State & Local

  • April 22, 2024

    Colo. House OKs Ballot Measure On Betting Tax Revenue

    Colorado voters would decide whether to let the state keep and spend certain sports betting tax revenue rather than refunding it to casinos under legislation passed by the state House to place the question on the November ballot.

  • April 22, 2024

    Okla. To Expand Property, Income Tax Break For Airports

    Oklahoma will expand a property and income tax exemption for municipally owned airports in the state under a bill signed by the governor.

  • April 22, 2024

    Coverage Recap: Day 1 Of Trump's NY Hush Money Trial

    Law360 reporters are providing live updates from the Manhattan criminal courthouse as Donald Trump goes on trial for allegedly falsifying business records related to hush money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election. Here's a full recap from day one.

  • 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

    Dispute Over Taxing Business Inputs Snares Va. Lawmakers

    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.

  • 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 fatal incident in which 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

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

    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.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

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    As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

  • DC's Housing Tax Break Proposal: What's In It, What's Missing

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    Proposed Washington, D.C., rules implementing the Housing in Downtown Tax Abatement program — for commercial property owners who convert properties into residential housing — thoroughly explain the process for submitting an application, but do not provide sufficient detail regarding the actual dollar value of the abatements, says Daniel Miktus at Akerman.

  • Location, Location, Location: SALT In Review

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    From a possible replacing of Florida's property tax to Cincinnati's taxing of remote workers, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • How 3 New Laws Change Calif. Nonprofits' Legal Landscape

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    Legislation that went into effect on Jan. 1 should be welcomed by California’s nonprofit organizations, which may now receive funding more quickly, rectify past noncompliance more easily and have greater access to the states’ security funding program, say Casey Williams and Brett Overby at Liebert Cassidy.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • Thinking Big And Soaking The Rich: SALT In Review

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    From a bold and broad tax plan in Louisiana to proposed legislation targeting the well-to-do in Rhode Island and Michigan, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Reimagining Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

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    While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • High Court Case Could Reshape Local Development Fees

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    If last month's oral arguments are any indication of how the U.S. Supreme Court will rule in Sheetz v. County of El Dorado, it's unlikely the justices will hold that the essential nexus and rough proportionality tests under the cases of Nollan, Dolan and Koontz apply to legislative exactions, but a sweeping decision would still be the natural progression in the line of cases giving property owners takings claims, says Phillip Babich at Reed Smith.

  • Nebraska Should Abandon Proposed Digital Ad Tax

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    If passed, Nebraska’s recently proposed Advertising Services Tax Act, which would finance property tax relief by imposing a 7.5% gross revenue tax on advertising services, would cause a politically risky shift of tax burdens from landowners to local businesses and consumers, and would most certainly face litigation, say attorneys at McDermott.

  • The Legal Industry Needs A Cybersecurity Paradigm Shift

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    As law firms face ever-increasing risks of cyberattacks and ransomware incidents, the legal industry must implement robust cybersecurity measures and privacy-centric practices to preserve attorney-client privilege, safeguard client trust and uphold the profession’s integrity, says Ryan Paterson at Unplugged.

  • As Promised, IRS Is Coming For Crypto Tax Evaders

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    The IRS is fulfilling its promise to crack down on those who have neglected to pay taxes on cryptocurrency earnings, as demonstrated by recently imposed prison sentences, enforcement initiatives and meetings with international counterparts — suggesting a few key takeaways for taxpayer compliance, say attorneys at BakerHostetler.

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