Stewart M. Weintraub Honored with National Professional Tax Organization’s ‘Special Award’

Posted July 15, 2014 by SALT Blawg
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IPT President Arlene Klika presents tax attorney Stewart M. Weintraub with the Special Award from the Institute for Professionals in Taxation on July 1, 2014. The award recognizes Weintraub’s many years of leadership in service to the organization.

IPT President Arlene Klika presents tax attorney Stewart M. Weintraub with the Special Award from the Institute for Professionals in Taxation on July 1, 2014. The award recognizes Weintraub’s many years of leadership in service to the organization.

Institute for Professionals in Taxation honors Chamberlain Hrdlicka attorney for years of leadership

PHILADELPHIA (July 2014) – The Philadelphia office of Chamberlain Hrdlicka is proud to announce that shareholder Stewart M. Weintraub has been recognized by the Institute for Professionals in Taxation® (IPT) with its Special Award for his dedication and service to the organization. The award was presented on July 1, 2014 at the Institute’s Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

The IPT’s Special Award is presented to members who have contributed significantly to a special project, activity, or achievement of the Institute. Weintraub was honored for his service as co-chair of numerous American Bar Association / IPT Advanced Income Tax, Property Tax and Sales/Use Tax Seminars. For years, Weintraub co-chaired each of the three individual conferences, and then became the first overall chair of the conferences, combined.

“We are grateful to Stewart for his leadership and hard work, year after year, helping to bring these seminars to fruition,” said IPT President Arlene Klika. “The co-sponsorship of these programs enhances the credibility and quality of the programs and the stature of both the ABA and IPT as providers of top-flight state and local tax education.”

Since being admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in 1971, Weintraub has focused his practice upon state and local taxation. From audits through trials and appeals to the appellate courts, Weintraub represents clients in all aspects of state and local tax compliance and litigation. His practice also includes helping clients plan and structure transactions so that all state and local tax obligations are minimized.

Weintraub began his career with the City of Philadelphia Law Department where he rose to be chief of tax litigation and where he served as chief counsel of former Mayor William Green’s Tax Reform Commission. In 2003, Weintraub was appointed to serve as a member of a new voter-approved Tax Reform Commission. He also has held leadership positions for the American Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Association and has chaired or co-chaired the state and local tax committee for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce since 1983. Now in private practice, Weintraub has been a shareholder at Chamberlain Hrdlicka since 2010.

In 2014, Weintraub was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award by The Legal Intelligencer, an ALM publication. Weintraub lives in Cherry Hill, N.J.

About Chamberlain Hrdlicka – Chamberlain Hrdlicka is a diversified business law firm with offices in Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Denver and San Antonio. The firm represents both public and private companies as well as individuals and family-owned businesses across the nation. In addition to tax planning and tax controversy, the firm offers corporate, securities and finance, employment law and employee benefits, energy law, estate planning and administration, intellectual property, international and immigration law, commercial and business litigation, real estate and construction law.

Stewart Weintraub Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from The Legal Intelligencer

Posted June 9, 2014 by SALT Blawg
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Chamberlain Hrdlicka tax attorney honored by ALM Media publication

PHILADELPHIA (June 2014) – The Philadelphia office of Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry is proud to announce that shareholder Stewart M. Weintraub has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Legal Intelligencer, a publication of ALM Media. Presented at a celebratory dinner on May 29, 2014, the award honors a select number of Pennsylvania’s most influential lawyers and jurists.

The Legal Intelligencer selected individuals who have helped to shape the law in Pennsylvania, whether through their work on the bench, their prowess in a courtroom or their dedication to assisting those in need of legal services. The attorney must have had a distinct impact on the legal profession in the state and must still be practicing law.

A well-known and respected state and local tax attorney, Weintraub has been a leader in both the Pennsylvania and the national legal community for more than 40 years.

“I want to thank The Legal Intelligencer and ALM for this recognition,” Weintraub said. “I could not do what I do without the help and support of my family and my firm. I am honored that one of the legal community’s leading publications believes the work I do day to day is considered so meritorious that it should be recognized.”

Since being admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in 1971, Weintraub has focused his practice upon state and local taxation. From audits through trials and appeals to the appellate courts, Weintraub represents clients in all aspects of state and local tax compliance and litigation. His practice also includes helping clients’ plan and structure transactions so that all state and local tax obligations are minimized.

