SALT Blawg – State and Local Tax Blog
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As previously reported on the SALT Blawg, Chamberlain Hrdlicka attorneys Stewart M. Weintraub and Adam M. Koelsch, together with Peter L. Faber of McDermott, of Will & Emery LLP, filed in the U.S. Supreme Court an amicus brief on behalf of the American College of Tax Counsel in support of the petitioners challenging a retroactive repeal of tax legislation by the state of Michigan. Although the petitioners and the amici had asserted various reasons for granting certiorari, the most prominent of those assertions was that the repeal, stretching seven years into the past, violates the Due ...
Alabama House Approves Legislation to Update Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights
The Alabama House approved a substitute version of a Bill, HB 105, which would update the Alabama Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights with regard to the protocols for handling taxpayer appeals.
Alabama Supreme Court Finds for Online Travel Companies in Tax Suit
The Alabama Supreme Court affirmed a lower court’s summary judgment decision, which held that online travel companies are not engaged in the business of renting rooms or lodgings or furnished accommodations for the purposes of ...
Arizona Court Holds that Cooperative Direct Mail Advertising is Not Subject to Use Tax
The Arizona Appeals Court held that cooperative direct mail advertising was not subject to the state’s use tax, since the dominant purpose of the taxpayer’s business was to obtain nontaxable design, mailing and printing services, and not tangible personal property.
Indiana Legislature Passes Bill to Phase Out Inheritance Tax
The Indiana General Assembly has passed legislation, SB 293, which will phase out the state’s inheritance tax, gradually ...
California Shifts Burden of Proof in Vacation or Secondary Home Assessment Appeals from County to Taxpayer
The California Legislature adopted Bill 711, effective January 1, 2012, which clarifies that an owner-occupied single-family dwelling means one that is the owner’s principal place of residence. Thus, only single-family dwellings that are the principal place of residence of the taxpayer qualify for a homeowner’s property tax exemption. With regard to such properties, the assessor has the burden of proof in any assessment appeals ...
By Paul Masters with contributions by Jennifer Weidler in Chamberlain’s Philadelphia office.
State Regulations and Public Notices
California Board of Equalization issues a proposal to amend the definition of “retailers engaged in business in this state,” in conformance with AB 155. It will take effect either September 15, 2012 or January 2013. The effect of this change would be to expand the requirement for retailers to register with the Board and remit California use taxes, or to be subject to payment of these use taxes on such failure to remit.
Utah State Tax ...
This past week, Michigan senior citizens packed into the Michigan Supreme Court to hear oral arguments over the legality of a proposed change that would impose a tax upon their public pensions. Notably, this is not the first time that Michigan was involved with litigation concerning its taxation of pension plans. During the late 1980s, the U.S. Supreme Court decided a case involving the Michigan Income Tax Act ("Act"). The Act provided an exemption from taxation for all retirement benefits paid by the State or its political ...