Corporate Tax Departments And Lobbying:

Complying With New State and Local Laws, Developing Best Practices

Recording of a 100-minute CPE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Thursday, April 5, 2007

Course Materials


In at least 26 states, when your company sends an employee or outside attorney to a revenue agency to negotiate a tax refund or incentive, that person must now be registered as a lobbyist — or your company risks being hit with substantial fines and/or suspensions.

Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Georgia, and Connecticut are among the jurisdictions that now define “lobbyist” to include anyone who approaches a state executive agency. A growing number of major counties and cities have enacted similar ordinances.

Listen as our authoritative panelists such as Michael Press, managing director of the business incentives advisory group at Duff & Phelps, bring you up-to-date on state and local lobbying laws and the implications for the tax profession.



 The panel will help you understand:

  • Which states now count any representatives approaching a state agency for something of value to a company as a lobbyist.
  • How to comply with current requirements for lobbyist registration and reporting in those states and some local jurisdictions — and what penalties can be imposed for violations.
  • Whether your company can get in trouble if its outside tax counsel hasn’t registered as a lobbyist.
  • Where your company cannot legally pay a contingency fee tied to the amount of the tax benefit — and how you can restructure your fee arrangements so that they’re not contingency based.
  • How to effectively police your outside advisors to make sure they understand the applicable lobbying laws and have met all of their responsibilities.


Kenneth A. Gross
Kenneth A. Gross

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

A nationally renowned authority on campaign law compliance, gift and gratuity rules, lobby registration provisions, and...  |  Read More

Michael Press
Michael Press
Managing Director, Business Incentives Advisory Group
Duff & Phelps

He previously headed up the business incentives practice at Ernst & Young for several years.

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Joe Pilewski
Joe Pilewski
Director, Business Incentives Advisory Group
Duff & Phelps

He has more than 20 years of experience in business incentives and was previously a principal at Ernst & Young.

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