State & Local

  • July 22, 2024

    Colo. Dept Says No Sales Tax On DNA Test Kits, Analysis

    A company's sales in Colorado of DNA analyses and collection kits are not taxable, the state revenue department said in a ruling released Monday, but the company's use of the kits is subject to use tax.

  • July 19, 2024

    Pa. Bill Seeks Tax Exclusion For Affordable Housing Projects

    Pennsylvania would exclude affordable housing projects developed through the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration program from the state's realty transfer tax under a bill introduced in the state Senate.

  • July 19, 2024

    Miss. Justices To Weigh Pipeline's Tax Bill On 3rd-Party Fees

    The Mississippi Supreme Court agreed to hear the state tax agency's appeal of a trial court's ruling that negated a use tax assessment on third-party freight charges a pipeline company paid, opting to decide the case instead of sending it to an intermediate appeals court.

  • July 19, 2024

    NY Ice Cream Store Manager Not Liable For Tax, ALJ Says

    The manager of a New York ice cream store is not the person responsible for the store's sales tax assessment, as he didn't have the authority to handle store finances, an administrative law judge said in a determination released Friday.

  • July 19, 2024

    Ohio Coal Plant Correctly Valued At $13M, Board Rules

    A shuttered coal plant in Ohio was properly valued at $13 million, despite the plant owner's assertion that the buildings on the property had no value, the state Board of Tax Appeals ruled. 

  • July 19, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: A&O Shearman, Gibson Dunn

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. buys Stelco Holdings Inc., KBR acquires LinQuest Corp., Blue Owl Capital Inc. purchases Atalaya Capital Management LP, and Amphenol Corp. buys two mobile networks units from CommScope.

  • July 18, 2024

    Neb. Gov. Unveils Plan For Property Tax Cuts

    Nebraska's governor on Thursday revealed a plan to cut property taxes ahead of a special session of the state Legislature, proposing a hard cap on property tax increases and the elimination of over a hundred sales tax exemptions.

  • July 18, 2024

    Ind. Tax Board Says German Cultural Center Not Tax-Exempt

    The Indiana Board of Tax Review determined that an event center owned by an organization that promotes German culture doesn't qualify for a property tax exemption because the property is used for social purposes rather than cultural preservation.

  • July 18, 2024

    Ind. Tax Board Agrees With $2M Valuation Of Unfinished Home

    An Indiana local assessor correctly valued an unfinished mansion at $2.2 million in 2021 and $2.4 million in 2022, a state review board determined after agreeing with the assessor's cost approach.

  • July 18, 2024

    Ex-Venable Trusts And Estates Partner Joins Stradling In LA

    Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth PC announced that it launched a trusts and estates practice with the hiring of an experienced Los Angeles-based partner from Venable LLP.

  • July 18, 2024

    Pa. Eliminates Tax On At-Home Charging For EVs

    Pennsylvania will eliminate the tax on electricity used to charge electric vehicles at private residences and impose an annual fee on some electric and hybrid vehicles under a bill signed by Gov. Josh Shapiro. 

  • July 18, 2024

    Pa. To Simplify Returns Of Unclaimed Property Below $500

    Pennsylvania will allow the state treasurer to automatically return unclaimed property to its verified owners when the property's value is less than $500 under a bill signed by Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro.

  • July 18, 2024

    Mo. Commission Upholds Shopping Area's $5 Million Value

    A Missouri shopping center was properly valued at $5.1 million, the state Tax Commission ruled, finding that the property owner failed to prove the value should be lowered. 

  • July 18, 2024

    Del. Net General Revenue Receipts Up By $54M For 2024

    Delaware's net receipts in the 2024 fiscal year increased by $54 million from the preceding year, according to the state's Department of Finance.

  • July 18, 2024

    Rising Star: Latham's Eric Kamerman

    Eric Kamerman of Latham & Watkins LLP in recent years handled the tax aspects of several multibillion-dollar acquisitions of powerhouses in British soccer and American fashion, earning him recognition as one of the tax attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 17, 2024

    Mo. Tax Commission Affirms Hotels' Combined $37.6M Value

    A Missouri county correctly valued three hotels at a combined $37.6 million, the state tax commission said, affirming a hearing officer's finding that an appraiser for the hotels included pandemic-related deductions that undermined the credibility of the appraisals.

  • July 17, 2024

    Minn. Court Says VFW Property Subject To Lower Tax Rate

    A group of properties used as a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Minnesota should be subject to a lower property tax classification because they weren't used for revenue-making purposes, the state's tax court ruled.

  • July 17, 2024

    Mo. Property Owners' Tax Challenge Time-Barred, Court Says

    A group of Missouri property owners can't proceed with their appeal of assessments they claimed were unconstitutional taxes, a state appeals court ruled, finding the challenge was time-barred as an appeal of a special assessment.

  • July 17, 2024

    Ore. Fishing Biz Income Cut, Tax Deductions Raised By Court

    Owners of a commercial fishing and boat fabrication business in Oregon are permitted adjustments to their 2018 income and expense deductions, the state tax court said, allowing a deduction for boat depreciation and some per diem expenses.

  • July 17, 2024

    Dividends Wrongly Included, Water Utility Tells NJ Tax Court

    A water services company operating in New Jersey told the state's tax court that the Division of Taxation erred in denying its attempt to exclude $25 million in intercompany dividends for tax years 2017 and 2018, because the amounts were wrongly included in its federal returns.

  • July 17, 2024

    Disney To Join IBM's Bid To Bring NY Tax Fight To Justices

    The Walt Disney Co. joined IBM in asking the U.S. Supreme Court for more time to file a petition for review of a New York high court decision that upheld tax on royalties received from foreign affiliates.

