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  • Posts by Peter A. Lowy
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    Peter A. Lowy, a shareholder in Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s Houston office, is best known for his tax controversy work and deep experience in the energy sector. He also advises corporations and other taxpayers in a broad spectrum of ...

A Texas appellate court handed down on August 13 reminds taxpayers that the Texas Comptroller refund procedures are laden with traps for the unwary. 

Comptroller Seeks to Dismiss Refund Suit

In the case, Hegar v. El Paso Elec. Co., the taxpayer, El Paso Electric, sued the Texas Comptroller for refund in district court on grounds that it had paid taxes on equipment that qualified for Tax Code section 151.318(a)(4)'s exemption for “telemetry units that are related to ... step-down transformers.”.  No. 03-18-00790-CV (Tex. App. Aug. 13, 2020).  The Comptroller pled that El Paso ...

The Internal Revenue Service is scheduled to publish its final regulations addressing attempts to end-run the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s cap on state and local tax deductions.

As readers will recall, prior to the TCJA’s amendment to Section 164 in December 2017, taxpayers were able to deduct the full amount of their state and local taxes (mostly property taxes and income taxes), subject to the limitation on itemized deduction.  The TCJA added Section 164(b)(6) which limits the aggregate deduction of these taxes to $10,000 (less if not filing a joint return).

This little provision ...