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    State Net Capitol Journal – December 17, 2012

    Budget & Taxes BUSINESS INCENTIVES BIG NEWS: Corporate tax incentives have featured prominently in the headlines following The New York Times' series last month criticizing the deals. Much of the news has been critical of the Times' piece...

    April 17: COST Mid-Atlantic Regional State Tax Seminar

    PITTSBURGH, PA - MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL STATE TAX SEMINAR Wednesday, April 17, 2013 H.J. Heinz Company One PPG Place (Building One) Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Presenting an update on significant state tax issues for the Mid-Atlantic States: Delaware, District...

    April 28 - May 2: 2013 COST Intermediate-Advanced State Income Tax School

    2013 Intermediate/Advanced State Income Tax School April 28 - May 2, 2013 Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center Atlanta, Georgia 4 day intense program for tax attorneys and accountants with more than three years of multi-state corporate tax experience...

    West Virginia Adopts Affiliate Nexus Standard for Sales & Use Taxes

    The Governor of West Virginia recently signed legislation ( 2013 Bill Text WV H.B. 2754 , signed into law 4/30/13) which goes into effect January 1, 2014 and adopts an expanded definition of a 'retailer engaging in business in this state' for...

    Kentucky DOR's Disregard of Transparency

    by Cara Griffith ... For the past year, Tax Analysts has been exploring transparency in state tax administration. Some states do a pretty good job of ensuring that guidance (including private letter rulings) are publicly available. Other states just...

    Lexis® State Tax Guide on Digital Content & Cloud Services

    The new Lexis® State Tax Guide on Digital Content & Cloud Services is now available. This comprehensive guide provides an overview of the taxation of digital content and cloud services and state-by-state guidance on the taxation of digital content...

    State Net Capitol Journal – April 15, 2013

    Budget & Taxes STATES' TRANSPORTATION FUNDING NEEDS TRUMPING TAX AVERSION: This month Virginia's Republican-controlled House and GOP-Democrat-split Senate gave final approval to a $6 billion transportation funding overhaul proposed by...

    No Bang for the Buck

    New York State spent $2.8 billion on state and local tax breaks for businesses in the five years 2007 through 2011, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said Tuesday in a new report . DiNapoli says that money generated more than a million jobs at an average...

    State Net Capitol Journal – February 11, 2013

    Budget & Taxes VA TRANSPORTATION PLAN GETS MIXED RECEPTION: As the deadline for Virginia's House and Senate to pass bills to the opposite chamber came and went last week, Senate Democrats refused to go along with Gov. Robert McDonnell's...

    Taxpayers Subsidize Rich Anti-Taxers

    When it comes to picking taxpayer pockets, few organizations display as much chutzpah as the American Legislative Exchange Council. It is a rich person's anti-tax lobby, hating paying the price of civilization and in love with the idea of weak tax...

    Subsidies - Good News and Not So Good

    First, the good news, at least in New York state: Giveaways of state tax dollars to businesses, from retail Hollywood movies, are finally being challenged by a Republican politician. Seeing the party of business raise this issue is good news indeed. A...

    Leveling the Playing Field

    by Cara Griffith ... [T]he Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 , would give states the option to require out-of-state online retailers to collect sales and use taxes if they adopt the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement or they adopt specific simplification...

    Taxes Don't Matter Until, Well, They Matter

    ... One thing is true about New York - City and State. They'll tax anything - your car, your house, your clothes, your Big Gulp, your bullets (that is for the three people they let buy guns), people who live in New Jersey, and cigarettes, cigarettes...

    Good - And Not So Good - Corporate Tax Ideas From New Mexico

    New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez , a rising star among GOP politicians, is calling for a steep reduction in the corporate tax rate . She proposes cutting the rate from 7.6 to 4.9 percent. That is good news. The corporate income tax is -- and will likely...

    Bored Politicians Taxing Strippers

    Every once in a while politicians have the need to tax or regulate some aspect of the adult entertainment industry. Sometimes they go after hookers . Some times they go after dirty movies . Sometimes they go after adult book stores . Often the politicians...

    Feeling the Impact of Impact Fees

    by Cara Griffith ... While not front page news, impact fees are frequently used by local governments... But then again, it's not really a surprise that impact fees are so popular among local governments, as they are a relatively good means of financing...

    Gas Tax Follies

    Many states are rethinking how they pay for transportation in general and how they tax gasoline in particular. Maryland is the latest state to pass legislation ( HB 1515 ) dramatically changing the look of transportation finance. Gov. Martin O'Malley...

    Things That Make You Nuts

    by Cara Griffith ... Avalara is a company that designs software to help companies automate their sales tax compliance. Perhaps it is fitting, then, that an Avalara blog post addressed the taxation of candy... ... ... Groceries are generally exempt...

    Capital Gains from Copenhagen to Bakersfield

    The Tax Foundation released a report recently that showed California had the second highest capital gains tax burdens - in the world. The top rate you would pay if you lived in Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, or San Bernadino is a whopping 33 percent...

    Showdown in Kansas: Realtors vs. Governor

    ... In modern Dodge City local businesses try to profit from the city's historic past. But in 2012 Kansas Governor Sam Brownback wanted to lower the states income tax rate, and repeal of the state's historic preservation tax credit was one his...