Charles C. Kearns: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Charles C. Kearns

Charlie Kearns
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Tax
  • State and Local Tax
  • Payments & E-Commerce
  • Digital Economy
  • Technology
  • Media & Telecommunications Transactions
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0864
Fax: 202-637-3593
University University of North Carolina, B.A.
Law SchoolLouisiana State University School of Law, B.C.L.; Louisiana State University School of Law, J.D.; Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., Taxation
Admitted2004, Louisiana; 2006, Georgia; District of Columbia
BornHigh 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)


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New York State on Bitcoins: Transactions Are Barters for Sales Tax Purposes; Follow Federal Guidance for State Income Taxes
Charles C. Kearns, January 30, 2015
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has issued guidance on the sales tax, corporation franchise tax, and personal income tax implications of transactions involving convertible virtual currency, such as bitcoins. The Department’s guidance can be found here...

Southern Stipulation: Tennessee and South Carolina Agree Cloud Collaboration is Taxable Communication
Charles C. Kearns,Jessica L. Kerner, December 12, 2014
In what appears to be the latest in a series of conflicting rulings issued to the same company from at least seven other states, Tennessee and South Carolina have rendered their own opinions addressing the application of sales tax to cloud collaboration service.

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...
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Charles C. Kearns

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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