Posted in Nexus, Personal Income Tax, Sales and Use Tax, State & Local Strategies

Living in one state – earning income in another: Avoiding double taxation

by: Richard L. Feldman, CPA, Senior Manager Once upon a time living in one state and earning revenue in another would have been very complicated. With the advent of modern technology and the ease of travel, however, such scenarios are commonplace. What remains complicated are the draconian tax implications that individual taxpayers and employers must…

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Posted in Nexus, Sales and Use Tax, State & Local Strategies

Unclaimed Property and Escheat Responsibilities Should Prompt Multistate Tax Spring Clean Up

What is a business’ responsibility regarding unclaimed property reporting? With tax busy season over, now is an excellent time to prepare and prioritize your multistate tax 2016 Spring Clean Up. If you let this slide, you may be opening yourself up to harsh penalties from the states where you do business. While not technically a…

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Posted in Corporate Income Tax, Nexus, Property and Other State/Local Tax Issues, State & Local Strategies

Market Based Sourcing – No Time To Hibernate

It is always fascinating to watch trends develop and revisit whether the prognosticators were correct – we even enlist Punxsutawney Phil at this time of year – more on him later. One trend we’ve been watching has been the state tax authorities’ modifications in the sourcing of revenue in order to increase the receipts from…

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Posted in Corporate Income Tax, State & Local Strategies

Nevada’s New Commerce Tax – If $ Happens In Vegas, It (May) Stay In Vegas

If you have Gross Receipts from Nevada sources, the new Commerce Tax may keep a portion of those Gross Receipts in the state. Last June, Nevada Governor signed into law Senate Bill No. 483 to introduce the Commerce Tax. Effectively July 1, 2015, Nevada joins Texas, Ohio and Washington in imposing tax based on the total gross revenue,…

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Posted in Corporate Income Tax, Property and Other State/Local Tax Issues, State & Local Strategies

Got Unpaid State and Local Tax Liabilities? Voluntary Disclosure May Be Your “Get out of Jail Free” Card

by: Richard L. Feldman, CPA, Senior Manager Voluntary disclosure is not exactly a “get out of jail free” card when it comes to unpaid taxes, but it may be the next best thing. Voluntary disclosure programs allow taxpayers with unreported tax liabilities to come forward and settle their tax liabilities, usually under very favorable terms…

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Posted in Nexus, Personal Income Tax, Property and Other State/Local Tax Issues, State & Local Strategies

There’s No “Hot Stove” Off Season for Multistate Taxpayers

What used to be called the “off-season” in  Major League Baseball, now enthusiastically referred to as the “Hot Stove”  offers fans some of the most interesting and potentially impactful activity related to the sport.  To a baseball fan there is no longer an “off-season.” And as we all have experienced,…

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Posted in Corporate Income Tax, Income and Franchise, Property and Other State/Local Tax Issues, Sales and Use Tax, State & Local Strategies

Fall Clean Up – SALT Considerations When Merging or Liquidating Entities – Beware of Hidden State Tax Dangers in Those Leaves

Wow, October is almost gone! One of my favorite but perhaps most frustrating chores this month is raking the leaves. There are several huge Pin Oaks around my home that provide great shade in the summer and a blanket of leaves in the fall. I always rake the leaves into one or two huge piles…

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Posted in Corporate Income Tax, State & Local Strategies

State Tax Incentives – Dig Deep to Make Sure the Benefit is Worth the Effort

by: Richard L. Feldman, CPA, Senior Manager States are trying to outdo each other these days in trumpeting tax incentives to boost economic development in their areas. Although the benefits can potentially be vast, the hidden costs to applying for, and then complying with these incentives, can (and should) make business owners question whether the…

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Posted in Corporate Income Tax, Nexus, State & Local Strategies

Fall Clean Up – SALT Considerations When Merging or Liquidating Entities – Take Time To Step Back To See The Potential

Here in the Northeast, this Fall season has been filled with tranquil weather that invites us to get out for that last round of golf, long bike ride or outdoor exercise without being concerned about bundling up. However, Northeasterners know that this Fall’s tranquility should not lull anyone into complacency about how demanding the…

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Posted in Nexus, Personal Income Tax, Property and Other State/Local Tax Issues, State & Local Strategies

Tax Havens – “Water’s Edge” Combined Reporting is Moving Further Abroad

The initial principle of “Water’s Edge” combined reporting was to require combined reporting for affiliated domestic companies that are engaged in a unitary business. Some states have added foreign companies to the Water’s Edge group. These are companies that have a limited United States presence (20% or more) as long as they are part…

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Posted in Corporate Income Tax, Personal Income Tax, Sales and Use Tax, State & Local Strategies

Connecticut Law Boosts Tax Revenue from Multistate Corporations

Connecticut is known as the “Nutmeg State” because its early settlers were considered ingenious and shrewd for recognizing the value of nutmeg and selling it to travelers. Early this summer, the state lived up to its shrewd reputation when its General Assembly passed a budget bill containing provisions that would (among other provisions) increase…

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Posted in Corporate Income Tax, Personal Income Tax, Property and Other State/Local Tax Issues, State & Local Strategies

Is the U.S. Supreme Court Wynne Decision A Winner For You – Not Just For Maryland Residents?

