State & Local

  • March 29, 2024

    Vt. Revenues Through Feb. Up $9M From Last Year

    Vermont collected $9 million more in revenue from July through February compared with the same period last fiscal year, according to a monthly report by the Agency of Administration.

  • March 29, 2024

    Missouri House Advances Property Tax Cap Ballot Measure

    Missouri voters would be asked to approve a 2% annual cap on increases to assessments of primary residences under a constitutional amendment the state House of Representatives passed.

  • March 29, 2024

    NM General Revenue Through Nov. Up $351M Over Forecast

    New Mexico general revenue collection from July through November was $351 million higher than budget estimates, according to a report from the state's Legislative Finance Committee.

  • March 29, 2024

    Md. House OKs Tax Breaks For Residential Projects

    Local governments in Maryland could grant property tax credits for certain hotel and residential developments that include affordable housing under legislation approved Friday by the state House of Delegates.

  • March 28, 2024

    Va. Gov., Critic Of Legal Pot, Vetoes Bill To Begin Sales

    Glenn Youngkin, the Republican governor of Virginia, on Thursday vetoed a Legislature-approved bill that would have taxed and regulated the sale of adult-use cannabis, saying marijuana sales would pose a public health and safety risk to Virginians.

  • March 28, 2024

    Colo. Senate Panel OKs Rental Car Fee For Rail Funding

    Colorado would impose a daily fee on vehicle rentals to raise funding for rail and transit infrastructure projects under legislation approved by a state Senate panel over protests from the rental car industry that the measure could conflict with federal law.

  • March 28, 2024

    Miss. House Passes Exemption For Forgiven Student Loans

    Mississippi would exclude canceled or forgiven student loan debt from gross income as part of a bill unanimously passed in the state House of Representatives.

  • March 28, 2024

    Missouri House Approves $900M Corporate Tax Phase Out

    A Republican proposal to phase out Missouri's 4% corporate income tax over the next five years was passed by the state House of Representatives despite concerns from some lawmakers that it would mean a loss of around $900 million in revenue.

  • March 28, 2024

    Mo. House OKs Banning St. Louis Tax On Remote Workers

    St. Louis would be blocked from imposing its earnings tax on remote workers under legislation the state House of Representatives passed again after similar bills stalled in the state Senate in previous years.

  • March 28, 2024

    Mo. House OKs Extending Tax Credit For Sporting Events

    Missouri would extend its sporting events tax credit and increase it slightly under a bill passed in the state House of Representatives. 

  • March 28, 2024

    NJ Tax Court Says Barring Assessor's Testifying Is Premature

    A New Jersey property owner cannot ask that the state tax court bar an assessor from testifying in court because the request is premature, the tax court ruled. 

  • March 28, 2024

    Miss. Senate Passes E-Cigarette Excise Tax

    Mississippi would levy an excise tax on single-use electronic cigarettes as part of a bill passed unanimously by the state Senate.

  • March 28, 2024

    Ore. To Give Tax Break For Wildfire Settlement Payouts

    Oregon victims of wildfires who receive funds in civil actions will not owe income tax on those payments under legislation signed into law by the governor.

  • March 27, 2024

    DoorDash, Grubhub Want Docs From NY Restaurant Lobbyists

    DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats have urged a Manhattan federal judge to let them subpoena the trade group executives who allegedly "worked closely" with officials on challenged New York City caps on fees that food delivery apps can charge restaurants.

  • March 27, 2024

    Ore. Tax Court OKs Some Deductions For Real Estate Investor

    An Oregon real estate investor is allowed income tax deductions for some expenses accrued while attending an education seminar, the state Tax Court said, but not deductions claimed for international business trip expenses.

  • March 27, 2024

    Minn. Justices Uphold Tax Break For Housing Charity

    A Minnesota charity is entitled to a property tax exemption for its low-income housing development, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, finding that the property is operated by the organization in line with its charitable purpose.

  • March 27, 2024

    Kan. House Passes Tax Rate Cuts, Early End To Food Tax

    Kansas would change its income tax structure, lower its bank tax, exempt food from state sales tax and issue property tax relief under a bill passed Wednesday by the state House of Representatives.

  • March 27, 2024

    Pittsburgh Aims To Ax $14M Of Nonprofits' Tax Waivers

    Officials with the city of Pittsburgh announced Wednesday that they will file challenges to tax exemptions for more than 100 properties within the city, claiming that they are no longer owned by nonprofits or serving a charitable function and should put up to $14 million back on local tax rolls.

  • March 27, 2024

    NY County Seeks To Bar NYC Congestion Prices As Illegal Tax

    A New York county with limited access to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's service system jumped into the litigation fray against New York City's congestion pricing plan, arguing that the proposed charges for driving into portions of Manhattan are illegal taxes.

  • March 27, 2024

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

    Tennessee would change the state's corporate franchise tax going forward and rebate more than $800 million in past taxes under legislation passed Wednesday by a House panel with a smaller price estimate than its Senate counterpart.

  • March 27, 2024

    La. House OKs Requiring Gambling Winning Withholdings

    Louisiana would require a person who pays out the winnings for gambling and sports betting in the state to withhold state income tax under a bill passed in the House of Representatives. 

  • March 26, 2024

    Meta Can't Escape Suit Over Collection Of Taxpayers' Data

    A California federal judge refused to release Meta from a consolidated class action accusing it of unlawfully collecting sensitive information from tax filing websites H&R Block, TaxAct and Tax Slayer, allowing state and federal wiretapping claims to move forward and permitting the plaintiffs to amend several deficient privacy allegations. 

  • March 26, 2024

    Adjusting To Amount B's Rules May Bring Growing Pains

    Countries designed a new tax framework known as Amount B to streamline the pricing of certain cross-border operations, but the criteria for determining whether transactions qualify for the regime, which negotiators recently made optional, may complicate the goal of simplicity.

  • March 26, 2024

    Ohio Justices Cool To Curbing Board's Tax Appeal Rights

    Two Ohio Supreme Court justices sounded skeptical Tuesday of an apartment complex's argument that a law barring political subdivisions from appealing certain valuation rulings applied to complaints that were pending when the restriction took effect.

  • March 26, 2024

    Miss. Sen. Bill Seeks Excise Tax On Single-Use E-Cigarettes

    Mississippi would impose an excise tax on single-use electronic cigarettes under a bill introduced in the state Senate. 

Expert Analysis

  • The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • Permanence And Other Elusive Notions: SALT In Review

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    From a Michigan income tax that may or may not be permanent to a victory in court for online travel companies, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • Potential Calamities, Greatly Exaggerated: SALT In Review

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    From fears of judicial upheaval to a tax break for space travel, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • Preparing Your Legal Department For Pillar 2 Compliance

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    Multinational entities should familiarize themselves with Pillar Two of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s BEPs 2.0 project and prepare their internal legal tracking systems for related reporting requirements that may go into effect as early as January, says Daniel Robyn at Ernst & Young.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Another Ark. Tax Cut And Chicago Transit: SALT In Review

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    From yet another income tax cut in Arkansas to proposed extra funding for Chicago transit, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

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