- Tax Controversy & Litigation
|Contact Info||Telephone: 202.383.0936|
|University ||California State University, B.A., magna cum laude|
|Law School||Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D. Co-editor, Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal; Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M.|
|Admitted||1998, California and District of Columbia|
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Taxation Section, District of Columbia Bar
Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Michele Borens is both a certified public accountant and a tax attorney. She advises her clients, many of whom are impacted by taxation in the digital economy, in strategic state and local tax planning and defends them in litigation regarding state income tax assessments.
With comprehensive knowledge of individual state tax policies, Michele provides strategic advice on multistate strategies and planning, state-specific tax reductions, transactional planning and reverse income tax reviews. She helps corporate clients reorganize and restructure their projects and advises on travel and business operation expansion into particular states. Michele also represents and defends clients, many of whom operate in the e-commerce and telecommunications industries, in controversy and tax matters, including state tax nexus issues. Michele represents clients nationwide, and has worked extensively with companies that have litigation in Maryland regarding intangible holding companies.
Before joining the firm, Michele was a manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the State and Local Tax Services group. Her practice included advising clients on state and local tax issues associated with corporate reorganization and restructuring, negotiating and securing state credits and incentives, and advising on state tax refund and planning opportunities. Her clients operated in numerous industries including construction, biotechnology, government contracting, health care, law and hospitality.
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U.S. House Passes Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act
Michele Borens,Jonathan A. Feldman,Jeffrey A. Friedman,Todd A. Lard,Carley A. Roberts, July 17, 2014
On July 15, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA), by a voice vote. PITFA would permanently extend the moratorium on state and local taxation of Internet access and “multiple” or “discriminatory” taxes...
Michigan Supreme Court Upholds the Compact Election
Michele Borens,Jonathan A. Feldman,Jeffrey A. Friedman,Todd A. Lard,Carley A. Roberts, July 16, 2014
On July 14, 2014, the Michigan Supreme Court in a splintered 3-1-3 decision found in favor of IBM’s election to apply the Multistate Tax Compact’s three-factor apportionment formula to the now-repealed Michigan Business Tax (MBT).
MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort
Michele Borens,Jonathan A. Feldman,Jeffrey A. Friedman,Todd A. Lard,Marc A. Simonetti, June 6, 2014
On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States participating in the meeting included Alabama, Florida, Georgia,...
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