South Carolina Supreme Court Media General Decision Alters the Landscape for Combined Reporting by Taxpayers

The Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Weekly State Tax Report filters through current state developments and analyzes those critical to multistate tax planning.

On June 14, the South Carolina Supreme Court reversed a long-standing policy in the state and ruled that a communications company and its subsidiaries could file on a combined basis. In Media General Communications v. South Carolina Dept. of Rev., the court held that the state's relief statute, incorporating UDITPA § 18, provided the department the necessary authority to permit combined reporting. In this interview, BNA speaks with Geoffrey J. Christian, member of Dow Lohnes Price Consulting LLC, in Greenville, S.C., about the decision. Dow Lohnes Price served as a consultant to the taxpayer and helped to develop its tax strategy.

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