In a recent decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that Maryland’s failure to allow a credit against the local portion of Maryland personal income tax for taxes paid to another state was unconstitutional. The decision, Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne, May 18, 2015, lay the groundwork for potential refund opportunities…

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Posted in Income and Franchise, Personal Income Tax, Property and Other State/Local Tax Issues, Sales and Use Tax, State & Local Strategies

New York State Tax Department Switches Banks – Affecting Taxpayers with Debit Blocks on Their Accounts

The New York State Tax Department is switching banks – and that should make you sit up and take notice if you or your clients use debit block services to electronically pay one or more New York State taxes. You only have until June 25, 2015 to contact your bank and have them add…

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Posted in Sales and Use Tax, State & Local Strategies

Taxpayer “Victory” in Direct Marketing Case – But Multistate Retailers Shouldn’t Do the Snoopy Dance of Joy Just Yet

In a seeming victory for online retailers, the U.S. Supreme Court last week ruled that the Tax Injunction Act does not bar a retailer from bringing a suit in federal court. The suit originally brought by the Direct Marketing Association involved whether Colorado could force online retailers to report purchases made by their…

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Posted in Corporate Income Tax, State & Local Strategies

NYC Corporate Tax Reform – Mayor and Governor Seem To Be In Sync

Last month, New York City Mayor de Blasio announced his proposal for “a major reform” of the city’s corporate tax regime.   Considering that the mayor and New York State Governor Cuomo do not always see eye to eye (they held separate press conferences throughout  blizzard Juno, for example), the mayor’s proposal appears to closely parallel one already signed…

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Posted in Sales and Use Tax, State & Local Strategies

Marketplace Fairness Act Meets Another Detour as a New Proposal Circulated for Online Sales Tax Simplication

Is the new Congress planning to alter some of the unpopular provisions of the 2013 Marketplace Fairness Act? It sure seems like it. On January 13th, House Judiciary Chairman, Representative Bob Goodlatte, circulated a draft of the  Online Sales Simplification Act of 2015.  As reported in a Bloomberg BNA article, 

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Posted in Nexus, Sales and Use Tax, State & Local Strategies

Multistate Tax ‘Nexus in Texas’ Alert – Comptroller Decision Sounds Sales Tax Warning For Software Providers

As someone who regularly tunes into the Weather Channel, I keenly appreciate how meteorologists recognize dangerous patterns and potentially significant storms through analysis of weather hundreds of miles and days away from a location.  This ability to predict weather emergencies allow us to prepare and “batten down the hatches” well in advance of the…

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Posted in Nexus, Property and Other State/Local Tax Issues, State & Local Strategies

Polar Vortexes and November Blizzards – Time to Winterize Your Multistate Tax Machine

It is not even Thanksgiving, but already as the news reported yesterday, US braces for more icy temperatures and snow as ferocious storm lingers.  Many years ago I adopted an approach for dealing with Northeast winters.  My approach centered around assessment, preparation and planning.  I called it “winterizing.” My son…

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Posted in Personal Income Tax, State & Local Strategies

In Search of a New Jersey Gross Income Tax Treasure – Don’t Forget the Alternative Business Calculation Adjustment

Searching for opportunities to reduce our clients’ New Jersey Gross Income Tax costs in the midst of the closing days of our 2014 tax busy season, we revisited one of New Jersey’s relatively recent legislative changes – the Alternative Business Calculation Adjustment. The inability to offset income and losses occurring in different business categories…

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Posted in Sales and Use Tax, State & Local Strategies

Must Reads For Your Summer Leisure – New York Hits The Shore With A Wave of Sales Tax Bulletins and Advisories

Each year the joy of Summer seems to more quickly pass into the demands of the Fall.  Perhaps your summer, like mine, is a coveted time to catch up on non-technical reading.  However, last week the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance issued approximately 15 Sales Tax Technical Bulletins and several Technical…

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Posted in Corporate Income Tax, Nexus, State & Local Strategies

2014 Multistate Tax Road Trip – New Jersey Budget May Create Tax Traffic Headaches for Multistate Taxpayers

New Jersey’s Fiscal 2015 Budget, signed by Governor Chris Christie on June 30, 2014, includes Assembly Bill 3486 which contains tax provisions that may increase multistate taxpayers’ New Jersey income taxes.  In addition, the bill includes “click-through” nexus provisions that may impose New Jersey sales tax nexus upon non-New Jersey…

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Posted in Corporate Income Tax, Nexus, State & Local Strategies

2014 Multistate Tax Road Trip – Detour – New York Issues Nonresident Audit Guidelines with Comments on Gaied Decision

As I was finalizing some research addressing a New York nonresident issue, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the State of New York Department of Taxation and Finance just issued its 2014 Nonresident Audit Guidelines. It appears that these revised guidelines incorporate the State’s view of the ramifications arising from the  recent…

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Posted in Corporate Income Tax, Nexus, State & Local Strategies

2014 Multistate Tax Road Trip – Setting Out On The Dynamic Highway Known As State Tax Nexus – Some Basics For the Nexus Entrance Ramp Discussion

As we launch our 2014 Multistate Tax Road Trip, we will stop periodically at areas that despite their familiarity still warrant our time and attention. Today, we will visit with the concept of nexus. Even in 2014, state tax nexus continues to be a lightning rod for discussion, controversy and concern. Let’s begin our journey with a brief…

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