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Our extensive experience advising multinational businesses on local and multistate tax issues is unlike nearly any other firm. It has been at the core of what we do since HMB was founded. Our practice touches nearly every corner of the U.S.—handling matters in all 50 states. This breadth means we can assist you with sophisticated tax planning strategies, ongoing counsel and dispute resolution for any state and local tax (SALT) matter you may encounter.

The understanding and hands-on skill we bring to your SALT matters runs the gamut of almost every situation you may encounter. We focus upfront on risk management strategies that will limit your current and future tax exposures. We specialize in unique areas of the law, like unclaimed property and franchise tax compliance, which few firms are equipped to handle. And we defend you as necessary when facing complex tax controversies or audit proceedings.

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We have first-hand experience working in-house at large corporate tax departments, Big Four accounting firms, AmLaw 100 firms and state agencies. This means we not only understand multistate SALT issues across the country, we personally know how they impact you.

Because we tackle the thorniest problems time and again, we intuitively know what is important to state administrators and the actions necessary to bring you timely resolutions. We have worked hard to build and maintain ongoing relationships with key state administrators, which means we know right away where to go to have a matter addressed.

We keep you up to speed on the latest state tax cases and legislative changes, but also assist you with policymaking efforts. We frequently speak on multistate tax issues, have authored comprehensive treatises on significant Illinois and other state tax matters and opine in national publications.

Applying the Chicago Lease Transaction Tax to “Cloud” Software ProductsSeptember 11, 2019

In a prior post, I explained the basics of the Chicago Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax (“Transaction Tax”), including the applicability of the tax to tangible personal property and software, potentially applicable exemptions and exclusions from the tax, and collection issues. This follow-up post in the Practitioner Series further clarifies the application of the Transaction Tax to “cloud” software products and explores the interplay with the Illinois Retailers’ Occupation Tax (“ROT”).

Breen Schiller Discusses Kansas' Remote Seller Policy with Law360October 17, 2019

In the article, "Kansas Tax Chief Not Worried About Remote Seller Litigation" written by Law360, Breen discusses how remote sellers have been caught in a no-man's land due to political struggle. Kansas' recent remote seller policy puts a tax burden on small businesses. But despite the criticism, the state's top tax administrator, Secretary of Revenue Mark Burghart, stated that he…

Chris Lutz Discusses Massachusetts' "Cookie Nexus" Case in Virginia Court with Tax NotesOctober 17, 2019

Chris Lutz spoke about the Virginia Albemarle County Circuit Court's decision in Crutchfield Corp. v. Harding, in an article by Tax Notes. Chris explained that Virginia courts did not have personal jurisdiction over a Massachusetts official claiming Crutchfield had sales tax nexus with the state. The Massachusetts regulation considers the use of in-state software and cookies as constituting a physical…

Breen Schiller presents "If You Don't Know, Now You Know" at 26th Annual Paul J. Hartman State & Local Tax Forum" - 10/29/19October 10, 2019

10/29/19 Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville, TN Breen Schiller discusses how for any business, the scariest tax is the one it doesn’t know about, and with counties, cities, and other local governments looking for new sources of revenue, there are more land mines out there than ever. This panel will discuss some of the more far-reaching but under-reported local taxes that…

Breen Schiller presents "National Update on Combined Reporting" at the CTC Fall Seminar - 11/07/19October 10, 2019

11/07/19 Chicago, IL Breen Schiller discusses how more states are adopting mandatory unitary combined reporting into their corporate tax regimes including New Jersey, Kentucky and New Mexico.  Taxpayers need to be proactive and familiarize themselves with certain challenges and changes that arise in combined reporting regimes.  This presentation will provide an overview of the new combined reporting regimes as well…

David Hughes presents "Unclaimed Property Enforcement in Illinois and Multistate Audits" - 10/23/19October 4, 2019

10/23/19 Chicago, IL David A. Hughes will present "Unclaimed Property Enforcement in Illinois and Multistate Audits" with BDO. Two reporting cycles have passed since Illinois adopted its unclaimed property law changes, including elimination of the Illinois business-to-business exemption for vendor payments and customer credits. This webinar will focus on Illinois efforts to enforce its new unclaimed property regime, including a…

Chris Lutz published in State Tax Notes – What to Do With Public Law 86-272September 25, 2019

Read the full article on State Tax Notes here (subscription required). In his new column on State Tax Notes, Chris discusses how states and Congress should address challenges presented by Public Law 86-272 and criticizes state efforts to interpret the law out of existence. In the past 15 years, the state corporate income tax landscape has undergone significant change. Although…

Samantha Breslow Discusses Chicago's "Cloud Computing Tax" with Bloomberg Law NewsSeptember 16, 2019

