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 by Jennifer Weidler

ARIZONA

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

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 ...

 by Jennifer Weidler

CALIFORNIA

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 William Grimsinger

On Monday, November 28, 2011, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the margin tax does not violate the Texas Constitution (specifically, the Bullock Amendment at Article VIII, Section 24) because it is not a tax on the net incomes of natural partners and that the Court did not have jurisdiction to entertain an equal and uniform taxation challenge.

This decisive ruling, with seven justices in the majority and two dissenting, puts an end to speculation about the fate of the margin tax.  The margin tax will remain in place at least through 2012 and likely 2013.  However ...

Categories: Texas

 By Paul Masters with contributions by Jennifer Weidler in Chamberlain's Philadelphia office.

State DOR Letters and Policy Rulings

But where’s your paper … New Mexico hearings officer rules that a taxpayer does not qualify for a gross receipts tax deduction merely because the taxpayer did not possess any nontaxable transaction certificates as required by NMSA 1978, Section 7-9-43 (2001). Other states have similar requirements for certificates, but merely because they are “required” does not necessarily mean the courts agree.

Virginia Tax Commissioner rules that ...

 by William Grimsinger

On July 29, 2011, suit was filed in the Texas Supreme Court alleging that the Texas Margin Tax is unconstitutional under the Constitution of the State of Texas because: (1) it imposes an income tax on a natural person’s share of partnership income without voter approval (contrary to the Bullock Amendment) and (2) the Comptroller’s interpretation of the tax violates the equal and uniform taxation clause of the Texas Constitution.

Under the original Margin Tax statute passed in 2006, any challenge to the tax statute must be brought in the Texas Supreme Court ...