Lauren Ferrante

Lauren Ferrante

McDermott Will & Emery

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Louisiana Supreme Court Upholds Bundling Portable Toilet Leases and Cleaning Services, but Not Sure About True Object of Resulting...

If you are ever waiting in line for portable toilet facilities at the St. Patty’s Day Parade and in need of something to think about, consider the property and service you are about to use: Is it the lease of tangible...more

3/17/2015 - Leases Personal Property Personal Services Sales & Use Tax Supreme Court of Lousiana Tangible Property Tax Appeals Tax Assessment

Arizona’s 2015 TPT Amendments Have 99 Problems, but Origin Sourcing ain’t One

Actually, there are really only two issues, but they are big issues. Arizona’s Transaction Privilege Tax has always been an anomaly in the traditional state sales tax system. Contrary to some commentators, however,...more

1/30/2015 - Amended Legislation Department of Revenue Internet Retailers Retailers Sales & Use Tax Transaction Privilege Tax

More Tax Money for the City of Chicago in 2015: Broader Bases, Increased Rates and Lesser Credit

The City of Chicago’s (City’s) 2015 budget includes a number of changes to taxing ordinances found in titles 3 and 4 of the Chicago Municipal Code. The City of Chicago Department of Finance has notified taxpayers and tax...more

1/9/2015 - Amended Regulation City of Chicago Hospitality Industry Hotels Local Ordinance Personal Property Tax Restaurant Industry Tax Revenues

Illinois Courts Consistently Enforce Manufacturing Exemption Despite Department of Revenue Opposition

Illinois courts have issued three taxpayer-friendly manufacturing rulings in 2013 and 2014, underscoring the breadth of the exemption from use tax afforded to equipment and chemicals used in the process of manufacturing....more

10/14/2014 - Chemicals Department of Revenue Manufacturers Sales & Use Tax Tax Exemptions

Focus on Tax Controversy - Fall 2014

Supreme Court to Hear Tax Injunction Act Case - On August 20, 2013, in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that the federal Tax Injunction Act (TIA) prohibited...more

10/2/2014 - Brohl Certiorari Direct Marketing Association Discovery Electronically Stored Information Meal and Entertainment Expenditures Predictive Coding SCOTUS Sports Tax Court Tax Injunction Act

Bear Down: In a Preseason Loss to Cook County’s Poor Play, the Appellate Court Finds Chicago Bears Ticket Holder Amenities Taxable

The First District of the Illinois Appellate Court, in Chicago Bears Football Club v. Cook County Department of Revenue, 2014 IL App (1st) 122892 (Aug. 6, 2014), has affirmed an administrative determination finding the...more

9/4/2014 - Appeals Spectator Sports Sports Taxation

Illinois Appellate Court’s Expansive Interpretation of a Taxing Ordinance Swallows a Sale for Resale Exemption

The First District of the Illinois Appellate Court, in Ford Motor Company v. Chicago Department of Revenue, 2014 IL App (1st) 130597 (June 27, 2014), recently held that Ford Motor Company (Ford) owes City of Chicago vehicle...more

7/31/2014 - Auto Manufacturers Car Dealerships Ford Motor Fuel Tax Manufacturers Resale Exemption

Focus on Tax Controversy - December 2013

In This Issue: A Decade of Lessons Learned from State Tax False Claims Act Cases; Second Circuit Reaffirms Taxpayer’s Use of Protective Refund Claims; and Challenging Regulations After Mayo and Home...more

12/5/2013 - Administrative Procedure Act False Claims Act Fraud IRS Mayo Foundation for Medical Ed Mayo Foundation v US Protective Claims SCOTUS Standard of Review State Taxes Tax Refunds Transfer Pricing Treble Damages U.S. Treasury US v Home Concrete & Supply Whistleblowers

Voiding of Illinois Sales Tax Regulation Leads to Prospective Uncertainty for Sourcing Sales

The Illinois Supreme Court recently struck down an Illinois Department of Revenue (Department) regulation sourcing sales to the location of order acceptance. While the Supreme Court found that the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights...more

11/26/2013 - Business Taxes Retailers Sales & Use Tax Taxpayer Relief Provisions

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