No Holding Back:  United States Supreme Court unanimously rules that Tax Injunction Act does not bar suit to enjoin enforcement of Colorado use tax notice and reporting law

No Holding Back: United States Supreme Court unanimously rules that Tax Injunction Act does not bar suit to enjoin enforcement of Colorado use tax notice and reporting law

On March 3, 2015, the Supreme Court decided Direct Mktg. Ass’n. v. Brohl, No. 13-1032, holding that the Tax Injunction Act (TIA), which provides that federal district courts “shall not enjoin, suspend or restrain the assessment, levy or collection of any tax under State law,” 28 U.S.C. §1341, does not bar a suit … [Read more...]

Deregulate Local Government for Economic Growth:  Streamlining Local Option Income Taxes and Other Reforms Can Unleash Indiana’s Cities and Towns

Deregulate Local Government for Economic Growth: Streamlining Local Option Income Taxes and Other Reforms Can Unleash Indiana’s Cities and Towns

Indiana’s leaders have worked diligently over the past ten years to improve the climate for business.  Taxes have been capped, cut, and eliminated.  Out of date laws have been repealed or reformed, and new regulations have been stopped.  This pruning, along with smart investments and other reforms, has yielded … [Read more...]

Illinois court holds that tax deed was not void for lack of proper notice

Illinois court holds that tax deed was not void for lack of proper notice

Excalibur Energy (“Excalibur”) attempted to void a tax deed for certain property for which the defendant, Marilyn Rochman, also claimed ownership. To achieve this end, Excalibur filed a new action in circuit court for ejectment claiming that because the tax deed did not include a legal description of the property, … [Read more...]

Invest a Little to Make a Lot More: Why Indiana should create an event incentive fund to leverage state taxes

Invest a Little to Make a Lot More: Why Indiana should create an event incentive fund to leverage state taxes

In addition to looking at taxes to cut, let’s look at ways to invest a little to make a lot more. For starters, consider visitor spending where more than 26 million people who visit Indy every year generate more than $256 million in state sales tax revenue.  That’s more than the Hoosier Lottery, and that’s just … [Read more...]

There’s One for You, Nineteen for Me – Ideas for the better investment of State & Local taxes in Indiana

There’s One for You, Nineteen for Me – Ideas for the better investment of State & Local taxes in Indiana

  There’s a fair amount of talk lately about cutting taxes, instituting new taxes, and simplifying taxes in Indiana. All this is healthy debate, but we also need to focus on the distribution of our tax dollars. Here are some ideas that should help us invest more where it counts: The business … [Read more...]

Indiana property tax rulings:  charitable purpose exemption for rented home and duplex; taxpayers prevail with USPAP appraisal, lose with “hodgepodge” of questionable valuation methods

Indiana property tax rulings: charitable purpose exemption for rented home and duplex; taxpayers prevail with USPAP appraisal, lose with “hodgepodge” of questionable valuation methods

The following summaries of final determinations by the Indiana Board of Tax Review from the first half of 2014 were prepared by Noeli E. Serna, a 2014 summer associate at Faegre Baker Daniels who will be entering her second year of law school at Northwestern University School of Law this fall. Indiana Board … [Read more...]