Auditors in Chicago have been aggressively asserting that businesses have tax duties under the "cloud computing tax" because of their economic presence, or the volume of business they conduct within the city. In an article by Bloomberg Law News titled "State of Wayfair: Economic Thresholds Sneak Into Chicago Audits" by Michael J. Bologna, Samantha Breslow explains that the problem is…

Breen Schiller Discusses the Arizona High Court's Decision to Tax OTCs with Tax NotesSeptember 12, 2019

Arizona's supreme court requires online travel companies, or OTCs, to pay local taxes on the revenue they receive for arranging hotel stays in the state. The court determined that OTCs do not qualify as being in the business of operating a hotel and thus found that the local privilege tax on hotels didn't apply. Breen spoke with Tax Notes regarding…

Samantha Breslow Discusses Chicago's Tax on Cloud-Based ProductsSeptember 10, 2019

At the beginning of 2016, Chicago implemented a unique method to tax businesses for their use of remote computing services, also known as the cloud. The Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax program collected $13.9 million during its first six months and rose to $42.2 million through 6/30/18. In an article by Bloomberg Law News, Samantha Breslow explained that Chicago is…

HMB's SALT Team Presents at IPT's Sales Tax Symposium - 09/23/19August 29, 2019

09/23/19 Orlando, FL Breen Schiller, Marilyn Wethekam, Jordan Goodman, Chris Lutz and David Machemer present various topics at the IPT Sales Tax Symposium. Breen serves as Vice Chair of the symposium. If you would like to attend or have questions about a presentation, click here to contact Breen, Marilyn, Jordan, Chris and David. Marilyn Wethekam presents "Mergers & Acquisitions -…

Samantha Breslow is appointed to Chair of the Chicago Bar Association's State and Local Tax CommitteeAugust 21, 2019

After serving as Vice Chair of the Chicago Bar Association's SALT committee last year, Samantha Breslow has been appointed as the 2019-2020 Chair. Learn more about Chicago Bar Association here.…

Two Illinois Amnesty Programs are Arriving in October: HMB Addresses the ChangesAugust 19, 2019

Starting October 1st, 2019, two new Amnesty programs will arrive in Illinois. One will cover all taxes administered by the Department of Revenue. The other program will cover franchise taxes. Before these programs come into play, members of the HMB State and Local Tax practice provide insight into what these changes will look like. Taxes Administered by Department of Revenue…

Fred Marcus and Marilyn Wethekam present "Frankel Award Recipients Discuss Frankel Issues Frankly!" at COST's 50th Annual Meeting - 10/24/19August 16, 2019

10/24/19 JW Marriott Washington, DC Fred and Marilyn will co-present with fellow Paul Frankel Award recipients at COST's 50th annual meeting. Over his long career, Paul Frankel, the "Godfather of COST", spearheaded a number of issues that evolved over the years. In this session, presenters will discuss those issues, their evolution and Paul's impact on them. If you want to…

Fred Marcus Presents "Today in Taxes" at New York University's 37th Institute on State and Local Taxation - 12/17/19August 16, 2019

12/17/19 Grand Hyatt New York on 42nd Street New York City, NY New York University's 37th Institute on State and Local Taxation Fred Marcus will present "Today in Taxes" at New York University's 37th Institute on State and Local Taxation on December 17th, 2019. The most important SALT developments will be discussed throughout the event by a team of industry…

David A. Hughes Presents "State and Local Tax Issues in Corporate M&A Transactions" at Tax Strategies 2019 - 11/15/19August 16, 2019

11/15/19 Tax Strategies 2019 Hotel Allegro Chicago, IL David Hughes will present "State and Local Tax Issues in Corporate M&A Transactions" for Practising Law Institute at Tax Strategies 2019 on November 15th, 2019. The presentation will address state and local tax issues that arise in corporate transactions with a particular emphasis on Section 338(h)(10) sales and tax-free reorganizations and spin-offs.…

Marilyn Wethekam Presents "State Tax Policy Issues" at the 2019 North East State Tax Officers Association Annual Meeting - 9/11/19August 13, 2019

9/11/19 2019 North East State Tax Officers Association Annual Meeting Roger Williams Park Providence, Rhode Island Marilyn Wethekam will discuss important state tax policy issues including final IRS regulations on federal charitable contributions and state law enactment of state tax credit for these federal deductions, “qui tam” cases involving taxation pros and cons and a recap of Taxpayer Advocates in…

Marilyn Wethekam Discusses How Old Tax Language Should be Amended for Modern TechnologyAugust 12, 2019

State and local governments are trying to apply older tax laws to modern technologies such as streaming services. This one-size-fits-all ideology of the decades-old regulations leaves the law on shaky ground. Marilyn Wethekam discussed how shoehorning old tax laws to modern business services can be a setback at the Multistate Tax Commission's annual meeting in Boise, Idaho. "Ordinances and statutes…

