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California ~ Corporate Income Tax: Corporation Had Substantial Nexus With State, Was Not Immune From Tax

A Massachusetts corporation had substantial nexus to support the imposition of California corporation franchise tax. The corporation engaged, through its authorized California-based representative, in transactions for a corporate business purpose. By operating through its employee in California, the corporation was afforded substantial and enduring benefits and protections of the state that enabled it to generate business for its recruiting services. Thus, the corporation had a regular, systematic, and substantial connection with, and physical presence within, California establishing substantial nexus.

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Washington ~ Multiple Taxes: Legislation Limits Financial Institution Mortgage Interest Deduction, Extends Food and Data Center Exemptions

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed legislation that limits the financial institution business and occupation (B&O) tax deduction for mortgage interest to community banks, extends B&O tax exemptions for manufacturing of certain foods, and modifies the B&O taxation of newspapers. In addition, the legislation extends the sales and use tax exemption for data centers, provides a tax exemption for craft distilleries, and modifies leasehold excise tax provisions.

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Oklahoma ~ Corporate Income Tax: Licensing Agreement Did Not Create Nexus

Payments a Vermont insurance company received from an Oklahoma taxpayer for intellectual property consisting of trademarks and operating practices did not create sufficient nexus to subject it to the Oregon corporation excise (income) tax, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has held. The insurance company was established under the laws of Vermont by an international restaurant corporation, to insure various risks of the corporation and its affiliates. In establishing the insurance company, the corporation transferred the intellectual property to the insurance company to meet the capitalization requirements of Vermont for an insurance business.

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Vermont ~ Multiple Taxes: Bill Would Increase Minimum Corporate Tax, Update IRC Conformity, Modify Taxation of Remotely Accessed Software

The Vermont Senate has approved a modified version of the House’s bill that, if enacted, would update the state’s conformity with federal income tax laws for Vermont personal and corporate income tax purposes and increase the corporate income minimum tax for corporations with gross receipts in excess of $2 million (TAXDAY, 2012/04/02, S.14).

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Minnesota ~ Corporate Income Tax: Activities of Merchandisers Created Nexus

An out-of-state company that employed merchandisers in Minnesota was subject to state corporate franchise tax because the activities of the taxpayer went beyond the mere solicitation of orders within the meaning of P.L. 86-272. Merchandisers employed by the taxpayer, a company that distributed and sold wristwatches and jewelry to retail stores, generated and submitted weekly reports to their managers; completed and maintained detailed floor maps of each retailer’s watch department; and conducted training presentations and informational seminars for the retailers’ sales associates.

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New Jersey ~ Property Tax: Homestead Reimbursement Denied

The denial of an 85-year-old disabled taxpayer’s application for a New Jersey homestead property tax reimbursement for tax year 2010 was upheld because she did not pay her property taxes in full by June 1, 2011, as mandated by statute. The taxpayer acknowledged that the taxes on her property were not paid in full by the deadline but testified that due to a knee injury and rehabilitation, she was physically unable to pay her bills. According to the Director of the New Jersey Division of Taxation’s interpretation of the law, a taxpayer is not eligible for a homestead property tax reimbursement unless all taxes due for the relevant year are paid by June 1.

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Kentucky ~ Property Tax: Land Owned by Nonprofit Industrial Corporation Not Exempt

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that a 100-acre parcel owned by Prestonsburg Industrial Corporation (PIC) did not qualify for exemption from property taxes as property belonging to a purely public charity within the meaning of Kentucky Constitution §170. PIC was founded by a group of local businessmen, as a private nonprofit corporation, to attract business and industry to Prestonsburg for economic development.

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Texas ~ Sales and Use Tax: Amazon.Com Agrees to Collect Texas Sales Tax Beginning July 1, 2012

Online retailer Amazon.Com will begin to collect and remit Texas sales tax on July 1, 2012, pursuant to an agreement reached between the company and Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Susan Combs. Under the agreement, Amazon also plans to create at least 2,500 jobs over the next four years and make at least $200 million in capital investments in the state.

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