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September 19, 2014 - 10:07 AM EDT
Renouncing the Dogma of Surrey’s Infallibility
by Ajay Gupta
Treasury’s export of Stanley Surrey’s arm’s-length standard was perhaps the most successful case of ideological conversion in the arena of international tax policy. Even as the United States inches away from that construct, the OECD clings to it with a zeal befitting a convert. Treasury may very well have to renounce the dogma of Surrey’s infallibility before true reform in the global transfer pricing regime can take place.
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September 18, 2014 - 9:11 AM EDT
Should We Tax Away Huge Fortunes?
by Joseph J. Thorndike
Sen. Bernard Sanders wants to rein in the runaway billionaires. In a recent piece for The Huffington Post, the Vermont independent (and apparent presidential candidate) made the case for a progressive estate tax.
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September 17, 2014 - 3:52 PM EDT
Single Sales Factor May Be Inevitable, but Is It Fair?
by Cara Griffith
The rise of single sales factor apportionment is interesting. But if state officials are truly concerned about making their state more attractive to businesses, perhaps they should consider retaining (or returning to) the three-factor apportionment method and focus on a less burdensome corporate tax system.
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September 17, 2014 - 12:26 PM EDT
Fairness and the Reality of State Tax Systems
by David Brunori
WalletHub conducted a survey that found most people think state and local tax systems are unfair -- but are they?
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September 15, 2014 - 9:55 AM EDT
REIT Conversions: Good for Wall Street. Not Good for America.
by Martin A. Sullivan
If the R and E in REIT stood for research and experimentation -- that is, if tax-favored entities were doing science and developing new technology -- tax privileges might be justified. But what policy justification is there for subsidizing commercial real estate?
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September 11, 2014 - 1:24 PM EDT
The Church of Corporate Inversions
by Christopher Bergin
I never thought I’d miss stories about Lois Lerner. But if we are going to talk about fairness in our tax system and raising enough revenue to support the people’s government, dealing with the increasingly dysfunctional IRS is just one of the problems we face that are far more important than corporate inversions.
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August 25, 2014 - 12:54 PM EDT
Fracking Taxes Help States Now, but What About the Future?
by Jeremy Scott
As bad as the federal budget picture looked during the Great Recession, the fiscal climate in the states was worse. The federal government used stimulus spending to prevent many states from having to make sharp cuts in services because of steep declines in sales, income, and corporate tax revenues. However, the state fiscal picture is looking much better. For the third year in a row, state tax revenues increased, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. While things might be looking up for states, there are causes for concern because much of the increase in some states is driven by energy taxation, related to a boom in the fracking industry that won't last forever.
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July 11, 2014 - 9:39 AM EDT
International Tax Trending
by Mindy Herzfeld
This week’s international tax highlights include Jean-Claude Juncker’s agenda for EU tax policy, changes in the IRS’ international administration, and continued assertiveness by the U.S. and other governments in pursuing tax evasion while BEPS goes into sleep mode.
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April 29, 2014 - 9:00 AM EDT
Dreams of Tax Reform
by Clint Stretch
At the risk of revealing too much of my sentimental side, I have to admit that I’m a huge Patsy Cline fan. So I recently found myself at the small but carefully curated Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va., which is holding a special exhibit on Patsy’s life and career.
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For Monday, September 22, 2014

Economic Analysis: Setting the Ground Rules for Tax Reform

News Analysis: Will the BEPS Project Succeed?

ABA Meeting: PTP 'Will' Opinions Likely Safe

ABA Meeting: Government Still Unhappy With Bottom-Dollar Guarantee 'Loophole'

ABA Meeting: IRS, Practitioners Disagree on Privilege Case's Importance

ABA Meeting: Scope of Covered Asset Acquisition Transactions May Expand

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News Analysis: New Hampshire Supreme Court Botches Standing Question in Dubious Opinion

ITFA Extended, but Uncertainty Reigns on E-Commerce Issues in Lame-Duck Session

ABA Meeting: Wynne Attorney Doubts Success, Warns of Consequences

Massachusetts Transparency Report: Most Credits Went to Historic Rehabilitation in 2013

Nevada Supreme Court Holds Live Entertainment Tax Constitutional

Payment Under Protest Not Necessary for Use Tax Refund, Cook County Court Says

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ABA Meeting: Transfer Pricing Practice on Course Despite Loss of Leaders

U.K. to Begin Work on Devolving Scottish Tax Powers After 'No' Vote

Practitioners and Treasury Share Reactions to OECD's BEPS Recommendations

Brazil Announces Tax Credits for Manufacturing Exports

Russia Clarifies Tax Obligations of Consolidated Group

Excess Paid on Controlled Loan is Subject to Withholding, Russian Court Holds

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September 12, 2014
40 Years in SALT: An Interview With Art Rosen
by Doug Sheppard
This edition features an interview with SALT luminary Art Rosen of McDermott Will & Emery, who is celebrating his 40th year in state and local tax. Though perhaps best known in recent years for his advocacy on federal business activity tax legislation, not to mention electronic commerce, Rosen has also racked up a long list of other accomplishments, some of which are touched on here.

September 10, 2014
News Analysis: Will New Anti-Inversion Measures Save Allergan?
by Ajay Gupta
In its struggle to fend off a $53 billion hostile takeover bid by Canada's Valeant Pharmaceuticals, California-based Botox maker Allergan Inc. is marshaling all available defenses, including reaching out to officials in the Obama administration, but it is uncertain whether additional anti-inversion measures will help its cause.

September 10, 2014
News Analysis: Grossing Up an Inversion Tax
by Ajay Gupta
Medtronic Inc. will pay $63 million to insulate its executive officers and directors from the consequences of an excise tax that will be triggered on completion of a transaction announced June 15 in which the company will merge with Covidien PLC and concurrently invert to Ireland.

September 5, 2014
Kentucky Judge Orders DOR to Release Administrative Rulings
by Jennifer Carr
A Kentucky circuit court judge has ordered the Department of Revenue to release redacted copies of its final rulings under the state's Open Records Act.

August 20, 2014
Oregon Deal to Give Intel $3 Billion in Incentives Draws Fire
by Brian Bardwell
Officials with Intel Corp. are closing in on a multibillion dollar agreement with local leaders in Oregon that would allow the company to cap its taxes on personal property, in a deal criticized as too generous for a company with deep roots in the state.

August 18, 2014
Tax Analysts Exclusive: Conversations: Sen. Carl Levin
by Meg Shreve
Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, recently spoke with Tax Analysts' Meg Shreve about his time on the subcommittee, his accomplishments, and the future of the subcommittee's investigation into IRS enforcement of section 501(c)(4) regulations.

August 7, 2014
Michigan Owes $1.1 Billion in Tax Refunds Following IBM Decision
by Amy Hamilton
Michigan owes $1.09 billion in tax refunds plus interest to out-of-state corporations as a result of the Michigan Supreme Court's July 14 decision in favor of IBM; the figure is on par with the size of the biggest tax packages designed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's administration.

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