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State and Local Tax ("SALT") blog issues require state and local tax knowledge. Chamberlain Hrdlicka's SALT Blawg provides exactly that knowledge with news updates and commentary about state and local tax issues.

You can expect to find relevant information about topics such as income (corporate and personal) tax, franchise tax, sales and use tax, property (real and personal) tax, fuel tax, capital stock tax, bank tax, gross receipts tax and withholding tax. SALT Blawg, offers tax talk for tax pros … in your neighborhood.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the case of New Hampshire v. Massachusetts, but this is not the last we will hear of the underlying issue.  During October 2020, Massachusetts adopted an emergency regulation addressing remote workers’ tax obligations.  The emergency regulation adopted a “status quo” approach, whereby Massachusetts treated employees who had been working in Massachusetts before the pandemic, but were now working remotely, as if they were still working in Massachusetts.  The tax implication of that policy was that nonresidents working entirely out ...

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Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue issued temporary guidance regarding telework during COVID-19 and the related tax implications thereof.  The Department has now issued an end date to its temporary policies: guidance issued by the Department is in effect until the earlier of June 30, 2021 or 90 days after the Proclamation of Disaster Emergency in Pennsylvania is lifted.

Ordinarily, the presence of employees working temporarily from home within Pennsylvania is sufficient to establish nexus for out-of-state businesses for purposes of the ...

During July, the Commonwealth Court handed down its decision in Synthes v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 108 FR 2016, which was a closely watched case dealing with differing interpretations of Pennsylvania’s costs of performance (“COP”) statute.  Prior to 2014, the statute required services to be sourced to the location of the “income-producing activity.”  Where the income-producing activity occurred both within and without Pennsylvania, receipts were required to be sourced to the state where the greater proportion of income-producing activities occurred, based ...

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 ...