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An administrative law judge (ALJ) in the New York State Division of Tax Appeals cancelled the New York State Division of Taxation’s notice of determination asserting sales tax on petitioner’s verification services. The October 6, 2022 determination in Matter of Employment Screening Services, LLC, confirms that petitioner’s services are properly characterized as nontaxable information services because this verification report is tailored and customized based upon the specific applicant.

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An administrative law judge in the New York State Division of Tax Appeals rejected the state’s position that a taxpayer providing a web-based service which allowed clients to identify effective and ineffective messaging through information, analysis, and reports was selling taxable software.  Following the rationale applied in a series of recent sales tax cases, including Matter of 1Life Healthcare, Inc., DTA No. 829434, and Matter of Breakdown Services, Ltd., DTA No. 829396, the judge concluded in her September 29, 2022 determination that the taxpayer’s service was nontaxable because its primary function was an information service that was personal or individual in nature.

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An administrative law judge in the New York State Division of Tax Appeals rejected the New York State Division of Taxation’s use of a look-through approach for sourcing fees paid to a broker-dealer for marketing, recordkeeping, and support services.  The April 28, 2022 determination in Matter of TD Ameritrade, Inc., confirms that such fees are properly sourced to the location of the customer responsible for payment, in this case two banks. https://seesalt.pillsburylaw.com/files/2020/04/Seal_of_New_York.svg_-300x300.png

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Pillsbury attorneys Zachary T. Atkins, Breann E. Robowski, Craig A. Becker, Marc A. Simonetti, Jay E. Silberg, and Jeffrey S. Merrifield discuss the New York law raising property tax issues and how it could become a national concern in Pratt’s Energy Law Report. Read more here.

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Pillsbury partner Marc Simonetti, counsel Evan Hamme, and associates Aruna Chittiappa and William Bennett discuss tax rate changes in the New York State budget and how this looks to offer relief to industries impacted by the pandemic. https://seesalt.pillsburylaw.com/files/2020/04/Seal_of_New_York.svg_-300x300.png Continue Reading ›

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Nuclear fuel storage facilities have been impacted by a change in New York law, which requires facilities located at permanently shut down nuclear power plants to be assessed as real property for ad valorem tax purposes, leading to potential larger, national impacts. SALT team members Zachary T. Atkins, Breann E. Robowski, Craig A. Becker, and Marc A. Simonetti team up with Pillsbury’s Energy attorneys to discuss.

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Real Estate markets in major cities have taken a hit given the events of the past year. In the latest Swimming Lessons Series presentation,  SALT partner Craig Becker and Real Estate partner Andrew Weiner explore the intersection of transfer tax and enforcement in New York and California. Continue Reading ›

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https://seesalt.pillsburylaw.com/files/2020/04/Seal_of_New_York.svg_-300x300.pngA New York trial court held that charges for storage services rendered in New Jersey were not subject to New York sales tax despite the fact that the property was originally picked up in New York. Vital Records, Inc. v. New York State Dep’t of Taxation & Finance, No. 900088-19 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Albany Cty. Aug. 19, 2020). The case was not heard by the New York State Division of Tax Appeals, which is the typical venue for state tax disputes. Instead, the vendor brought an action against the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (“Department”) and its executive deputy commissioner in a New York Supreme Court (trial court) seeking declaratory, injunctive, and other relief.

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https://seesalt.pillsburylaw.com/files/2020/04/Seal_of_New_York.svg_-300x300.pngOn April 3, 2020, New York State enacted the 2021 fiscal year budget (Budget). The Budget contains several tax measures including decoupling from taxpayer relief provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020 with the primary objective to provide economic relief and greater liquidity to American taxpayers facing hardship because of the COVID-19 crisis. Specifically, the Budget decouples from taxpayer favorable provisions in the CARES Act including the increase to the permitted business interest expense deduction and the beneficial NOL provisions. As a result, New York taxpayers will not receive the benefit of the CARES Act relief provisions for New York tax purposes. Continue Reading ›

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