Michael J. Hilkin

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Michael J. Hilkin represents clients in all aspects of complex state and local tax matters. He has a particular focus on tax controversy and transactional issues relating to state and local income, franchise, sales and use, gross receipts and other business taxes. Michael has extensive experience handling state and local tax issues before US administrative and judicial systems. Read Michael Hilkin's full bio.

State False Claims Acts: “Knowing” Why They Matter for Tax Professionals


By , and on May 12, 2022
Posted In False Claims Act, Nationwide Importance

Like the federal government, many states have adopted False Claims Act (FCA) provisions that exclude tax matters from coverage. The federal model makes clear that matters under the Internal Revenue Service are not covered by the law,[1] and in the vast majority of cases, states also explicitly exclude tax from coverage.[2] However, there is a...

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Maryland Attorney General’s Office Says Taxpayers May Inform Customers of Increased Charges Resulting from Digital Advertising Tax


By , and on May 3, 2022
Posted In Constitutional Issues, Maryland, Nationwide Importance

In a brief filed on April 29, 2022, the Maryland Attorney General’s Office (Attorney General) agreed that the “pass-through prohibition” of the state’s digital advertising tax “does not purport to impose any restriction on what the taxpayer may say to the customer, or anyone else, about” increased billing charges because of the tax. Last year,...

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New York State Department Intends to Finalize Corporate Tax Regulations This Fall


By , and on May 2, 2022
Posted In Allocation/Appointment, Federal Tax, Local Tax, Nationwide Importance, New York

Almost seven years after it started releasing draft regulations concerning sweeping corporate tax reforms that went into effect back in 2015, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (Department) has issued guidance, stating that “the Department intends to begin the State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA) process to formally propose and adopt” its draft...

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