retroactive legislation

7 Questions Companies & State Governments Should Consider

  1. If alternative apportionment is wide open and anything goes, why have statutes?

  2. Are we moving from apportionment to allocation when we use single-sales factor apportionment and market-based sourcing?

  3. Is single-sales factor apportionment 'fair apportionment'? It moves income to customer states, not to states where the activities occurred that generated the income. Income is not based solely on sales.

  4. Are throwback and throwout rules unconstitutional because they look beyond the borders of the state?

  5. Should states be able to enact retroactive legislation to protect the state budget from financial loss?

  6. Should retroactive legislation be limited to a state's statute of limitations?

  7. Should judicial decisions only apply to the taxpayer involved in the litigation if it involves a refund?

COST: Retroactive Legislation and 2017 State Tax Amnesty Programs

I apologize for not writing more over the past couple of weeks, but I've been busy with client work. Regardless, I wanted to touch base and send you a link to a couple of items that you might find interesting.

First, COST (Council on State Taxation) has published an Op-Ed piece by Douglas Lindholm, the President and Executive Director of COST, regarding retroactive tax legislation. 

Second, COST has also published a list of 2017 state tax amnesty programs. Always a useful tool. When it comes to amnesty, continue to weigh the cost/benefits between amnesty and voluntary disclosure agreements before choosing to move forward with an amnesty application.