State & Local

  • April 19, 2024

    Trump On Verge Of Legal History As Full NY Jury Picked

    Jury selection wrapped up Friday in the hush money trial of Donald Trump, setting the stage for opening statements to begin on Monday after a New York appeals court denied a last-ditch bid by the former president to delay the unprecedented case.

  • April 19, 2024

    Expedia's Win Against La. Hotel Taxes Upheld On Appeal

    Expedia and some of its affiliates do not owe Louisiana sales taxes on the full price of accommodation rentals they charged to customers booking through their platforms, a Louisiana appeals court said, upholding a trial court decision.

  • April 19, 2024

    Iowa Senate OKs Expedited Transition To Flat Income Tax

    Iowa would expedite the state's transition from a graduated individual income tax to a flat income tax and reduce the proposed flat tax rate under a bill the state Senate passed Friday.

  • April 19, 2024

    Oracle Appeals Mo. Denial Of $2.5M Use Tax Refund Claim

    Oracle asked the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission to overturn the state tax department's denial of a $2.5 million use tax refund claim, arguing that the company incorrectly invoiced the taxes to customers but subsequently refunded them the money.

  • April 19, 2024

    Va. General Revenue Collection Through March Grew $1.2B

    Virginia general fund revenue collection in July through March was up roughly $1.2 billion from the same period in the previous fiscal year, according to a report from the Department of Accounts.

  • April 19, 2024

    Calif. Revenues Through March Down $5.6B From Estimates

    California's total receipts from July through March were $5.6 billion lower than expected in the governor's 2024-25 budget, according to the monthly report by the state controller.

  • April 19, 2024

    NY Lawmakers Approve Overhauling Cannabis Tax System

    New York is slated to scrap its potency-based tax system for adult-use cannabis and replace it with a more streamlined wholesale tax structure in June under a budget-related bill approved by state lawmakers.

  • April 19, 2024

    Mo. House OKs Sales Tax Exemption For Nuclear Facility

    Missouri would give a sales tax exemption for the purchases of tangible personal property used to build a nuclear facility located in Kansas City under a bill passed in the House of Representatives. 

  • April 19, 2024

    NY Tax Dept. Says Collections Through March Tumble $6B

    New York tax collections from April 2023 through March fell $6 billion compared to the previous period, according to a report from the state Department of Taxation and Finance.

  • April 19, 2024

    Trump's Trial Is Unprecedented. Attys On Juries? Not So Much

    With two BigLaw attorneys tapped for the jury box in Donald Trump's first-in-history criminal case, Law360 spoke to trial vets who said their own experience in this tables-turned situation shows lawyers can make for highly engaged jurors under the right circumstances.

  • April 19, 2024

    Polsinelli Adds Shareholder To Tax Credit Practice In Dallas

    An attorney who spent more than a decade developing a niche practice specializing in tax credit financing has moved her practice to Polsinelli PC's Dallas office after five years at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC.

  • April 19, 2024

    The Week In Trump: NY Trial And A High Court Date Loom

    Despite a few snags, jury selection for Donald Trump's hush money trial in Manhattan unfolded relatively quickly, clearing the way for opening statements Monday in the historic case as the former president prepped for a U.S. Supreme Court debate over his supposed immunity.

  • April 19, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Kirkland, Cleary, O'Melveny

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, Resideo Technologies Inc. announced plans to buy Snap One Holdings Corp., APi Group said it bought an elevator maintenance company, Prysmian said it agreed to purchase Encore Wire, and Sayari said it closed on an investment from TPG.

  • April 19, 2024

    Self-Immolation Near Trump Trial Prompts Security Review

    The New York Police Department is reviewing security protocols for former President Donald Trump's first criminal trial after a man set himself on fire across the street from the Manhattan courthouse where the proceeding was taking place Friday, underscoring safety concerns.

  • April 19, 2024

    Colo. Panel Nixes Short-Term Rental Tax Boost Plan

    A Colorado measure to reclassify properties used for short-term rentals so they would be taxed at a higher rate was rejected by a Senate panel.

  • April 18, 2024

    Neb. Gov. Plans To Call For Session To Revive Digital Tax

    Nebraska's Republican governor said he plans to call for a special session of the state's unicameral Legislature to address tax reform after his proposal to tax advertising services, including digital advertisers, and broaden the sales tax base to fund property tax relief died on the floor Thursday.

  • April 18, 2024

    Co.'s Shoe Sales Warrant Partial Refund, Ohio Justices Told

    An apparel company reiterated to the Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday that it is not subject to gross receipts tax on receipts from the sale of goods that an in-state distribution center transports to retail stores outside Ohio.

  • April 18, 2024

    Peacock Says Maryland Digital Ad Tax Violates Internet Law

    Maryland's digital advertising tax violates the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution and the Internet Tax Freedom Act, streaming giant Peacock TV LLC told the Maryland Tax Court on Thursday in one of several related cases pending before the court.

  • April 18, 2024

    Trump Again Seeks Delay In Fla., Says Attys Tied Up In NY

    Counsel for Donald Trump in the ex-president's federal classified documents case in Florida again asked on Thursday to extend disclosure deadlines, contending that their client would be prejudiced without more time while some of them defend Trump in his hush money case in New York.

  • April 18, 2024

    Ga. Corp., Personal Income Tax Rates Dropping To 5.39%

    Domestic and foreign companies doing business in Georgia will continue to pay the same tax rate as individuals, but both corporate and personal rates will fall, according to a tax package signed Thursday by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.

  • April 18, 2024

    Miss. Reenacts Income Tax Credit For Railroad Expenditures

    Mississippi reenacted an income tax credit for qualified railroad reconstruction or replacement expenditures under a bill signed by the governor.

