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EU to Investigate Amazon Tax Ruling for State Aid Breach

The European Commission on October 7 formally launched an investigation into whether Amazon's Luxembourg subsidiary received a favorable transfer-pricing-related tax ruling that violates EU state aid rules. According to a commission release, the investigation focuses on a tax ruling granted by the...

Supporters Confident of MFA's Passage in December

Supporters of the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 (MFA) expressed confidence October 7 that the lame-duck Congress will finally pass the bill in December. The comments were made at the annual Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board meeting in Rapid City, South Dakota, even as the bill remains stalled...

New Jersey Refund Opportunities Associated With the Deductibility of Other States' Taxes

Posted by Sutherland SALT on October 15, 2014 On October 2, in PPL Electric Utilities Corporation v. Director, Division of Taxation , No. 000005-2011, the New Jersey Tax Court determined that federal deductions for the taxpayer’s payments of Pennsylvania gross receipts tax and Pennsylvania...

Buying a Bit - Purchases of Bitcoins Are Not Subject to Sales Tax in Missouri

Posted by Sutherland SALT on October 16, 2014 By Mary Alexander and Charlie Kearns The Missouri Department of Revenue determined in a letter ruling that Bitcoins are intangible property not subject to tax under Missouri’s Sales and Use Tax Law. As explained by the taxpayer, Bitcoins are...

Lighting Dark Fiber: Washington Turns on Retail Sales Tax for Dark Fiber

Posted by Sutherland SALT on October 16, 2014 By Stephanie Do and Timothy Gustafson The Washington State Department of Revenue determined that a telecommunications company’s leases of dark fiber were competitive telephone services and thus subject to retail sales tax. The taxpayer leased...

Illinois Allows Intermediate Carrier to Source International Telecommunications Receipts Based on Its Property Factor

Posted by Sutherland SALT on October 17, 2014 By Derek Takehara and Andrew Appleby The Illinois Department of Revenue determined that a wholesale distributor of international telecommunications services could source its long-distance telephone receipts based on its Illinois property factor....

Access Denied: Pennsylvania Rules Company Not Entitled to Its Own Tax Records

Posted by Sutherland SALT on October 17, 2014 By Ted Friedman and Pilar Mata The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records (OOR) determined that the City of Philadelphia Department of Revenue (City) was not required to provide use and occupancy tax forms and documentation in the City’s possession...

Ohio Businesses Leaving Tax Money on the Table

Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich and the Republican-dominated state legislature have been doing their level best to attract businesses to the Buckeye state. Under this commerce-wooing regime, small businesses have been graced with a 50 percent tax deduction on up to $250,000 of income for 2013 - and...

A Pinch of SALT: What New York Can Learn from California's Combined Reporting History

Posted by Sutherland SALT on October 27, 2014 As part of a sweeping law change, New York will require taxpayers to use a water’s-edge combined reporting method when filing corporate income tax returns beginning January 1, 2015. In this edition of A Pinch of SALT, Sutherland...

State DeathTax Considerations in Making Lifetime Transfers

Phasing out, and the eventual repeal, of the former state death tax credit in favor of a state death tax deduction has significantly impacted estate planning considerations for clients who now live in states that impose a state estate or inheritance tax. The elimination of the state death tax credit...

You're Gonna Have to Do More Than That: Passive Investment in California Limited Liability Company Insufficient to Meet Statutory Nexus Threshold

By Evan Hamme and Timothy Gustafson A California Superior Court held that passive membership in a limited liability company (LLC) is insufficient to meet California’s statutory “doing business” standard. In Swart Enterprises, Inc. v. California Franchise Tax Board , an Iowa corporation...

State Taxation of Foreign Source Income

by Robert Desiderio * States undertake a myriad of approaches to tax foreign source income, primarily due to the diverse operations of the taxpayers. Non-U.S. corporations may own U.S. entities as separate subsidiary corporations or as branches of the foreign parent. A U.S. corporation may operate...

