Blog Posts in 2017

  • A New Law Reorganizes California's Tax System

    CALIFORNIA RECENTLY ENACTED ASSEMBLY BILL 102 (AB 102), dramatically shifting power from the state Board of Equalization (BOE). Also known as The Taxpayer Transparency and Fairness Act of 2017, AB 102 reorganizes the BOE and creates two new California taxing agencies that replace the BOE in appeals of state tax cases. For 138 years, the BOE has had broad authority over California tax matters. It ...
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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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