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Category: State & Local Taxes

New Jersey Passes Wage Theft Act: What Employers Need to Know

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On August 6, 2019, New Jersey Acting Governor Sheila Oliver signed into law the New Jersey Wage Theft Act (the “Act”), P.L. 2019, c.212, modifying New Jersey’s existing wage and hour laws. Except for certain provisions dealing with criminal offenses, the Act took effect immediately upon enactment. The Act provides…

WHEN CAN STATES TAX TRUST INCOME? THE U.S. SUPREME COURT PROVIDES LIMITED GUIDANCE

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U.S. Supreme Court provides guidance (although minimal) on the interstate income taxation of Trusts. North Carolina Department of Revenue vs. Kimberly Rice Kaestner 1992 Family Trust, 139 S. Ct. 2213, 588 U.S.  (June 21, 2019).     When an individual owns several homes and travels between them, spending time in…

New Jersey Employers Required to Offer Mandatory Pre-Tax Transportation Fringe Benefits

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On March 1, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law Senate Bill No. 1567, “An Act concerning pre-tax transportation fringe benefits” (“Act”), which requires New Jersey employers with at least 20 employees to offer pre-tax transportation fringe benefits to its employees.  Transportation fringe benefits include employees’ costs incurred for alternative…

New Jersey Earned Sick Leave Law goes into effect October 29, 2018: Are You Prepared?

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Under New Jersey’s Earned Sick Leave Law, N.J.S.A. § 34:11D-1 et seq. (the “Act”), effective October 29, 2018, all employers in New Jersey must now provide their employees working in New Jersey with paid sick leave each “benefit year”. The Labor and Workforce Development Division of Wage and Hour Compliance…

Credit Where Credit Is Due

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In Doherty v. Director, Div. of Taxation, the New Jersey Tax Court explained how to compute the resident tax credit. The taxpayers, New Jersey residents, were shareholders in an S corporation doing business in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The shareholders were subject to tax in both states on the S…

IRS Issues Notice Regarding SALT Workaround

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Earlier this month Governor Murphy signed a bill (S1893) allowing municipalities, counties, and school districts to set up charitable funds to pay for public services. Residents who donate to the funds can receive a credit for up to 90% of the amount paid toward their property tax bills and the…

How the New Qualified Business Income Tax Deduction Affects Attorneys

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The New Law The Tax Cut and Jobs Act (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Trump December 22, 2017.  One of the main objectives of the Act was to reduce the taxation of business income.  The qualified business income deduction can provide significant tax savings for some attorneys…

Comparison of House and Senate Versions of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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On December 2, 2017, the Senate passed its version of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. While the bill must now go to conference committee to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions, the following chart summarizes the major provisions of the bill and where the…

October is the Right Time to Consider Property Assessment Appeals

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October 1 is the time of year the fair value of property is assessed for the following year, providing essentially the “snapshot” of fair value for the 2018 property assessment. Additionally, municipal budgets for the next tax year are typically set in December, making this time of year particularly opportune…

A Whiff of Fraud?

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The New Jersey Tax Court recently addressed, for the first time, the State’s civil fraud tax penalty. The New Jersey Division of Taxation may impose a civil fraud penalty if any part of a state tax assessment is due to the taxpayer’s fraud. The penalty is 50% of the assessment…

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