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Britt Haxton focuses her practice on US and international tax matters for US and non-US multinationals. Britt regularly advises clients on tax-free and taxable acquisitions, dispositions, restructurings and liquidations. In addition, she has experience in providing advice on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) compliance and reporting. Britt also advises clients on international tax issues, including foreign tax credit, subpart F and application of bilateral income tax treaties.
Britt worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Roberto A. Lange of the US District Court for the District of South Dakota. While in law school, Britt was managing editor of The Tax Lawyer, in which she also published several articles.
Kristen E. Hazel has extensive experience representing clients in US and international aspects of federal tax matters, including international acquisitions and divestitures, international joint ventures, and capital plan design and implementation, including tax planning with respect to intellectual property. Her work includes both inbound and outbound transactions.
Kristen is the co-chair of the Firm's Captive Insurance Affinity Group. She regularly counsels clients with respect to the tax aspects of organizing, operating and defending captive insurance companies. She is chair of the Firm's New Business Committee and is a member of the Firm's Professional Responsibility Committee.
Kristen is a co-founder of Tax in the City: A Woman's Tax Roundtable® and frequently speaks on international tax topics for various professional organizations. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois Law School, the John Marshall Law School and the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Sandra P. McGill is a co-founder of Tax in the City: A Woman's Tax Roundtable® and focuses her practice on international tax planning. Sandra works with US and non-US multinational companies, public and private as well as high net worth individuals and family businesses. Sandra has extensive experience advising clients on a broad range of cross-border tax issues, including the following:
- Foreign tax credit planning
- Subpart F and PFIC anti-deferral rules
- Source of income and withholding tax issues and compliance, including obtaining Treaty relief
- Foreign currency recognition rules under Sections 985-989
- US trade or business or local country permanent establishment (PE) issues
- Section 367 and other subchapter C issues related to cross-border restructurings, acquisitions and financings, including issues with respect to intellectual property
Sandra works with an extensive network of non-US lawyers on developing multi-jurisdictional business structures such as centralized sales and services and finance company structures.
Jane Wells May is a co-founder of Tax in the City: A Woman's Tax Roundtable® and focuses her practice on state and local tax matters. She represents businesses in connection with tax controversies at the audit, administrative and judicial levels around the United States. Her clients include companies in manufacturing, retailing, pharmaceuticals, financial services, agribusiness, food and beverage, health care, energy, technology and insurance industries. Jane heads the Firm's State & Local Tax Practice and sits on the Firm's Executive, Management and Compensation Committees.
Jane has successfully litigated state and local tax matters raising a variety of statutory and constitutional issues. She has defended numerous internet sellers in several states against cases brought under state whistleblower statutes, including the Illinois False Claims Act, alleging fraudulent failures to collect and remit use tax. Jane also advises business clients on tax planning matters and represents athletes and entertainers in connection with employment contract issues.
While in law school, Jane was senior articles editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board.
Diann Smith focuses her practice on state and local taxation and unclaimed property advocacy. Diann advises clients at any stage of an issue, including planning, compliance, controversy, financial statement issues and legislative activity. Her goal is to find the most effective method to achieve a client's objective regardless of when or how an issue arises. Diann emphasizes the importance of defining a client's objective - whether it is finality of a frequently audited issue, quick resolution of a stand-alone tax liability, or avoiding competitive disadvantages in the application of a tax. The defined objective then governs the choice of the path to a solution.
Her clients span a broad range of industries, including transportation, retail, government contractors, information services, emerging technologies, financial services, health care, digital and cloud computing services, and oil and gas. Diann has represented clients on nexus, tax base, business/non-business income classification, apportionment and ASC 740-10 compliance issues. She has also counseled clients on multi-state unclaimed property compliance and voluntary disclosure opportunities, and has contributed as a co-author for a cert petition filed before the US Supreme Court. She serves as outside counsel on state tax and unclaimed property matters for the Entertainment Software Association and the National Retail Federation.
Diann has significant experience representing clients before the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC). Previously, she was counsel at another international law firm, where she also focused on state and local taxation. She also served as general counsel for the Council on State Taxation (COST). While at COST, Diann worked on nearly every major state and local tax issues confronting multi-state businesses. From 1998 to 2005, she was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center for the LLM in Taxation program.
While in law school, Diann was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alan E. Norris of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1991 and 1992.