Direct Taxes

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Planning for your income and other direct taxes requires a holistic picture of your business. We assist you nationally and locally with corporate income taxes, including planning, tax-exempt status and nonprofit formation, tax compliance matters, and franchise and partnership taxes. Our experience covers the full range of business entity types including C Corps, closely-held businesses, nonprofits and other tax-exempt organizations.

When necessary, we will represent you in court and before state and local taxing authorities during tax audits, protests, appeals and litigation.

 Areas of Focus:

Income Tax


  • Analysis of the safe harbor provisions of P.L. 86-272, including the analysis of the use of independent contractors; third party representatives; limitations of protected activities and the definition of delivery
  • Constitutional protections, including economic nexus and factor presence nexus; flash nexus
  • Individual residency issues
  • Trust residency issues


  • Analyzing the complex issues that result from the sourcing of services and intangible income including the application of cost of performance methods and market-based sourcing
  • Developing alternative methods of apportionment to address distortive results statutory formulas
  • Unitary business issues, including defining the composition of the group; instant unity; worldwide combination issues
  • Addressing the application of throwback including the Joyce v. Finnigan rules

Tax Base

  • Application of expense add-back statutes to both domestic and foreign operations
  • Addressing transfer pricing adjustments and forced combination issues
  • Challenging the issues surrounding the characterization of income that arise as a result of liquidation of line of business; gains on sale of appreciated securities or flow through interests; sale of non-unitary divisions or investments
  • Treatment of corporate owned flow-through entities;
  • Taxation of captive insurance companies
  • Taxation of captive REITS
  • Utilization of net operating losses and capital losses
  • Characterization of foreign taxes
  • Taxation of foreign source income and tax havens


  • Statute of limitation issues
  • Reporting of federal audit adjustments
  • Voluntary disclosure agreements
  • Penalty issues


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Jordan M. GoodmanPartner | Board of Directors
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David A. HughesChair | State and Local Tax Group
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Fred O. MarcusOf Counsel
500 West Madison Suite 3700
Chicago IL 60661

Phone: 312-606-3200 Fax: 312-606-3232
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