Tax Law

San Diego Airport Fights Fees in Hertz Suit Against City’s Port District

By Dakessian Law | August 5, 2018
Law360 (August 5, 2018) — Hertz Corp. and Enterprise RentACar Co. filed a complaint June 8 in the state Superior Court, challenging the $3.50 per rental car transaction fee imposed by the Port of San Diego in April to raise funds for a parking lot. Because the rental car lots are on airport property, the […]
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IRS Pick to Face Tough Questions on Agency’s Direction

By Dakessian Law | June 28, 2018
The Hill, (June 28, 2018): The nomination of Chuck Rettig, a Beverly Hills, Calif., tax lawyer, comes at a critical moment for the IRS, which is tasked with implementing the new Republican tax law and needs to quickly modernize its technology. Tax lawyers who know Rettig say his background will be valuable because he understands […]
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New IRS Chief Charles Rettig May Help Reform Embattled Agency

By Dakessian Law | February 12, 2018
Mardiros “Marty” Dakessian of Dakessian Law Ltd. in Los Angeles told Law360 he has known Rettig since around 2000 and that Rettig has the ability to “bring people together” in addition to having demonstrated integrity while representing taxpayers and playing a leadership role in multiple bar associations. Whatever Rettig’s priorities will be, whether they end up […]
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California Governor Appoints Head of New Tax Agency

By Dakessian Law | July 17, 2017
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 […]
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Bill to Overhaul California BOE Racing Through Legislature

By Dakessian Law | June 15, 2017
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 […]
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Retroactive Tax Laws Muddying Businesses’ Future Decisions

By Dakessian Law | May 22, 2017
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 […]
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FTB Riding High After Summary Judgment Win in Harley Commerce Clause Case

By Dakessian Law | November 2, 2016
A San Diego trial court has ruled in favor of the FTB in what could be one of the biggest cases in the history of California tax litigation (ruling attached). The case of Harley-Davidson v. Franchise Tax Board concerns whether a California law that allows only in-state taxpayers to elect unitary or separate company filing […]
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Marty Dakessian Featured in Bloomberg BNA Report about LA’s Hotel Tax on AirBNB

By Dakessian Law | August 1, 2016
In a recent Bloomberg BNA report, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer filed four civil and criminal complaints against landlords who were renting out apartment buildings through AirBNB. The city attorney alleged that the landlords were engaged in illegal activity that was exacerbating the City’s shortage of affordable housing. These civil actions follow a recent […]
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California Franchise Tax Board Recognizes Taxpayers Will Appeal Gillette Ruling

By Dakessian Law | February 29, 2016
Since the Gillette Co. v. Franchise Tax Board ruling plans to be appealed in the United States Supreme Court, the California FTB is recommending taxpayers and their representatives to wait until the conclusion of litigation before taking action on cases regarding the Multistate Tax Compact election issue. On December 31, 2015, the California Supreme Court […]
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California Supreme Court Rules Against Taxpayers in Multistate Tax Compact Apportionment Case

By Dakessian Law | January 11, 2016
Reversing the California Court of Appeal in a case in which the issue was whether, for years between 1993 and 2005, multistate businesses (Taxpayers) could elect the standard, i.e., equal-weighted, 3-factor apportionment formula set forth in the Multistate Tax Compact (Compact) for purposes of apportioning their business income to California or were required to use […]
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Attorney Dakessian Talks About Court Upholding Tax Law That Helps CA Businesses

By Dakessian Law | January 1, 2016
As of late December 2015, the Supreme Court upheld a state law that readjusted multistate businesses’ income taxes; however, it only helped the companies based in California and harmed out-of-state businesses. This ruling impacted six major firms, including Proctor & Gamble, Sigma-Aldrich, Jones Apparel Group, Gillette, Kimberly-Clark and RB Holdings. They sought a $34 million […]
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Judge awards firm $1.2 million in fees in taxation case

By Dakessian Law | June 18, 2013
In 2013, Attorney Dakessian represented a real estate company in Nevada that was being subjected to taxation in California. The real estate firm was told to pay $2.27 million in back taxes by the Franchise Tax Board in 2000, after being audited. The owner of the firm was a resident of California and he paid […]
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Dakessian quoted in LA Daily Journal regarding FTB’s retroactively elimination of tax incentive

By Dakessian Law | April 15, 2013
Since 1993, California had provided its own version of a federal income tax law that allowed for the sale of qualified small business stock to be excluded as a tax deduction. This was only for company’s who had at least 80% of their payroll and assets within California. The Franchise Tax Board eliminated this tax […]
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