State & Local Tax

The State and Local Tax Committee is responsible for TEI’s educational and advocacy efforts for U.S. state and local tax issues. 

The committee monitors state and local tax developments throughout the country, files amicus briefs with state and federal courts on impending state and local tax issues, and files comment letters addressing various legislative and administrative proposals. 

The committee has also developed an extensive set of policy statements reflecting TEI's position on important administrative and procedural issues. These statements facilitate advocacy by providing formal position papers TEI's members can use when communicating with taxing agencies. Finally, the committee regularly conducts liaison meetings with state and local taxing authorities to discuss tax-enforcement and policy matters in those jurisdictions.


Staff Liaison:

Pilar Mata,Tax Counsel


The State and Local Tax Committee is responsible for TEI’s educational and advocacy efforts for U.S. state and local tax issues. 

TEI Requests Guidance from States Regarding Penalty Relief for State Corporate Tax Returns Filed by November 15, 2018

In October 2018, TEI worked with the Council on State Taxation (COST) and AICPA to request that states issue guidance indicating they will waive late filing (but not late payment) penalties for state corporate tax returns due October 15 but filed by November 15, 2018.

TEI Files Amicus Brief With U.S. Supreme Court in the South Dakota v. Wayfair Economic Nexus Case

On April 4, 2018, TEI filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in South Dakota v. Wayfair, No. 17-494.

TEI Issues Policy Statement on Financial Statement Impact of Tax Law Changes

On February 14, 2018, TEI issued a new policy statement addressing the financial statement impact of tax law changes.

TEI Honored for Role in State Tax Notes’ “Project of the Year”

On December 18, 2017, State Tax Notes honored TEI’s role in a joint industry task force working to create a model revenue agent report statute, which State Tax Notes featured as its “Project of the Year.”

TEI Issues Policy Statements Regarding the Sales Taxation of Business Inputs, Trailing Nexus, and the Confidentiality of Taxpayer Information

On August 25, 2017, TEI issued policy statements regarding the Sales Taxation of Business Inputs, Sales Tax Filing Requirements After Nexus Ceases (Trailing Nexus), and the Public Disclosure of Confidential Taxpayer Information.

TEI Advocates the Need to Update State Statutes Governing the Reporting Federal Income Adjustments at the SEATA and MSATA Meetings

On July 10, 2017 and August 22, 2017, TEI Tax Counsel Pilar Mata, along with Fred Nicely of the Council on State Taxation, presented at the Southeastern Association of Tax Administrators and Midwestern States Association of Tax Administrators meetings. The panel discussed the need for states to update state statutes governing the reporting of federal income adjustments.

MTC Adopts Recommendation to Expand the Partnership Workgroup’s Mandate and Use the Interested Parties’ Draft as a Starting Point for a MTC Model Statute Update

On August 1, 2017, the MTC’s Uniformity Committee voted to expand the MTC’s Partnership Workgroup’s mandate to address the reporting of all federal audit adjustments and to use the Interested Parties’ draft model statute as a starting point to update the MTC’s model statute.

TEI Updates Policy Statements Addressing Independent State Tax Tribunals and Contingent Fee Audit Arrangements

On July 24, 2017, TEI updated two existing policy statements, which pertain to independent state tax tribunals and contingency fee audit arrangements.

TEI Urges Washington Legislature to Enact Legislation Establishing an Independent Tax Court

On June 16, 2017 TEI submitted a letter to Senator Braun and Representative Jinkins of the Washington Legislature urging the legislature to enact Senate Bill 5866, 2nd Substitute, which would establish an independent tribunal to hear appeals of tax assessments and other matters administered by the Washington Department of Revenue.