On September 29, 2020, Governor Philip Murphy signed A. 4721, the bill extending and retroactively increasing New Jersey’s Corporation Business Tax (“CBT”) surtax.

Instead of eliminating the surtax after December 31, 2021, as was previously scheduled, A. 4721 increases the CBT surtax rate to 2.5% and extends the surtax through December 31, 2023 for corporations

On August 24, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed New York S.8832, a bill authorizing tax return preparers to accept electronic signatures on e-file authorizations for purposes of filing tax documents electronically with the New York Department of Taxation and Finance. The Bill applies in the context of New York State corporation, personal income,

A California Court of Appeal held that San Francisco may not impose a documentary transfer tax on the value of an existing 41-year leasehold interest upon the sale of the underlying property because the leasehold interest does not constitute “realty sold”. The taxpayer owned a commercial building and agreed to lease the ground floor to

On May 11, a San Francisco trial court held that the California Constitution allows special local taxes proposed by voter initiative to be enacted with a simple majority vote, in contrast to the two-thirds vote required for special taxes proposed by local government. The ballot initiative in question imposed a $298 per parcel tax and

In a recent private letter ruling, the South Carolina Department of Revenue concluded that a motor vehicle rental company is responsible for remitting sales tax on short-term vehicle rentals entered into through its online peer-to-peer rental program. Applying South Carolina’s statutory definition of “gross proceeds of sales,” which includes the proceeds of sales through a

The Supreme Court of Idaho upheld the lower court’s judgment that the Idaho Reimbursement Incentive Act (“IRIA”) does not violate the separation of powers provisions of the Idaho Constitution because the IRIA does not delegate lawmaking powers to an administrative body and the IRIA does not limit judicial review. An administrative agency created under the

The owner of an NBA arena is appealing an Ohio commercial activity tax (CAT) determination arguing that gross receipts from ticket sales of third-party events hosted at the arena are not attributable to the owner. When the arena was not being used by the Cleveland Cavaliers, the owner rented the facility to third-parties who host

The California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District upheld a trial court’s judgment that a plaintiff lacked standing to challenge the sales tax practices of a technology company because she did not establish the existence of an economic injury. The plaintiff purchased cellphones from the technology company at a discounted price as part

On December 19, 2019, the New York Division of Tax Appeals (DTA) held that a corporate taxpayer must include royalties received from foreign affiliates in the computation of its entire net income for its 2007 through 2012 tax years. Matter of IBM Corp., DTA Nos. 827825, 827997, and 827998 (N.Y. Div. Tax App. Dec. 19

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals upheld the Comptroller’s determination that an out-of-state pet food seller did not qualify for Public Law 86-272 protection because the seller’s collection of competitive information in Maryland by its employees was not ancillary to solicitation of sales and not de minimis. The out-of-state pet food seller maintained a limited