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Marilyn Wethekam Discusses How Old Tax Language Should be Amended for Modern Technology08/12/2019

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 Tax08/07/2019

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…

Nathan E. Delman Joins HMB Legal Counsel Expanding Bankruptcy Practice08/06/2019

CHICAGO, IL - HMB Legal Counsel, a preeminent provider of legal services in business and finance, litigation, trusts and estates, real estate, state and local taxes and bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors' rights announced that attorney Nathan E. Delman joined the firm as an associate in its growing bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors' rights practice. Nate has over ten years’ experience as a…

David Ruskin Joins Legal Face-Off on WGN Radio to Discuss Illinois’ New Cannabis Law08/02/2019

Cannabis business attorney David Ruskin was interviewed by Chicago's top legal radio show, Legal Face-Off on WGN Radio. David discussed Illinois' new recreational marijuana law and what it means for individuals and businesses. Listen to the recording on WGN Radio.…

HMB Represents Quantitative Insights in Sale to Chicago Biotech Incubator Paragon Biosciences07/25/2019

HMB represented Quantitative Insights, developer of QuantX, the first-ever FDA-cleared computer-aided breast cancer diagnosis system in radiology, in its sale to Qlarity Imaging, a portfolio company of Paragon Biosciences. Quantitative Insights was founded at the University of Chicago around technology developed at the University and with the support of the University’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Paragon is a…

Brian Axelrad, Social Impact Lawyer, Participates in the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leaders Program06/28/2019

THE CHICAGO COUNCIL ON GLOBAL AFFAIRS The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. The Council on Global Affairs is committed to bringing clarity and offering solutions to issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business and governments engage the world.…

Marilyn Wethekam Receives IPT’s 2019 Distinguished Service Award06/28/2019

This award is presented to one or more individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Institute over an extended period of time. Examples of the activities for which this award has been previously given include sustained and substantial contributions to one of the Institute's designations or educational programs. Learn more about the Institute for Professionals in Taxation here. …

Chris Lutz Discusses Illinois Tax Changes with Law360 and Tax Notes06/07/2019

As Illinois passes a new budget, State and Local Tax attorney Chris Lutz helps break down important changes with Law360 and Tax Notes. 3 Illinois Tax Changes Attorneys Should Know About As published by Law360 for its subscribers. Out-of-state businesses will also see a big change in local sales tax collection under the legislation. For collections of the local retailer's…

David Hughes and Breen Schiller added to Law360’s Tax Authority State & Local Editorial Advisory Board04/23/2019

The purpose of the editorial advisory board is to get feedback on Law360's coverage and gain insight from experts in the field on how best to shape future coverage. David represents clients in multistate planning, audit and controversy matters, including state income, franchise, gross receipts, sales/use and unclaimed property. Hughes is also an adjunct professor of state and local tax…

HMB Represents Lightstream in $8 Million Series A Financing03/19/2019

Lightstream, a Chicago startup that makes cloud-based video production software, announced their $8 million funding round led by Drive Capital. Lightsream's vision is to provide video content creators of all levels with professional-grade production and editing tools through the service's browser-based or downloadable software. Read more about Lightstream and their Series A here. HMB's team was led by Jim Jerue, Renee…

Jordan Goodman Provides Insight to International Tax Review: “Exclusive: US State Drags Amazon to Court on Platform Sales Tax Liability”02/26/2019

An article published by International Tax Review discusses how Judge Ralph King Anderson III will decide whether Amazon acted as a seller in a case against the US state of South Carolina, potentially making it liable for millions of dollars in back taxes. Although the parties agree that the facts of the case are not in doubt, and no trial…

Congratulations to HMB’s Lawyers Selected to 2019 Super Lawyers and Leading Lawyers Lists02/26/2019

2019 Illinois Super Lawyers John W. Guzzardo Richard M. Horwood Fred O. Marcus Marilyn A. Wethekam Jeffrey A. Zaluda 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Karl E. Analo Matthew R. Barrett Brett M. Winterstein Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.…

Breen Schiller and Chris Lutz Provide Insight to State Tax Notes – “Virginia Supreme Court Affirms State’s Apportionment Method”02/12/2019

An article published by State Tax Notes discusses the recent Virginia Supreme Court case, Corporate Executive Board v. Virginia Department of Taxation. Breen Schiller and Chris Lutz shared their thoughts about how this case fits into a recent line of alternative apportionment cases. The full article, "Virginia Supreme Court Affirms State's Apportionment Method," was written by Jad Chamseddine and published by…

Horwood Marcus & Berk Elevates Three Attorneys to Partner02/08/2019

CHICAGO, IL (December 18, 2018) - Horwood Marcus & Berk (HMB), a preeminent provider of legal services in business and finance, state and local taxes, trusts and estates, litigation, real estate and bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors' rights announced that three attorneys were elevated to partner. Christin A. Handa Christin is a member of HMB's Trusts and Estates Group. She concentrates her practice…

