State and Local Tax (SALT) attorney Bruce Ely was quoted in Bloomberg BNA on the conflict over AT&T’s $10 million tax refund petition on behalf of Alabama customers. The Alabama Department of Revenue is seeking review from the state’s Supreme Court after a lower appellate court found that AT&T affiliates and their customers effectively satisfied the requirements of the state's Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) to jointly petition the DOR for a refund. Ely explained that administrative concerns likely are driving the appeal.
“The Department of Revenue apparently fears that, if this case isn't reversed, other taxpayers and plaintiff lawyers might use the federal courts as a way to bypass the judicial prohibition on tax class action suits against the Department,” he said. “I just don't see that being a common occurrence, but they're adamant.”
The complete article, “AT&T’s $10M Alabama Refund Order Remains Under Attack,” appeared in Bloomberg BNA on April 4, 2017. (login required)