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February 11, 2013
Tax Analysts Announces New Regular Column: State Tax Policy Exchange

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Tax Analysts, the nonprofit provider of federal, state, and international tax news and analysis, today announced the launch of a new column, State Tax Policy Exchange, by Stephen P. Kranz and Diann L. Smith of McDermott Will & Emery LLP. The column will be published in State Tax Notes magazine and will provide commentary and analysis on state tax policy developments and leading state and local tax (SALT) topics. Other attorneys with the McDermott firm will sometimes coauthor columns.

The firm’s first column, “What’s In and What’s Out for SALT,” by Stephen P. Kranz, Diann L. Smith, and Lisbeth A. Freeman, highlights coming state and local tax trends foreseen by lawyers in the firm and some of the leading thinkers in the state tax world. The column also lists state tax issues, such as tobacco taxation and the income tax, that are anticipated to fade in importance over the next year.

“This article is not a deep dive into any particular issue of state tax,” the authors write. “Rather, it is meant to stimulate discussion, debate, and e-mails expressing agreement or disagreement regarding the current state of state and local tax.”

Stephen P. Kranz is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP. He engages in all forms of taxpayer advocacy, including audit defense and litigation, legislative monitoring, and the formation and leadership of taxpayer coalitions. Kranz is former president of the Business Advisory Council of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board. Before joining McDermott, Kranz served as general counsel to the Council On State Taxation (COST), a trade association that represents the interests of more than 600 of the nation’s largest taxpayers on issues of state and local taxation. He was recognized by State Tax Notes as one of the top 10 tax lawyers and as one of the top 10 individuals who influenced tax policy and practice for 2011.

Diann L. Smith is counsel in McDermott Will & Emery LLP. She focuses on state and local taxation with an emphasis on tax challenges related to compliance, controversy, planning, and legislative activity. Prior to joining McDermott, Smith was counsel at another international law firm, where she also focused on state and local taxation. Smith previously served as general counsel for COST, where she worked with Kranz on nearly every major state and local tax issue confronting multi-state businesses.

Lisbeth A. Freeman is an associate in McDermott Will & Emery. She focuses on state and local tax. Freeman previously served as a judicial intern for Judge Marilyn Skoglund of the Vermont Supreme Court.

A full copy of the first State Tax Policy Exchange column is available here.

For more information, please contact Shaima Cardillo at 703-531-4852 or

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