Congratulations to Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered Selected For a 2018 National Law Review Go-To Thought Leadership Award01/23/2019

HMB has been selected as a "Go-To Thought Leader" for coverage of State Tax and Local Tax regulations, litigation and legislation. The attorney-authors at HMB analyze developments in their field and provide a deep understanding of issues. The 2018 "Go-To Thought Leadership Awards" recognize 65 exceptional authors and legal organizations for their reporting of complex legislative and litigation news, as…

Chris Lutz Provides Insight to State Tax Notes – Wayfair Should Not Have A Major Impact On Apportionment01/23/2019

An article published by State Tax Notes discusses how States' market-based sourcing rules are likely to undergo scrutiny in the wake of the Wayfair decision that could lead to litigation and new income tax liability. State and Local Tax attorney, Chris Lutz, said, "he doesn't expect Wayfair to have a major impact on apportionment because most states have taken the…

Chris Lutz Provides Insight to Tax Analysts – “New Mexico Not Entitled to Exclude Payroll Factor in Bank’s Income Apportionment”01/22/2019

An article published by Tax Analysts discusses the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department failing to prove it was entitled to exclude the payroll factor from the state's apportionment formula for financial institutions. In a ruling for the taxpayer, Discover Bank, the administrative hearings office found that the department did not carry its burden showing that eliminating the payroll factor…

David Ruskin Provides Insight to Bloomberg Law – “Illinois AG Seeks to Dismiss Dozens of Whistleblower Cases”01/22/2019

An article published by Bloomberg Law discusses how the Supreme Court Wayfair decision could affect dozens of lawsuits filed by prolific whistleblower Stephen B. Diamond. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a series of motions to dismiss these cases, alleging they have minimal financial and legal relevance for the state. State and Local Tax attorney, David Ruskin, stated, "The…

Marilyn Wethekam Provides Insight On How States Are Responding To South Dakota v. Wayfair01/21/2019

An article published by Checkpoint discusses how states are responding to the South Dakota v. Wayfair  decision. Less than six months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the physical presence rule for sales and use tax nexus with its ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, the vast majority of states have enacted or announced economic nexus policies, and the trend…

David Hughes Named Chair of the Indirect & Operational Tax Committee of Chicago Tax Club12/03/2018

The Chicago Tax Club, organized in 1933, is a nonprofit association consisting of individual tax professionals employed by corporations and other businesses. The principal function of the organization is providing educational and networking events, in order to assist members in identifying and resolving tax compliance, planning and audit issues relating to their employers.…

Congratulations to Fred Marcus, the Recipient The State Tax Author of the Year Award Given by Bloomberg Tax and the Bloomberg Tax State Tax Advisory Board11/20/2018

Fred Marcus has been selected to be the recipient of this year's Bloomberg Tax State Tax Author of the Year Award. "As the lead author for two State Tax Portfolios and three State Tax Navigators, you have significantly contributed to our state tax analysis. Over the past two years in particular, you have delivered top notch analysis and shown tremendous…

Fred Marcus Provides Insight to State Tax Notes – “Wayfair Settlement is a Missed Opportunity”11/20/2018

An article published by State Tax Notes discusses how South Dakota's recent Wayfair settlement has eliminated an opportunity to provide further guidance for other states' remote seller laws. State and Local Tax attorney, Fred Marcus, stated, "Wayfair shows an acknowledgment by the Court that the economy has changed since Quill was decided, and that the inability to tax online commerce…

Breen Schiller Appointed Vice Chair of the 2019 Sales Tax Symposium Committee11/12/2018

The 2019 Sales Tax Symposium Committee is responsible for the planning and implementation of the Symposium, including education sessions, receptions and any entertainment and group activities associated with the program. Implementation includes review of prior year evaluations, selection of speakers, and timely procurement, review and submission to IPT staff of required papers and power point presentations for all sessions. The …

Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered Named to U.S. News “Best Lawyers – Best Law Firms” – 201911/06/2018

We are pleased to announce that HMB earned top recognition in the 2019 edition of  U.S. News - Best Lawyers? "Best Law Firms." Additionally, HMB was named a Tier 1 law firm in Chicago for Trusts & Estates. Richard M. Horwood and Jeffrey A. Zaluda were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Trusts…

Marilyn Wethekam Provides Insight on the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement10/30/2018

An article published by State Tax Notes discusses how the Alabama remote sales tax law could be the model for other states on taxing remote sellers. Alabama's Simplified Sellers Use Tax Remittance Act created a dual system under which local jurisdictions maintain control over the sales taxes of local businesses but not over remote sellers. State and Local Tax attorney,…

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