Hollis Hyans focuses on state and local tax litigation and planning. She has handled a wide range of state and local tax controversies, litigating or resolving state tax disputes across the nation, in courts and in administrative tribunals in more than 40 states and localities.
Ms. Hyans advises clients on matters arising in all of the states and localities, at all stages from the earliest responses to initial audit inquiries, dealing with audit disputes, filing administrative protests, and handling them from beginning to end. She is familiar with and has handled disputes in courts in nearly every state, dealing with discovery issues, witness preparation, depositions, pre-trial proceedings, trials, and appeals. She has experience in just about every area of state and local tax, including corporate income and franchise taxes, sales and use taxes, personal income tax, utility taxes, state unemployment taxes, and unclaimed property. She also advises on the state and local tax ramifications of various business transactions, and on tactics for reducing state tax problems before they become large and expensive.
Ms. Hyans has written extensively on state and local tax issues, authoring numerous articles in many publications, including State Tax Notes, State & Local Taxes Weekly, and the New York Law Journal. She is the co-editor of New York Tax Insights, the firm’s monthly publication covering developments in New York State and New York City tax issues. She is a frequent speaker on state and local tax issues, and has appeared before such groups as the Tax Executives Institute, the Council on State Taxation, the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, the Georgetown Advanced State and Local Tax Institute, and the New York State Bar Association. Ms. Hyans has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association and as co-chair of the Association’s Subcommittee on New York State Sales & Miscellaneous Taxes. In addition, she is a member of the Advisory Board of the Hartman State and Local Tax Forum at Vanderbilt University Law School, the Advisory Board of the NYU Institute on State and Local Tax, and the Bloomberg BNA State Tax Advisory Board.
Ms. Hyans is recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA 2019, Legal 500 US 2019, Best Lawyers in America 2019-2020 and Super Lawyers 2008 – 2011. She was also named to State Tax Notes’ “Top 10 Tax Lawyers” list in 2011.
While earning her degree at New York University Law School, Ms. Hyans was elected to the Order of the Coif and was a staff member of the New York University Law Review. She earned her undergraduate degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from Brooklyn College of the City of New York.
Meredith CorporationThe New York State Appellate Division, Third Department, reversed the Tax Appeals Tribunal and accepted our argument that Meredith, a publisher and broadcaster, used the correct method of apportioning its income to New York State, and could include rented film in its property factor, no matter how the film was delivered.
E.I. DupontThe Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the Court of Claims and ruled that the gain realized by E.I. DuPont from the sale of its interest in a partnership was not apportionable to Michigan, and that E.I. DuPont could include receipts from foreign exchange contracts in the denominator of its Michigan receipts factor.
Thomson Reuters Inc.The Michigan Court of Appeals granted summary judgment to Thomson Reuters, rejecting the Department of Treasury’s efforts to treat the sale of subscriptions to an online research service as the taxable sale of tangible personal property.
Wendy’s International, Inc.The Appellate Court of Illinois granted Wendy’s motion for summary judgment and held that Wendy’s was not required to include its captive insurance subsidiary, Scioto Insurance Company, in its Illinois combined returns.
Rent-A-Center Inc.The Oregon Tax Court, Magistrate Division, held that a subsidiary of Rent-A-Center Inc., ColorTyme Inc., was not unitary with Rent-A-Center and therefore the Department of Revenue could not require Rent-A-Center to include ColorTyme in its Oregon combined report. It also held that ColorTyme was not taxable in Oregon because it was not “doing business” in Oregon as required by Oregon statute.
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