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ISSUE 20-13; June 26, 2020

Member Attendance at COST’s 51st Annual Meeting – As COST continues to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our education meetings, we would appreciate input on your anticipated participation at the upcoming COST 51st Annual Meeting. Please choose all that apply to your potential attendance if the COST 51st Annual Meeting is held on October 19-22:

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ISSUE 20-13; July 2, 2020

Multistate: State Responses to COVID-19 and Other Important State Legislation – In New York, Senate Bill 8411 was signed into law on June 17, 2020 by Governor Cuomo, as Chapter 121 of the New York Laws of 2020. The enactment decouples a number of New York City taxes (the City Unincorporated Business Tax, the City General Corporation Tax, the City Bank Tax, and the post-2014 City Business Corporati


Accounting Group Urges IRS to Delay Tax Collections to October


A group of accountants is urging the IRS to once again push back payment deadlines, waive penalties on late tax filings, and reconsider the effect the coronavirus pandemic has had on taxpayers.

Colorado to Vote on Tobacco Tax Increases, New Vaping Tax


Colorado will ask voters to approve cigarette and tobacco tax increases and a new tax on other nicotine and vaping products.

Out-of-State Wine Retailers Pursued by Ohio for Tax Dodges


Direct-to-consumer wine seller Inc. and six other retailers are allegedly short-changing Ohio "thousands to millions of dollars" of sales and excise taxes they aren't charging consumers, Ohio's attorney general said in a federal lawsuit.

BNSF Railway Wins Case Against Oregon's Intangible Asset Tax


A rail carrier challenging Oregon's tax on intangible assets won backing from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judges affirmed a lower court's ruling that the state's tax violated the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act.

Pandemic Lending Pushes Community Banks Toward Fintech Fixes


A federal stimulus program to combat the recent economic downturn is pushing more community banks to embrace financial technology partnerships.

Mississippi Extends Tax Credits for Historic Restorations


Mississippi is extending and expanding several tax credits, including a 25% credit for rehabilitating historic buildings, under legislation signed by Gov. Tate Reeves.

Unresolved Tax Return Errors Await Returning IRS Employees


More than 1.5 million individual tax returns with errors still needed to be processed at the IRS as of May 22, a sign of the agency's massive backlog, its watchdog said.

New York’s Subway System Faces Deep Cuts Without Billions in Aid


Half of New York City’s subway lines could be eliminated without billions of dollars in aid from the federal government. That dire warning comes in a new report from the Riders Alliance, a transit advocacy organization.

Virus Relief Loan Extension Unlikely to Spur Big Lending


Congress' last-minute extension of a pandemic relief loan program to August is unlikely to increase banks' appetite to lend the remaining money.

Corporate Tax Chat With Francois Chadwick of Uber


Bloomberg Tax chatted with Francois Chadwick, the global head of tax for Uber, about the state of digital taxation worldwide. Chadwick leads a team of more than 200 employees around the globe. He is part of a team helping to shape global tax and accounting policy for the company. He has previously worked for KPMG LLP and the European Commission in Brussels. He also launched a tax tech startup.

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Foes of Illinois Graduated Tax Plan Unite as Pritzker Ups Ante


As Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker plows more money into a "fair tax" political action committee, four groups have united in a campaign to stop the state’s graduated income tax proposal at the polls.

Pandemic Could Reduce State Revenues by $200 Billion


Revised revenue forecasts in some states indicate tax revenue shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could be approximately $200 billion between fiscal 2020 and fiscal 2021, according to a fiscal expert.

Backers Submit Signatures to Tax Arizona High Earners, Marijuana


Proponents of increasing taxes on higher earners to fund education and of legalizing marijuana have submitted signatures to qualify their respective initiatives for Arizona’s November ballot.

Denver Mayor Supports Sales Tax Increase Ballot Measure


Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has endorsed a ballot initiative that would increase the city's sales tax to help fund services for the homeless.

Louisiana Tax Bills Await Governor's Action


Bills that would provide business tax breaks and waive penalties and interest on late tax payments and return filings for taxpayers affected by COVID-19 have passed the Louisiana Legislature and await action from Gov. John Bel Edwards (D).

Audit Faults D.C. Property Tax Panel's Ethics, Transparency


The District of Columbia Real Property Tax Appeals Commission allowed commissioners to skirt ethics rules, maintained unreliable data systems, and steered clear of transparency through private hearings and confidential appeals decisions, according to a recent audit report.

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Connecticut Revenue Provides Guidance on State Tax Implications of CARES Act


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Missouri Tax Commissioner Affirms Value of Cell Towers


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SCDOR reminder: Income tax due date is July 15


The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) reminds taxpayers the updated Income Tax due date is July 15, 2020.  The SCDOR aligned with the IRS in March and extended the filing and payment due...

RI Tourism Orgs, Localities Oppose Hotel Tax Hike Amid Virus


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Illinois company to relocate to Salem Business Park in western Kenosha County


SALEM LAKES — Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday announced that Advent Tool & Manufacturing, Inc. is relocating its headquarters and production operation from Antioch, Ill., to the new Salem Business Park....

