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Texas Supreme Court Rules “Pole Tax” Does Not Violate First Amendment
In a unanimous decision Texas Supreme Court rules stripper "pole tax" does not violate First Amendment. The decision reverses a 2-1 Third Court of Appeals decision, which had held the tax violated the First Amendment in upholding the trial court’s ruling. The decision remands the case to the trial court, where three arguments remain, all based on challenges to the tax under the Texas Constitution.
New Jersey Appeals Court Upholds Tax Court Finding No Unitary Nature of Limited Partnership
New Jersey Appellate Division holds limited partner of limited partnership was not subject to Corporation Business Tax because limited partner was not unitary with limited partnership and limited partner had no independent nexus with NJ. The decision upholds the lower court’s decision. The decision is discussed in greater detail at this blog post.
Missouri Denies Sale for Resale Exemption for Guest Houses
Worlds of Fun (“WOF”) operated cabins and cottages that it rented to guests on a nightly basis. It claimed a sale for resale exemption on tangible personal property that it provided to the guests in the quarters, such as benches, beds and mattresses. The Administrative Hearing Commission denied the exemption on the basis that insufficient control was transferred to the guests. A similar case regarding toiletries is currently pending before the Texas Third Court of Appeals, for which the trial court denied the sale for resale exemption.
California Governor Asks Legislature for Mandatory Single-Factor Formula
The California governor asks the Legislature for a mandatory single-factor formula for state income tax based on sales in California. The hope is that such a change would incentivize business to maintain corporate headquarters in the state.
Pennsylvania Reissues Ruling on Computer “Help” Services
The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has reissued SUT-6-014, which clarified those “help” services that are subject to sales tax. Where the taxpayer’s employees are not under the control of the customer, the services rendered are not taxable as a “help supply” service. 61 Pa. Code § 60.4.
Arizona Appeals Rules No Need to Exhaust Administrative Remedies
The Arizona Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision, and ruled that a direct appeal to the tax court is permitted in connection with a tangible personal property valuation.
New Mexico Accepts CPA’s Negligence to Waive Penalty
A taxpayer who had not filed for the New Mexico gross receipts tax was granted a waiver from the payment of penalty based on the representation that such non-filing was the result of advice provided by a CPA.
Allcat Replies to Texas Attorney General in Challenge to Texas Franchise Tax
Allcat has filed its reply to the Texas Attorney General in connection with its challenge that the Texas Franchise Tax (also known as the “margin tax”) is unconstitutional. Allcat argued that limited discovery was appropriate at the Supreme Court level, that the Uniform Declaratory Judgment Act does apply, and requested more time to brief the case.
New York Rules Estimated Audit Proper with Partial Records
The New York Division of Tax Appeals has ruled that due to only partial records being provided in a protracted audit of a taxpayer, that it was appropriate to estimate the sales tax due.
Texas Supreme Court Requests Briefing of Sale for Resale Case
The Texas Supreme Court has requested briefing in connection with a claim for the sale for resale exemption for prizes sold in “claw” machines.
New York Rules Not Able to Estimate Tax Refund
The New York Division of Tax Appeals has ruled that a taxpayer cannot use estimate to calculate refund or credit amount for sales and use tax.
Indiana Tax Court Rules for Miller Brewing on Apportionment
Miller Brewing avoids income tax on Indiana sales if third party picks up at plant. Court says irrelevant that tax avoided in all states as a result of decision.
Georgia Considers Tax Court
A Georgia legislative subcommittee considered the creation of a tax court on August 24, 2011.