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Fletcher and Mantle Quoted in Law360

John Fletcher and Matt Mantle were quoted in the Law360 article, “Taxing Remote Vendors Politically Safer Than Tax Hikes.” John cautioned that any ruling in favor of state revenue departments regulating remote retailers has implications beyond the tax area saying, “If under the due process clause, they can get somebody out of state and turn … Continue Reading

Louisiana Discussing Possible New Gross Receipts Tax As Part of Upcoming 2017 Regular Legislative Session

Louisiana is at it again! Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Revenue are now seriously discussing and considering the recommendation of legislation to create a new gross receipts tax in Louisiana.  The Governor’s administration will likely be presenting this gross receipts tax option to the Louisiana Legislature as part of the … Continue Reading

Mississippi Lt. Governor: Use Tax Remote Seller Collection Bill “Unconstitutional”, Expected To Die In Senate Committee

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves on Monday released a statement that H.B. 480 would not be acted on in the Senate, effectively killing the bill by not advancing it out of the Finance Committee by a February 28 legislative deadline. As previously reported, H.B. 480 would have required remote sellers with over $250,000 of sales … Continue Reading

UPDATE – Mississippi Use Tax Remote Seller Bill Advances; Jones Walker Attends Public Hearing on Related DOR Proposed Regulation

Remote use tax collection legislation advances. A Mississippi bill to require use tax collection by remote sellers passed the House of Representatives and was transmitted to the Senate on February 7. The bill, H.B. 480, would require out-of-state sellers lacking a physical presence in Mississippi to register and begin collecting use tax if their prior-year … Continue Reading

Louisiana Governor Issues Call for Special Session

It’s official.  Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards has now released his Call for a special legislative session to begin February 13th at 6:30 PM and conclude February 22nd at midnight.  The Call, released today, February 3, 2017, is intended to allow the Louisiana Legislature to plug a $304 million budget hole in the state’s FY … Continue Reading

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch Speaks on Tax Reform

On February 1, 2017, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) delivered a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in which he reaffirmed that Republicans are committed to reforming the current tax system. Chairman Hatch noted that there is now an “administration that wants to work with Congress to fix the … problems in … Continue Reading

Jones Walker LLP and the Business Council of New Orleans & the River Region host Informational Tax Briefing presented by Kimberly Lewis Robinson, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue

(Bill Backstrom, Jones Walker LLP State & Local Tax Partner and Kimberly Lewis Robinson, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue)   Jones Walker LLP and the Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region would like to thank Kimberly Lewis Robinson, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue and Co-Chair, HCR 11 Task … Continue Reading

Louisiana Governor Announces Intent to Issue a Call for Special Session

Today, January 27, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced that he intends to issue a call to bring the Louisiana Legislature into a 10-day special session beginning February 13 and ending February 23. The special session will address a FY 2017 budget deficit estimated to be in excess of $300 million. The Governor has explained … Continue Reading

Tax Reform Q&A with Dr. Charles Boustany, former senior Member of the House Ways and Means Committee from Louisiana

What is a realistic time frame for tax reform to be considered by Congress, and will the public have a chance to comment on tax reform bills as they make their way through Congress? Comprehensive tax reform is a complex process and will take time and political capital for enactment into law. The House Ways … Continue Reading

Mississippi Moves Toward Factor Presence Nexus for Use Tax

Companion House and Senate bills and proposed new regulation would implement $250,000 “substantial economic presence” standard. Two bills have been introduced in the Mississippi Legislature to enact factor presence nexus standards to require certain foreign sellers to collect and remit Mississippi use tax. House Bill 480 and Senate Bill 2456, clearly aimed at internet sellers, … Continue Reading

Louisiana 2017 Special Session Possible

The Louisiana Revenue Estimating Conference met Friday, January 13, 2017, to determine the state’s budget deficit for fiscal year 2017. Based on tax collections, which are below expectations, Louisiana’s economists estimate either a $340M or $502M deficit. The Revenue Estimating Conference ultimately concluded the state’s budget deficit for fiscal year 2017 is $340M, of which … Continue Reading

Congress Set to Embark on Ambitious Tax Reform Package in First 100 Days of Trump Administration Fundamental Tax Reform