  • July 17, 2024

    SC Golf Club Dues Are Tax Exempt, Dept. Clarifies

    South Carolina's 5% amusement tax doesn't apply to monthly and annual membership dues paid to golf clubs, the state's Department of Revenue clarified in an opinion.

  • July 17, 2024

    Connell Foley Adds Wilson Elser Tax Pro In Group Upgrade

    Connell Foley LLP strengthened its tax and estate team this week with the promotion of several attorneys up to partner and the addition of a mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring tax expert previously of counsel at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.

  • July 17, 2024

    Ohio Board Lowers Value Of Kohl's Property By $800K

    The Ohio Board of Tax Appeals lowered the appraised value of a Kohl's property Wednesday by roughly $822,000, saying a county appraiser wrongly concluded that the property's highest and best use would be for use by a national company.

  • July 17, 2024

    Miss. Revenue Up $56M From Last Fiscal Year

    Mississippi revenue collection in the 2024 fiscal year was up $56 million from the previous fiscal year, according to the state Department of Revenue.

Featured Stories

  • Ill. Seller Sourcing Fix Adds Fuel To Constitutional Complaints

    Maria Koklanaris

    A bill before Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is being touted as a legislative fix to a contentious state law requiring retailers to base their sourcing methods on whether they are in-state or remote, but challengers of the law say the proposal would exacerbate an issue of unequal treatment.

  • Top International Tax Cases To Watch In The 2nd Half Of 2024

    Natalie Olivo

    Tax attorneys will be tracking several high-stakes cases in the second half of 2024 that could define the bounds of the IRS' ability to craft regulations or lodge direct challenges aimed at what it sees as the tax avoidance maneuvers of multinational corporations. Here, Law360 looks at key international tax cases to follow during the rest of the year.

  • The Tax Angle: Child Care, Medical Debt, Small Biz Relief

    Stephen K. Cooper

    As talks take place on Capitol Hill over the impact the expiration of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will have on small businesses and child care, here's a peek into a reporter's notebook on a few developing tax stories.

Expert Analysis

  • Now More Than Ever, Lawyers Must Exhibit Professionalism

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    As society becomes increasingly fractured and workplace incivility is on the rise, attorneys must champion professionalism and lead by example, demonstrating how lawyers can respectfully disagree without being disagreeable, says Edward Casmere at Norton Rose.

  • Reading Between The Lines Of Justices' Moore Ruling

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent Moore v. U.S. decision, that the Internal Revenue Code Section 965 did not violate the 16th Amendment, was narrowly tailored to minimally disrupt existing tax regimes, but the justices' various opinions leave the door open to future tax challenges and provide clues for what the battles may look like, say Caroline Ngo and Le Chen at McDermott.

  • A Midyear Forecast: Tailwinds Expected For Atty Hourly Rates

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    Hourly rates for partners, associates and support staff continued to rise in the first half of this year, and this growth shows no signs of slowing for the rest of 2024 and into next year, driven in part by the return of mergers and acquisitions and the widespread adoption of artificial intelligence, says Chuck Chandler at Valeo Partners.

  • Another Crack In The Shield: SALT In Review

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    From the latest assault on a federal shield against taxing out-of-state businesses to an update on beer taxes, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • States Should Loosen Law Firm Ownership Restrictions

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    Despite growing buzz, normalized nonlawyer ownership of law firms is a distant prospect, so the legal community should focus first on liberalizing state restrictions on attorney and firm purchases of practices, which would bolster succession planning and improve access to justice, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • Texas Ethics Opinion Flags Hazards Of Unauthorized Practice

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    The Texas Professional Ethics Committee's recently issued proposed opinion finding that in-house counsel providing legal services to the company's clients constitutes the unauthorized practice of law is a valuable clarification given that a UPL violation — a misdemeanor in most states — carries high stakes, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • How To Clean Up Your Generative AI-Produced Legal Drafts

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    As law firms increasingly rely on generative artificial intelligence tools to produce legal text, attorneys should be on guard for the overuse of cohesive devices in initial drafts, and consider a few editing pointers to clean up AI’s repetitive and choppy outputs, says Ivy Grey at WordRake.

  • A Tale Of 2 Trump Cases: The Rule Of Law Is A Live Issue

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week in Trump v. U.S., holding that former President Donald Trump has broad immunity from prosecution, undercuts the rule of law, while the former president’s New York hush money conviction vindicates it in eight key ways, says David Postel at Henein Hutchison.

  • Industry Self-Regulation Will Shine Post-Chevron

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's Loper decision will shape the contours of industry self-regulation in the years to come, providing opportunities for this often-misunderstood practice, says Eric Reicin at BBB National Programs.

  • 3 Ways Agencies Will Keep Making Law After Chevron

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    The U.S. Supreme Court clearly thinks it has done something big in overturning the Chevron precedent that had given deference to agencies' statutory interpretations, but regulated parties have to consider how agencies retain significant power to shape the law and its meaning, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • Atty Well-Being Efforts Ignore Root Causes Of The Problem

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    The legal industry is engaged in a critical conversation about lawyers' mental health, but current attorney well-being programs primarily focus on helping lawyers cope with the stress of excessive workloads, instead of examining whether this work culture is even fundamentally compatible with lawyer well-being, says Jonathan Baum at Avenir Guild.

  • Less Power To The People: SALT In Review

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    Starting with a measure that won't appear on the California ballot in November, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Unpacking The Circuit Split Over A Federal Atty Fee Rule

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    Federal circuit courts that have addressed Rule 41(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are split as to whether attorney fees are included as part of the costs of a previously dismissed action, so practitioners aiming to recover or avoid fees should tailor arguments to the appropriate court, says Joseph Myles and Lionel Lavenue at Finnegan.