Prentiss Willson

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Sacramento,  CA  U.S.A.
Phone916.241.0500

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Practice Areas

  • Tax
  • Tax Controversy & Litigation
  • State and Local Tax
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 916.241.0500
Fax: 916.241.0501
http://www.sutherland.com/People/Prentiss-Willson
 
University Occidental College, A.B.
 
Law SchoolHarvard Law School, J.D.
 
Admitted1969, California
 
BornSeptember 20, 1943
 
Biography

With more than 40 years of experience in state and local tax, Prentiss Willson is widely recognized as the dean of California taxation, having participated in approximately a dozen state and local tax cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and represented hundreds of taxpayers in disputes in California and across the country.

Prentiss began his career at Morrison & Foerster LLP, where at various times he was managing partner of the San Francisco office, chair of the firm's tax department and chair of the firm's state and local tax group. In 1998, he moved to Ernst & Young LLP as partner and national director of state and local tax practice and procedure. After retiring from Ernst & Young in 2002, Prentiss started his own law practice advising clients across the country, and he began working with Sutherland in 2012.

A frequent speaker and author on state and local taxation, Prentiss taught tax courses at Stanford Law School, University of San Francisco Law School and Golden Gate University Graduate School of Taxation.

Awards and Rankings

Recipient, The California State Bar Joanne Garvey Award for Lifetime Service to the Bar (2010)

Recipient, BNA's Franklin C. Latcham Award for Distinguished Service in State and Local Tax Law (2009)

Recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the 40 top tax lawyers in America (1981)

 
ISLN902718515
 

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Indiana Loosens Its Utility Belt: Prepaid Phones and Phone Service Subject to Utility Receipts Tax
Stephen A. Burroughs,Prentiss Willson, September 4, 2014
Indiana’s Department Revenue determined that the sale of prepaid phone cards and prepaid cell phones are “telecommunication services” subject to Indiana’s Utility Receipts Tax (URT). The URT is an income tax imposed upon the receipts a taxpayer receives from the sale of...

Class Dismissed: Target Takeout Coffee Sales Class Action Suit Thrown Out in California
Jonathan Maddison,Prentiss Willson, June 2, 2014
The California Supreme Court held that the state’s tax code provides the exclusive remedy for a dispute over the applicability of the state sales tax to retail transactions, and thus a class of plaintiffs was precluded from seeking a refund from Target, Inc. for erroneously collected sales...

Indiana DOR Rules Affiliates Not Unitary, Combination Not Required
Ted Friedman,Prentiss Willson, April 11, 2014
The Indiana Department of Revenue determined that affiliated entities of an out-of-state manufacturing corporation were not unitary. The corporation conducted marketing operations as one business segment and production operations as a second business segment. The corporation included its marketing...



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Prentiss Willson

500 Capitol Mall, Suite 2500
SacramentoCA 95814




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