The 2016 elections have laid the foundation for the most significant Congressional tax reform effort since the enactment of the Tax Reform Act of 1986. In the past several years, the leadership of the Congressional tax-writing committees (i.e., the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee) have produced the blueprint for tax … Continue Reading

Jones Walker LLP Launches Tax Reform Client Alert Series

Our Washington office, together with our tax professionals firmwide, will be working closely with the congressional tax-writing committees on tax reform legislation and are available to assist clients as necessary. Our client alert series will provide legal insight and timely content from our tax and government relations advisors. Sign up for our client alerts and … Continue Reading

Matt Mantle quoted in Bloomberg BNA regarding Louisiana law requiring parishes equal access to exemptions

State & Local Tax partner Matt Mantle was recently quoted in the Bloomberg BNA article “Louisiana Law Requires Parishes Equal Access to Exemptions,” regarding optional local-level exemptions in Louisiana and the recent Louisiana Supreme Court decision (Arrow Aviation Co, LLC v. St. Martin Parish, La., No. 2016-CA-1132, 12/6/16) addressing the issue of whether a pointed … Continue Reading

Backstrom Quoted in Law360, ‘La. Voters Refuse to Get Rid of Corporate Tax Deduction’

Jones Walker SALT Team Leader, Bill Backstrom, was quoted in the Law360 article, “La Voters Refuse to Get Rid of Corporate Tax Deduction” regarding the rejected ballot measure to scrap the corporate tax deduction for federal income taxes paid. The measure was rejected by 56.1 percent of Louisiana voters on Tuesday, November 8. Bill said … Continue Reading

Q&A with Kimberly Robinson, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue

Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue and former Jones Walker LLP State & Local Tax Partner, Kimberly Robinson, sat down with our own Bill Backstrom and Jay Adams to discuss a few of the items that she will discuss at the Jones Walker SALT Team’s annual seminar in Houston, Texas on Thursday, October 6, 2016. … Continue Reading

Louisiana Joins Fray in National Debate Over Online Remote Seller Sales Tax Nexus

Originally published by Tax Law360. Taxation by states of out-of-state online retail sales remains a hotly contested issue.  Louisiana is now part of that national sales tax nexus conversation. In March of 2016, during a special legislative session called by new Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D) to address the State’s current budget shortfalls, the … Continue Reading

Mississippi Legislature Passes Corporate Franchise Tax Phase-Out, Income Tax Reductions

Late Monday evening, on April 18, 2016, the Mississippi House and Senate approved a conference committee report on Senate Bill 2858, known as the “Taxpayer Pay Raise Act of 2016”, to implement a ten-year phase out of the corporate franchise tax, and also to phase-in an individual and corporate income tax exemption on the first … Continue Reading

Special Legislative Session Called by Louisiana Governor To Address Taxes and Budget

Today, Louisiana Governor Edwards called for a special session of the Louisiana Legislature to begin on February 14, 2016 and end no later than March 9, 2016.  The session has been called to address the current year $700 million budget deficit and a number of tax issues, including: Amend the Constitution “relative to deductible items … Continue Reading

Louisiana Governor Outlines Short-Term and Long-Term “Options” to Tackle Budget Gaps

Newly elected Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards recently outlined his short-term and long-term plans to close the $750 million budget gap in the current fiscal year and tackle the $1.9 billion gap in the upcoming fiscal year. The current fiscal year ends June 30. A full copy of the Governor’s plan showing short-term and long-term … Continue Reading

2015 Louisiana Tax Amnesty Begins: New Department Guidance Published

Today, the 2015 tax amnesty program begins and will continue through December 15, 2015. In connection with the program, on November 3 the Louisiana Department of Revenue issued its Revenue Information Bulletin (RIB) No. 2015-037 providing taxpayers with specific information on this year’s amnesty. Notably, unlike the language of Act 822 (2014 Reg. Sess.) upon which the 2015 … Continue Reading

Louisiana Department of Revenue Is Incorrectly Interpreting and Applying the 28% NOL Reduction in HB 624 (Act 123)

As we reported in prior posts, the Louisiana Legislature passed several revenue raising bills this year in an attempt to address an apparent $1.6 billion budget hole for the 2016 fiscal year.  One of those new bills, HB 624 (now Act 123), provides a 28% reduction to certain corporate income tax exclusions and deductions, including … Continue Reading
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