Boot Barn (BOOT:USD20.28) outperforms 88% of the market


AMERICAN DAILY STOCK REPORT Dateline: Wednesday July 08, 2020 Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:BOOT), the NYSE's 25th largest Consumer cyclical company by market cap, has lifted 77.0c (3.9%) from its...

Double-digit rate hike forecast for both Barres is spot on


BARRE — When it comes to increases in education property tax rates the two-town Barre Unified Union School district is way above average this year. On average, education tax rates in Vermont...

Pandemic Relief: How to Protect Tax Lien Interests


Even in the best of times, knowing how to protect tax lien interests requires work. Many who invest in tax liens and tax deeds do so in multiple jurisdictions or in multiple locations within a state....

Virus-Ravaged States in India Clamor for More Funds From Modi


By and Soaring infections sharpen divide between center and states India trails only the U.S. and Brazil in coronavirus spread India’s soaring coronavirus numbers...

I ran my taxes through Credit Karma Tax and H&R Block. Here's how they compare on price, ease of use, and refunds.


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Your Tax Dollars Go A Lot Further in South Dakota


South Dakota's tax-friendly status has been a big selling point over the years for the state, luring businesses and families alike with the promise of no state income tax. But just because we don't...

Norwalk parking fees going up to include state tax - The Hour


, in Norwalk, Conn. Cars parked in the Webtsre Street lt Wednesday June 3, 2020, in Norwalk, Conn. Photo: Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media Photo: Erik Trautmann / Hearst...

Tax Dept.: 25,000 North County tax returns not yet filed


PLATTSBURGH — Just a week ahead of the extended July 15 deadline for filing personal income tax returns, thousands of returns across the North Country had yet to be filed. According to a press...

The July 15 Tax-Filing Deadline Is Approaching; New Retirement-Account Rules Can Benefit You


6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The rules governing your retirement accounts have been loosened in the year 2020. You have more time to put money in,...

Coronavirus and Wayfair at 2: The perfect storm for online retailers


Two years ago, the Supreme Court in South Dakota v. Wayfair expanded the reach of states across the country to impose sales and use tax obligations on retail and other businesses. That’s if the...

IRS, Treasury say July 15 tax filing, paying deadline will not be extended


Oklahoma City, OK: Oklahoma Society of Public Accountants has issued the following press release: The Department of the Treasury and IRS today announced the tax filing and payment deadline of July...

SALT Deduction Workaround Available for Maryland Pass-Through Entity Owners


Washington, D.C: Venable LLP has issued the following press release: Effective July 1, 2020, a pass-through entity (a PTE) with Maryland-source income can elect to have its Maryland taxable income...

Reed Smith: The Supreme Court's Altera Cert Denial Has State Tax Consequences


Washington, D C: Council on State Taxation has issued the following press release: Reed Smith: The Supreme Court's Altera Cert Denial Has State Tax ConsequencesJuly 07, 2020 Webinar Date Start...



Page Content South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) agents today arrested a Pickens County independent contractor and charged her with seven counts of tax evasion. According to the arrest...

Wellcana Reduces the Price of Louisiana Wholesale Medical Marijuana


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Black Homeowners Pay More Than ‘Fair Share’ in Taxes


A national reckoning with racism, combined with the economic damage wrought by the pandemic, is prompting some state and local officials to take a closer look at an issue that has long bedeviled...

Tax Return Extensions: 8 Key Things To Know In 2020


The deadline for 2019 federal tax returns is July 15. The IRS has made it clear that the due date, postponed from the usual April 15, will not be delayed again—even though Covid-19 disruption is...

DeWine expects to drain rainy day fund to wrestle budget into balance


Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s record-low rainy day fund balance of 89 cents could be in danger. Gov. Mike DeWine says not much — if any — of Ohio’s $2.7 billion financial cushion will remain...

Is It Better to Buy or Lease an Electric Vehicle?


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Can You Finance an Independent Film During a Pandemic?


In the middle of the global pandemic and one of the worst economic downturns in a century, Maven Pictures’ Celine Rattray, a producer of  Driveways ,  The Kindergarten Teacher  and  American Honey ,...

State tax filing deadline is near


The Kentucky Department of Revenue reminds taxpayers the 2019 state income tax filing deadline is Wednesday, July 15. On March 26, Gov. Andy...

The struggle to enter California’s cannabis market: ‘So much heartache, so much pain’


Despite state programs, low-income and minority applicants struggle to break into legal cannabis market. CALIFORNIA, USA — Linda Grant sold weed in the streets of East Oakland for 35 years before...

Wrong time for federal tax hikes


On July 8, the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will release a "snapshot" of federal finances, the first such update since the COVID-19 crisis began. The government may also soon look...

Office of State Tax Commissioner Extends Hours on July 15


Sign up to receive news releases via email. Bismarck, N.D. – The will be extending hours until 8 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, July 15, to provide taxpayer assistance via phone. Tax Day is on July 15 this...

Illinois, regional economies shrink in first quarter Jul 7 at 5:13 PM


SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois economy shrank at an annual rate of 5.4% during the first quarter of 2020 compared with the previous quarter, according to federal data released Tuesday, an indicator of...