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Tax Amnesties Popping up…and should be taken seriously!05/03/2018

Alabama, Connecticut and Texas are offering tax amnesty programs that have some huge benefits.

Chicago Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax05/01/2018

Although businesses entering a new jurisdiction are often primed to handle local sales and use taxes, even sophisticated taxpayers can be unprepared for the myriad of unfamiliar local taxes waiting to greet them when beginning to transact business in Chicago.

Illinois Corporate Income Tax Basics- Base Income04/24/2018

Now that we have provided a primer on procedural issues at Illinois, Chicago, and Cook County, it’s time to jump into the fun stuff! Illinois has a relatively high corporate income tax rate compared to most states. While calculating Illinois base income is generally straightforward, …

Navigating a Cook County Department of Revenue Audit and the Procedure for a Formal Protest04/17/2018

A recent national trend in the practice field of state and local tax has been the uptick in local jurisdictions’ audit activity. The Cook County Department of Revenue has taken aggressive positions in the interpretation of its tax ordinances which has led to increased litigation …

Navigating a Chicago Audit and the Procedure for a Formal Protest04/09/2018

Although not on the mind of most taxpayers, an audit by the City of Chicago Department of Finance (“Department”) is a risk for any taxpayer who may be operating in the City or who enters Chicago for any business purpose. With a variety of unusual …

An Introduction to Illinois Audits and Appeals04/03/2018

There’s no way around it: Illinois is a complicated state in which to do business. This post is the first in a series that will address how to navigate even the most byzantine aspects of Illinois’s tax structure. More specifically, this post will address the …

What Illinois Auto Dealers, Financial Institutions and other Lessors Need to Know About Taxing Post Lease Charges03/12/2018

Three years ago, Illinoisans cheered the changes to the motor vehicle leasing law that were to lead to tax savings for lessees and level the playing field with other state’s leasing laws. Now, as the first wave of three-year leases comes to an end, lessors …

South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. and Illinois’ Marketplace Fairness Act03/02/2018

The U.S. Supreme Court granted South Dakota’s certiorari petition in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. et al., No. 17-494 and scheduled oral arguments for April 17, 2018. Illinois now proposes to enter the fray with the Marketplace Fairness Act.

To Deduct or Not Deduct: The Illinois Personal Service Income Conundrum01/17/2018

On December 11, 2017, the Illinois Department of Revenue (?Department?) issued proposed regulations that seek to clarify the scope of the deduction by setting forth specific rules and hypothetical examples. Nevertheless, even with the proposed regulations, the deduction is beset by ambiguities that will continue …

City of Chicago Department of Finance Changes the Terms of its Voluntary Disclosure Program12/14/2017

With no formal announcement it appears that the City of Chicago Department of Finance (?City?) has changed the terms of its voluntary disclosure program (?VDA Program?).

Federal Courts Determine OTCs’ Service Fees not Subject to Hotel Occupancy Taxes12/05/2017

The federal courts just gift-wrapped a decision for taxpayers, right in time for the holidays. In late November, the U.S. Court of Appeals for both the Fifth and Seventh Circuits held that local hotel occupancy taxes do not apply to the service fees online travel …

Scary Stuff: Illinois Sales Tax Whistleblower Update – First E-tailers and now Custom Tailors10/31/2017

You may have already seen the Bloomberg article issued on June 1, 2017 which outlines what many of us have sadly come to know as the ?Diamond? qui tam claims: the ongoing exploitation of the Illinois False Claims Act and abuse of the state and …

In the Matter of Product of Conagra Foods Ingredient Co., New Mexico Administrative Hearing Office, Dkt. No. 17-39, September 15, 201710/02/2017

The New Mexico Office of Administrative Hearings granted Conagra Foods? Motion for Summary Judgment concluding the interest earned on notes was properly characterized as non-business income.

Illinois Appellate Court Issues Decision on Temporary Storage Exemption08/04/2017

On June 28, 2017, the Illinois Appellate Court in Shared Imaging, LLC v. Hamer, 2017 IL App (1st) 152817, P1 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. June 28, 2017) reversed the Circuit Court?s decision and held that Shared Imaging, LLC (the ?Taxpayer?) is entitled to a …

The Cubs Won the World Series and Illinois Finally Has a Budget!07/07/2017

Today marks the first time in over two years that Illinois will be operating under a budget. This is a result after the House voted to override Governor Rauner?s veto of Senate Bill 9. The House garnered the necessary votes to end the two year …

Lessons Learned from New York’s Largest Ever False Claims Act Tax Settlement05/03/2017

A little good faith can go a long way. Insight can be hard to gain from publicly announced settlements, mostly because litigation is typically settled due to the cost of defense and overall frustration with litigating. But the recently announced settlement of a False Claims …

A Long Time in the Making: Illinois (Finally) Proposes Draft Regulations to Clarify the Reasonable Compensation Deduction03/16/2017

In January 2017, the Department of Revenue took steps to clarify the scope of the Reasonable Compensation Deduction by proposing draft regulations. Despite the admirable intention of the Department, the proposed regulations nevertheless only seem to shine a dim flashlight on the opaque statute.

Another Dakota Takes on Physical Presence03/10/2017

On 3/16/17, the Sixth Judicial Court of South Dakota overturned the State?s recently-enacted remote sales tax law. In striking down the economic nexus standard, the court specifically stated that it was bound to follow the United States Supreme Court?s decision in Quill Corp. v. North …

Think Nationally Before You Act Locally – A Strategic SALT Litigation Tip02/14/2017

It is a well-known fact that the states have become more aggressive in their SALT litigation tactics. There are a number of factors to be considered when devising a multi-state litigation strategy.

No Ostrich Here: Qui Tam Victory for Taxpayer from the Illinois Appellate Court10/19/2016

The Illinois Appellate Court has, once again, determined that there was no "reckless disregard," by a taxpayer under the Illinois False Claims Act ("IFCA"), by failing to pay Illinois use tax on internet and catalog sales made into Illinois. The decision issued by the appellate court on October 17, 2016 in State of Illinois, ex rel, Beeler, Schad and Diamond,…

Administrative Court or Art Critic? Cook County’s Latest Attempt to Expand the Application of the Amusement Tax Ordinance10/17/2016

Recent developments with respect to the Cook County Amusement Tax should give all tax observers pause.

Factor Presence Nexus- Be Careful What You Wish For!09/14/2016

A recent Chief Counsel?s Ruling issued by the California Franchise Tax Board illustrates the issues and potential opportunities that arise as a result of adopting a factor presence nexus standard.

August 2016 Tax Credits & Incentives Update08/04/2016

HMB Tip of the Month: Given the fact that the fall election is right around the corner, we expect that there will be an uptick of activity in some markets, especially with negotiated incentives, while other markets will face a standstill, depending on the political landscape of the particular market.  Also, we also expect a flurry of activity during the lame…

Wine Seller Victory in Illinois Qui Tam Lawsuit09/04/2015

Wine sellers received a second positive update just this week in the qui tam winery lawsuits in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. With the help of some procedural maneuvering, we were successful in getting a qui tam winery case dismissed, with prejudice.

Encumbered by Illinois Qui Tam Litigation? A New Update from the Attorney General May Spell Relief for Some09/02/2015

If you are a Defendant in one of the infamous Illinois qui tam lawsuits related to tax on shipping and handling charges, there has been an important update.

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