State & Local

  • May 17, 2024

    Missouri Bill To Ban St. Louis Teleworker Tax Fails To Pass

    A push by Missouri lawmakers to prevent St. Louis from imposing its earnings tax on remote workers stalled Friday for the fourth consecutive year when the state Senate adjourned for the year without giving the proposal final approval.

  • May 17, 2024

    Judge Sets Hearing For Delay In Hunter Biden's Tax Trial

    A California federal judge agreed Friday to consider Hunter Biden's request to push back his $1.4 million criminal tax trial, setting a hearing to address his claim that the dates interfere with his Delaware gun trial and threaten to prevent him from getting a fair shake.

  • May 17, 2024

    Md. Urges Court To Nix Google's Digital Ad Tax Challenge

    Google's challenge to Maryland's digital ad tax should be summarily thrown out because the federal law cited by the company in its case is itself unconstitutional, whereas the tax is constitutionally sound, Maryland's comptroller told the state's tax court.

  • May 17, 2024

    Kansas Gov. Vetoes Tax Omnibus, Calls For Special Session

    Kansas Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has vetoed three tax bills, one of which would have restructured the state's income tax brackets and made other tax changes, saying the plan was too costly for the state.

  • May 17, 2024

    RI General Revenue Through April Exceeds Forecast By $6M

    Rhode Island's total general revenue from July through April was $6 million higher than budget estimates, according to a report by the state's Department of Revenue.

  • May 17, 2024

    Kan. Tax Collection Through April Up $316M From Last Year

    Kansas' total tax revenue collected from July through April grew $316 million from the previous fiscal year, according to a monthly report by the state Department of Revenue.

  • May 17, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Wachtell Lipton, Freshfields

    In this week's Taxation with Representation, Nippon Life acquires Corebridge Financial, Crescent Energy buys SilverBow Resources and Uber purchases Foodpanda.

  • May 17, 2024

    Virgin Islands Silent 2 Years On $1.1M Tax Refund, Court Told

    A man living on the island of St. Thomas claims he requested a tax refund of more than $1.1 million from the U.S. Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue more than two years ago and still hasn't heard back, according to a complaint in federal court.

  • May 16, 2024

    Pact's Biz Group Drops W.Va. Streaming Tax Compliance Fight

    The Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board's business group on Thursday dropped its allegations that West Virginia's tax on streaming services threw it out of compliance with the interstate tax simplification compact that the board oversees.

  • May 16, 2024

    NJ Lets Some School Districts Hike Property Taxes Above Cap

    New Jersey will allow school districts that experienced cuts in state school aid to request increases in local property tax levies above previously permitted amounts without voter approval under a bill signed by Gov. Phil Murphy.

  • May 16, 2024

    Calif. Digital Tax Clears Key Hurdle, Will Go To Full Senate

    A bill calling for California to levy its 7.25% state sales and use tax on large online companies with digital advertising revenue above $2.5 billion passed a key Senate committee Thursday and will go to the full state Senate.

  • May 16, 2024

    Tax Pact Votes Down Nexus Recommendation For Gross Sales

    A proposed recommendation from the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board for states to use gross sales to measure whether a remote seller crossed a state's economic nexus threshold fell two votes shy of final approval Thursday.

  • May 16, 2024

    Colo. To Charge Oil, Gas Fees Based On Spot Prices

    Colorado will levy new fees on oil and gas producers based on the spot price of a barrel of oil or natural gas under legislation signed into law Thursday by Gov. Jared Polis.

  • May 16, 2024

    CBRE Biz's Software Liable For NY Sales Tax, Judge Rules

    A facilities management business owned by CBRE is liable for New York sales tax on its bundled services, which included sales of prewritten software, an administrative law judge said in a determination released Thursday.

  • May 16, 2024

    Iowa To Give Tax Break For Gains From Livestock Sales

    Iowa taxpayers that make more than half of their income from farming will be able to exclude the capital gains from sales of cattle or horses from income under a bill signed by the governor. 

  • May 16, 2024

    Ohio House Panel OKs Sales Tax Change For Delivery Cos.

    Companies that deliver goods in Ohio would be able to obtain a waiver to opt out of being considered a seller in order to avoid double taxation under a bill approved by the state House Ways and Means Committee.

  • May 16, 2024

    BCLP Sues St. Louis Over City Taxes On Partners' Income

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is suing St. Louis, Missouri, after the Midwestern city accused the firm of being delinquent on nearly $275,000 in earnings taxes, contending the municipality unlawfully taxed partners who don't live in the city, according to its court filing.

  • May 16, 2024

    Okla. Revenue Through April Beat Estimates By $285M

    Oklahoma's general revenue collection from July through April exceeded budget forecasts by $285 million, according to a monthly report by the state Office of Management and Enterprise Services.

  • May 16, 2024

    Miss. Revenue Collection Through April Up $51M

    Mississippi revenue collection from July through April was up $51 million from last fiscal year, according to a monthly report by the state Department of Revenue.

  • May 16, 2024

    Biden Admin Proposes To Loosen Restrictions On Marijuana

    President Joe Biden on Thursday announced that his administration has formally recommended relaxing restrictions on marijuana, marking the most significant federal policy shift on cannabis since the drug was criminalized more than 50 years ago.

