State & Local

  • April 12, 2024

    State Tax Positions On Internet Activities Face Key Test In NY

    Litigation challenging a New York regulation outlining when certain online activities by out-of-state businesses exceed a 1950s-era federal statute's protections against state income taxes could clarify how much latitude states have to interpret the law for the modern economy.

  • April 12, 2024

    Trump Trial's Anonymous Jury Signals Sacrifice Of Service

    As jury selection begins Monday in the criminal trial of former president Donald Trump, the panel's identities will remain shielded from the public and the media. So-called anonymous juries are relatively new and rare, but they're being used more and more for high-profile cases in an age of doxxing and political polarization.

  • April 12, 2024

    La. Board Says Private Foundation Buildings Are Tax-Exempt

    The Louisiana tax appeals board ruled that four buildings owned by a private foundation and leased to commercial tenants are exempt from property tax, as they support research opportunities at the University of New Orleans.

  • April 12, 2024

    The Week In Trump: Catch Up On The Ex-President's Cases

    Donald Trump and his legal team proved that they are nothing if not persistent as they repeatedly tried — and failed — to hit the brakes on the former president's porn star hush money trial in Manhattan.

  • April 12, 2024

    NJ Tax Collections Through March Dip $681M

    New Jersey's general revenue collection for July through March was down $681 million compared with the same period last fiscal year, according to a monthly report by the state Department of the Treasury published Friday.

  • April 12, 2024

    SC General Revenue Down $23M From Last Year, Board Says

    South Carolina's general revenue collection was $9.2 billion from July to March, down by $23 million from the collection during the same period the previous year, the state Board of Economic Advisors reported.

  • April 12, 2024

    Colo. House Plan Seeks Ballot Question On Property Tax Caps

    Colorado voters would decide whether to limit property tax revenue growth in a jurisdiction under a ballot measure to amend the state constitution proposed in a House resolution. 

  • April 12, 2024

    Colo. House Panel OKs Affordable Housing Credit Expansion

    Colorado would increase the amount of money allocated to the state's affordable housing tax credit under a bill approved by the state House Finance Committee.

  • April 12, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Freshfields, Kirkland & Ellis

    In this week's Taxation with Representation, eBay acquires Collectors' Goldin auction house, Vertex Pharmaceuticals buys Alpine Immune Sciences, Vista Equity Partners purchases Model N and Tradeweb Markets buys Institutional Cash Distributors.

  • April 12, 2024

    Trump Voir Dire Aims To Keep Ballot Box Out Of The Jury Box

    As jury selection begins Monday in the first-ever criminal trial against a former president, experts say both the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and lawyers for Donald Trump will rely on voir dire questioning and social media sleuthing to keep out jurors who'd use their civic duty to "have a stronger vote in the next presidential election."

  • April 11, 2024

    Biz Owners Tell House Panel Extending Tax Cuts Is Crucial

    It is essential that Congress extends provisions of the 2017 tax law that are set to expire in 2025, especially the law's pass-through deduction, business leaders told the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.

  • April 11, 2024

    Mich. Justices Wade Into Due Process Fight Over Tax Appeal

    The Michigan Supreme Court will review a dispute over whether a packaging company's tax exemption appeal can be heard by the state's Tax Tribunal, the court said in an order.

  • April 11, 2024

    Minn. Bill Aims To Expand Sales Tax Break For Baby Products

    Minnesota would expand an existing sales and use tax exemption for certain baby products to include all baby products under a bill introduced Thursday in the state Senate.

  • April 11, 2024

    Maine Eliminates Municipal Property Tax Levy Limits

    Maine will no longer set limits on the amount that local municipalities can increase property taxes by each year as part of a law signed by the state's governor.

  • April 11, 2024

    Minn. Senate Bill Seeks Sales Tax Break For School Supplies

    Minnesota would exempt all school supplies from sales and use tax under a bill introduced Thursday in the state Senate.

  • April 11, 2024

    Proskauer Adds Kirkland Partner For Tax, Estate Issues

    Proskauer Rose LLP has added to its private client services department a partner from Kirkland & Ellis LLP who specializes in developing domestic and international tax and estate plans for clients with very high net worth, the firm announced.

  • April 11, 2024

    NY ALJ Denies Tax Refund For Leased Car Moved To Pa.

    A New York resident was correctly denied a partial sales and use tax refund on a leased vehicle for a period after he moved to Pennsylvania, a New York administrative law judge determined Thursday.

