SALT & Pepper

  • California Court of Appeal Awards a Taxpayer Attorney Fees

    Successfully persuading a state court to declare a tax statute unconstitutional is difficult, particularly when that statute favors the state's interests. Receiving attorney fees for such a success is perhaps even more difficult and far less likely. However, on September 4, 2014, the California Court of Appeal defied the odds when it reversed a trial court decision and held in Cutler v. Franchise Tax Bd., Docket No. B248270, that the plaintiff was entitled to attorney fees in a case in which the appellate court had previously held a state tax statute unconstitutional...
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  • Developments in Estate Valuations and C Corporations

    On August 4, 2014, the U.S. Tax Court issued a final decision in the case of Estate of Franklin Z. Adell v. Commissioner (T.C. Memo 2014-155). The case involved Franklin Z. Adell, deceased. At the time of his death, Franklin owned 100 percent of the stock of STN.Com, a cable uplinking company. STN had only one customer, The Word network. The Word is a broadcast network managed by Franklin's son, Kevin. Nearly all of STN's revenue came from its contract with The Word network. Upon Franklin’s death, Kevin became the President of STN...
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  • Quinn Signs the Illinois Amazon Tax into Law

    Quinn signed into law the Illinois "Amazon tax" that requires the online retailer with affiliates in Illinois to collect a “use tax” for all sales to Illinois customers. Illinois' first attempt at an Amazon law was struck down by the Illinois Supreme Court under the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, which prohibits States from passing laws that conflict with federal law. Illinois’ original affiliate tax fell because it directly conflicted with the Internet Tax Freedom Act, a federal law that prohibits discrimination against electronic commerce...
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