On October 11, 2016, TEI filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Dot Foods, Inc. v. State of Washington, Department of Revenue, No. 16-308. The petition seeks review of the Washington Supreme Court's decision in Dot Foods, Inc. v. State of Washington, Department of Revenue, 372 P.3d 747 (Wash. 2016) ("Dot Foods II"). Dot Foods II upholds 2010 legislation amending Washington's business and occupation tax in response to the Washington Supreme Court's decision regarding the interpretation of a statute in Dot Foods, Inc. v.
On September 20, 2016, TEI issued a new policy statement on retroactive tax legislation. The policy statement takes the position that sound tax policy and administration require governments to provide taxpayers with certainty and fairness, and these principles are not satisfied when legislatures are permitted to enact retroactive tax legislation without meaningful limits. TEI's policy statements reflect TEI's position on important administrative and procedural issues, and facilitate advocacy by providing formal position papers TEI's members can use when communicating with taxing agencies.
On January 5, 2016, TEI filed an amicus brief in support of the taxpayer's application for leave to appeal the Michigan Court of Appeals' decision in Gillette Commercial Operations North America v. Department of Treasury, Case No. 152588, and its four companion cases. Gillette upheld the validity of 2014 PA 282, which the Michigan Legislature enacted to retroactively overrule the Michigan Supreme Court's decision in International Business Machines Corp v Department of Treasury, 496 Mich. 642 (2014).
On March 24, 2010, TEI filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Johnson Controls v. Kentucky. TEI argued that Kentucky legislation retroactively eliminating a taxpayer's ability to claim tax refunds undermines protections afforded by the Due Process Clause and raises fundamental questions about the availability of remedies.
TEI's brief was prepared under the aegis of TEI's State and Local Tax Committee. TEI Tax Counsel Daniel B. De Jong coordinated the preparation of the brief and was its principal author.
On April 30, 2009, TEI submitted comments to the Honorable Colin Hansen, Minister of Finance for the Province of British Columbia, concerning the proposed retroactive amendment of the BC retail sales tax in respect of certain materials mailed into the province.