State & Local

  • May 01, 2024

    Senate Dems Reintroduce Bill To Tax And Regulate Cannabis

    Senate Democrats on Wednesday reintroduced a cannabis legalization bill that would remove the drug entirely from the ambit of the Controlled Substances Act and impose a tax-and-regulate scheme akin to what is currently in place for alcohol and tobacco.

  • May 01, 2024

    Colo. House OKs Tax Credits For Middle-Income Housing

    The Colorado House approved a pilot program Wednesday to provide a tax credit to developers of housing aimed at middle-income residents

  • May 01, 2024

    Mont. Tax Dept. Floats Updated Regs For Water's-Edge Filers

    Montana would carry out recently enacted legislation that eliminated a requirement for a so-called water's-edge return to include income and apportionment factors from corporate affiliates incorporated in a now-defunct list of tax havens under regulatory updates proposed by the state Department of Revenue.

  • May 01, 2024

    RI Corp. Not Entitled To Untimely Refund, Division Rules

    A corporation doing business in Rhode Island is not entitled to a refund of sales tax overpayment despite signing a statute of limitations waiver during an audit, the state Division of Taxation ruled. 

  • May 01, 2024

    Collecting, Not Paying May Mean Penalties In MTC Program

    The Multistate Tax Commission will make clear that a taxpayer that has collected but not remitted certain taxes during a grace period for liability will likely forfeit at least part of the grace period, an official said Wednesday.

  • May 01, 2024

    Miss. Narrows Tax Break For Entities That Support Colleges

    Tax exemptions for Mississippi nonprofit foundations that support colleges will only be provided to properties that are exclusively used to benefit the schools under a bill signed by the governor.

  • May 01, 2024

    Ala. Extends Deadline For 2023 Pass-Through Entity Election

    The Alabama Department of Revenue announced Wednesday that it has extended the due date for pass-through entities to file the election to be taxed as such in 2023.

  • May 01, 2024

    Colo. House OKs Boost To Affordable Housing Tax Credit

    Colorado would increase the funds available for the state's affordable housing tax credits for six years under legislation approved Wednesday by the state House of Representatives.

  • May 01, 2024

    Miss. To Provide Tax Break For Aircraft Used In Commerce

    Mississippi will provide a sales tax exemption for the sale, lease or transfer of aircraft to certified common carriers for the transport of people or property in interstate, intrastate and foreign commerce under a bill signed by the governor.

  • May 01, 2024

    Kan. Legislature OKs New Version Of Tax Omnibus

    Kansas would restructure its income tax brackets and make other changes under another attempt at a compromise tax omnibus bill passed by the state Legislature, but the governor will likely veto it.

  • May 01, 2024

    Colo. Senate OKs Sports Betting Tax Revenue Ballot Measure

    Colorado voters would be asked whether to allow the state to retain and spend certain sports betting tax revenue rather than refunding it to casinos under legislation approved by the state Senate on Wednesday.

  • May 01, 2024

    Colo. Senate Bill Seeks Income Tax Cut, Refund Changes

    Colorado would lower its flat income tax rate for the current tax year and reduce the rate in upcoming years based on surplus revenues under legislation introduced in the state Senate.

  • May 01, 2024

    Colo. House OKs $650M Child Income Tax Credit

    Colorado would create income tax credits for people with children that could total more than $650 million annually under legislation passed Wednesday by the state House of Representatives.

  • May 01, 2024

    NY Senate Bill Aims To Allow Tax Break For Commuting Costs

    Workers for New York businesses could use pretax dollars from their compensation to pay for commuting expenses, including the costs for renting bicycles and carpooling, under a bill introduced Wednesday in the state Senate.

  • May 01, 2024

    Colo. House OKs Quantum Tech Investment Tax Credits

    Colorado would create a pair of tax credits to promote investment in quantum technology development facilities, available only to entities receiving certain federal grants, under legislation passed by the state House of Representatives.

  • May 01, 2024

    Tax Credit Transfer Regs Show IRS Caution In Rulemaking

    The IRS and Treasury's final rules on the sale and transfer of green energy credits maintained a strict reading of the statute while making few changes, a sign of caution by regulators amid judicial scrutiny of the government's rulemaking authority.

  • April 30, 2024

    TracFone Must Pay Wash. City's Utility Tax

    Prepaid phone businesses are utilities and can be taxed as such under Washington state law, according to a state appeals court that had been posed such a question as part of a dispute between TracFone and a Seattle suburb.

