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Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered Elevates Two Associate Attorneys to Partner01/17/2018

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Jason Klika Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered 312.281.1102 CHICAGO, IL (January 17, 2018) - Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered, a preeminent provider of legal services in business and finance, litigation, trusts and estates, real estate and state and local taxes, announced that two associate attorneys were elevated to partner. Brett M. Winterstein. Brett is a member of…

Chris Lutz Quoted in Law 360 “Vermont Bill Would Tax Cryptocurrency Transactions”01/11/2018

Below is an excerpt of the article written by James Nani and published on 01/11/18. Click here to read the full article. HMB's Chris Lutz was recently quoted in Law 360 regarding Vermont's novel proposal to tax all cryptocurrency transactions at $0.01 per transaction. Lutz discussed the impact the legislation might have in Vermont while considering the bill in the…

Marilyn Wethekam Named to the State Tax Notes Advisory Board – January 201801/10/2018

Tax Notes is a collection of publications by Tax Analysts, a non-profit tax publisher. Tax Notes' news publications provide comprehensive but impartial coverage of tax news, while Tax Notes' commentary publications contribute spirited and personable voices to the conversation and debate around the understanding and application of tax policy. Marilyn is a frequent contributor to State Tax Notes.…

HMB Named to U.S. News “Best Lawyers & Best Law Firms” – 201812/08/2017

We are pleased to announce that HMB earned top recognition in the 2018 edition of  U.S. News - Best Lawyers? "Best Law Firms." Additionally, HMB was named a Tier 1 law firm in Chicago for Trusts & Estates. Richard M. Horwood and Jeffrey A. Zaluda were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Trusts…

Breen Schiller Provides Insight on a Recent Federal Court Holding regarding Online Travel Companies to State Tax Notes – 11/28/1711/28/2017

An article published by State Tax Notes discusses the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit's holding in Vill. Of Bedford Park v. Expedia Inc. that none of the municipalities placed a duty on OTCs to collect or remit local hotel and occupancy taxes, finding that OTCs are not owners, operators, or managers of hotels and are not engaged…

Jordan Goodman Quoted in CBS News “Amazon Sales Taxes: South Carolina Says Pay Up”11/17/2017

Below is an excerpt of the article written by Jonathan Berr and published on 11/17/17. Click here to read the full article.  A high-stakes legal battle is heating up over whether Amazon is shirking its legal obligations to collect sale taxes on merchandise sold by independent sellers on its site. Sellers and their allies say Amazon is far better equipped to…

Chris Lutz Quoted in State Tax Notes “Experts Say Digital Transactions Remain a Tax Enigma” – 11/9/1711/09/2017

Chris Lutz was quoted in TaxNotes regarding a presentation he gave at the Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar and California Tax Policy Conference addressing the many issues faced by companies employing emerging technologies. Lutz said the ambiguity involved in describing server activity for the purpose of sourcing transactions highlights the challenges governments face. Tax officials may have to…

Breen Schiller Quoted in State Tax Notes “Market-Based Sourcing Still a Dilemma for Many Taxpayers, Panelists Say” – 11/9/1711/09/2017

Breen Schiller was quoted in State Tax Notes from her presentation at the Paul J. Hartman SALT forum, discussing market-based sourcing. The Multistate Tax Commission has established model regulations, but states continue to vary widely in the ways they implement market-based sourcing, according to panelists  at the Paul J. Hartman State and Local Tax Forum in Nashville, Tennessee. Breen Schiller of Horwood Marcus &…

Richard Horwood Quoted in Bloomberg BNA10/16/2017

Below is an excerpt from the original post by Allyson Versprille. Permanent estate tax repeal would allow private art collectors to hold onto their artwork longer, giving them more time to reap its full value, attorneys told Bloomberg BNA. Today, some private collectors may choose to bequeath their art to charities, museums, or universities at death because they can get an…

Chris Lutz Quoted in State Tax Notes “South Dakota Petition Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Kill Quill” – 10/4/1710/04/2017

Chris Lutz was quoted in State Tax Notes discussing current "kill Quill" initiatives. "I have yet to see an articulate view of what limiting principle should apply with respect to remote sellers if the court were to do away with the bright-line rule [of physical presence]," said Christopher Lutz of Horwood Marcus & Berk in Chicago. States such as South…

