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  • Through the Looking Glass - Reflections on the MTC

    Is the MTC the Multistate Tax Commission or the Multistate Tax Compact? After many years of litigating that question, we now know Commission is the better fit, as the courts have told us there is no binding compact. The commission “hazards much” to successfully argue the compact is merely an advisory agreement. But at what cost? What are the implications of its successfully arguing the compact is ...
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  • California Governor Appoints Head of New Tax Agency

    Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Nicolas Maduros as director of the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration as part of a major transition overhauling the State Board of Equalization’s (BOE) long-standing tax authority. Marty Dakessian said he’s hopeful that the Brown administration will consider input from stakeholders as it takes over the BOE’s adjudicative responsibilities… Click ...
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  • Bill to Overhaul California BOE Racing Through Legislature

    California Legislature seeks to pass Assembly Bill 102 (A.B. 102) as part of the state’s budget. A.B. 102 is a significant overhaul of the system for administering California taxes and a significant reduction in responsibilities of the Board of Equalization (BOE). If enacted, A.B. 102 would establish two new agencies – the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration and the Office of Tax ...
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  • Retroactive Tax Laws Muddying Businesses' Future Decisions

    According to Mardiros “Marty” Dakessian of Dakessian Law Ltd., the justices dropped the ball on offering clarity on a longstanding issue that has left businesses vulnerable to the “dangerous” possibility of states overturning court decisions through legislative action. “Michigan has undermined the rule of law in their own state,” Dakessian said. “In my opinion, by taking this sort of drastic ...
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  • Marty Dakessian Named Tax MVP in 2016 by Law360

    Marty Dakessian was recognized by Law360 as a Tax MVP for 2016. The Law360 MVP awards highlight leading lawyers who “have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.” About Law360 For the 2016 edition, Law360 editors reviewed more than 1,000 law firm submissions for MVP awards, before ...
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  • FTB Riding High After Summary Judgment Win in Harley Commerce Clause Case

    A San Diego trial court has ruled in favor of the FTB in what could be one of the biggest cases in the history of California tax litigation (ruling attached) . The case of Harley-Davidson v. Franchise Tax Board concerns whether a California law that allows only in-state taxpayers to elect unitary or separate company filing discriminates against multistate businesses, and thus violates the Commerce ...
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  • Marty Dakessian Featured in Bloomberg BNA Report about LA's Hotel Tax on AirBNB

    In a recent Bloomberg BNA report, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer filed four civil and criminal complaints against landlords who were renting out apartment buildings through AirBNB. The city attorney alleged that the landlords were engaged in illegal activity that was exacerbating the City’s shortage of affordable housing. These civil actions follow a recent study which found that Los Angeles ...
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  • Surprise Ruling Says Some Local Taxes Need No Vote

    Last month, the Fourth District Court of Appeal issued an unexpected decision that could blow a hole through the constitutional vote requirements that protect Californians from unnecessary taxes. If the decision is not reversed by the California Supreme Court or de-published, it could result in the people of California losing their right to vote on local taxes. In California Cannabis Coalition v. ...
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  • Marty Dakessian Honored as a 2016 Southern California Super Lawyer

    For the third straight year, Marty Dakessian is a Southern California Super Lawyer. After a successful run as equity partner at Global 20 law firm Reed Smith, Marty started his own firm in January dedicated to representing taxpayers in disputes with California tax agencies. There, he continues his mission to help his clients and hold the agencies accountable, and in the process, improve ...
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  • Attorney Marty Dakessian Opens Boutique California Tax Law Firm

    The Daily Commerce, a Los Angeles-based newspaper, published a feature story on Marty Dakessian and the launch of his new firm. Dakessian Law, Ltd., is focused exclusively on California tax disputes. In other words, the firm services clients with administrative and judicial controversies before the State Board of Equalization (sales and business taxes), the Franchise Tax Board (corporate and ...
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  • California Franchise Tax Board Recognizes Taxpayers Will Appeal Gillette Ruling

    Since the Gillette Co. v. Franchise Tax Board ruling plans to be appealed in the United States Supreme Court, the California FTB is recommending taxpayers and their representatives to wait until the conclusion of litigation before taking action on cases regarding the Multistate Tax Compact election issue. On December 31, 2015, the California Supreme Court supported a state law which rearranged ...
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  • Marty Dakessian Launches Three-Lawyer California Tax Boutique

    (February 17, 2016, LOS ANGELES) – Prominent California tax litigator Marty Dakessian has launched his own firm. In forming Dakessian Law—which will focus exclusively on representing taxpayers in California tax disputes—the 19-year tax law veteran leaves his position as equity partner at Global 20 law firm Reed Smith, where he has been for the past six years. Dakessian will be joined by two other ...
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  • California Supreme Court Rules Against Taxpayers in Multistate Tax Compact Apportionment Case

    Reversing the California Court of Appeal in a case in which the issue was whether, for years between 1993 and 2005, multistate businesses (Taxpayers) could elect the standard, i.e., equal-weighted, 3-factor apportionment formula set forth in the Multistate Tax Compact (Compact) for purposes of apportioning their business income to California or were required to use the double-weighted sales factor ...
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  • Attorney Dakessian Talks About Court Upholding Tax Law That Helps CA Businesses

    As of late December 2015, the Supreme Court upheld a state law that readjusted multistate businesses’ income taxes; however, it only helped the companies based in California and harmed out-of-state businesses. This ruling impacted six major firms, including Proctor & Gamble, Sigma-Aldrich, Jones Apparel Group, Gillette, Kimberly-Clark and RB Holdings. They sought a $34 million refund for taxes ...
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  • Award-Winning Lawyer Marty Dakessian Launches California Tax Boutique

    Two-time Law 360 MVP withdraws as equity partner from Global 20 firm to form boutique dedicated to resolving California tax disputes LOS ANGELES (January 1, 2016) – Prominent California tax litigator Marty Dakessian has launched his own firm. In forming Dakessian Law —which will focus exclusively on representing taxpayers in California tax disputes—the 19-year veteran leaves his position as equity ...
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