Michael J. Hilkin
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Michael J. Hilkin represents clients in all aspects of complex state and local tax matters. He has a particular focus on tax controversy and transactional issues relating to state and local income, franchise, sales and use, gross receipts and other business taxes. Michael has extensive experience handling state and local tax issues before US administrative and judicial systems. Read Michael Hilkin's full bio.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Coupon Amounts Are Not Subtracted from Sales Tax Base Unless Sales Receipt Adequately Describes Taxable Item and Coupon
By Stephen P. Kranz, Kathleen M. Quinn and Michael J. Hilkin on Feb 24, 2023
Posted In Audits, Local Tax, Pennsylvania, Sales Tax, Tax Base, Transaction Taxes
Overturning a 6-1 en banc decision by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that a coupon does not reduce the price upon which sales tax must be collected unless the coupon is adequately described and “linked” with the taxable item in accordance with Pennsylvania Department of Revenue (DOR) regulations. The case was...
Is California Picking the Pockets of Other States?
By Charles Moll, III, Elle Kaiser, Michael J. Hilkin and Marcy Jo Mandel on Oct 21, 2022
Posted In California, Local Tax, Nationwide Importance, Sales Tax, Transaction Taxes
In Matter of Body Wise International LLC (OTA Case No. 19125567; 2022 – OTA – 340P), a California-based retailer collected amounts designated as “tax” related to jurisdictions where it was not registered to collect tax. The California Office of Tax Appeals (OTA) held that the retailer must remit those amounts to California, even though the...
More than Tax Compliance: California Legislation Requires Marketplace Facilitators to Track “High-Volume” Seller Information
By Charles Moll, III, Michael J. Hilkin and Elle Kaiser on Oct 7, 2022
Posted In California, Local Tax, Sales Tax, Transaction Taxes
The responsibilities of marketplace facilitators operating in California are expanding under legislation recently signed by Governor Gavin Newsom. Starting on July 1, 2023, an “online marketplace” will be required to collect and maintain specified contact and financial information related to its “high-volume third-party sellers.” The legislation is intended to “provide greater tools for law enforcement...
Tax That DC?!?! FCA Suit on Residency Brings Business Intelligence Company into the Crosshairs
By Eric D. Carstens, Stephen P. Kranz, Michael J. Hilkin and Diann Smith on Sep 2, 2022
Posted In Constitutional Issues, District of Columbia, False Claims Act, Income Tax, Local Tax, Nationwide Importance, Tax Base
For the first time since the enactment of the False Claims Amendment Act of 2020, the DC Attorney General’s (AG’s) Office has used its new tax enforcement powers to pursue an alleged personal income tax deficiency. This development brings to the forefront a long-simmering constitutional problem with DC’s statutory residency law and offers a stern...
New Mexico Proposes Regulations Addressing Gross Receipts Tax Treatment of Digital Advertising Services
By Eric D. Carstens, Stephen P. Kranz, Michael J. Hilkin, Mark Nebergall and Jonathan C. Hague on Aug 11, 2022
Posted In Allocation/Apportionment, Constitutional Issues, Local Tax, Nationwide Importance, New Mexico, Sales Tax, Tax Base, Transaction Taxes
On August 9, 2022, the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department published proposed regulations addressing the gross receipts tax (New Mexico’s version of a sales tax) treatment of digital advertising services. The Department states the proposed regulations do not reflect a change in policy but instead ensure the rules are consistent for all advertising platforms....
Pennsylvania Cuts Corporate Tax Rate, Makes Other Changes to Corporate Tax Law
By Stephen P. Kranz, Kathleen M. Quinn and Michael J. Hilkin on Jul 14, 2022
Posted In Federal Tax, Income Tax, Local Tax, Nationwide Importance, Nexus, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed into law omnibus tax legislation to implement the Commonwealth’s fiscal year 2022 – 2023 budget. Among other things, the enacted legislation: (1) cuts the corporate net income tax (CNIT) rate from 9.99% to 4.99% on a phased-in basis; (2) adopts market sourcing rules for intangible-related receipts; and (3) codifies the Pennsylvania...
“Voluntary” in Name Only? New Jersey Introduces Transfer Pricing Initiative
By Stephen P. Kranz, Diann Smith, Michael J. Hilkin and Kathleen M. Quinn on Jun 16, 2022
Posted In Audits, Income Tax, Interest and Penalties, New Jersey, Transfer Pricing
The New Jersey Division of Taxation (Division) has announced a “voluntary” transfer pricing initiative beginning June 15, 2022, and continuing through March 2, 2023. According to the Division, the initiative is targeted toward companies that have intercompany transactions that would be subject to transfer pricing adjustment. The initiative is broadly available to taxpayers with related...
State False Claims Acts: “Knowing” Why They Matter for Tax Professionals
By Stephen P. Kranz, Michael J. Hilkin and Jonathan C. Hague on May 12, 2022
Posted In False Claims Act, Nationwide Importance
Like the federal government, many states have adopted False Claims Act (FCA) provisions that exclude tax matters from coverage. The federal model makes clear that matters under the Internal Revenue Service are not covered by the law, and in the vast majority of cases, states also explicitly exclude tax from coverage. However, there is a...
Maryland Attorney General’s Office Says Taxpayers May Inform Customers of Increased Charges Resulting from Digital Advertising Tax
By Stephen P. Kranz, Michael J. Hilkin and Eric D. Carstens on May 3, 2022
Posted In Constitutional Issues, Maryland, Nationwide Importance
In a brief filed on April 29, 2022, the Maryland Attorney General’s Office (Attorney General) agreed that the “pass-through prohibition” of the state’s digital advertising tax “does not purport to impose any restriction on what the taxpayer may say to the customer, or anyone else, about” increased billing charges because of the tax. Last year,...
New York State Department Intends to Finalize Corporate Tax Regulations This Fall
By Kathleen M. Quinn, Michael J. Hilkin and Richard C. Call on May 2, 2022
Posted In Allocation/Appointment, Federal Tax, Local Tax, Nationwide Importance, New York
Almost seven years after it started releasing draft regulations concerning sweeping corporate tax reforms that went into effect back in 2015, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (Department) has issued guidance, stating that “the Department intends to begin the State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA) process to formally propose and adopt” its draft...