State & Local

  • May 29, 2024

    Iowa Offers Tax Penalty Relief For Counties Hit By Storms

    Iowa will consider requests for tax penalty relief from people in several counties who missed state tax filing and payment deadlines because their records were destroyed by recent storms, the state Department of Revenue said Wednesday.

  • May 29, 2024

    Tenn. Orders Study Of State, Local Tax Collection Costs

    Tennessee will require a study on the cost to businesses of collecting and remitting state and local taxes and the cost to the state of remuneration to businesses for sales tax collection, under a bill signed by the governor.

  • May 29, 2024

    La. Lawmakers OK Deadline Discretion In Awarding Incentives

    Louisiana would give the state's economic development agency discretion in awarding tax incentives to businesses that miss a deadline for reasons beyond their control as part of a bill passed in the state Senate.

  • May 29, 2024

    Kansas Gov. Sets June Special Session On Taxes

    The Republican-led Kansas Legislature will meet in a special session June 18 to consider tax relief legislation, the state's governor said Wednesday, calling for compromise following her veto of a bill to reduce income tax rates.

  • May 29, 2024

    Ind. Tax Court Says Hotel In Construction Was Fairly Assessed

    An Indiana hotel that was under construction in 2010 was properly assessed despite claims that the county assessor had not assessed all unfinished commercial properties equally, the state tax court ruled.

  • May 29, 2024

    NC Total Revenue Through April Dips $23M From Last Year

    North Carolina's total revenue for July through April fell $23 million from last year, the Office of the State Comptroller said.

  • May 29, 2024

    Colo. Creates Tax Credit For Creative Industries Infrastructure

    Colorado established a state income tax credit for capital improvement projects that support creative industries, under legislation signed by Gov. Jared Polis.

  • May 29, 2024

    Colo. Extends, Expands Film Production Tax Credit

    Colorado extended its film production tax credit, previously set to end this year, and increased the amount of qualifying expenses that may be claimed for the credit under legislation signed by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis.

  • May 29, 2024

    Colo. Creates Quantum Tech Investment Credits

    Colorado authorized a pair of tax credits to promote investment in quantum technology development facilities by entities that are also receiving certain federal grants under legislation signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis.

  • May 29, 2024

    Treasury Details Which Tech Would Get Clean Energy Credits

    Treasury released proposed rules Wednesday outlining which technologies would qualify for new zero-emission energy tax credits, saying wind, solar and geothermal are among those that would make the cut.

  • May 28, 2024

    Minn. To Raise Coming Payroll Tax For Family Leave Program

    Minnesota will raise the payroll premium for its upcoming family and medical leave program under legislation signed by the governor over the objections of Republican lawmakers who said the package was rushed through during the Legislature's final hours.

  • May 28, 2024

    Ex-NRA CFO Settles NY AG Suit Before Phase-Two Trial

    The National Rifle Association's former chief financial officer has reached a settlement with the New York attorney general's office ahead of the second phase of a trial over claims the group and its executives misused donor money, among other alleged misconduct.

  • May 28, 2024

    Ill. Lawmakers OK System To ID Taxpayer Financial Accounts

    Illinois would authorize the state tax department to enter agreements with financial institutions to identify accounts of people and businesses who are delinquent in the payment of taxes using a data-match system under a bill passed by state lawmakers and headed to Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

  • May 28, 2024

    Pa. Lawmakers Want End To 40% NOL Cap To Attract Biz

    A bipartisan group of Pennsylvania lawmakers voiced support Tuesday to ditch the state's 40% cap on net operating loss deductions and either match the federal standard or eliminate the limit altogether.

  • May 28, 2024

    Tax Lawyer Rejoins Mayer Brown In DC From Latham

    Mayer Brown LLP has rehired a tax partner from Latham & Watkins LLP, who joins the firm in Washington, D.C., to continue working with clients to best utilize renewable energy tax credits, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • May 28, 2024

    Mich. Offers Tax Deadline Relief In Counties Hit By Storms

    Taxpayers in four Michigan counties that were impacted by severe storms and tornadoes can request additional time to file returns and make payments, according to a notice Tuesday from the state Treasury Department.

  • May 28, 2024

    Colo. Extends Tax Credit For Rehab Of Historic Structures

    Colorado's tax credit for rehabilitation of historic structures will run through 2036 and apply to work on structures as new as 30 years old under legislation signed by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis.

  • May 28, 2024

    Colo. Creates Tax Credits For Agricultural Stewardship

    Colorado farms and ranches that use certain agricultural stewardship practices will be eligible for tax credits of up to $300,000 under legislation signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis.

  • May 24, 2024

    Shuttered Paper Mill Flouted $12M Incentive Deal, NC AG Says

    The state of North Carolina is suing food and beverage packaging company Pactiv Evergreen to recoup $12 million in economic incentives the company allegedly accepted to keep a local mill up and running after it abruptly shuttered the facility last year.

  • May 24, 2024

    CohnReznick Adds Tax Planning Partner From Mazars

    CohnReznick LLP added a top accountant and tax partner from Mazars USA LLP to its roster of tax professionals, the firm announced.

  • May 24, 2024

    NY Tax Dept. Wrongly Cut CEO's Enterprise Credit, ALJ Says

    New York's state tax agency incorrectly used the business allocation percentage of an S corporation to reduce the amount of qualified Empire Zone enterprise tax credits that the company's CEO could claim, an administrative law judge said in a determination released Friday.