Weintraub began his career with the City of Philadelphia Law Department where he rose to be chief of tax litigation and where he served as chief counsel of former Mayor William Green’s Tax Reform Commission. In 2003, Weintraub was appointed to serve as a member of a new voter-approved Tax Reform Commission. He also has held leadership positions for the American Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Association and has chaired or co-chaired the state and local tax committee for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce since 1983. Now in private practice, Weintraub has been a shareholder at Chamberlain Hrdlicka since 2010.

About Chamberlain Hrdlicka – Chamberlain Hrdlicka is a diversified business law firm with offices in Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Denver and San Antonio. The firm represents both public and private companies as well as individuals and family-owned businesses across the nation. In addition to tax planning and tax controversy, the firm offers corporate, securities and finance, employment law and employee benefits, energy law, estate planning and administration, intellectual property, international and immigration law, commercial and business litigation, real estate and construction law.

ABA/IPT State and Local Tax Seminars – March 31st through April 4th in New Orleans, Louisiana

Posted March 6, 2014 by SALT Blawg
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 by Jennifer Weidler

The ABA Section of Taxation and the Institute for Professionals in Taxation will be holding a week-long opportunity for practitioners to receive CLE and CPE credit while learning about current state and local tax issues facing different businesses and industries.  The seminars will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana.  According to the ABA/IPT, the seminars are designed for, “attorneys, accountants, tax directors, state and local tax managers, government tax officials, appraisers, property tax managers, commercial and industrial property managers, and others interested in state and local income, sales, use, and ad valorem taxation.”  The seminars will take place from March 31, 2014 through April 4, 2014.  Each seminar is one and one-half days: the Income Tax Seminar will be held from March 31st through April 1st; the Sales/Use Tax Seminar will be held from April 1st through April 2nd; and the Property Tax Seminar will be held from April 3rd through April 4th.

Stewart M. Weintraub, shareholder and Chair of the SALT practice at Chamberlain Hrdlicka, is the Overall Chair for the three ABA/IPT Seminars.  During the Income Tax program Mr. Weintraub will be moderating a panel discussing “When to Settle – Audit Strategies to Avoid Litigation” and during the Property Tax program he will be a panelist discussing Current Developments in Property Tax.

For more information about the seminars, see the brochure: https://meetings.abanet.org/meeting/tax/IPT14/media/2014%20ABA-IPT%20Brochure.pdf

For general and hotel information and to register for the program, see: http://meetings.abanet.org/meeting/tax/IPT14/

Upcoming Event: Stewart Weintraub to Participate in ABA Tax Section Panel discussing State and Local Tax Issues Regarding Sale of a Business

Posted August 29, 2012 by Stewart Weintraub
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  by Stewart Weintraub

I am pleased to share with you that I will be speaking at the upcoming meeting of the ABA Tax Section State & Local Tax Committee, in Boston MA.  The panel presentation is titled: “Selling Your Business: Where’s Our Share?  State Taxes on the Sale of an Interstate Business or Subsidiary,”.

From AmericanBar.org:

“The panel will discuss the key SALT issues that arise from the sale of a business or a subsidiary, including stock sales that are treated as asset sales under IRC Section 338. The panel will review how these transactions were treated under UDITPA’s business income definition and under current state laws that vary from UDITPA, including a discussion of the key cases and pending litigation.  The panel will also address apportionment factor treatment, including pending changes in apportionment definitions and rules under consideration by the Multistate Tax Commission and how they might impact how proceeds from the sale of a business or subsidiary would be treated.”

The ABA Section of Taxation and the Trust and Estate Law Division of the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law holds the 2012 Joint Fall CLE Meeting to bring attorneys together to discuss important tax policies, regulations and future expectations within the trust and estate practice.

If you are interested, I hope you will attend my panel. You may register at this link here.

 

Weekly Blog Update for Week of 4/20: Alabama Rules in Favor of Online Travel Companies; Georgia Enacts “Amazon” Legislation; STEB Announces Revised Ratio for Philadelphia County; New Mexico Finds Barnes & Noble Trademarks Establish Nexus…and more.

Posted April 23, 2012 by SALT Blawg
Categories: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Pennsylvania

 by Jennifer Weidler

ALABAMA

Alabama House Approves Legislation to Update Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights

The Alabama House approved a substitute version of a Bill, HB 105, which would update the Alabama Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights with regard to the protocols for handling taxpayer appeals.

Alabama Supreme Court Finds for Online Travel Companies in Tax Suit

The Alabama Supreme Court affirmed a lower court’s summary judgment decision, which held that online travel companies are not engaged in the business of renting rooms or lodgings or furnished accommodations for the purposes of imposing the municipal lodgings tax upon them. For more detailed coverage of this case, click here. We previously discussed a similar holding in the case of Expedia in Philadelphia.

