David A. Hughes



David A. Hughes is a partner in Horwood Marcus & Berk's State and Local Tax Group and advises clients on how to structure their business to reduce their state and local tax liabilities.  David also defends clients in audits, administrative proceedings and court against state and local tax assessments. David has represented clients in over 30 states and has advised clients on income tax, sales/use tax, franchise tax, and unclaimed property matters, including matters involving nexus, apportionment, business income, unitary business groups, residency, credits, losses, exemptions, and the tax base. David has represented clients in many industries, including manufacturing, retailing, leasing, telecommunications, logistics, marketing, and transportation.  David has argued cases at the Illinois Supreme Court, the Illinois Appellate Court and the New York Supreme Court (Appellate Division).

David is an adjunct professor at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law where he teaches an LLM class on state and local tax. David is also the chair of the Indirect and Operational Tax committee for the Chicago Tax Club and a member of the Law360 Tax Authority editorial advisory board for state and local tax.  David speaks and writes regularly on SALT matters. He is a co-author of the chapter entitled "Illinois Sales and Use Tax" in the American Bar Association's Sales and Use Tax Handbook and was previously on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives. In addition, he has spoken on behalf of NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, the Council on State Taxation (COST), Tax Executives Institute (TEI), the American Bar Association, the Institute of Professionals in Taxation (IPT), the Illinois CPA Society, the Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization (UPPO), the Chicago Tax Club, the Association of Consumer Vehicle Lessors (ACVL) and Telestrategies. He is also the former Chair of the SALT committee for the Illinois CPA Society and the former chair of the Chicago Bar Association's committee on state and local taxation.

David graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in English and from the Columbia University School of Law.

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  • JD, Columbia University
  • BA, University of Notre Dame

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