Breen Schiller Discusses the Possible Ramifications of Kansas' New Remote Seller TaxAugust 7, 2019

The Kansas Department of Revenue will require remote sellers to collect and remit tax on sales starting October 1st. This change has small businesses worried. The change could mean a loss of business for the state. Breen Schiller, a member of HMB's State and Local Tax Group, spoke about the potential ramifications of Kansas' decision in Kan. To Tax All…

Marilyn Wethekam Published in State Tax Notes - To Share Tax Information or Not Is the QuestionAugust 6, 2019

Disclosing tax return information has always been a dicey topic. Under the guise of transparency, there have been several proposals by tax advocates over the years to disclose tax information. The focus of these proposals has generally been on the taxes paid by corporate America and the use of tax planning strategies. As a general principle, this type of limited…

David Machemer Published in Journal of State Taxation - The Lessor’s Burden: Tax Challenges for Illinois Equipment LeasingAugust 6, 2019

Illinois’ tax treatment of leases is an anomaly when compared to most other jurisdictions.[1] The general rule in most jurisdictions is to impose sales tax on the receipts collected from the lessee, the actual user of the equipment. However, Illinois differs, at least in the context of a long-term lease (i.e., more than one year), by treating the lessor of…

Marilyn Wethekam Presents "Modernizing State and Local Tax Bases" at the Multistate Tax Commission 52nd Annual Meeting - 8/7/19July 28, 2019

8/7/19 The Multistate Tax Commission 52nd Annual Meeting The Grove Hotel Boise, Idaho A panel discussion addressing the challenges faced by both state and local taxing authorities to modernize their tax structures to address the changing landscape of digital products and other business models. The discussion is from the view of both tax administrators and tax practitioners.…

Marilyn Wethekam, David Machemer and Breen Schiller Present at COST Southwest/West Regional State Tax Seminar - 7/31/19July 28, 2019

7/31/19 COST Southwest/West Regional State Tax Seminar Sponsored by HMB Legal Counsel Sam's Club Home Office Bentonville, Arkansas Presenting an update on significant state tax issues for the Southwest/West States: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming. Federal Tax Reform – State Tax Conformity Or Not? With Marilyn Wethekam State Taxation…

Jordan Goodman and Chris Lutz Present at the 2019 State and Local Tax Workshop for Technology CompaniesJuly 23, 2019

2019 State and Local Tax Workshop for Technology Companies Foster City, California Beware of the Locals—They Might Take You by Surprise With Jordan Goodman San Francisco, Mountain View, Portland, Seattle—what are these cities thinking? Each has aggressively targeted businesses (and, in many situations, exclusively tech businesses) for new revenue. This panel will provide an overview of several of these new…

David Hughes Presents "Indirect and Operational Tax" at the Chicago Tax Club Summer Seminar - 6/27/19June 27, 2019

6/27/19 Saddle & Cycle Club Chicago, IL David Hughes presents "Indirect and Operational Tax" at the Chicago Tax Club's Summer Seminar on June 27th. The presentation reviews recent state cases that defy logic and would cause any tax professional to think twice about whether the positions they take are on solid ground. Click here to learn more about the seminar.…

Illinois Legislative Update: What You Need to KnowJune 7, 2019

As you may be aware, the Illinois legislature recently completed its 2019 legislative session. This session was particularly productive from a tax legislation perspective and we would like to update you on the key state and local tax changes that may affect you or your business. Please do not hesitate to contact any member of the HMB SALT team if…

Breen Schiller and Chris Lutz Present “Combined Reporting and the Unitary Business Principle, with a focus on Regulated and Unregulated Groups” at Spring 2019 Start-Up Conference – 5/14/19May 20, 2019

Spring 2019 Start-Up Conference Start-Up: State Tax Roundtable for Utilities & Power New York, New York Breen Schiller and Chris Lutz Present "Combined Reporting and the Unitary Business Principle, with a focus on Regulated and Unregulated Groups" at Spring 2019 Start-Up Conference…

Breen Schiller and Chris Lutz present "Income Tax: A National Overview" and "Cryptocurrency and Taxation of the New Economy" - 5/15/19May 15, 2019

5/15/19 Georgetown University Law Center Washington, DC Breen and Chris will discuss income tax and cryptocurrency at the 42nd Annual Advanced State and Local Tax Institute. Georgetown Law will host the event, and offers two full days of SALT sessions for attendees. If you have questions about the presentation, click here to contact Breen and Chris.…

Chris Lutz and Breen Schiller Present at The 42nd Advanced State and Local Tax Institute - May 15-16, 2019May 15, 2019