  • April 30, 2024

    Taxing Business Inputs Still Vexes MTC Digital Work Group

    A Multistate Tax Commission work group aiming to harmonize state tax rules for digital products continues to struggle with how to advise states on taxing business-to-business transactions associated with such projects, state officials said Tuesday.

  • April 30, 2024

    Colo. Beats Challenge To Fees In Transportation Funding Law

    A conservative group has not shown that fees passed in a 2021 transportation funding package in Colorado exceeded the legislature's taxing authority, a state judge said, throwing out the group's challenge to the fees.

  • April 30, 2024

    Okla. Expands Allowed Disclosure Of Confidential Tax Info

    Oklahoma expanded when the state Tax Commission may share confidential tax records and be immune from liability for the disclosure of such information under a bill signed by the governor.

  • April 30, 2024

    Okla. Will Allow Making Pass-Through Election With Filing

    A partnership or S corporation in Oklahoma will be able to make the election to be taxed as a pass-through entity by filing a timely income tax return under a bill signed by the governor.

  • April 30, 2024

    Maine Gov. Vetoes Plan For New Top Income Tax Bracket

    Maine's governor vetoed legislation that would have created a new tax bracket for high-income earners and expanded the tax bracket for the state's lowest income tax rate.

  • April 30, 2024

    Okla. Removes Limit On Industrial Development Tax Credit

    Oklahoma will expand a tax credit for qualified economic development expenditures in industrial parks, removing a limit on the credit, under a bill signed by the governor.

  • April 30, 2024

    Va. Tax Head Says Some Corp. Fees Not Subject To Add-Back

    A corporation filing a combined return for its affiliates in Virginia should have its exception to the state's add-back increased because buyer service fees should not be included in royalty expenses, the state tax commissioner ruled.

  • April 30, 2024

    IRS Rejects Arizona's Effort To Exempt State Tax Rebates

    The state of Arizona can't sue the federal government to litigate the personal claims of its taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service told a federal court in an effort to dismiss a bid by the state to exempt state tax rebates from federal income taxes.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Kentucky Tax Talk: Taking Up The Dormant Commerce Clause

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    Attorneys at Frost Brown examine whether the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to review Foresight Coal Sales v. Kent Chandler to consider whether a Kentucky utility rate law discriminates against interstate commerce, and how the decision may affect dormant commerce clause jurisprudence.

  • TCJA Workarounds And A Misstep In Va.: SALT In Review

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    From federal SALT deduction workarounds to Virginia's missed opportunity, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • How Taxpayers Can Prep As Justices Weigh Repatriation Tax

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    The U.S. Supreme Court might strike down the 2017 federal tax overhaul's corporate repatriation tax in Moore v. U.S., so taxpayers should file protective tax refund claims before the case is decided and repatriate previously taxed earnings that could become entangled in dubious potential Section 965 refunds, say Jenny Austin and Gary Wilcox at Mayer Brown.

  • Digital Services And Asphalt Production: SALT In Review

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    From Massachusetts' proposed gross receipts tax on digital providers to a dispute over equipment used to make asphalt in North Carolina, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • What's Notable In Connecticut's New Cannabis Laws

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    The Connecticut Legislature recently passed four bills containing cannabis provisions — ranging from applicable tax credits to labor agreement requirements — that may prove to be a mixed bag for state operators, say Sarah Westby and Deanna McWeeney at Shipman & Goodwin.

  • NJ Justices Clarify Bribery Law Scope, But Questions Remain

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    The New Jersey Supreme Court’s recent State v. O'Donnell decision clarified that the state’s bribery law unambiguously applies to candidates for public office, but there are still unresolved questions about how the ruling may affect lobbyists, undeclared candidates and political speech, says Scott Coffina at Pietragallo Gordon.

  • Parsing Tax Implications Of NYC Office Leasing Transactions

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    Though New York City's tax laws generally do not require negotiated contractual risk allocation in the case of sublease and early lease termination transactions, it is still helpful for counsel to both landlords and tenants to understand the laws' nuances, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Digital Biz Purchases And Tax Cuts In Texas: SALT In Review

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    From the taxing of digital business purchases to proposed tax cuts in Texas, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • 3 Principles Should Guide MTC's Digital Products Tax Work

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    As the Multistate Tax Commission's project to harmonize sales tax on digital products moves forward, three key principles will help the commission's work group arrive at unambiguous definitions and help states avoid unintended costs, say Charles Kearns and Jeffrey Friedman at Eversheds Sutherland.

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