 

ARIZONA

Arizona House Votes to Delete Use Tax Declaration from Income Tax Forms

The Arizona House has voted to delete the use tax declaration line from its state income tax forms.SeeSB 1214.  Pursuant to SB 1214, the use line would be deleted for tax year 2012 forward.  While the specific use tax declaration line would be deleted from the income tax forms, Arizona residents would still owe use tax on their purchases of goods from out-of-state.

 

GEORGIA

Georgia Governor Signs “Amazon” Legislation

The Georgia Governor signed “Amazon” legislation, HB 386, which establishes click-through nexus in the state.

 

MICHIGAN

Michigan Tax Tribunal Finds Corporate Officer Personally Liable for Tax Deficiency of Company

The Michigan Tax Tribunal held that an individual corporate officer was liable for a company’s sales tax deficiency because the individual was a corporate officer during the relevant time period and failed to prove that he resigned, relinquished or otherwise absolved himself of responsibility for filing and paying the taxes.  As such, the court held that there was subject to corporate officer liability for the taxes at issue.

 

NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Court Holds Barnes & Noble Trademarks Sufficient to Establish Nexus

A New Mexico appellate court has held that a taxpayer who was an online bookseller had substantial nexus through the in-state use of Barnes & Noble trademarks.  Barnes & Noble did not own or lease property in the state, nor did it have any temporary or permanent employees therein. Although the taxpayer was a separate limited liability company, the court found that the in-state activities that were performed under Barnes & Noble trademarks were sufficient to establish nexus since Barnes & Noble’s in-state retail stores created goodwill behind the trademarks where the trademarks were used on and in its in-state stores.  Moreover, the online retailer created goodwill by further advertising for Barnes & Noble and selling gift cards which could be used at the online store or at the physical Barnes & Noble locations.

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Commonwealth Court Holds Company Eligible to Compute Franchise Tax Using Holding Company Apportionment Method

The Commonwealth Court held that a company whose activities consisted of providing corporate oversight to twenty-two (22) wholly owned subsidiaries fell within the definition of a “holding company” where the goodwill that it recorded on the corporation’s balance sheets as an asset was included in its subsidiaries’ actual stock value.  As such, the court held that the company was eligible to compute the franchise tax utilizing the 10% holding company apportionment method.

STEB Announces Revised Common Level Ratio for Philadelphia County for 2010

The State Tax Equalization Board (“STEB”) issued an announcement revising its certified Common Level Ratio (“CLR”) for tax year 2010 in relation to Philadelphia County.  STEB revised the CLR to 25.2% from 18.1%.  In order to arrive at the revised figure, STEB used revised data that was submitted by Philadelphia County.

Alabama Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Orbitz and Other Online Travel Companies; Online Travel Companies Not Subject to Lodgings Tax

Posted April 23, 2012 by SALT Blawg
Categories: Alabama, Hotel Occupancy Tax, Hotel Tax

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 by Jennifer Weidler

The Alabama Supreme Court recently addressed the issue of whether online travel companies are liable for the payment of municipalities’ lodgings tax.SeeCity of Birmingham, et al. v. Orbitz, LLC, et al., Dkt. No. 1100874 (Ala. S. Ct. 2012).The appellants in the case were nine (9) Alabama municipalities and the appellees were sixteen (16) online travel service companies and related entities.

In their complaint, the municipalities alleged that municipal ordinances were enacted which imposed a lodgings tax on hotels located within their city limits; that the municipal lodgings tax is in addition to a State lodgings tax; and that the tax is calculated as a percentage of the amount charged by such hotels for the use of a room.

The online travel companies’ business model involves a customer making a room reservation through the online service, the customer is charged an amount for (1) the occupancy of the hotel room, (2) a lodgings tax recovery charge, and (3) an additional amount retained as compensation for the services.  Thereafter, the online travel company is billed by the hotel based upon a contract between the on line travel company and the hotel for the right to offer reservation services to guests who would like to make a reservation at the hotel.  The hotel bills the online travel company for the price of the room and the state and local tax thereon.  The hotel then pays the lodgings taxes to the State and the appropriate municipality.

The municipalities alleged that the lodgings tax should be imposed not only upon the hotels for the amount they charge as rent for the occupancy of their hotel rooms, but additionally upon the amount that online travel companies charge the customer for their online services.

