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Hawaii Enacts Motor Carrier Anti-Indemnification

On July 9, Governor Abercrombie of Hawaii signed into law S.B. 824, which makes provisions in contracts for motor carrier transportation that require the carrier to assume liability for the shipper's negligence void and unenforceable in Hawaii.


ATA Testifies to Senate on State Tax Nexus

On April 25, 2012, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on a variety of issues concerning state and local revenues and taxation. Much of the hearing focused on the efforts of the states to impose requirements on direct marketers ' both


South Dakota Enacts Motor Carrier Anti-Indemnification

On February 24, Governor Daugaard of South Dakota signed into law H.B. 1073, which makes provisions in contracts for motor carrier transportation that require the carrier to assume liability for the shipper's negligence void




Louisiana Court Dismisses Anti-Indemnification Challenge

On November 14, a Louisiana District Court granted the State's motion to dismiss a legal challenge brought by the Louisiana Chemical Association to Louisiana's anti-indemnification law. The court agreed with the state that the Chemical Association


Carriers can Now File HVUT, Form 2290

The federal heavy vehicle use tax (HVUT) is usually due by August 31 for the July through June tax year, and is filed on Internal Revenue Service Form 2290.


IRS Provides Guidance on HVUT Filing

The Internal Revenue Service issued guidance on September 16 to motor carriers and others who must file and pay the federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (Form 2290). Since Congress did not extend the federal highway taxes by the usual HVUT filing date of August


IRP to Revise Audit, Record-Keeping Rules

The member jurisdictions of the International Registration Plan have approved an extensive amendment that revises the Plan's rules for IRP audits and its requirements for carrier record-keeping. Voting on the amendment, which required three-quarters of th


Pennsylvania Eliminates Joint and Several Liability

By legislation (S.B. 1131) signed into law by Pennsylvania Governor Corbett on June 28, Pennsylvania has eliminated the doctrine of joint and several liability, the legal doctrine that makes each defendant in a tort suit potentially liable for all the dam