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.

By Kathryn Pittman and Andrew Appleby

The Virginia Tax Commissioner found that a corporation with a single employee in Virginia who conducted work-related activities from a home office had nexus for corporate income tax purposes. The taxpayer, headquartered outside of Virginia, had one employee who conducted training at various facilities outside Virginia, but also developed

By Mary Alexander and Andrew Appleby

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance determined that a women’s apparel company’s “inspirational shopping” trips were not sufficient to be considered “doing business” in the state for corporate franchise tax purposes. Petitioner was a traditional remote seller headquartered outside of New York. Petitioner’s employees occasionally traveled

On cross motions for summary judgment, the Minnesota Tax Court held the activities of an out-of-state watch and jewelry distributor (Taxpayer) went beyond mere solicitation of orders for tangible goods in the state of Minnesota and established sufficient nexus to impose Minnesota’s corporate franchise tax. Skagen Designs Ltd. v. Comm’r of Revenue, Minn. Tax. Ct., No. 8168-R (Apr. 23, 2012). The Taxpayer employed two types of employees in Minnesota, sales representatives and merchandisers (Merchandisers). The application of Public Law 86-272 to the Merchandisers’ activities, including completing weekly reports, maintaining product floor maps, holding product training sessions and inspecting display cases, were at issue before the court.Continue Reading Time to Pay Up: Public Law 86-272 Does Not Protect Watch Distributor’s Merchandising Activities