Marilyn is a partner at HMB and a member of the firm’s State and Local Tax (SALT) Group. She advises Fortune 500 companies on the resolution of complex multi-state and multi-national tax issues.
Marilyn assists publicly traded multinational and multistate clients work through sophisticated multistate income, franchise and transaction tax matters. Clients benefit from her wealth of experience in SALT, 18 years of which were spent in-house at Mobil Oil and Montgomery Ward & Co.
On behalf of clients facing intense scrutiny, Marilyn formulates multistate audit strategies— and has represented them before taxing authorities in more than 35 states. She has helped companies adopt new organizational structures that have reduced their tax burdens and improved their financial positions.
A Leader in the SALT World
Marilyn is one of the most recognized forces in the SALT community. She’s the recipient of the Council of State Taxation’s Paul Frankel Excellence in State Taxation Award, Bloomberg BNA’s Excellence in State Taxation Award, Tax Analyst’s Leading Female Tax Counsel and is noted as one of Crain’s Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers.
Clients rely on Marilyn for innovative and practical solutions driven by her in-house experience and profound understanding of the SALT world.
Jordan M. Goodman and Marilyn A. Wethekam will provide a joint National SALT Update and Ethics presentation for the Chicago Tax Club's Winter Meeting.
Join Jordan M. Goodman, David A. Hughes and Marilyn A. Wethekam for the Council on State Taxation’s 53rd Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
Marilyn A. Wethekam is presenting, “Let the Countdown Begin! 2022’s Noteworthy SALT Cases” at the upcoming NASBTS Annual Conference. Marilyn is partnering with Carley Roberts to discuss case developments, the far-reaching implications they might have and what to expect across the state and local tax landscape in the year ahead.
On October 20th, Marilyn A. Wethekam is presenting, “Allocation: Double Taxation and Other Issues” at the Paul J. Hartman SALT Forum. Marilyn and her co-speakers will address allocation issues with a focus on the problems that arise with sourcing investment income.
Don’t miss HMB’s SALT team at the 2022 IPT Sales Tax Symposium! Christopher T. Lutz, Marilyn A. Wethekam and Samantha K. Breslow will be presenting various topics related to current state and local tax trends.
Marilyn A. Wethekam’s “Pushing the Scope of Wayfair,” was recently published in Tax Notes State's article, “Post-Wayfair: Burden or Favor.” In her section, she reflects on the Wayfair decision and the impact it has had on the state tax landscape four years later.
Marilyn A. Wethekam’s “Tin Cans and Sheep,” was recently published in Tax Notes State's article, “Justice Stephen Breyer: A Model of Clarity.” In her section, she reflects on Justice Stephen Breyer’s role in interpreting and shaping state tax law and discusses what his retirement will mean for the state and local tax community.
In this installment of Board Briefs, Tax Notes State advisory board members, including HMB’s Marilyn A. Wethekam, welcome the 2022 new year. Read the entire Board Briefs here. Download Marilyn’s article here. 2022: The New Normal By Marilyn A. Wethekam 2020 could be characterized as the year one learned to manage the shock of COVID. 2021 could be characterized as…
In State Tax Notes' Board Briefs, Marilyn A. Wethekam discusses "State and Local Tax Policy in a COVID-19 World". Download the full Board Briefs by State Tax Notes here. 2020 began on an optimistic note. The economy, in several sectors, was thriving. States over the last couple of years had seen continued revenue growth and even in some cases were…
In this excerpt in Board Briefs from Tax Notes State, Marilyn honors the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Download the full article by Tax Notes State here. On September 18, 2020, this nation lost not only an exceptionally accomplished jurist but a powerful voice for gender equality and those who have been made to feel they don’t belong.…
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Reproduced with permission from Bloomberg Tax & Accounting. Copyright 2021 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) https://pro.bloombergtax.com The below excerpt is from Bloomberg Tax’s Annual “Survey of Local Tax Departments.” The survey provides insights from experts on fundamental local tax issues from local tax departments across the country. Read the full survey analysis on Bloomberg Tax here (subscription…
In an article by Law360, Marilyn A. Wethekam discusses the ambiguity found in the updated Multistate Tax Commission (“MTC”) guidance regarding when internet business activities exceed federal protections against state income tax.
Read the full article by State Tax Notes written by Doug Sheppard here. In one of the most famous scenes from The Blues Brothers, Sister Mary Stigmata doles out rapid-fire corporal punishment with a ruler on Jake and Elwood Blues, then breaks it on Elwood's head before Jake crashes down an adjacent flight of stairs in the ensuing chaos. “Get out! And don’t come back until you’ve redeemed yourselves,”…
Read the full article here (subscription required). Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan was recently voted out of his leadership post, leaving a complex tax legacy to his nearly four-decade reign that included sales tax restructuring and failures to create the progressive income tax code he envisioned. Madigan, a Democrat from Chicago, ceded the gavel on Jan. 13 after House members elected…
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.
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 stalemate full of political puffery and sparring. Some of the relevant changes that Illinois? taxpayers should be aware of are noted below. All changes are effective July 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted.
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.
Increasingly, taxpayers are seeing the imposition of penalties on deficiency assessments. In fact in a number of situations the imposition of the penalty is automatic upon the issuance of the assessment. The penalties, which may range from 20% to 25% of the liability, are imposed for late payment or underpayment of taxes. Such penalties are generally imposed without taking into consideration the fact there is a lack of guidance or legal authority with respect to the substantive issue which gave rise to the tax underpayment...