Pillsbury SALT Counsel Evan Hamme will be an instructor at the Council on State Taxation’s (COST) Intermediate and Advanced Income Tax School scheduled for December 5-9, 2021. cost-300x90

COST’s Intermediate and Advanced Income Tax School is being held simultaneously with COST’s SALT Basics School and Intermediate and Advanced Sales and Use Tax School in Atlanta, GA.  These programs provide learning opportunities for attendees to explore and gain a deeper understanding of SALT Income and Sales and Use Tax issues. Continue Reading ›


On September 30, 2021, the Washington Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the state’s 1.2% Business & Occupation (“B&O”) surtax on large financial institutions.  Wash. Bankers Ass’n v. State, No. 98760-2 (Wash. 2021).  The surtax, which went into effect January 1, 2020, applies to every “specified financial institution,” which is defined in relevant part as a financial institution that is a member of a consolidated financial institution group with consolidated annual net income of $1 billion or more. SealofWashingtonStateSeal-300x300

The Washington Bankers Association and the American Bankers Association (collectively, the “Associations”) filed a declaratory relief action seeking to invalidate the surtax on the grounds that the measure discriminates against interstate commerce in violation of the Commerce Clause.  In 2020, a Washington trial court entered summary judgment for the Associations, holding that the statute discriminates against interstate commerce in purpose and effect.  The trial court also held that the Associations had standing under the state’s Uniform Declaratory Judgments Act (the “UDJA”) to bring an action on behalf of their members challenging the surtax. Continue Reading ›

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