SALT & Pepper

  • Navigating a Cook County Department of Revenue Audit and the Procedure for a Formal Protest

    A recent national trend in the practice field of state and local tax has been the uptick in local jurisdictions' audit activity. The Cook County Department of Revenue has taken aggressive positions in the interpretation of its tax ordinances which has led to increased litigation in the administrative proceedings before the Cook County Department of Administrative Hearings. This post provides an overview of the Department's audit and ensuing D.O.A.H. processes and will highlight some of the procedural differences compared to other jurisdictions such as Chicago and Illinois.
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  • Navigating a Chicago Audit and the Procedure for a Formal Protest

    Although not on the mind of most taxpayers, an audit by the City of Chicago Department of Finance ("Department") is a risk for any taxpayer who may be operating in the City or who enters Chicago for any business purpose. With a variety of unusual taxes, such as the Chicago Amusement Tax, Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax, and Real Property Transfer Tax, compliance is no easy task and an audit can come as an unwelcome surprise.
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  • An Introduction to Illinois Audits and Appeals

    There's no way around it: Illinois is a complicated state in which to do business. This post is the first in a series that will address how to navigate even the most byzantine aspects of Illinois's tax structure. More specifically, this post will address the unique rules regarding tax audits and appeals throughout each stage in the state.
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Welcome to HMB's SALT & Pepper blog. As the title suggests, this blog tracks important and emerging issues, trends and developments that affect our clients not only in State and Local Tax (SALT) but also in other disciplines and industries. This blog is designed to be a helpful resource. We hope our readers will find it practical, insightful and valuable.


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