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Noonan’s Notes Blog is written by a team of Hodgson Russ tax attorneys led by the blog’s namesake, Tim Noonan. Noonan’s Notes Blog regularly provides analysis of and commentary on developments in the world of New York and multistate tax law. Noonan's Notes Blog is a winner of CreditDonkey's Best Tax Blogs Award 2017.

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Showing 2 posts from April 2020.

Day Count Relief from the IRS: Is New York Listening?

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The COVID-19 crisis continues to throw off a variety of tax questions and issues that 60 days ago likely would have been unimaginable. In an article we published this month in Tax Notes State, we talked about different types of New York residency and income allocation issues that could arise as a result of shutdown or travel-related restrictions put in place by state governments. A couple of those issues involved some of the strict day counting requirements that arise under New York’s residency rules. For example, the statutory residency test limit certain taxpayers to spending 183 days in New York. Also, the 548-day rule, which is a special safe harbor available to protect certain taxpayers from New York residency taxation, requires that a taxpayer spend 450 days in a foreign country over the course of a 548-day period and also limits the taxpayer’s presence in New York to 90 days. In both cases, we know of taxpayers who will fail these tests in 2020 because of travel-related restrictions.

New Tax Department Guidance on Digital Signatures in the COVID-19 Era

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As taxpayers begin adjusting to these strange times, it seems the NYS Tax Department is trying to do the same. The Department just issued guidance in Notice N-20-3 which temporarily allows taxpayers and their appointed representatives to use digital signatures on various tax forms. This comes on the heels of last week’s Executor Order 202.15 from New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, which authorized the Department to “accept digital signatures in lieu of handwritten signatures on documents related to the determination or collection of tax liability” until May 9, 2020, but then punted to the Department to hammer out the logistics and issue appropriate guidance.

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