The BR State + Local Tax Spotlight: May 2021

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Note from the Editors

Welcome to the May 2021 edition of our new publication, The BR State + Local Tax Spotlight. We understand the unique demands of staying on top of important State + Local Tax developments, which happen frequently and across numerous jurisdictions. Staying updated on significant legislative developments and judicial decisions helps tax departments function more efficiently and improves strategy and planning. That is where The BR State + Local Tax Spotlight can help. In each edition, we will highlight for you important State + Local Tax developments that could impact your business. In this issue, we will be covering:

  • Georgia’s recent legislation prohibiting state court and tax tribunal deference to the state Department of Revenue’s interpretation of tax laws;
  • Florida’s recent legislation that imposes sales and use tax collection obligations on remote sellers and requirements on so-called marketplace providers;
  • New York’s recent legislation enacting changes to the liability provisions of the state’s real estate transfer tax; and
  • A recent Ohio Board of Tax Appeals decision that addresses the sourcing of NASCAR’s broadcast and media revenues.

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— Matthew F. Cammarata and Eugene J. Gibilaro


Georgia Says Goodbye to Administrative Deference
By Matthew F. Cammarata

Effective April 29, 2021, Georgia courts and the Georgia Tax Tribunal are prohibited from granting any deference to the Georgia Department of Revenue’s interpretation of the tax law, unless that interpretation has been formally adopted as a rule under the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”). S.B. 185, 2021 Leg., Reg. Sess. (Ga. 2021). Read More »

Florida Enacts Remote Seller Nexus and Marketplace Provider Laws
By Eugene J. Gibilaro

On April 19, 2021, Florida joined a growing number of states in enacting legislation imposing sales and use tax collection obligations on remote sellers lacking a physical presence in the state and requiring so-called marketplace providers to collect and remit sales and use tax with respect to taxable sales that they facilitate through a marketplace. S.B. 50, 2021 Leg., 2021 Sess. (Fla. 2021). Read More »

New York Enacts Changes to Liability Provisions of New York Real Estate Transfer Tax
By Kara M. Kraman

On April 7, 2021, the New York State Legislature passed the New York Budget Bill for fiscal year 2022 which was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on April 19, 2021 (the “Budget Bill”). S.B. S2509C, 2021 Leg., 2021 Reg. Sess. (N.Y. 2021). The Budget Bill enacted two notable changes to the liability provisions of the New York State real estate transfer tax. Read More »

Ohio Appeals Board Upholds Audience-Based Sourcing for NASCAR Broadcast Revenue
By Irwin M. Slomka

The application of market state sourcing to income from intellectual property continues to be a vexing problem in many states. The Ohio commercial activity tax (“CAT”) sourcing statute is no exception, as evidenced by a recent Ohio Board of Tax Appeals (“Board”) decision involving the sourcing of NASCAR’s broadcast and media revenues. Read More »


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© 2021 Blank Rome LLP. All rights reserved. Please contact Blank Rome for permission to reprint. Notice: The purpose of this update is to identify select developments that may be of interest to readers. The information contained herein is abridged and summarized from various sources, the accuracy and completeness of which cannot be assured. This update should not be construed as legal advice or opinion, and is not a substitute for the advice of counsel.