5/15/19 - 5/16/19 42nd Advanced State and Local Tax Institute Georgetown University Law Center Washington, D.C. Breen Schiller, "Income Tax: A National Overview" - 5/15/19, 12:45pm-1:45pm Learn the current status of states' continued migration to combined reporting, and gain an in-depth understanding of specific states' recent adoptions, such as those by Kentucky and New Jersey Understand common and divergent trends…

Marilyn Wethkam Presents “State Impact of IRC section 163 (j)” at State Tax Round Up for Utilities and Power – 5/14/19May 14, 2019

5/14/19 State Tax Round Up for Utilities and Power New York, NY Marilyn Wethkam conducts adetailed discussion of the issues that arise as a result of the states' application of IRC section 163 (j) bot in a regulated and non-regulated setting.…

David Hughes Presents "Multi-State Taxation" at the 60th Annual TEI Upstate New York Tax Conference - 5/7/19May 7, 2019

5/7/19 Salvatore’s Italian Garden Buffalo, NY David Hughes presents "Multi-State Taxation" at the 60th Annual TEI Upstate New York Tax Conference. The all-day event hosts speakers from across the United States who will discuss tax and tax-related topics. Click here to learn more about the conference. Click here to contact David with questions.…

David Hughes Presents at Sales Tax Institute's Advanced Sales and Use Tax Advanced Workshop - 5/1/19May 1, 2019

5/1/19 Chicago, IL David Hughes is a faculty member for Sales Tax Institute's Advanced Sales and Use Tax Advanced Workshop. David discusses taxation services, the construction industry and gross receipts taxes. Click here to learn more about Advanced Sales Use Tax Workshops. Click here to contact David with questions.…

Jordan Goodman and Marilyn Wethekam Present “All States Update” at the Dallas Chapter of Tax Executives Institute – 4/24/19April 7, 2019

4/24/19 Dallas chapter of Tax Executives Institute Dallas, TX Jordan Goodman and Marilyn Wethekam will lead a detailed discussion of the key SALT cases.…

Marilyn Wethekam Presents “Top 10 SALT Cases – Traps or Benefits” at Houston Chapter of Tax Executives Institute – 5/8/19April 7, 2019

5/6/19 - 5/8/19 Houston Chapter of Tax Executives Institute Hyatt Regency Houston Houston, Texas Marilyn Wethekam will conduct a detailed discussion of the key SALT cases of 2019 and their impact.…

Breen Schiller Published in Journal of State Taxation (Volume 37, Issue 2) – “2018: An Income Tax Year in Review”April 1, 2019

Everyone loves a sequel, right? What's old is new these days with remakes taking the box office by storm as well as dominating people's DVRs. The same can be said for the state tax world. A large number of my picks for this year's noteworthy income tax decisions are appeals from previous years' decisions. The following cases are ones that…

David Hughes Presents "Market Based Sourcing" at the ABA/IPT Advanced State Income, Sales/Use & Property Tax Seminar - 3/12/19March 12, 2019

3/12/19 Ritz-Carlton new Orleans New Orleans, LA David Hughes presents "Market Based Sourcing" at the ABA/IPT Advanced State Income, Sales/Use & Property Tax Seminar in March. The seminar is designed with attorneys, accountants, tax directors state and local tax managers, government tax officials, appraisers, property tax managers, commercial and industrial property managers and others interested in state and local income,…

Samantha Breslow and Justin Stone present “Debate Over Nexus For Sales/Use Taxes – Are We Headed Towards a New Frontier?” to AGN International – North America - 8/8/17July 31, 2017

Live Webinar At the end of this Webinar, participants will: Appreciate the numerous ways states are trying to tax out-of-state sellers Be aware of the "single state" attack on Quill and potential ramifications associated with its demise Understand the constitutional hurdles that a state must overcome to reverse Quill…

Ethics & Professional Responsibilities for Transaction Tax ProfessionalsFebruary 15, 2017

Council On State Taxation (COST) Sales Tax Conference & Audit Session San Antonio, TX - 3/1/17 Early Morning Ethics Coffee Talk: Ethics and Professional Responsibilities for Transaction Tax Professionals It's never too early to learn about ethics.  Come to this early morning session and be entertained by these speakers as they cover new and breaking ethical issues related to transactional…

HMB's 15th Annual State & Local Tax Summer Camp - 7/19/17January 6, 2017

Join us for our 15th Annual HMB Summer Camp!  A full-day conference presented exclusively to HMB's valued clients and invited guests.  Discover the latest issues, evaluate important updates and gain valuable insight from our seasoned professionals. Click here to request a PDF of the presentation. Agenda 8:00 - 8:30am - Registration & Continental Breakfast 8:30 - 8:45am - Welcome and…

HMB's David Ruskin Quoted in Tax Analysts about Illinois Qui Tam Suit Against WineriesSeptember 9, 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…

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