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

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

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

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

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 State & Local Strategies, Sales and Use Tax

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 State & Local Strategies, Corporate Income Tax

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 State & Local Strategies, Sales and Use Tax

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 State & Local Strategies, Nexus, Sales and Use Tax

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

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 State & Local Strategies, Personal Income Tax

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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