There are several federal statutes that limit state and local taxation, including the Internet Tax Freedom Act and Public Law 86-272. Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, there have been calls to apply the “anti-commandeering doctrine” to invalidate or limit these federal laws.

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

In this edition of A Pinch of SALT, Jeff Friedman, Pilar Mata and Mary Alexander examine the requirements and ramifications of states’ attempts to apply prospective-only remedies to unconstitutional taxes and explore why Maryland State Comptroller of the Treasury v. Wynne is not an appropriate case for prospective-only relief.

 

Read “Wynne-ing Isn’t

In the latest edition of A Pinch of SALT, Carley Roberts, Jack Trachtenberg and Tim Gustafson discuss the significant increase in third-party enforcement actions, including consumer class actions and qui tam actions involving state tax questions, which is forcing corporate taxpayers to assess unfamiliar and possibly conflicting risks in connection with their compliance obligations.

In the latest edition of A Pinch of SALT, Sutherland SALT’s Carley Roberts, Prentiss Willson and Maria Todorova discuss the California Franchise Tax Board’s recent chief counsel ruling stating that California’s alternative apportionment provisions do not apply to the combined group’s intrastate apportionment results.

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False claims act (FCA) statutes allow private persons to bring civil actions against alleged wrongdoers on behalf of the government. FCAs and qui tam actions vary, but generally impose significant penalties for “knowingly” failing to comply with a state law. In this edition of A Pinch of SALT, Sutherland SALT’s Jack Trachtenberg, Jeff Friedman and

Understanding states’ various approaches to accountant-client privileges can make the difference in protecting communications from disclosure in litigation. In this edition of A Pinch of SALT, Sutherland SALT’s Pilar Mata and Melissa Smith examine the scope and breadth of accountant-client privileges that have been adopted by some states.

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Independent tax appeal forums go a long way toward ensuring effective and fair state tax administration. In the latest edition of A Pinch of SALT, Sutherland SALT’s Scott Wright, Jonathan Feldman and Andrew Appleby examine the features of independent tax forums that are fundamental to tax fairness and efficiency, and they identify many recent tax forum developments.