  • May 24, 2024

    NYC Apartment Hotel May Qualify For Tax Break, Dept. Says

    A planned 150-unit apartment hotel building in New York City catering to a nearby hospital's patients and staff and to university students could be eligible for an industrial and commercial abatement program, the city Department of Finance said in a letter ruling.

  • May 24, 2024

    Colo. Net Revenue Collection In April Up $218M

    Colorado's total general fund revenue in April was $218 million higher than collections last year, the state Department of Revenue reported.

  • May 24, 2024

    Pa. Tax Dept. Floats Reg Outlining Business Income Treatment

    The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue proposed a regulation Friday outlining when income is considered apportionable business income or nonbusiness income that isn't apportionable, and how the unitary business principle affects those determinations.

  • May 24, 2024

    Lists Of State Laws That Satisfy Charitable Org. Regs Invalid

    The Internal Revenue Service rendered obsolete two lists of state laws and circumstances that allowed for charitable organizations to satisfy certain federal requirements, as a number of the relevant laws have since changed, the agency announced Friday.

Featured Stories

  • Amazon SC Sales Tax Case Could Decide Meaning Of 'Seller'

    Maria Koklanaris

    Amazon's longtime battle with the South Carolina Department of Revenue could ultimately answer critical questions about retroactivity, statutory interpretation and the definition of key terms such as "seller."

  • NYC's Proposed Split From State Tax Regs Sparks Pushback

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    New York City's plan to have its coming corporate tax overhaul regulations diverge from certain areas in the state's rules has drawn criticism from practitioners who say the proposals could increase compliance burdens and cut against the underlying law's intent to apply market-based sourcing.

  • Nixing Green Energy Tax Perks Would Be Tough For Trump

    Kat Lucero

    Former President Donald Trump has vowed to scrap Democrats' signature 2022 climate law should he get reelected in November, but following through on that campaign promise could prove difficult amid bipartisan support for many of the law's clean energy tax incentives and a potentially divided Congress.

Expert Analysis

  • How Attys Can Avoid Pitfalls When Withdrawing From A Case

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    The Trump campaign's recent scuffle over its bid to replace its counsel in a pregnancy retaliation suit offers a chance to remind attorneys that many troubles inherent in withdrawing from a case can be mitigated or entirely avoided by communicating with clients openly and frequently, says Christopher Konneker at Orsinger Nelson.

  • Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

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    From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

  • Tax Assessment: Recapping Georgia's Legislative Session

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    Jonathan Feldman and Alla Raykin at Eversheds Sutherland examine tax-related changes from Georgia’s General Assembly — such as the governor’s successful push to accelerate income tax cuts — and suggest steps to take before certain tax incentives are challenged in the state's next legislative session.

  • Geothermal Energy Has Growing Potential In The US

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    Bipartisan support for the geothermal industry shows that geothermal energy can be an elegant solution toward global decarbonization efforts because of its small footprint, low supply chain risk, and potential to draw on the skills of existing highly specialized oil and gas workers and renewable specialists, say attorneys at Weil.

  • Bad Ideas That Won't Go Away: SALT In Review

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    From California's latest move toward a digital ad tax to Kansas' proposed tax credits for film production, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Exploring An Alternative Model Of Litigation Finance

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    A new model of litigation finance, most aptly described as insurance-backed litigation funding, differs from traditional funding in two key ways, and the process of securing it involves three primary steps, say Bob Koneck, Christopher Le Neve Foster and Richard Butters at Atlantic Global Risk LLC.

  • Trump Hush Money Case Offers Master Class In Trial Strategy

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    The New York criminal hush money trial of former President Donald Trump typifies some of the greatest challenges that lawyers face in crafting persuasive presentations, providing lessons on how to handle bad facts, craft a simple story that withstands attack, and cross-examine with that story in mind, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • A Vision For Economic Clerkships In The Legal System

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    As courts handle increasingly complex damages analyses involving vast amounts of data, an economic clerkship program — integrating early-career economists into the judicial system — could improve legal outcomes and provide essential training to clerks, say Mona Birjandi at Data for Decisions and Matt Farber at Secretariat.

  • E-Discovery Quarterly: Recent Rulings On Text Message Data

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    Electronically stored information on cellphones, and in particular text messages, can present unique litigation challenges, and recent court decisions demonstrate that counsel must carefully balance what data should be preserved, collected, reviewed and produced, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Kentucky Tax Talk: Budget Focus Cools Tax Reform Efforts

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    There were some noteworthy tax developments during Kentucky’s legislative session — like the revival of local tax reform and enactment of another tax amnesty program — but major tax initiatives, like those seen in recent years, were largely tabled as legislators focused on establishing the state’s two-year budget, say attorneys at Frost Brown.

  • NY Tax Talk: Primary Function Is Key Analysis For Sales Tax

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    Two sales tax cases recently decided by New York's Appellate Division illustrate why both taxpayers and the state's Department of Revenue subscribe to the primary function test, a logical way to determine whether business transactions are subject to sales tax, say Elizabeth Cha and Jeremy Gove at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Time To Fix NYC's Broken Property Assessment System

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    A New York appellate court's decision to revive Tax Equity Now New York v. City of New York may force the city to revamp its outdated and unfair real estate tax assessment system, which could be fixed with a couple of simple changes, says Seth Feldman at Romer Debbas.

  • Strange Notions Bubble Up: SALT In Review

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    From an assault on North Carolina's phaseout of its corporate income tax to a court ruling on the taxability of sparkling water in Pennsylvania, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.