On January 30, 2017, the California Legislature Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation held an informational hearing on “Life after Lucent: Administering California’s Technology Transfer Agreement Law.” The California State Board of Equalization and the Board’s staff are currently wrestling with the meaning of the Technology Transfer Act provisions in sections 6011 and 6012

On December 29, 2016, a New York City administrative law judge (ALJ) determined that Sprint’s long distance telecommunications service fees were exempt from the City’s Utility Tax. In the Matter of the Petitions of U.S. Sprint Communications Co., LP, TAT (H) 14-12 (UT) et al. Sutherland represented Sprint in the matter.

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By Stephen Burroughs and Maria Todorova

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania recently reaffirmed its decision that Level 3’s network infrastructure services (including local dial networks, telephone numbers and modems, i.e., Internet “backbone”) sold to retail Internet service providers (ISPs) constitute non-taxable Internet access services. The Commonwealth Court previously held that the taxpayer’s facility was an

By Alla Raykin and Tim Gustafson

The Colorado Department of Revenue determined that energy purchased by a television broadcaster is exempt from sales tax when used to transmit broadcasts, but taxable when used for other office purposes. Colorado imposes sales tax on electricity and natural gas for commercial consumption. The Department analyzed possible exemptions applicable

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 Robert Merten and Madison Barnett

The South Carolina Department of Revenue issued a revenue ruling concluding that charges paid by customers to stream media content over the Internet, such as movies, music and television programs, are subject to state sales and use tax. Under South Carolina law, the statutory definition of “tangible personal property&rdquo

By Douglas Upton and Timothy Gustafson

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance issued an Advisory Opinion concluding that a retail operator of kiosks selling various prepaid telecommunication plans and additional telecommunication rights for existing plans was subject to New York sales and use tax collection and remittance requirements, but was not subject

By Mike Kerman and Andrew Appleby

The South Carolina Administrative Law Court determined that a satellite television provider must source its subscription receipts to South Carolina based on the percentage of in-state subscribers. The administrative law judge (ALJ) determined that South Carolina is not a “strict” costs of performance state for apportionment purposes because its