Self-Awareness Skills a 'Must' for Ohio Taxpayers

What street did you live on in 1997? What was the make, model, and year of the car you were driving then? If you live in the Buckeye state, knowing the answers to questions like these may be helpful in your quest for an Ohio income tax refund. In fact, even if you don't live in Ohio, but are subject...

Red Alert! SCOTUS Strikes Down Maryland 'Piggy Back' Tax

Invalidation by the U.S. Supreme Court of local 'piggy back' taxes in Maryland could create a huge fiscal hole for the state. In Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne et ux. , * the Court affirmed Md. State Comptroller of the Treasury v. Wynne, 431 Md. 147 (Md. 2013) , holding in a...

Alcohol Taxes and Incentives - The Spirit of the Law and What's Hoppin'

by Daniel G. Mudd * Basics of Federal Excise Tax on Alcohol Federal taxation of alcohol generally follows the same tax structure and controls as is used with other commodities and products sold in the United States which are subject to excise tax ( e.g. , tobacco, gasoline, etc.). Accordingly,...

Taxpayers Wynnes: SCOTUS Decision May Provide Refund Chance for NYC Residents

By Marc. T. Finer and William J. Kambas Editors Note: This article is posted on the LexisNexis® Tax Law Newsroom web site by permission of Withers Bergman LLP. All rights reserved. ... State and local income tax issues do not often reach the US Supreme Court. Recently they did. In question...

Alcohol Taxes and Incentives - The Spirit of the Law and What's Hoppin'

by Daniel G. Mudd * ... The Basics of the Federal Excise Tax on Alcohol Federal taxation of alcohol generally follows the same tax structure and controls as are used with other commodities and products that are subject to excise tax ( e.g. , tobacco, gasoline, etc.). Accordingly, there are Federal...

Job Creation Tax Incentives Viewed as Fools’ Gold

Notwithstanding improvements in job market statistics in recent months, concerns persist about underemployment and low job market participation. State governments use a variety of tools to improve economic conditions, including job creation tax incentives. But what do such tax incentives actually...

State of Washington Joins Click-Through Nexus Club

The State of Washington is now among the states that have adopted a “click-through” presumption of nexus standard for certain sales by out-of-state retailers. According to the state department of revenue’s website, the presumption of nexus applies for both retailing retail sales tax...

Streaming Services Not Subject to 3 Kentucky Tax Regimes

In September 2015, the Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals ruled that Netflix’s “streaming services” were not taxable under Kentucky’s Gross Revenues Tax, Excise Tax, and Utility Gross Receipts License Tax for Schools. In Netflix Inc. v. Finance and Administration Cabinet Department...

Pennsylvania House Rejects Governor's Tax Increase Proposals

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on October 7 rejected Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's proposal to increase the personal income tax and impose a new severance tax on natural gas drilling. The House voted 127 to 73, mainly along party lines, to reject Wolf's tax proposal, which was presented...

What a Surprise! Taxpayers Support Fair Taxation!

If you think that John Q. Taxpayer wants everyone but himself to pay Uncle Sam, think again. The International Council of Shopping Centers has updated its original 2013 poll on Internet sales taxation. The updated survey finds that 70 percent support legislation that would require online merchants to...

NYU INSTITUTE ON STATE AND LOCAL TAXATION – NEW YORK CITY

The annual NYU School of Professional Studies Institute on State and Local Taxation addresses all major areas of taxation and attracts attorneys, accountants, state tax officials, tax directors, tax managers and anyone seeking expert discussion on the latest technical, legislative, and planning developments...

Connecticut Republicans Loft Series of Tax Bills to Start New Session

Kicking off the new legislative session in Connecticut, Republican House members wasted no time introducing bills reflecting their tax priorities, including exempting pension income from the personal income tax and repealing the estate and business entity taxes. House Republicans introduced four separate...

TEI Enters the Multistate Tax Compact Fray

Marking its entry into the Multistate Tax Compact fray, the Tax Executives Institute has filed an amicus brief in the Michigan Supreme Court in support of taxpayer applications for leave to appeal the appellate court's recent decision upholding the state's retroactive repeal of the compact. In...