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In City & County of San Francisco v. All Persons Interested in the Matter of Proposition C, Dkt. A158645 (Cal. App., June 30, 2020), the California Court of Appeal upheld Proposition C—a voter initiative that created a new local business tax in San Francisco.  The court upheld the initiative that was enacted by a simple majority of electors.  This ruling answers a question that was been heavily debated since the California Supreme Court’s decision in California Cannabis Coalition v. City of Upland, 3 Cal. 5th 924 (Cal. 2017).  That is, do special taxes proposed by voter initiative require a supermajority of voters to pass?  This decision expressly narrows the supermajority requirement to only those tax measures proposed directly by local governments and will likely trigger more tax initiatives proposed and passed by citizen groups.

Numerous states have provided tax relief in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, often in the form of tax filing and payment deadline extensions.  At this time, 41 states and Washington, D.C. have provided a corporate income tax filing and/or payment deadline extension.  Most recently, Florida extended its May 1, 2020 corporate income tax deadlines to August 3, 2020 for filing and June 1, 2020 for payment.  Since the payment deadline is sooner than the filing deadline, the Florida Department of Revenue advised corporate taxpayers to submit payments based on their best estimate of the tax that would be due with the return.  Some states have also extended income tax deadlines for partnerships and other business entities and many states have extended individual income tax deadlines.

Numerous states have provided tax relief in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, often in the form of tax filing and payment deadline extensions.  At this time, 40 states and Washington, D.C. have provided a corporate income tax filing and/or payment deadline extension.  Some of these states have conformed to the July 15 federal corporate income tax extension date, while others have extended to an earlier or later date.  Some states have also extended income tax…

With many employees now telecommuting due to the COVID-19 outbreak, employers could face additional state income tax withholding requirements if their employees telecommute from a different state than the one in which they typically work.  However, a few states are starting to announce temporary withholding relief in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.