- State and Local Tax
- Payments & E-Commerce
- Digital Economy
- Media & Telecommunications Transactions
|Contact Info||Telephone: 202.383.0864|
|University ||University of North Carolina, B.A.|
|Law School||Louisiana State University School of Law, B.C.L.; Louisiana State University School of Law, J.D.; Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., Taxation|
|Admitted||2004, Louisiana; 2006, Georgia; District of Columbia|
|Born||High Point, North Carolina, June 10, 1976|
Charlie Kearns advises Fortune 500 clients on all aspects of state and local tax policy, planning, and controversy. Charlie has extensive experience with state and local tax issues affecting the communications and electronic commerce industries, particularly with respect to federal legislation related to state taxes, state legislative matters, and the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement. He also routinely advises employers on state and local tax issues arising out of employment relationships, including multistate withholding, deferred compensation planning, and unemployment insurance.
Before joining the firm in 2005, Charlie was a Graduate fellow at the Council On State Taxation (COST) in Washington, DC, working directly with COST staff in analyzing, reporting and responding to significant administrative, judicial and legislative developments throughout the country.
Awards and Rankings
Named to the 2012 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll (Also at Washington, District of Columbia Office)
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
Buying a Bit - Purchases of Bitcoins Are Not Subject to Sales Tax in Missouri
Mary C. Alexander,Charles C. Kearns, November 3, 2014
The Missouri Department of Revenue determined in a letter ruling that Bitcoins are intangible property not subject to tax under Missouri’s Sales and Use Tax Law. As explained by the taxpayer, Bitcoins are “a form of digital currency that is created by software and stored...
It's True! Online Database Service Not Subject to Massachusetts Sales Tax
Charles C. Kearns,Jessica L. Kerner, March 4, 2014
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue determined that the sale of access to an online database was not subject to sales and use tax because the “object of the transaction” was nontaxable data processing services rather than taxable prewritten software. The taxpayer sells subscriptions...
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