  • April 11, 2024

    Calif. Panel OKs Requiring Disclosure Of Sales Tax Rebates

    California would require local jurisdictions to publish agreements that result in direct or indirect payment, diversion or rebate of local sales tax revenue and to disclose information to the state under a bill advanced by the state Assembly's tax panel.

  • April 11, 2024

    Tenn. Senate Rejects Less Costly Corp. Tax Break Plan

    The Tennessee Senate rejected Thursday a less costly House of Representatives version of legislation to reform the state's corporate franchise tax and refund some past payments, sending it back to the House.

  • April 11, 2024

    Neb. Lawmakers Advance Digital Ad Tax, Property Tax Relief

    A proposal by Nebraska's Republican governor to enact a tax on digital advertising and nix some sales tax exemptions to fund property tax relief advanced in the state Legislature, despite calls to postpone the bill.

  • April 11, 2024

    Ariz. To Create Certification Of 3rd-Party Sales Tax Sourcing

    The Arizona Department of Revenue will create a certification process for third-party providers of sales tax sourcing services under legislation signed into law.

  • April 11, 2024

    Minn. Senate Bill Would Cut Corp. Franchise Tax Rate

    Minnesota would cut its corporate franchise tax rate starting in the current tax year under legislation introduced Thursday in the state Senate.

  • April 10, 2024

    Iowa Lawmakers OK Lowering Captive Insurer Premium Taxes

    Iowa would lower the rate of tax imposed on some captive insurance companies' reinsurance premiums under a bill unanimously approved by the state Senate and headed to the governor.

  • April 10, 2024

    Ky. Gov. Rejects Tax Amnesty Program, Bullion Tax Break

    Kentucky's governor vetoed provisions in an omnibus tax bill that would have offered a tax amnesty program and created a sales tax exemption for metal bullion.

  • April 10, 2024

    Pa. House Bill Seeks Remote Worker Corp. Tax Exemption

    Any corporation based outside Pennsylvania would not be required to remit corporate net income tax in the state if the corporation's remote workers worked from the commonwealth less than 50% of the time under a bill introduced in the House Appropriations Committee.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • What Recent Study Shows About AI's Promise For Legal Tasks

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    Amid both skepticism and excitement about the promise of generative artificial intelligence in legal contexts, the first randomized controlled trial studying its impact on basic lawyering tasks shows mixed but promising results, and underscores the need for attorneys to proactively engage with AI, says Daniel Schwarcz at University of Minnesota Law School.

  • Gonna Fly Now From California: SALT In Review

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    From an actor's impending relocation to two more defeats of efforts to tax streaming services, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Business Litigators Have A Source Of Untapped Fulfillment

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    As increasing numbers of attorneys struggle with stress and mental health issues, business litigators can find protection against burnout by remembering their important role in society — because fulfillment in one’s work isn’t just reserved for public interest lawyers, say Bennett Rawicki and Peter Bigelow at Hilgers Graben.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Forget Everything You Know About IRAC

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    The mode of legal reasoning most students learn in law school, often called “Issue, Rule, Application, Conclusion,” or IRAC, erroneously frames analysis as a separate, discrete step, resulting in disorganized briefs and untold obfuscation — but the fix is pretty simple, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • How New EU Tax And Transfer Pricing Rules May Affect M&A

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    Companies involved in mergers and acquisitions may need to adjust fiscal due diligence procedures to ensure they consider potential far-reaching effects of newly implemented transfer pricing measures, such as newly implemented global minimum tax and European Union anti-tax avoidance directives and proposals, says Patrick Tijhuis at BDO.

  • How Firms Can Ensure Associate Gender Parity Lasts

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    Among associates, women now outnumber men for the first time, but progress toward gender equality at the top of the legal profession remains glacially slow, and firms must implement time-tested solutions to ensure associates’ gender parity lasts throughout their careers, say Kelly Culhane and Nicole Joseph at Culhane Meadows.

  • NY Shouldn't Pair 421-a Restoration And Good Cause Eviction

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    The good cause eviction system of rent control should not be imposed in New York, nor should its legislation be tied to renewal of the 421-a tax abatement program, which New York City desperately needs, says Alexander Lycoyannis at Holland & Knight.

  • 7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

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    As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

  • DC's Housing Tax Break Proposal: What's In It, What's Missing

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    Proposed Washington, D.C., rules implementing the Housing in Downtown Tax Abatement program — for commercial property owners who convert properties into residential housing — thoroughly explain the process for submitting an application, but do not provide sufficient detail regarding the actual dollar value of the abatements, says Daniel Miktus at Akerman.

  • Location, Location, Location: SALT In Review

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    From a possible replacing of Florida's property tax to Cincinnati's taxing of remote workers, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

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