  • April 18, 2024

    Jury Of 12 Picked For Trump Hush Money Case In NY

    A jury of 12 New Yorkers was selected Thursday for the hush money trial of former President Donald Trump on charges he falsified business records to keep news of an extramarital affair from damaging his 2016 electoral prospects.

  • April 18, 2024

    Mich. Treasury Dept. Clarifies Homestead Property Tax Credit

    Michigan's Treasury Department clarified when a homestead property tax credit applies to property that is contiguous to a property owner's home.

  • April 17, 2024

    EV Tax Credit Restrictions, Trade Bills Advance In House

    The House Ways and Means Committee advanced several trade bills Wednesday that would impose more restrictions for new electric vehicles to qualify for a federal tax credit, assert congressional authority in agreements with foreign governments, and renew the country's largest and oldest trade preferences program.

  • April 17, 2024

    Ga. Updates Guidance On Tax Credit For Education Gifts

    Georgia's Department of Revenue issued updated guidance on a qualified education donation tax credit via amendments to state income tax regulations, the department said in a notice published Wednesday.

Featured Stories

  • Dispute Over Taxing Business Inputs Snares Va. Lawmakers

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    Whether businesses should be taxed as they move products through the supply chain has been vexing for those following tax policy, but the issue is garnering far more attention as it heads to the forefront of the Virginia budget process.

  • Trump's Trial Is Unprecedented. Attys On Juries? Not So Much

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    With two BigLaw attorneys tapped for the jury box in Donald Trump's first-in-history criminal case, Law360 spoke to trial vets who said their own experience in this tables-turned situation shows lawyers can make for highly engaged jurors under the right circumstances.

  • La. Remote Seller Entity Ups Ante In Sales Tax System Battle

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    Louisiana's remote sellers commission is seeking to intervene in a constitutional challenge against the state's sales tax system, elevating the profile of the litigation that alleges Louisiana's varying state and local tax rules are overly burdensome for out-of-state businesses.

Expert Analysis

  • Constitutional Shenanigans And Other Sports: SALT In Review

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    From a challenge to New York's end run on a federal law to voters' rejection of a sales tax that would aid Kansas City's major league teams, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • This Earth Day, Consider How Your Firm Can Go Greener

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    As Earth Day approaches, law firms and attorneys should consider adopting more sustainable practices to reduce their carbon footprint — from minimizing single-use plastics to purchasing carbon offsets for air travel — which ultimately can also reduce costs for clients, say M’Lynn Phillips and Lisa Walters at IMS Legal Strategies.

  • Weisselberg's Perjury At Trial Spotlights Atty Ethics Issues

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    Former Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg’s recent guilty plea for perjury in the New York attorney general's civil fraud trial should serve as a reminder to attorneys of their ethical duties when they know a client has lied or plans to lie in court, and the potential penalties for not fulfilling those obligations, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • Practicing Law With Parkinson's Disease

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    This Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Adam Siegler at Greenberg Traurig discusses his experience working as a lawyer with Parkinson’s disease, sharing both lessons on how to cope with a diagnosis and advice for supporting colleagues who live with the disease.

  • Why Supreme Court Should Allow Repatriation Tax To Stand

    If the U.S. Supreme Court doesn't reject the taxpayers' misguided claims in Moore v. U.S. that the mandatory repatriation tax is unconstitutional, it could wreak havoc on our system of taxation and result in a catastrophic loss of revenue for the government, say Christina Mason and Theresa Balducci at Herrick Feinstein.

  • For Lawyers, Pessimism Should Be A Job Skill, Not A Life Skill

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    A pessimistic mindset allows attorneys to be effective advocates for their clients, but it can come with serious costs for their personal well-being, so it’s crucial to exercise strategies that produce flexible optimism and connect lawyers with their core values, says Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • Trump's NY Civil Fraud Trial Spotlights Long-Criticized Law

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    A New York court’s recent decision holding former President Donald Trump liable for fraud brought old criticisms of the state law used against him back into the limelight — including its strikingly broad scope and its major departures from the traditional elements of common law fraud, say Mark Kelley and Lois Ahn at MoloLamken.

  • Speaking Of Ideas Hard To Swallow: SALT In Review

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    From a Pennsylvania bill that would force corporate tax disclosure to a proposed candy tax in California, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Requiring Leave To File Amicus Briefs Is A Bad Idea

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    A proposal to amend the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure that would require parties to get court permission before filing federal amicus briefs would eliminate the long-standing practice of consent filing and thereby make the process less open and democratic, says Lawrence Ebner at the Atlantic Legal Foundation and DRI Center.

  • 4 Ways To Motivate Junior Attorneys To Bring Their Best

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    As Gen Z and younger millennial attorneys increasingly express dissatisfaction with their work and head for the exits, the lawyers who manage them must understand and attend to their needs and priorities to boost engagement and increase retention, says Stacey Schwartz at Katten.

  • Former Minn. Chief Justice Instructs On Writing Better Briefs

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    Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, now at Greenberg Traurig, offers strategies on writing more effective appellate briefs from her time on the bench.

  • Stay Interviews Are Key To Retaining Legal Talent

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    Even as the economy shifts and layoffs continue, law firms still want to retain their top attorneys, and so-called stay interviews — informal conversations with employees to identify potential issues before they lead to turnover — can be a crucial tool for improving retention and morale, say Tina Cohen Nicol and Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey.

  • Neb. Justices Should Weigh IRC Terms In Dividend Tax Case

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    Nebraska’s highest court, which will hear oral arguments in Precision CastParts v. Department of Revenue on April 1, should recognize that the Internal Revenue Code provides key clues to defining “dividends received or deemed to be received,” and therefore limits Nebraska’s tax on foreign-sourced corporate income, says Joseph Schmidt at Ryan.