Business Challenges MA Millionaire Tax Question

Business interests in Massachusetts, led by the Massachusetts High Tech Council, Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation among others, have initiated litigation challenging the placement of the so-called Millionaire Tax on the state ballot in November. The action, filed with the state Supreme Court this week, asks the court to declare the…

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Soda Tax Limbo

Speaking of being in limbo, retailers in Cook County, Illinois are between the proverbial rock and the hard place as relates the county imposed tax on sugary drinks. As we advised last week, the FDA has said that collecting the tax and then giving it back as a refund violates the federal food stamp program…

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Some Tips on Pools

Tip pooling has encountered its share of problems and challenges around the country over the past few years, but the Granite State seems to have all sides of its house in order on the subject. Voluntary tip pooling is permitted amongst directly tipped employees in New Hampshire, but not with the back side of the…

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Court Upholds Cook County Soda Tax

Although Cook County Circuit Judge Daniel Kubasiak had issued restraining orders previously against the new soda tax the county was imposing, it turned out to be a false hope as last Friday, Judge Kubasiak dissolved the injunction he had placed on the new penny-per-ounce levy that was to take effect July 1. When the injunction…

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Soda Tax Hearing Today, Philly Revenue Falls

The appeal of the soda tax as a revenue cure-all may be fizzing out a bit based on the money the new tax levy is bringing in in the City of Brotherly Love. Philadelphia officials this week acknowledged that actual revenue from the 1.5 cents per ounce tax on sugary drinks came in at $6.9…

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Soda Tax Appealed to PA High Court

Having been rejected at both the Court of Common Pleas (initial action) and just last month, the Commonwealth Court (appellate level), plaintiffs challenging the Philadelphia soda tax this week brought the issue to the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court. The American Beverage Association, along with the Pennsylvania Beverage Association and several other local business plaintiffs, appealed…

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Court Upholds Restraining Order on Soda Tax

Early this week, an Illinois appeals court upheld a temporary restraining order issued a few weeks ago against the 1 cent per ounce Cook Country soda tax. In response, county officials threatened as many as 1,100 country employees would be laid off as a result of the decision. The new tax was projected to raise…

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Court Stays Cook County Soda Tax

A Cook County Circuit Judge granted a temporary injunction enjoining the implementation of the new Cook County penny-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages until at least July 12 and the court can hear more arguments over the validity of the issue. In granting the petition sought by the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, Judge Daniel Kubasiak found…

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Philly Beverage Tax Upheld, Proceeds Down

A Pennsylvania Appeals court on Wednesday rejected a challenge brought by the beverage industry and a couple of consumers to the Philadelphia tax on sugary beverages. The lawsuit alleged that the soda tax violated a provision in the Pennsylvania state constitution that prohibits any duplication of the state sales and use tax, but the appeals…

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A Taxing Decision?

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court dismissal of a proposed class action suit over the charging of sales taxes at Dunkin’ Donuts shops in Manhattan. The District Court initially dismissed the case in part because the plaintiffs had not exhausted their administrative remedies, such as petitioning the Department of Taxation for…

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