision.

  • April 01, 2024

    Berkshire Unit Merits Neb. Deduction, State Justices Told

    Nebraska's deduction for certain dividends should apply to income repatriated under the 2017 federal tax overhaul, an attorney for a Berkshire Hathaway entity told the state Supreme Court on Monday.

  • April 01, 2024

    Fla. High Court Says Voters Will Choose Whether To Legalize Pot

    Florida voters will have the opportunity to legalize recreational marijuana at the ballot box this November, after the state Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge brought by the state's attorney general and ruled that the proposal didn't violate a state rule restricting ballot measures to only one subject.

  • April 01, 2024

    Kan. March Revenue Slightly Above Monthly Projection

    Kansas' tax collections for March were $7 million above the monthly estimate, Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's office announced Monday. 

  • April 01, 2024

    BakerHostetler Adds Partner To Tax Practice Group

    BakerHostetler's Washington office has added a partner from Morris Manning and Martin LLP to join its tax practice group, Baker said in a statement Monday.

  • April 01, 2024

    Baker Donelson Adds EY Tax Pro To Houston Office

    A former EY senior manager has joined Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC's tax group in Houston as counsel, the firm announced.

  • April 01, 2024

    Vt. Senate Passes Tax On Netflix, Apple TV, Other Streamers

    Vermont would assess a tax on Netflix, Apple TV and other streaming services based on their gross revenues from video streaming services in the state as part of a bill passed by the state Senate.

  • April 01, 2024

    W.Va.'s Revenue $95M Above Estimate For March

    West Virginia's general revenue collection for March came in $94.8 million above the state's estimate, the governor's office said Monday. 

  • April 01, 2024

    Arizona Limits Multiple Local Sales Tax Audits

    Arizona will allow the state's Department of Revenue to deny a local jurisdiction's request to audit a company's transaction privilege tax liability if it is operating in more than one jurisdiction, under a law signed by Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs.

  • April 01, 2024

    Ore. Tax Court Upholds Nursing Home's $10.6M Valuation

    The owner of an Oregon nursing home did not present enough evidence to change the $10.6 million valuation found by a local assessor, the state tax court said.

  • March 29, 2024

    Manhattan DA Says Trump Violated Hush Money Gag Order

    Donald Trump may have already violated a New York state judge's gag order in the former president's hush money case by impugning the judge's daughter on social media, Manhattan prosecutors said, while Trump's attorneys say prosecutors are trying to improperly expand the order.

  • March 29, 2024

    Mass. Tax Board Won't Lower Value Of Boston House

    A Boston home was correctly assessed, the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board said in a decision published Friday, finding that an analysis of nearby homes failed to show it was overvalued.

  • March 29, 2024

    Ark. High Court Says Dealership Owes Tax On Loaned Cars

    An Arkansas car dealership that let its employees use designated cars as an employee benefit owes sales tax on the cars because the employees enjoyed the vehicles without restriction, the state Supreme Court ruled.

  • March 29, 2024

    Green Energy Credit Sales Spur Surge In Tax Insurance

    A new way for project owners to monetize clean energy tax credits by selling them for cash has turbocharged demand for insurance policies to cover various risks tied to the transactions, which can often be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • March 29, 2024

    Baltimore Key Bridge Collapse Prompts Md. Biz Tax Leniency

    Maryland will waive certain late penalties and interest for business taxpayers through May 31 to mitigate the impact of the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, the state comptroller announced Friday.

  • March 29, 2024

    Flint Residents Can't Show Profit From Hasty Water Rate Hike

    Residents challenging the city of Flint's rushed implementation of higher water and sewage rates couldn't show how the city unjustly profited from the change or whether the increased rate was unreasonable, a Michigan appellate panel said in upholding the dismissal of the residents' suit.

Expert Analysis

  • Bezos On The Move: SALT In Review

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    From billionaire Jeff Bezos' impending relocation to an important transfer pricing case in Louisiana, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Mo. Solar Projects Need Clarity On Enterprise Zone Tax Relief

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    In Missouri, enhanced enterprise zones offer tax abatements that could offset the cost of solar project infrastructure, but developers must be willing to navigate uncertainty about whether the project is classified as real property, say Lizzy McEntire and Anna Kimbrell at Husch Blackwell.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Kentucky Tax Talk: Clash Over Industrial Supplies Exemption

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    Recent legislative testimony in Kentucky may cause another battle over the state's sales tax exemptions for industrial supplies, even though the testimony appears to mischaracterize the impact of a major state court ruling that upheld the exemptions, say attorneys at Frost Brown.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • A Ministry Of Silly Ideas: SALT In Review

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    From proposals before a District of Columbia tax revision panel to the defeat of an income tax cut in North Dakota, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • What Ariz. Ruling Means For Taxation Of Digital Services

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    The Arizona Supreme Court recently declined to review ADP v. Arizona Department of Revenue, letting stand a state appeals court's ruling that software as a service is a taxable rental of tangible personal property, essentially granting the department of revenue power to tax all digital services, say Karen Lowell and Pat Derdenger at Lewis Roca.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

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