statutory construction

By Chris Mehrmann and Andrew Appleby

The Oregon Supreme Court held that property owned by DirecTV, Inc., a satellite television provider, was subject to central assessment because DirecTV was engaged in the business of providing “data transmission services,” making it a “communications” business. In reaching its decision, the court explained that data transmission services include

By Stephen Burroughs and Michele Borens

The Circuit Court of Henrico County, Virginia, recently affirmed a ruling by the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Taxation (Commissioner) that determined a cable provider’s set-top boxes are not “machines” for local property tax purposes and therefore not subject to Henrico County property tax. Virginia statute classifies property