David is a partner in HMB’s State and Local Tax (SALT) Group and is a member of HMB’s Board of Directors. He helps clients limit their state and local tax exposure through sensible planning and, when necessary, vigorous litigation strategies.
David advises Fortune 500 companies, privately-held companies, middle-market businesses and individuals on strategies to minimize their state and local tax exposure, maintain compliance and reduce the risk of audit problems. This includes income tax, sales/use tax, franchise tax, gross receipts tax, and unclaimed property matters involving nexus, apportionment, business income, unitary business groups, credits, losses and exemptions.Read More
In addition to helping clients all over the country structure their businesses to reduce state and local tax liabilities, David represents them in audits, administrative proceedings, litigation and appeals. He has argued cases for clients at the Illinois Supreme Court, the Illinois Appellate Court and the New York Supreme Court (Appellate Division). In addition to Illinois, David is licensed to practice in Wisconsin.
Multistate Expertise, National Impact
David is as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law as well as a Fellow in the American College of Tax Counsel. As an active thought leader and speaker in the SALT community, David offers a unique perspective and knowledge drawn from years of hands-on, practical experience.
State tax partnership law is seeing an increased focus on what happens when a nonresident owner of a partnership or LLC sells his or her ownership interest. David A. Hughes discusses this emerging topic with Law360 and shares his insights on investee apportionment.
Congratulations David Hughes for being elected a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel! David was selected for his extraordinary accomplishments and demonstration of a high standard of excellence and ethical performance in tax law.
HMB’s litigation team, led by David S. Ruskin, and State and Local Tax attorney, David A. Hughes, began their representation of PACCAR in late 2019 when RN Acquisition, LLC filed a complaint alleging breach of contract and seeking a declaratory judgment arising from PACCAR’s alleged failure to pay the Chicago Lease Transaction Tax.
A Maryland Circuit Court judge recently struck down the state’s tax on digital advertising services. David A. Hughes told Tax Notes, “The judge, to her credit, took a more holistic view and said advertising is advertising, and if Maryland chooses not to tax traditional advertising, then the Internet Tax Freedom Act bars digital advertising.”
After years of legal back-and-forth, Apple has settled its challenge against Chicago’s amusement tax. David A. Hughes discusses Apple’s settlement with Law360 and says businesses that had hoped this case would shed light on how the tax might apply to their services will be left with open questions.
David A. Hughes is moderating and presenting at the Illinois Taxpayers' Federation State and Local Tax Conference on September 21, 2023.
Join David A. Hughes for The Chicago Tax Club Fall Annual Seminar on October 26-27, 2023! David will speak on a variety of state and local tax topics including the top recent sales and use tax cases and gross receipts taxes.
Join David A. Hughes for an engaging session at COST’s 54th Annual meeting on October 19th. David will discuss various methods to obtain information from revenue agencies such as interrogatories, requests to produce, depositions and FOIA requests.
Are you attending the IPT Sales Tax Symposium in Chicago? Be sure to connect with our SALT team David A. Hughes, Jordan M. Goodman and Samantha K. Breslow! They will be speaking on a variety of sales tax concepts, including retail issues, newer tax types & fees and all things SAAS.
Join David A. Hughes and COST on September 20th for an engaging live webinar that will cover significant unclaimed property issues across the nation. Don’t miss this insightful program!
In his article, David A. Hughes discusses how to approach unclaimed property self-audits and provides a brief history and overview of Illinois’s Unclaimed Property Act.
David's article explores the ramifications of treating something as tangible personal or real property for sales/use and property tax purposes, specific to the telecommunication industry.
Effective January 1, 2022, the California Franchise Tax Board (“FTB”) has the authority under Assembly Bill 466 to share information with the State Controller’s Office (“SCO”) relating to a taxpayer’s compliance with the California’s unclaimed property laws. To gather this information, the FTB has added a few questions to California’s business entity tax returns for tax year 2021, including whether…
As we move into harvest season, we here at Cover Your SaaS (CYS) have cultivated a fresh crop of updates for your enjoyment. Keen observers will note that there has been a somewhat larger gap than usual between newsletters and we admit, it has been a minute. Of course, absence makes the heart grow fonder so we are excited to…
With the holidays upon us, it seems like a good time to take a pleasant stroll through the cloud computing and digital product SALT developments you and your clients should be aware of. We returned to the “classic” format for this edition, organizing the stories by jurisdiction, headlining them in summary fashion, and then providing context and snappy analysis. If you have follow-up questions, please let us know.
Welcome to the third edition of Cover Your SaaS. Following a brief mid-summer hiatus from which the authors returned pale as ever, we dive once more into the cloud computing and digital product SALT developments you and your clients should be aware of. This is a bumper edition, so we have organized the updates by general topic rather than solely by jurisdiction.
Welcome to the second edition of Cover Your SaaS, your new favorite(ish) semi-regular publication from HMB Legal Counsel’s State & Local Tax team. Far from accepting a sophomore slump, this edition boldly delves into SALT developments in the digital products sphere, the importance of separately stating charges, and the dangers of straying into taxable telecommunications.