State & Local

  • July 15, 2024

    Pa. Property Owner's Tax Appeal Meritless, Court Says

    A Philadelphia property owner properly had its appeal of a tax assessment dismissed by a trial court because its complaints were meritless, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court affirmed.

  • July 15, 2024

    IBM Taps Jones Day To Take NY Royalty Tax Fight To Justices

    IBM asked the U.S. Supreme Court for more time to submit a petition for review of a New York high court decision that upheld tax on royalties received from foreign affiliates, saying it recently retained Jones Day to handle the case.

  • July 15, 2024

    Akerman Brings On Chamberlain Hrdlicka Tax Pros In Atlanta

    Akerman LLP announced Monday that it picked up a pair of new partners for its tax practice group in Atlanta who were previously with Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry.

  • July 15, 2024

    W.Va. Income Tax Phase Out Triggered By Revenue

    West Virginia will continue phasing out the state's income tax after the state met the tax cut revenue triggers, Gov. Jim Justice announced.

  • July 15, 2024

    Neb. Receipts Trail Estimate By $11M For Fiscal 2024

    Nebraska's net general fund receipts for the 2024 fiscal year came in $11 million below a budget projection, the state Department of Revenue said Monday.

  • July 15, 2024

    Rising Star: Davis Polk's Dominic Foulkes

    Dominic Foulkes of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP has advised companies on several multibillion-dollar transactions, including a technology-maker's $4.9 billion initial public offering, the largest in the United States in the last three years, earning him a spot among the tax law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 15, 2024

    Pa. Lawmakers OK EV Fee, End Of Tax On At-Home Charging

    Pennsylvania would impose an annual fee on electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and eliminate a tax on electricity used to charge electric vehicles at private residences under a bill passed by state lawmakers and sent to Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro for consideration.

  • July 12, 2024

    Rising Star: Quinn Emanuel's Emily Au

    Emily Au of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP has been the lead attorney on several high-profile cases, including a key case across the U.K. construction industry in terms of HMRC's Value-Added Tax policy, earning her a spot among the tax law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 12, 2024

    Law360 Names 2024's Top Attorneys Under 40

    Law360 is pleased to announce the Rising Stars of 2024, our list of 158 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments belie their age.

  • July 12, 2024

    Conn. Justices Say Town Can Tax Hospital's Property

    Personal property of a Connecticut hospital owned by Hartford HealthCare is taxable, the state Supreme Court said Friday, reversing a trial court opinion and ruling that Hartford's acquisition of the hospital negated a tax exemption for charitable entities.

  • July 12, 2024

    Mo. Says IRS 'Stonewalling' On Worker Credit Freeze Records

    The Internal Revenue Service violated public records law in failing to release documents related to its decision to stop processing new employee retention credit claims, the state of Missouri said Friday in a complaint that accuses the agency of "stonewalling."

  • July 12, 2024

    Va. Tax Head Upholds Assessment Based On Fed. Adjustment

    A Virginia woman challenging the IRS' determination to increase her taxable income can't seek a correction from the state's Department of Revenue unless the IRS' original audit findings are adjusted, the state tax commissioner said in a letter ruling.

  • July 12, 2024

    DC To Offer 15-Year Tax Freeze For Office Conversion Projects

    Washington, D.C., plans to offer a 15-year property tax freeze for projects that aim to reposition an office building for a different commercial use, building on the city's larger effort to enliven its downtown, according to an announcement by Mayor Muriel Bowser.

  • July 12, 2024

    Va. Tax Head Backs Biz's Penalty For Misclassifying Workers

    A civil penalty was correctly imposed on a Virginia landscaping business for misclassifying workers, the state tax commissioner said, rejecting the business' argument that multiple worker misclassifications within a 72-hour period should merit only a single penalty.

  • July 12, 2024

    Va. Tax Head Upholds Denial Of Resident's Subtraction

    Virginia residents were properly denied an income tax subtraction that they claimed because of recaptured depreciation that came from the sale of a rental property, the state tax commissioner ruled.

  • July 12, 2024

    Ky. General Revenue In Fiscal Year Tops Estimate By $17M

    Kentucky's general revenue collection from July 2023 through June beat budget estimates by $17 million, according to a monthly report from the Office of State Budget Director.

