Tag Archives: Marvin Kirsner

Imposing a Tax Collection Obligation on Internet Sellers–South Dakota v. Wayfair

This week the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for South Dakota v. Wayfair, regarding whether physical presence is required within a state for sales and use tax purposes, specifically addressing internet sellers. The case is challenging the Court’s 1992 decision in Quill v. North Dakota, 504 US 298, which upheld a decision from 1967 … Continue Reading

California Documentary Transfer Tax Litigation Update

California’s Documentary Transfer Tax Act (Rev. & Tax. Code §§ 11901, et seq.) is based upon the former federal Documentary Stamp Tax Act first enacted by Congress to raise revenues for the Spanish-American War.  The federal law was repealed, effective Jan. 1, 1968, and simultaneously California, like many other states, picked up the tax with … Continue Reading

NY Enacts Payroll Tax Law in Response to Federal SALT Deduction Limitation

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) limited the deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) to $10,000 for federal tax purposes. For those living in states that impose a personal income tax, this limitation may result in an increase in federal tax if their deductions for property taxes and income taxes paid to states … Continue Reading

Token Issuers and Purchasers, Beware: The IRS May Tax Each Time Tokens are Used

Many blockchain companies are using a largely unregulated means of raising funds, commonly known as an initial coin offering (ICO).[1]  An ICO consists of the issuance of a newly generated cryptocurrency (generally referred to as a token) that runs on blockchain technology, in exchange for fiat currency (such as U.S. dollars) or other cryptocurrencies like … Continue Reading

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Disallows Deductions for Many Payments Due to Violation of Civil and Criminal Law

A provision in the new tax law greatly expands the scope of the disallowance of deductions for fines and penalties paid to government agencies. The new law disallows a tax deduction for any payment made to a government entity where the payment was made in relation to a violation of law or the investigation of … Continue Reading

Taxpayers Bear Risk of State’s Proposals to Counter Elimination of SALT Deduction

Several states are considering proposals in an attempt to reduce the impact of federal tax reform’s $10,000 limit on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. In New York, the Governor’s budget proposal includes establishing two charitable organizations (one for health care and one for education) that will enable taxpayers to make a contribution to those … Continue Reading

California Proposes Legislation to Impose Sales and Use Tax on Services

Recently proposed legislation would require sellers to collect sales and use tax on the sales price of certain services to California businesses. On Feb. 5, 2018, California Senator Robert Hertzberg introduced a bill, which if enacted, would impose sales and use tax on purchases of services by businesses for benefit and use in California, effective … Continue Reading

GT Alert: Excise Tax Refund Opportunity for Foreign Reinsurers for Retrocession Policies

Greenberg Traurig’s Tax Practice recently published an alert discussing the excise tax refund opportunities for foreign reinsurers for retrocession policies.  The IRS has decided to back off its position that the one percent excise tax is due on a policy of reinsurance where a foreign reinsurer reinsures a policy of reinsurance issued by another foreign reinsurer … Continue Reading
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