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MTC Marketplace Seller Voluntary Disclosure Initiative Underway

Yesterday, the application period opened for the limited-time MTC Marketplace Seller Voluntary Disclosure Initiative opened and it will close October 17, 2017. Since our last blog post on the topic detailing the initiatives terms, benefits and application procedure, six additional states (listed below) have signed on to participate in varying capacities. The lookback period being … Continue Reading

MTC Offers 18 State Marketplace Seller Amnesty Initiative

The Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) is moving quickly to implement a multistate amnesty program through its current National Nexus Program (NNP) for sellers making sales through marketplaces. The new MTC marketplace seller amnesty program is limited to remote sellers (3P sellers) that have nexus with a state solely as the result of: (1) having inventory … Continue Reading

New Jersey Issues Guidance on BEIP Grant Conversion

This month the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (the Authority) provided businesses with guidance, in the form of Frequently Asked Questions, on how to elect to have their unpaid Business Employment Incentive Program (the Program or BEIP) grants converted into tax credits pursuant to N.J. Rev. Stat. § 34:1B-129. Under the Program, New Jersey awarded … Continue Reading

Massachusetts Court Holds Department of Revenue’s Guidance to Be Unreasonable

Northeastern University, the Trustees of Boston University, Wellesley College and 131 Willow Avenue, LLC prevailed in their appeal of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s (the Department) rejection of their Brownfields tax credit applications in Massachusetts Superior Court. 131 Willow Avenue, LLC v. Comm’r of Revenue, 2015 WL 6447310 (2015). The taxpayers argued, and the court … Continue Reading

Tax Breaks for Data Centers: The Numbers Might Be Cloudy

States are competing aggressively to attract data centers with various tax incentives. Data center companies and their business customers are taking them up on their offers. But are these incentives really a good deal for the businesses? Tax incentives that seem attractive at first glance may not be beneficial when they are examined in the … Continue Reading

Taxpayers Stand to Lose Under Chicago’s Lease Tax VDA Offer

Yesterday, the City of Chicago (City) Department of Finance (Department) published an Information Bulletin that provides additional guidance on the Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax (Lease Tax) and extends a new Voluntary Disclosure Agreement (VDA) offer to providers and customers. The updated guidance includes an overview of the Lease Tax, a description of the amendments … Continue Reading

Should Companies Adjust Their Incentive Strategies in Light of New Governmental Accounting Disclosure Requirements?

Earlier this month, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) approved Statement No. 77, Tax Abatement Disclosures, which requires state and local governments to report on foregone revenue from tax abatement agreements. This will significantly increase scrutiny of negotiated tax incentives, particularly at the local level. Businesses need to consider how this may change their local … Continue Reading

Tax on Tax Credits: U.S. Tax Court Addresses Federal Taxation of Refundable State Credits in Maines

As more and more states offer refundable tax credits to induce economic development, it is critical for businesses weighing incentive offers to take into consideration the federal income tax implications of an award. While a payment may be called a “credit” and claimed on a state tax return, that payment might nonetheless constitute taxable income … Continue Reading

Seeing Green: New York’s Reformed Brownfields Cleanup Program Creates Opportunities for Redevelopment to Generate Refundable Tax Credits

Now is the time to begin brownfield redevelopment projects in the State of New York. Reauthorization of and reforms to New York’s Brownfields Cleanup Program, which provides tax credits to redevelop contaminated properties, came into effect on July 1, 2015. The program has been reauthorized until 2026, giving businesses and developers a chance to remediate … Continue Reading

Illinois Circuit Court Dismisses Challenge to Retained Job EDGE Credits

Corporations with Illinois Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) credit agreements giving credit for retained jobs can breathe a sigh of relief: The litigation challenging the state’s ability to grant EDGE credits for retained jobs has been dismissed by an Illinois Circuit Court. Illinois EDGE credits are discretionary income tax credits awarded by the … Continue Reading

Owens-Brockway, VWS, and the Problem of 100% Clawbacks After Partial Performance of Economic Development Incentive Agreements

Economic development incentives are, at heart, contracts: a government offers to provide certain benefits-tax credits, grants, abatements, etc.-in exchange for a business creating jobs and investing capital. Agreements are often long-term, lasting a decade or more. Naturally, economic and political circumstances can change during such a length of time. Two recent cases, Owens-Brockway and VWS, … Continue Reading

