Winston & Strawn sponsored and tax attorneys Chuck Moll and Brad Marsh spoke during the State Bar of California's 2011 Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar & California Tax Policy Conference, held November 3-5, 2011 in San Jose, Ca. Mr. Marsh also served as chair of this year's conference. This intensive seminar covered cutting edge topics in a variety of tax practice areas.
Mr. Moll participated in the California Chief Counsel Roundtable on November 5. The roundtable provided a comprehensive annual update of developments in the franchise, sales and use and property tax areas. The other panelists included Doug Bramhall from KPMG LLP, Randy Ferry with the California State Board of Equalization, Jon Iverson with Oracle and Geoff Way from the California Franchise Tax Board.
Mr. Marsh participated in a panel, titled "Up in the Sky! Cloud Computing From a State Tax Perspective," which provided a technological overview of cloud computing followed by an interactive discussion of the various state and local tax issues that come into play. Among the various tax issues addressed included:
- Existence of nexus;
- Whether cloud computing transactions are subject to sales or use tax; nd
- How the income of cloud computing service providers should be apportioned and related policy considerations.
Joining Mr. Marsh on the panel was Brian Balingit from Grant Thornton LLP and Andrea Chung with the California Franchise Tax Board. Terry Ryan from Apple Inc., served as moderator of the program.
San Francisco-based attorneys Troy Van Dongen and Jocelyn Wang attended this event on behalf of the firm.