California Governor Offers Tax Deferral Option

Earlier this week, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new temporary three-part program for small businesses in California in an effort to help them cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.  Newsom explained that two of the components of the program are available to small businesses with larger businesses targeted by the third component…

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Another Look at DC Soda Tax

Last week, we advised you that the DC Council amended the District sales tax in order to grab an extra 2% sales tax on the sale of sugary drinks. Without wasting any time at all, this week, Councilmember Brianne Nadeau introduced a new measure that would replace the sales tax increase with a new excise…

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DC Hikes Soda Tax, Undetected

With much sleight of hand – and very little, if any, transparency, the DC Council slipped in an additional increase to the District sugary drink tax, when it passed the DC budget back at the end of May. Proposed by Ward 3 Councilor Mary Cheh as part of the $15.5 billion budget instead of as…

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Here’s the Bit . . . Coin!

We knew it was going to happen at some point, but now the state of Ohio has become the first state in the nation to officially offer businesses the option of paying their taxes using Bitcoin.  Starting Monday, businesses in Ohio can make their sales and withholding tax payments through OhioCrypto.com, a state-controlled site that…

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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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Beverage Industry Appeals Court Dismissal

As anticipated, the American Beverage Association and other plaintiffs have appealed the decision of the Court of Common Pleas dismissing the group’s legal challenge to the Philadelphia Beverage Tax. Philadelphia passed the 1.5 cents per ounce tax earlier in 2016 and the challenge was filed in September on the grounds that the tax (which opponents…

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“To Tax or Not To Tax?”

Shakespeare might have put it that way, but the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois stated it much more directly last week in ruling that a Dunkin’ franchisee had not violated Illinois law by collecting a higher rate of sales tax on certain items than ultimately was necessary.  The issue in Bartolotta…

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