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  • Posts by Jennifer Weidler Karpchuk
    Senior Counsel

    Jennifer Weidler Karpchuk specializes in consulting with, advising, and representing clients regarding issues in all aspects of state and local tax compliance and litigation.  She is an author and frequent speaker nationally on ...

The City of Philadelphia has responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, 585 US. ___ (2018), amending its Business Income and Receipts Tax (“BIRT”) regulations to impose economic nexus.  The City’s BIRT is imposed annually upon every person engaging in any business in the City; it is a privilege tax, taxing the “privilege” of doing business in Philadelphia. [Phila. Code §19-2603].

The BIRT has two components: a net income component and a gross receipts component.  Prior to 1998, both portions of the BIRT were subject to the solicitation ...

The Philadelphia Department of Revenue (“DOR”) has issued two new forms of guidance addressing issues raised by the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“TCJA”).  First, on January 16, the DOR issued an Advisory Notice regarding the deductibility of employee business expenses in light of the TCJA.  For tax years 2018 through 2025, the TCJA eliminates most miscellaneous itemized deductions for individuals, including deductions for employee business expenses.  Further, moving expenses are no longer deductible for federal income tax purposes for those tax years.  In ...

Effective July 1, 2019, amendments have been made to Section 202 of the Business Income and Receipts Tax (“BIRT”) Regulation, which will have an effect on taxpayers starting business activity within Philadelphia during calendar year 2019 and thereafter. 

Previously – and still in effect for those taxpayers that commenced business during tax years 2018 and prior – a new business was required to not only pay the tax due for the first year of operation, but also make a 100% estimated tax payment in the amount of the first year tax liability.

The Amendments now allow taxpayers some ...

On January 9, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt, No. 17-1299.  A copy of the oral argument transcript can be accessed here.

In Hyatt, the Supreme Court is again revisiting the question of whether one state can be sued in another state’s courts.  The Hyatt litigation has been ongoing for two decades and has been before the U.S. Supreme Court on two previous occasions.  The case involves damages sought by Gilbert P. Hyatt for several torts allegedly committed by the Franchise Tax Board of California (“FTB”) in its ...

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue (“Department”) issued Sales and Use Tax Bulletin 2019-01 in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, 585 U.S. ___ (2018). The Bulletin clarifies when marketplace and remote sellers, marketplace facilitators, and other vendors maintain a place of business in the state in light of Wayfair.

Wayfair upheld a South Dakota law that imposed economic nexus upon taxpayers who had $100,000 of sales or 200 transactions within the state in a given year. Previous U.S. Supreme Court case law, Quill Corp. v. North ...

Starting March 1, 2018, a remote seller, marketplace facilitator, or referrer, with no physical presence in Pennsylvania but with $10,000 of annual sales into Pennsylvania, must elect to either collect sales tax on transactions, or to abide by various notice and reporting requirements. See HB 542, Act 43 of 2017. If no election is made, the remote seller, marketplace facilitator, and/or marketplace seller is deemed to have elected to comply with the notice and reporting requirements. The Department has begun mailing forms to taxpayers it believes qualify as referrers ...

The U.S Supreme Court has agreed to hear South Dakota v. Wayfair - a facial challenge by South Carolina to the U.S. Supreme Court's 1992 decision in Quill v. North Dakota, requiring physical presence.

As previously reported, during August the South Dakota Supreme Court held oral arguments wherein South Dakota urged the court to reject its petition, which would allow it to expeditiously file a petition for cert with the US Supreme Court.  The South Dakota Supreme Court abided and quickly affirmed a March 2017 trial court decision granting the remote seller’s motion for ...


By: Jennifer Weidler Karpchuk

Pennsylvania recently joined 29 other states and D.C. in legalizing medical marijuana. With the growing acceptance of the use of marijuana for medicinal — and in some states, recreational — purposes, a new industry booms. With that boom comes revenue to the states in the form of new taxes.

As with any tax and policy, it is important to understand the history of how we got to where we are today. But it is particularly important to see what has framed our cultural views of marijuana. Medicinal marijuana has a long history, dating back to ancient cultures ...

On October 2, 2017, South Dakota filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court, bringing the first facial challenge to Quill Corp. v. North Dakota in front of the Court.

As mentioned previously, during August the South Dakota Supreme Court held oral arguments wherein South Dakota urged the court to reject its petition, which would allow it to expeditiously file a petition for cert with the US Supreme Court.  The South Dakota Supreme Court abided and quickly affirmed a March 2017 trial court decision granting the remote seller's motion for ...

On August 29, oral arguments were held in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. S.D., No. 28160, which challenges the state’s remote sales tax legislation, S.B. 106. 

Enacted during March 2016, S.B. 106 requires remote sellers to collect and remit tax to the state – even if they have no physical presence in the state – if they have more than $100,000 in sales or make more than 200 separate sales into South Dakota annually. The Bill was specifically crafted as a vehicle to undo the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, 504 U.S. 298 (1992), which prohibits states from ...