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Margaret C. Wilson

Margaret C. Wilson

Wilson Law Group LLC

Somerville, NJ, USA


Margaret Wilson is a founding partner of Wilson Agosto LLP, resident in its central New Jersey office.  Ms. Wilson’s practice focuses on state and local taxation, including state and local tax controversies across the country and multistate tax planning.  She has previously been a partner with two national law firms and Associate General Counsel for Verizon Communications in charge of state and local taxation.

Ms. Wilson frequently lectures and writes on state and local taxation topics, with articles in publications including State Tax Notes, the Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives (for which she also previously served on the Editorial Board), the ABA State and Local Tax Lawyer, the ABA Tax Lawyer, and the T.E.I. Tax Executive.  She also authors the Corporation Business Tax and Sales and Use Tax chapters of the New Jersey Tax Handbook (American Lawyer Media).

Ms. Wilson previously served as the President of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (2015-16), as the Chair of the Taxation Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and as a Vice Chair of the American Bar Association State and Local Tax Committee.  She serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on the Tax Court and the advisory board of the Paul J. Hartman State and Local Tax Forum. 

Representative Experience

  • Nationwide sales tax refund work for AT&T Mobility, litigation pending in multiple states
    • Won partial summary judgment in the New Jersey Tax Court for New Cingular Wireless on its $32 million sales tax refund claim. Chief Judge DeAlmeida agreed with WALLP’s arguments, rejecting each of the Division of Taxation’s multiple procedural grounds for denial as unreasonable in light of New Jersey sales tax refund law.
    • Represented AT&T Mobility in overcoming numerous procedural defenses to prevail in an Alabama sales tax refund claim trial. Chief Judge Thompson of the Alabama Tax Appeals Tribunal agreed with our arguments, witness testimony and documentary evidence on agency, the federal Tax Injunction Act (28 U.S.C. §1341), and numerous other issues intersecting contract and tax law.
  • Income tax audit/litigation in six states for a Fortune 500 health services provider
  • NY and NYC combined reporting challenges for international communications technology company and an international software company
  • National advice to Internet retailer on sales tax nexus impact of provider relationships
  • Obtained voluntary disclosure agreements on corporate income tax, sales tax, and personal income tax issues in FL, MA, NJ and NY.

Representative Recent Publications

  • Author/Editor - New Jersey Tax Guide (American Lawyer Media, 2003 - present): Corporation Business Tax and Sales and Use Tax chapters
  • IPT Income Tax Guide, Author - M&A and Tax Planning Chapter, Overall Editor
  • The Beast of the Burden of Proof, IPT May 2012 State Tax Report
  • State and Local Tax Snafus in "No Tax" Deals, MWE Inside M&A (May/June 2010)
  • The Shifting Landscape of the Work Product Doctrine, IPT Membership Newsletter, Fall 2010
  • Assistant Editor, ABA Sales and Use Tax Deskbook (2010-11, 2005-06)
  • Apportionment in Gross Receipts Taxes: A Brief Analysis of Constitutional Questions About Methods and Standards, BNA Tax Management Multistate Tax Report (March 23, 2007)
  • The Trend Toward Alternative Taxes and How They Are (or Must Be?) Apportioned, State Tax Notes (July 3, 2006)
  • Apportionment Apoplexy: Throw Back, Throw Out, or Just Throw Up Your Hands, The Tax Executive (July/August 2005)

Representative Recent Speeches

  • Nexus Issues for Passthrough Entities, Hartman State & Local Tax Forum (Oct 2015)
  • Refund Roadblocks and How to Get Past Them, IPT Sales Tax Symposium (Sept 2015)
  • Passthrough Entities, Georgetown Advanced State and Local Tax Institute (Aug 2015)
  • East Coast/NJ and NY SALT Update, IPT Annual Meeting (June 2015)
  • Why CEOs Should Include SALT in Their Plans – and How You Can Convince Them to Do It, IPT Annual Meeting (June 2015)
  • Passthrough Entities, IPT Advanced State Income Tax School (June 2015)
  • Taxation of Foreign Affiliates, IPT Advanced State Income Tax School (June 2015)
  • Passthrough Entities, COST Income Tax Conference (April 2015)
  • Ethical Dilemmas in a Cost-Cutting Environment, ABA-IPT Sales/Income Tax Symposium (Mar 2015)
  • New Technologies and Associated Sales Tax Issues, COST Sales Tax Conference (Feb 2015)
  • Apportionment Issues, NYU Institute on State and Local Taxation (Dec 2014)
  • Multistate Issues for Passthrough Entities, NJSCPA Multistate Tax Conference (Nov 2014)
  • Where Passthroughs and Combined Reporting Collide, Hartman State & Local Tax Forum (Oct 2014)
  • Avoiding the Family Feud: Intercompany Transactions and Taxes, IPT Sales & Use Tax Symposium (Sept 2014)
  • Passthrough Entities, IPT Advanced State Income Tax School (June 2014)
  • Tax Planning, IPT Advanced State Income Tax School (June 2014)
  • Refund Barriers and How to Jump Them, Telestrategies (May 2014)
  • Handling State Tax Controversies, Denver TEI (May 2014)
  • The Intersection of Unitary, International and Combined Reporting Issues, ABA/IPT Advanced Income Tax Seminar (April 2014)
  • Sales and Use Tax Planning for Complexities of Software and Cloud Transactions, ABA/IPT Advanced Sales Tax Seminar (April 2014)
  • Too Many Forks in the Road to Refunds, Council on State Taxation-Sales Tax Seminar (Feb 2014)

Community Service

  • Special Needs Advocate for Parents - Past Board Member
  • Commissioner, Somerset County Board of Taxation (2006 - 2010)

Recognition

  • State Tax Notes – State Tax Spotlight on Margaret C. Wilson, June 1, 2015
  • IPT Distinguished Service Award, 2011

State and Local Tax Services

Advisory & Planning

Audit & Compliance Strategy

Controversy/Litigation

Education

University of Michigan Law School, J.D. with honors

New York University School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation

University of Michigan, B.A. with honors

Admitted to Practice

New Jersey

New York

Pennsylvania

Margaret C. Wilson is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters E-Commerce Income Tax and Sales Tax Issues - Advanced State & Local Tax 2017, Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment E-commerce Income Tax and Sales Tax Issues - Advanced State & Local Tax 2017, Thursday, March 23, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio E-commerce Income Tax and Sales Tax Issues - E-commerce Income Tax and Sales Tax Issues, Thursday, March 23, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts E-commerce Income Tax and Sales Tax Issues - E-commerce Income Tax and Sales Tax Issues, Thursday, March 23, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg E-commerce Income Tax and Sales Tax Issues - E-commerce Income Tax and Sales Tax Issues, Thursday, March 23, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Advanced State & Local Tax 2017, Friday, March 24, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Advanced State and Local Tax 2018, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Advanced State and Local Tax 2018, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Advanced State and Local Tax 2018, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
Advanced State and Local Tax 2018, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, Boston, MA
Advanced State and Local Tax 2018, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
Advanced State and Local Tax 2018, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, Nashville, TN
Advanced State and Local Tax 2018, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, Mechanicsburg, PA
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