Addressing cross-motions for summary judgment from the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the City of Seattle, the Superior Court of Washington for King County held that the City’s new payroll expense tax, which applies to businesses that spend $7 million or more on payroll in Seattle, is constitutionally permissible.

On July 6, 2020, the

New Jersey’s Appellate Division concluded that a Jersey City payroll tax violated the dormant Commerce Clause because there was no mechanism to resolve disputes if two taxing entities, in different states, impose a payroll tax on the same employee.  The lower court had previously dismissed the case, ruling that the Jersey City payroll tax was

On January 14, 2021, California’s Supreme Court concluded in Vasquez v. Jan-Pro Franchising Int’l, Inc. (2021) 10 Cal.5th 944, 273 Cal.Rptr.3d 741, 478 P.3d 1207 that its Dynamex decision and its use of the so-called ABC test, later codified after the passage of Assembly Bill 5, applies retroactively.  The Vasquez holding subjects taxpayers, potentially even

Two significant tax ballot measures were on the ballot for voters in the Portland area this Election Day.  Here’s a look at what measures passed and which ones failed.

Failed.  The Portland Metro Council Measure 26-218 proposed authorizing a payroll tax on employers for workers in the metropolitan Portland areas to fund transit improvements and