From Handshake to Ribbon Cutting: Lessons in Implementing Economic Development Incentives that Avoid Clawbacks

Once an incentive agreement is in place, it is time for the company to get to work building and staffing the new or expanded facility. While the economics of a deal are typically still on track, the initial buildout/expansion can raise issues that may not have been anticipated during the negotiation process, such as construction … Continue Reading

Inside the New York Budget Bill: Sales Tax Provisions

The New York Legislature has passed bills related to the 2015–2016 budget (S2009-B/A3009-B and S4610-A/A6721-A, collectively referred to herein as the Budget Bill) containing several significant “technical corrections” to the New York State corporate income tax reform enacted in 2014, along with sales tax provisions and amendments to reform New York City’s General Corporation Tax. … Continue Reading

Inside the New York Budget Bill: Net Operating Losses and Investment Tax Credit

The New York Legislature has passed bills related to the 2015–2016 budget (S2009-B/A3009-B and S4610-A/A6721-A, collectively referred to herein as the Budget Bill) containing several significant “technical corrections” to the New York State corporate income tax reform enacted in 2014, along with sales tax provisions and amendments to reform New York City’s General Corporation Tax.  … Continue Reading

Inside the New York Budget Bill: Tax Rates and Qualified New York Manufacturers

The New York Legislature has passed  bills related to the 2015–2016 budget (S2009-B/A3009-B and S4610-A/A6721-A, collectively referred to herein as the “Budget Bill”) containing several significant “technical corrections” to the New York State corporate income tax reform enacted in 2014, along with sales tax provisions and amendments to reform New York City’s General Corporation Tax.  … Continue Reading

U.S. Tax Court Finds Refundable State Credits Result in Taxable Income

The United States Tax Court recently determined that certain refundable tax credits issued by New York in connection with economic development activities (EZ Credits) constituted taxable income to the recipients for federal tax purposes. Maines v. Comm’r, 144 T.C. No. 8 (Mar. 11, 2015). In reaching this determination, the Court noted that the characterization of … Continue Reading

New “Job Creation Project” EDIP Credits to Boost Tech Jobs in Massachusetts

In the battle for tech jobs, Massachusetts has added a significant new element to its arsenal of incentives in the form of “job creation project” Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) credits.  EDIP is a tax incentive program designed to foster job creation and foster business growth in Massachusetts.  The new initiative has been enacted as … Continue Reading

New York Corporate Tax Reform: Benefits (and Burdens?) for Qualified New York Manufacturers

Earlier this year, New York enacted sweeping corporate tax reform that included a number of special benefits for qualified New York manufacturers.  (For a discussion of this corporate tax reform, see our Special Report.)  Unlike most of the corporate tax reform amendments (which are generally effective for tax years beginning on or after January 1, … Continue Reading

New York Releases Corporate Tax Reform FAQs

Earlier this year, New York enacted sweeping corporate tax reform, generally effective for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2015, including a new economic nexus standard, changes to New York’s combined reporting regime, changes to the tax base and traditional New York income classifications, changes to the receipts factor computation, and changes to … Continue Reading

Illinois Legislative Tax Policy Subcommittees Issue Joint Report on Findings

On May 28, 2014, the Tax Policy Subcommittees of the Illinois General Assembly’s Joint Revenue and Finance and State Government Administration Committees (Subcommittees) issued their long-awaited Report on Findings regarding the State of Illinois (Report).  The Report was generated after months of hearings and solicitation of written comments from interested parties with respect to Illinois … Continue Reading

Oklahoma Supreme Court KOs the Constitution

On April 22, the Supreme Court of Oklahoma released its opinion in CDR Systems Corp. v. Oklahoma Tax Commission.  Case No. 109,886; 2014 OK 31.  The Oklahoma Supreme Court, overturning the decision of the Court of Civil Appeals, held that an Oklahoma statute, which grants a deduction for income from gains that result from the … Continue Reading

Maryland Madness: An Incentives Plot for House of Cards

Somewhere in Hollywood: House of Cards Screenwriter 1: Let’s have an episode where a business getting tax breaks puts on the lobbying pressure to get even more, only to cross the wrong legislator and nearly lose everything. House of Cards Screenwriter 2: That’s too unrealistic – it could never happen. Apparently the Maryland legislature disagrees. … Continue Reading
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