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Data Scraping Survives! (At least for now…) Key Takeaways from 9th Circuit Ruling on the hiQ vs. LinkedIn case09/19/2019

Background The original case was brought in California federal district court in 2017 by a company (hiQ) trying to protect its business of using publicly posted user data on LinkedIn. The California federal district court awarded a temporary restraining order against LinkedIn. This order allowed hiQ to keep scraping data off of LinkedIn’s platform on employees so as to warn…

The Small Business Reorganization Act Arrives in February 2020 – Here’s What you Need to Know09/06/2019

With President Trump’s signature August 23rd, the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (“SBRA”) will officially take effect in February 2020. The SBRA is designed to fill a gap in the current bankruptcy laws by providing a framework for small businesses to successfully reorganize in bankruptcy court.  As noted by the senate bill’s sponsor, Iowa Senator Charles Grassley, “Chapter 11…

Two Illinois Amnesty Programs are Arriving in October: HMB Addresses the Changes08/19/2019

Starting October 1st, 2019, two new Amnesty programs will arrive in Illinois. One will cover all taxes administered by the Department of Revenue. The other program will cover franchise taxes. Before these programs come into play, members of the HMB State and Local Tax practice provide insight into what these changes will look like. Taxes Administered by Department of Revenue…

As Reports of Hacking and Wire Fraud/BEC Scams Increase, Here’s What You Can Do to Prepare06/12/2019

Business Email Compromise ("BEC") is a scam perpetrated by cyber criminals to attack businesses that first began to be tracked and reported by the FBI in 2013. BEC typically consists of phony or phishing emails that appear to originate from a company executive or member of a company's accounting or finance department containing fraudulent payment instructions with the objective to…

Illinois Legislative Update: What You Need to Know06/07/2019

As you may be aware, the Illinois legislature recently completed its 2019 legislative session. This session was particularly productive from a tax legislation perspective and we would like to update you on the key state and local tax changes that may affect you or your business. Please do not hesitate to contact any member of the HMB SALT team if…

Takeaways from Wayfair – By HMB’s SALT Team07/09/2018

Everyone is by now likely familiar with the recent Wayfair decision and its central holding. Prior to Wayfair, businesses had some degree of comfort that they would not be required to collect and remit sales or use taxes to states in which those businesses did …

Federal Tax Law Impact on Illinois Tax Revenue March 201803/01/2018

On December 22, 2017, Public Law 115-97, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act) was signed into law.  This Act will impact Illinois' income tax base and therefore the state's income tax revenue. The Department has analyzed the Act based on current Illinois law, federal law, and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rulings and interpretations and issued an "Explanation of the…

2017 Year-End Tax Letter: Anticipating Change12/06/2017

Congress appears poised to enact a major tax reform that could potentially make fundamental changes in the way you and your family calculate your federal income tax bill, and the amount of federal tax you will pay. This letter is designed to help you evaluate …

Illinois Appellate Court Holds Entities Must Be Represented By an Attorney At Administrative Hearings04/25/2014

Illinois Appellate Court Holds Entities Must Be Represented By an Attorney At Administrative Hearings A recent decision by the Illinois Appellate Court held that corporations may not represent themselves at administrative hearings, but instead must be represented by an attorney. In Stone Street Partners, LLC v. The City of Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings, Case No. 12 M1 450026, Stone…

Why and When a Sweetheart Will (or No Will at All) is Not Enough08/31/2012

Why and When a Sweetheart Will (or No Will at All) is Not Enough Young couples at the stage where they are having children and purchasing their first home may not realize that they need estate planning.   The assets a couple is likely to acquire in the early stages of building wealth, such as a home, retirement accounts and life…

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