Christopher T. Lutz joins Horwood Marcus & Berk’s State and Local Tax group09/25/2017

HMB is happy to welcome Chris Lutz to its State & Local Tax group. Chris concentrates his practice on litigating state and local tax controversies for multi-state businesses and advises businesses on a range of issues, including income tax, local taxes, sales and use taxes and taxes relating to financial institutions, insurance, telecommunications and energy companies. Chris is a frequent…

David Hughes named Adjunct Professor at the LLM Tax Program at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law09/14/2017

After its establishment in 2002, the Tax Program at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law has been recognized as a leader in the field, ranking fourth in U.S. News and World Report since 2005. Their comprehensive curriculum, outstanding faculty, and small, collaborative community provides students with a solid understanding of the complexities of tax law and specialized skills needed to practice federal, state,…

HMB SALT Team Represents IRMA in Cook County “Soda Tax” Lawsuit08/15/2017

On 6/27/17, the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, on behalf of Cook County retailers, filed a temporary restraining order and is seeking a preliminary injunction in the Cook County Circuit Court challenging the sweetened beverage tax saying it violates the uniformity clause of the Illinois Constitution and is impermissibly vague. Below are select news articles following the case. 8/15/17 - "Law…

Breen Schiller Receives “2017 New Member Achievement Award” from the Institute for Professionals in Taxation07/11/2017

Breen was awarded the Institute for Professionals in Taxation's (IPT) New Member Achievement Award at the 2017 IPT Annual Conference on 7/11/17.  The award is bestowed upon Breen for her "stewardship, leadership and service." Breen is the Chair of IPT's Income Tax Committee and the recipient of the 2016 IPT Special Topic of the Year Award. IPT is a 501(c)(3)…

Breen Schiller discusses Crutchfield Corp. v. Testa with Tax Notes05/08/2017

"As much as I would love to say that the Court is going to take cert and rule on one of the 'Kill Quill' cases - because at the end of the day, all that taxpayers want is some uniformity and clarity - I just don't see it happening." Questions? Click here to contact Breen Schiller. Tax Analysts is a…

Sales Tax Institute Interviews SALT Attorney David Hughes04/03/2017

Sales Tax Institute is a training provider offering specialized sales and use tax education. David discussed the future of sales tax and what advice he would give to professionals getting started in sales tax. Read the full interview here.…

HMB’s Jordan Goodman Quoted in State Tax Notes from American Bar Association Annual Tax Meeting Presentation01/20/2017

Jordan Goodman was on a panel that analyzed the proposed changes to the federal tax system and the impact on the states. Mr. Goodman was quoted as stating "Change is good. Why? The base will be getting larger and the [proposed lower] rate doesn't affect them. This will give the states a windfall if the proposal hold up." Click here…

HMB’s David Ruskin Quoted in Tax Analysts about Illinois Qui Tam Suit Against Wineries09/09/2015

An Illinois court September 3 dismissed a suit against out-of-state wine sellers and held that a state liquor law did not require the sellers to collect local sales and use taxes. In Stephen B. Diamond PC v. 1-800-Flowers.com, an Illinois attorney filed a qui tam complaint in the Circuit Court of Cook County on behalf of the state alleging that a group…

Alvin H. Baum Family Fund Gives $1M to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign08/10/2015

The Alvin H. Baum Family Fund, under the direction of the Fund's president Joel Friedman, has made a gift of $1,000,000 to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This gift will endow the Baum Professor in Environmental Change and Sustainability. The University has made plans to conduct a national search for this Professor, who will act as the Director of the newly…

HMB Adds Four New Partners10/19/2011

CHICAGO BUSINESS LAW FIRM HORWOOD MARCUS & BERK ADDS FOUR CORPORATE PARTNERS, SIGNIFICANTLY EXPANDS SERVICES IN BANKING, FINANCE CHICAGO, September 13, 2011 - Four highly-experienced partners have joined the Chicago business law firm of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered (HMB), expanding the firm's service offerings in the areas of banking, finance, securities, restructuring and bankruptcy, as well as commercial litigation. The four…

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