New Guidance Issued by Virginia Regarding Sales and Use Tax Refunds

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05/30/2013Lowenstein, Neil S.

Effective July 1, 2013, House Bill 2313 (Acts of Assembly 2013, Chapter 766) increases the rate of the statewide Retail Sales and Use Tax and imposes an additional state Retail Sales and Use Tax in the Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads Regions. Just recently the Virginia Department of Taxation issued its guidelines respecting associated refunds…. Read more »

Joint Ventures & Double BPOL

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05/16/2013Hemphill, Geoffrey G.

Authored by attorney Geoffrey G. Hemphill There are many reasons to use a joint venture to bid on a construction project. One potential negative consequence seen recently is the threat of paying the business license tax twice. And as Seinfeld taught us, double dipping is bad and should be avoided. The Virginia Business Professional and… Read more »

Virginia FOIA: US Supreme Court Holds VA FOIA Can Limit Access to VA Residents

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05/07/2013Lowenstein, Neil S.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on April 29, 2013 in McBurney v. Young that Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act can limit records access to residents of Virginia. This was a unanimous opinion written by Justice Alito. Among other things, the high court held that Virginia’s FOIA law provides a service to local citizens that would… Read more »

Administrative Decision Review Change About to Go Into Effect

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05/07/2013Lowenstein, Neil S.

Last session the Virginia General Assembly amended Virginia Code Sec. 2.2-4027 addressing judicial review of administrative decision. Those changes go into effect on July 1, 2013. The two key changes are: 1) removal of the prior “reasonable basis” standard, and changing it to determination whether there was substantial evidence in the agency record to support… Read more »

Jones Act or Longshore Act?

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05/07/2013Vandeventer Black

Authored by attorney Lisa L. Thatch The Supreme Court recently issued an opinion that may have the effect of permitting more injured workers to fall within the realm of the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (the “ Longshore Act”) but excluding them from the Jones Act. In Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, the Court… Read more »