Pilar Mata: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Pilar Mata

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Tax
  • State and Local Tax
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0116
Fax: 202-637-3593
University University of San Diego, B.B.A., cum laude; San Diego State University, M.S., with honors
Law SchoolUniversity of California at Berkeley School of Law - Boalt Hall, J.D.
Admitted2000, California; District of Columbia

Professional Activities
Chair, State and Local Tax Subcommittee, District of Columbia Bar Association


State and local budget deficits have caused taxing authorities to become aggressive on audit, resulting in substantial assessments. Pilar Mata, a certified public accountant and tax attorney, provides clients with strategic advice and represents them state and local tax controversies throughout the country. With more than 12 years of tax litigation experience, she represents clients in tax controversies at the audit, administrative, trial and appellate levels.

With a comprehensive knowledge of franchise, income, telecommunications, gross receipts, sales and use taxes, Pilar guides her clients through state-specific issues and provides strategic multistate advice and representation. Pilar helps her clients plan for the state and local tax consequences of complex business transactions and monitors tax developments and legislation. She represents clients nationwide and has extensive California litigation experience. Before joining Sutherland, Pilar was an attorney with Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco.

Selected Experience
Sutherland represents Comcast Corporation in California franchise tax dispute.

Sutherland SALT team successfully appeals Microsoft's characterization of software sales for income tax purposes.

Sutherland wins constitutional challenge of “excise tax,” which federal court affirms on appeal.


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Cloud-Based Services Not Subject to Georgia Sales and Use Tax
Jessica L. Kerner,Pilar Mata, October 3, 2014
The Georgia Department of Revenue determined that a company’s cloud-based applications and related services are not subject to Georgia sales and use tax. The company maintains and operates hardware and software on servers located outside of Georgia that it uses to support its customers’...

Washington State Issues Sharp Reminder Regarding Reliance on Advice from Department of Revenue: Don't Forget to Get It in Writing!
Pilar Mata,Suzanne M. Palms, September 25, 2014
The Washington Department of Revenue determined that taxpayers have a right to rely on written but not oral instructions from the Department of Revenue. The taxpayer operated an Internet marketing business and sold its services to customers both inside and outside the state. In June 2011, the...

Toyota Motor Credit Corp. "Moving Forward" in New Jersey Tax Court
Sahang-Hee Hahn,Pilar Mata, September 4, 2014
The New Jersey Tax Court ruled for Toyota Motor Credit Corp. on three issues for New Jersey Corporate Business Tax purposes. Specifically, the court upheld the taxpayer’s gain calculation method using an upwardly adjusted federal tax basis; upheld the taxpayer’s departure from federal...

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Pilar Mata

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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