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Economic Nexus Through Ownership and Use of Intellectual Property

Volume 4 No 5    /    Read Article

By Alvan L. Bobrow (guest author)

For many tax advisers outside the U.S., state corporate income tax is viewed simply as an add-on to the Federal tax. This relatively simplistic view ignores the requirements of U.S. Federal and Constitutional law that an activity must have a connection – called a nexus – to a state before tax can be imposed on profits allocated to the state. Alvan L. Bobrow of Akerman LLP in New York explains the concept of “economic nexus,” a way by which digital activity within a state may trigger exposure to state tax. Companies that license marketing intangibles should be particularly wary.    See more →