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Beginning for tax year 2021, California will require businesses that file certain California tax returns to report their California unclaimed property filing history.  Specifically, most 2021 California business tax returns filed with the Franchise Tax Board (e.g., Forms 100, 565, and 568) have been updated to ask whether the entity has previously filed an unclaimed property Holder Remit Report with the State Controller’s Office, and if so, the date of the last report and the…

Governor Hochul rang in the new year by vetoing a bill that expanded the New York State False Claims Act (“FCA”) to permit claims against non-filers. Specifically, on December 31, 2021, Governor Hochul vetoed Senate Bill S4730 (Assembly Bill A2543), explaining in Veto Message No. 83 that “the language in the bill is broader than impacting only non-filers, and would implicate more tax filing controversies to the False Claims Act than just non-filers. This would…

In Matter of LendingTree Inc., DTA No. 829714 (N.Y. Div. Tax App. ALJ Div. Dec. 9, 2021), a New York administrative law judge (“ALJ”) found that the matching of prospective borrowers with lenders was not a taxable information service. While certain components of the matching process may constitute taxable information services, the ALJ found that the “primary function” of the matching process was not a taxable information service. In New York, information services are…

In Siemens USA Holdings Inc. v. Geisenberger, No. 20-2991 (3d Cir. 2021), the Third Circuit found that the District Court erred (1) in holding that Siemens’ preemption claim was unripe, and (2) in denying Siemens’ motion for a preliminary injunction.  Both the question of ripeness and the injunction request related to whether the escheat priority rules preempted certain audit procedures, as opposed to the validity of an assessment.  Specifically, Siemens brought the lawsuit claiming, among…