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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So Misunderstood? Illinois DOR Adopts Special Sales Factor Rules for Hedging and Foreign Currency Transactions
Elizabeth S. Cha,Charles C. Kearns, February 3, 2016
Effective for tax years beginning on or after January 5, 2016, the Illinois Department of Revenue adopted amendments to 86 Ill. Adm. Code Sec. 100.3380 that establish special rules for the inclusion in the Illinois sales factor of certain (1) income, gains and losses from hedging transactions; and...

Technical Support: Tennessee Publishes Guidance on Sales Tax Treatment of Computer Software Maintenance Contracts
Charles C. Kearns,Chris M. Mehrmann, February 3, 2016
The Tennessee Department of Revenue has issued guidance explaining that the retail sale of, use of, or subscription to a computer software maintenance contract is subject to sales and use tax when: (1) the maintenance contract is sold as part of a taxable sale of computer software; (2) the...

I Don't Get No Respect: Kentucky Supreme Court Rejects Deference to Board of Tax Appeals Statutory Interpretation
Charles C. Capouet,Charles C. Kearns, January 29, 2016
The Kentucky Supreme Court held that the interpretation of inheritance tax statutes by the Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals was not entitled to Chevron deference. Deference is given only to an administrative agency’s interpretation of the statutes which it administers. The Board is merely a...

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Charles C. Kearns

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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