  • July 12, 2024

    NH General Revenue Beats Fiscal Year Projections By $147M

    New Hampshire's general fund receipts through the 2024 fiscal year were $147 million higher than budget estimates, according to the state Department of Administrative Services.

  • July 12, 2024

    Ohio Warehouse Sale Too Old To Boost Value, Tax Panel Says

    A county board in Ohio was wrong to rely on the $27 million sale price of a warehouse property to raise its tax valuation because that sale occurred more than two years before the applicable tax lien date, the state Board of Tax Appeals ruled.

  • July 12, 2024

    Ga. General Fund Receipts Through Fiscal Year Down $182M

    Georgia's general fund receipts at the end of the 2024 fiscal year decreased $182 million from 2023, the state's Department of Revenue reported Friday.

  • July 12, 2024

    European Tax Policy To Watch In The Second Half Of 2024

    Observers of European Union tax policy expect the EU to devote more attention to problems with existing tax legislation in the coming months as the introduction of major policy proposals takes a pause. Specialists also will be watching for progress on EU tax laws that remain stuck, and the bloc is likely to fill roles including tax commissioner. Here, Law360 examines key tax issues to watch for the remaining six months of the year.

  • July 12, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Ropes & Gray, Cravath, Latham

    In this Week's Taxation with Representation, Paramount Global merges with Skydance Media, Devon Energy acquires Grayson Mill Energy's Williston Basin oil and gas business, Ryan acquires Altus Group Ltd.'s property tax business, and Bain Capital buys Envestnet Inc.

  • July 11, 2024

    Fire Fee Reversal Risks 'Chaos' For Cities, Detroit Says

    The city of Detroit urged Michigan Supreme Court justices to leave in place a decision that said its fire inspection fees are not a disguised unlawful tax because reversing it could send municipalities into "chaos" over their permit and license fee practices.

  • July 11, 2024

    La. Tax Chief Urges Quick Rewrite Of Constitution's Tax Rules

    Louisiana's top tax official pushed lawmakers Thursday to propose a series of changes to the state constitution's tax rules next month, calling it paramount for the proposal to go before voters on the November ballot before next year's legislative session.

  • July 11, 2024

    Accounting Firm Contests Blame For Client's $2M Tax Bill

    An accounting firm maintains it had no duty to inform an online flower bulb retailer about a major change in tax law stemming from the U.S. Supreme Court's 2018 Wayfair decision, telling the North Carolina Business Court that advising on such topics wasn't within the scope of its duties.

  • July 11, 2024

    Pa. Lawmakers OK Pittsburgh Homeowner Tax Break Program

    Pennsylvania would authorize Pittsburgh to adopt a property tax relief program that would let longtime homeowners claim tax breaks related to rising real estate taxes under a bill that narrowly passed the state House and next goes to Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro.

Featured Stories

  • Top State & Local Tax Cases To Watch In 2024's 2nd Half

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    From a potential U.S. Supreme Court weigh-in on a Philadelphia resident's wage tax claim to cases addressing the scope of taxable information services and whether unapportioned use tax is constitutional, the second half of 2024 promises to pore over state and local tax law. Here, Law360 examines cases to watch in the rest of the year.

  • Calif. Health Players Back Managed Care Tax Amid Uncertainty

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    A ballot measure backed by some of the biggest healthcare players in California is designed to protect billions of dollars in revenue for the state's Medicaid program. Its impact may hinge on persuading more doctors to serve low-income patients.

  • How Reshaped Circuit Courts Are Faring At The High Court

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    Seminal rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court's latest term will reshape many facets of American society in the coming years. Already, however, the rulings offer glimpses of how the justices view specific circuit courts, which have themselves been reshaped by an abundance of new judges.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 6 Tips For Maximizing After-Tax Returns In Private M&A Deals

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    With potential tax legislation likely to spur a surge in private business sales, sellers can make the most of after-tax proceeds with strategies that include price allocation and qualified investment options, say Isaac Grossman and Daniel Studin at Morrison Cohen.

  • After A Brief Hiccup, The 'Rocket Docket' Soars Back To No. 1

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    The Eastern District of Virginia’s precipitous 2022 fall from its storied rocket docket status appears to have been a temporary aberration, as recent statistics reveal that the court is once again back on top as the fastest federal civil trial court in the nation, says Robert Tata at Hunton.