On July 30, the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) approved amendments to the Multistate Tax Compact’s (1) definition of nonbusiness income, (2) definition of “sales,” (3) factor-weighting, (4) alternative apportionment, and (5) sourcing of service and intangible revenue. With the approval, the amendments officially become a model act of the MTC, and taxpayers should expect legislation

By Madison Barnett

The Alaska Supreme Court held that a foreign member of a water’s edge unitary group must include its foreign dividend income in the Alaska apportionable tax base, regardless of whether the income is “effectively connected income” (ECI) for federal income tax purposes. Alaska law incorporates the Internal Revenue Code, including the ECI

By Stephen Burroughs and Andrew Appleby

The Tennessee Court of Appeals held that the Commissioner had the authority to require Vodafone, a wireless communications provider, to use an alternative apportionment method for Tennessee franchise and excise tax purposes. Vodafone used Tennessee’s statutory cost-of-performance (COP) method to source its telecommunication service receipts. Using Tennessee’s statutory COP

The New York State Governor and Legislature recently enacted the 2014-2015 New York State Budget, Senate Bill 6359-D and Assembly Bill 8559-D (Budget), which results in the most significant overhaul of New York’s franchise tax on corporations in decades. In this edition of New York Tax Reform Made Easy, we will address the changes made to apportionment sourcing in computing a taxpayer’s apportionment factor.


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The Sutherland SALT Team will release commentary on the revamped New York State corporate tax system that was reformed as part of the recently enacted Budget Legislation (“Budget”). By way of background, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the tax provisions of the Budget on March 31. The changes will affect nearly every New York

By Madison Barnett and Andrew Appleby

The Florida Department of Revenue determined that a company providing television viewing data and analytics services must source its receipts from such services to the location of its customers, despite (1) the state’s majority costs of performance souring rule and (2) that the taxpayer appeared to incur the majority

By Todd Betor and Andrew Appleby

The Chief Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) of the New York City Tax Appeals Tribunal ruled that The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., may source its receipts from Standard & Poor’s (S&P) public credit rating business using an audience-based method. The ALJ first determined that S&P’s ratings receipts are “other business receipts&rdquo

By Sahang-Hee Hahn and Pilar Mata

The Texas Comptroller has amended its regulation governing the sales tax treatment of cable television services. The revised regulation defines for the first time several terms related to the cable television services industry; adopts a destination-based sourcing rule for intrastate sales of streaming video; and taxes “bundled cable services.&rdquo

By Madison Barnett and Timothy Gustafson

The Michigan Court of Appeals held that a provider of event planning and coordination services presented sufficient evidence to support its costs of performance sales factor sourcing method, under which it sourced services receipts to the location where the event occurred. Over the Department’s arguments that the taxpayer failed