Welcome to the February 2017 issue of the Aprio State & Local Tax (SALT) Newsletter.
With dozens of different taxes imposed by the 50 states (and thousands of local jurisdictions), we recognize how challenging it is to keep up with current issues and developments. This newsletter is designed to provide insights on developments in state and local taxes including new legislation, regulations, rulings and cases addressing issues such as corporate and personal income taxes, sales and use taxes, nexus, franchise/net worth taxes, etc.
This issue of the newsletter includes articles addressing (i) a taxpayer victory against the $800 California LLC fee, (ii) the loss of Utah NOLs following a merger, (iii) Indiana's sales tax treatment of cloud-based webcasting services, (iv) a Massachusetts case classifying a biotechnology company as a manufacturer for income tax apportionment purposes and (v) Georgia's sales tax treatment of non-itemized lease payments.
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Jeff Glickman, J.D., LL.M.
Partner-in-Charge, State & Local Tax Practice
California Court of Appeals Confirms Passive LLC Members are Not Liable for Minimum Franchise Tax
By Jeff Weinkle, SALT manager
A California court determines that passive investors are not "actively engaged" and thus are not doing business in California for franchise tax purposes.
Aprio's State and Local Tax (SALT) practice advises clients on the state and local tax implications of their business operations, allowing clients to strategically minimize their liabilities and risks. Our team has over 50 years of combined SALT experience working in industry, state departments of revenue, public accounting and private law practice. We specialize in all areas of SALT, including matters related to state tax nexus, corporate and personal income taxes, sales/use tax, franchise/net worth taxes, credits and incentives, and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, we represent clients in administrative matters before state revenue departments around the country, including audit defense and settlement negotiations, pursuing voluntary disclosure agreements and obtaining letter rulings.
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