  • May 15, 2024

    State Digital Goods Sourcing Proposal Clears Early Hurdle

    States could apply the highest, lowest or a blended state and local tax rate inside a five-digit ZIP code area to sales of digital goods when buyers aren't required to provide their full address under a proposal given preliminary approval Wednesday by the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board.

  • May 15, 2024

    Minn. Tax Court OKs Trim To Restaurant Property's Value

    A Minnesota restaurant property should have its valuation lowered after the property owner provided a more reliable appraisal report, the state Tax Court ruled. 

  • May 15, 2024

    Md. Tax Court Affirms Denial Of Credit For Townhouses

    A Maryland real estate developer was correctly denied a tax credit for townhouses built in Baltimore, as the credit is limited to certain multifamily buildings, the state tax court ruled.

  • May 15, 2024

    Colo. Will Extend Property Tax Assessment Rate Cuts

    Colorado will extend its current temporary property tax rate reductions into 2024 and will lower tax rates for future years under a bill signed by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis. 

  • May 15, 2024

    Pardoned NJ Atty Suspended Over Tax, Fraud Convictions

    A former Gilmore & Monahan PA partner — who was convicted of failing to pay payroll taxes and lying on a loan application, and was pardoned by then-President Donald Trump — has received a two-year suspension from practicing law in New Jersey, though it will be largely offset by a previous suspension he served, according to a Wednesday order. 

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Ways To Refresh Your Law Firm's Marketing Strategy

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    With many BigLaw firms relying on an increasingly obsolete marketing approach that prioritizes stiff professionalism over authentic connection, adopting a few key communications strategies to better connect with today's clients and prospects can make all the difference, say Eric Pacifici and Kevin Henderson at SMB Law.

  • Consider 2 Alternative Exit Plans In RE Distress Scenarios

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    In the face of an impending wave of foreclosures, lenders and borrowers alike should consider two exit strategies — deed-in-lieu of foreclosure and consent foreclosure — that can mitigate potential costs and diminution in property value that could be incurred during a lengthy proceeding, say attorneys at BCLP.

  • SC's Courts Have It Wrong On Amazon Marketplace Sales Tax

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    The South Carolina Supreme Court should step in and correct the misguided change in tax law effectuated by lower court rulings that found Amazon owes state sales tax for marketplace sales made prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Wayfair v. South Dakota decision in 2018, says Hayes Holderness at the University of Richmond.

  • Constitutional Shenanigans And Other Sports: SALT In Review

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    From a challenge to New York's end run on a federal law to voters' rejection of a sales tax that would aid Kansas City's major league teams, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • This Earth Day, Consider How Your Firm Can Go Greener

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    As Earth Day approaches, law firms and attorneys should consider adopting more sustainable practices to reduce their carbon footprint — from minimizing single-use plastics to purchasing carbon offsets for air travel — which ultimately can also reduce costs for clients, say M’Lynn Phillips and Lisa Walters at IMS Legal Strategies.

  • Weisselberg's Perjury At Trial Spotlights Atty Ethics Issues

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    Former Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg’s recent guilty plea for perjury in the New York attorney general's civil fraud trial should serve as a reminder to attorneys of their ethical duties when they know a client has lied or plans to lie in court, and the potential penalties for not fulfilling those obligations, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • Practicing Law With Parkinson's Disease

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    This Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Adam Siegler at Greenberg Traurig discusses his experience working as a lawyer with Parkinson’s disease, sharing both lessons on how to cope with a diagnosis and advice for supporting colleagues who live with the disease.

  • Why Supreme Court Should Allow Repatriation Tax To Stand

    If the U.S. Supreme Court doesn't reject the taxpayers' misguided claims in Moore v. U.S. that the mandatory repatriation tax is unconstitutional, it could wreak havoc on our system of taxation and result in a catastrophic loss of revenue for the government, say Christina Mason and Theresa Balducci at Herrick Feinstein.

  • For Lawyers, Pessimism Should Be A Job Skill, Not A Life Skill

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    A pessimistic mindset allows attorneys to be effective advocates for their clients, but it can come with serious costs for their personal well-being, so it’s crucial to exercise strategies that produce flexible optimism and connect lawyers with their core values, says Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • Trump's NY Civil Fraud Trial Spotlights Long-Criticized Law

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    A New York court’s recent decision holding former President Donald Trump liable for fraud brought old criticisms of the state law used against him back into the limelight — including its strikingly broad scope and its major departures from the traditional elements of common law fraud, say Mark Kelley and Lois Ahn at MoloLamken.

  • Speaking Of Ideas Hard To Swallow: SALT In Review

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    From a Pennsylvania bill that would force corporate tax disclosure to a proposed candy tax in California, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Requiring Leave To File Amicus Briefs Is A Bad Idea

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    A proposal to amend the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure that would require parties to get court permission before filing federal amicus briefs would eliminate the long-standing practice of consent filing and thereby make the process less open and democratic, says Lawrence Ebner at the Atlantic Legal Foundation and DRI Center.

  • 4 Ways To Motivate Junior Attorneys To Bring Their Best

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    As Gen Z and younger millennial attorneys increasingly express dissatisfaction with their work and head for the exits, the lawyers who manage them must understand and attend to their needs and priorities to boost engagement and increase retention, says Stacey Schwartz at Katten.

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