June 2014

By David Pope and Timothy Gustafson 

The Michigan Court of Appeals held that Thomson Reuters’ sale of Checkpoint, an online tax and accounting research program, was the sale of a nontaxable information service and not tangible personal property for purposes of Michigan’s use tax. The Michigan Department of Treasury argued Checkpoint was tangible personal

Sutherland’s state and local tax team will host the Sutherland SALT Roundtable Silicon Valley on Tuesday, June 17 at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay in Redwood City, California. The roundtable will take an in-depth look at significant state and local tax issues and developments impacting the technology sector, including:

  • Digital Unrest – Legislation, Litigation and

Yesterday the Louisiana 24th Judicial District Court held that a cable service provider’s video-on-demand and pay-per-view video programming are not tangible personal property subject to sales tax. Jefferson Parish had alleged that the programming could be seen and heard and thus fell within the definition of tangible personal property. Following a trial, the court found

In their article for State Tax Notes, “Heads They Win, Tails You Lose: New York Decombination and Discretionary Adjustments,” Sutherland attorneys Marc A. Simonetti, Andrew D. Appleby and Sahang-Hee Hahn assert that the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance applies its combined reporting and discretionary authority provisions arbitrarily to maximize its tax

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States participating in the meeting included Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, New Jersey, North Carolina and the District of Columbia. Joe Garrett (Alabama) was elected to chair the Group. The Group is primarily concerned with addressing the inability to effectively conduct transfer pricing audits at the state level. It seeks to create a viable project design sufficiently developed for an operational model by July 2015.
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