Tag Archives: John Fletcher

Mississippi Takes Next Step Toward Finalizing Remote Use Tax Collection Regulation

Files Questionable Economic Impact Statement with Secretary of State On Tuesday, the Mississippi Department of Revenue filed an economic impact statement with the Secretary of State addressing its proposed regulation adopting use tax economic nexus standards and remote seller collection obligations. Readers may recall the Department issued the proposed regulation in January and held a … Continue Reading

Downstream Consequences Coming Into Focus A Year After Mississippi’s AT&T Dividend Decision

In October 2016, the Mississippi Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Mississippi Department of Revenue v. AT&T Corporation, concluding the state’s dividend exclusion statute violated the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution. The statute, Miss. Code Ann. Section 27-7-15(4)(i), unconstitutionally discriminated against interstate commerce by excluding from Mississippi gross income any dividends received … Continue Reading

A “Quest” for Certainty—Court of Appeal Affirms Louisiana Was a “Location-of-Performance” State All Along

In Quest Diagnostics Clinical Laboratories, Inc. v. T.A. “Tim” Barfield, Jr., Secretary, Department of Revenue, State of Louisiana; and the State of Louisiana, Louisiana Court of Appeal, First Circuit, Docket No. 2015-CA-0926 (September 9, 2016), the Louisiana Court of Appeal, First Circuit recently confirmed that Louisiana was a “location-of-performance” state when sourcing service-based receipts for corporate income … Continue Reading

Don’t Let the Louisiana Tax Amnesty Program Scare the Boo Out of You!

Trick or Treat!  Louisiana’s 2015 Tax Amnesty program begins at 12:00 AM on November 16, 2015 and closes on December 15, 2015.  The 2015 iteration of the amnesty program offers a 33% waiver of penalties and 17% waiver of interest for taxpayers that apply and pay 100% of delinquent taxes. Here’s a scary thought:  This … Continue Reading

Four SALT Attorneys Quoted in Bloomberg BNA

State & Local Tax Partners, Jesse R. “Jay” Adams, III, William M. Backstrom,Jr., John F. Fletcher, and Kimberly Lewis Robinson, were all quoted in the recent Bloomberg BNA article, “Corporate Taxpayers Face Changes in Louisiana, Mississippi, Attorneys Say.” The partners discuss how legislative sessions in 2014 and 2015 and some notable cases have brought significant changes … Continue Reading

Mississippi Supreme Court Scuttles Use Tax Assessment on Yacht Purchase: Clarifies Different Rules of Construction and Burdens of Proof for Tax Exclusions versus Tax Exemptions

The Mississippi Supreme Court last week in Vincent J. Castigliola, Jr. v. Mississippi Department of Revenue, No. 2013-SA-001574-SCT (April 30, 2015), reversed a lower court judgment which had upheld the Department of Revenue’s imposition of use tax upon the out-of-state purchase of a yacht by a Mississippi resident. In doing so the Court provided taxpayers with very … Continue Reading

Mississippi Court Finds State Income Tax Dividend Exclusion Statute Unconstitutional

The Hinds County Chancery Court on March 20th invalidated the nexus-based restrictions contained within Mississippi’s dividend exclusion statute, finding the provisions violated the Commerce Clause. A copy of the Court’s Order can be found here. The Mississippi Department of Revenue and the taxpayer, AT&T, had stipulated that the statute, Miss. Code Section 27-7-15(4)(i), exempts from a … Continue Reading

JW SALT Partners Backstrom and Fletcher Quoted in Recent Articles

Bill Backstrom was recently quoted in a Law360 article entitled State Tax Cases to Watch in 2015.  In the article, Bill, a partner in Jones Walker’s New Orleans office and the Tax & Estates practice group leader, discusses the need for clarity in tax reporting positions following the decision in Vodafone Americas Holdings Inc. v. Farr, which is currently … Continue Reading

It Slices, It Dices: the Equifax Blade Cuts Both Ways.

The Hinds County Chancery Court recently ruled that the Mississippi Supreme Court’s widely-discussed decision in Equifax, Inc. v. Mississippi Department of Revenue is a double-edged blade and, much to the Department of Revenue’s chagrin, cuts sharply in both directions.  Miss. Dept. of Rev. v. Hotel and Restaurant Supply, Civil Action No. G2013-820 S/2, Hinds County Chancery … Continue Reading

John Fletcher Receives IPT Sales Tax Article of the Year

John Fletcher authored an article that received the Institute for Professionals in Taxation’s (IPT) Sales Tax Article of the Year Award. John’s article titled, “Mobility Medical, Inc. v. Miss. Dept. of Revenue: Mississippi’s Win-At-All-Costs Litigation Strategy Completely Rewrites the History and Nature of the State’s Sales Tax (And That’s Bad News for All Involved),” analyzes … Continue Reading
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