The Alabama Supreme Court disagreed with the municipalities and found forthe online travel companies.  In so doing, it reasoned that the statute and ordinances were not ambiguous, and clearly imposed the lodgings tax upon every person, “engaging in the business of renting or furnishing any rooms, in any hotel.”  The tax is fixed as a percentage of “the charge for such room…including the charge of use or rent of personal property and services furnished in such room.”  Additionally, the court found that the DOR specifically promulgated a rule affirming that only persons who operate a hotel are persons who rent or furnish rooms.  As such, the court found that the online travel companies do not operate a hotel in any of the municipalities and cannot be said to have engaged in the business of renting or furnishing rooms for purposes of the lodging tax.

Numerous cases have been brought in various states and jurisdictions throughout the country touching on the same or similar issues with varying results.  For review of a similar holding by a different court, see our detailed posting regarding the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court’s holding relating to Expedia and the Philadelphia Hotel Tax.

Weekly Blog Update for Week of 3/23: Connecticut Supreme Court Reverses Scholastic Decision; Georgia and Marlyand Lawmakers Address Amazon Bills; Kansas Legislature Approves Single-Sales-Factor Apportionment Bill…and More

Posted March 26, 2012 by SALT Blawg
Categories: Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina, Tennessee

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 by Jennifer Weidler

 

CONNECTICUT

Connecticut Finds Scholastic Used Teachers to Sell Books Creating Nexus to Subject it to Sales Tax

The Connecticut Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s decision and held that Scholastic Book Clubs, Inc. was subject to state sales tax because in-state school teachers acted as its representatives, thereby creating the requisite nexus to justify imposing the tax.  For prior coverage of this issue, click here.

 

GEORGIA

Georgia Lawmakers Approve “Amazon” Bill

The Georgia Senate approved legislation, HB 386, which would create click-through nexus and establish a phase-out of the sales tax on energy used in manufacturing.

 

INDIANA

Indiana Supreme Court Holds Out-of-State Service Provider’s Promotional Materials Subject to Tax

The Indiana Supreme Court held that an out-of-state online service provider, AOL, Inc., was subject to Indiana use tax on promotional materials that it distributed to in-state individuals.  The court found that the transactions through which AOL obtained the promotional materials it sent to in-state residents from its assembly houses and letter shops constituted retail transactions and were therefore subject to state tax once AOL used the property in-state.

 

KANSAS

Kansas Senate Approves Single-Sales-Factor Legislation

The Kansas Senate approved legislation, HB 2157, which would enact a single-sales-factor apportionment method for certain corporations relocating to the state.  The apportionment method would be available beginning in tax year 2013 for those businesses with no employees in the state and with no real or tangible personal property in the state prior to January 1, 2013.

 

MARYLAND

Maryland Legislature Strips Bill of “Amazon” Language

The Maryland House amended legislation, SB 523, by pulling language pertaining to an “Amazon” law.  The amendment deleted language that would have required remote sellers to collect sales taxes on purchases by in-state buyers.  The House also revised the proposed individual income tax increase.

 

MINNESOTA

Minnesota Legislature Passes Bill to Phase-Out State’s Business Property Tax

The Minnesota House of Representatives passed legislation, HF 2337, which would phase-out the state’s business property tax.  The legislation would gradually reduce the tax, until an ultimate elimination of the tax during tax year 2025.  The legislation would also offer a tax credit in lieu of the current foreign operating corporation deduction.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina Publishes Revenue Ruling on Software

The South Carolina Department of Revenue issued a Revenue Ruling dealing with sellers who sell and deliver software via a laptop to the buyer’s location.  Where the seller downloads the software via the internet or other wireless connection and then terminates the connection, taking the laptop when the download is complete and leaving no tangible software behind, the transaction is not subject to South Carolina sales tax.

 

South Carolina Supreme Court Rules for Taxpayer in Bi-furcated Apportionment Case; Places Burden on DOR

In a victory for the taxpayer, the South Carolina Supreme Court held that where the South Carolina Department of Revenue (“DOR”) attempts to deviate from the standard method of apportionment, the DOR must bear the burden of proving both that the standard method should not be used and that the alternative method is reasonable and more appropriate than any of the opposing methods.

 

TENNESSEE

Tennessee Legislature Considers Phase-Out of Stat’s Inheritance Tax

The Tennessee General Assembly passed legislation, SB 3762/HB 3760, which would phase-out the state’s inheritance tax.  Pursuant to the legislation, the tax would be repealed by 2016.


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