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David C. Blum

Partner 
71 South Wacker Drive
46th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
 
Tel:
312.870.8018
Fax:
312.424.1900
 
 

David Blum is a partner in the firm's national Tax Practice Group. David's practice is focused on a broad range of transactional, tax planning, and tax litigation matters involving federal, state and local, and international taxation. He routinely advises clients on all aspects of multistate taxation including nexus issues, income apportionment, sales and use tax, franchise tax, False Claims Act (qui tam), transfer taxes, and state registration and reporting requirements. In addition, he has significant experience in creating and implementing tax-efficient corporate and partnership structures for all types of domestic and cross border transactions, including business start-ups, private equity, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, dispositions, restructurings, intellectual property, and corporate finance matters.

David is a former state tax auditor and also has years of experience representing domestic and multinational companies before the Internal Revenue Service and state and local taxing agencies throughout the country. He frequently defends large and complex audits at all stages of the audit and appeal process. He represents taxpayers in U.S. Tax Court, IRS Appeals Division, state court, state and city Administrative Hearings, and state and local taxing agencies across the country.

David frequently writes and speaks on a variety of topics. He has written articles for national publications and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, CNBC, MSN, Crain's, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Tax Analyst, and State Tax Notes.
 
Awards & Recognition
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Chambers USA 2014-2016, Ranked in Illinois for Taxation
 
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Chambers USA 2015-2016, Ranked in Illinois for Tax Controversy
 
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American College of Tax Counsel, Fellow
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2010, 2011, Listed in Illinois for Tax
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2008, Listed in Illinois as a "Rising Star" for Tax
 
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Law Bulletin, 2007, Listed in Illinois for "40 Attorneys Under 40 to Watch"
 
Published Works & Lectures
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Chicago Tax Club Annual Conference, Speaker, "Companies Under Fire: How to Successfully Navigate Tax Audits and Appeals and Prevent Liability," November 2016
 
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Council on State Taxation Annual Meeting, Speaker, "The Local Tax Morass: Avoiding Traps for the Unwary at the Local Level," October 2016
 
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Debt Buyer's Association International, Speaker, "1099-C: What are Debt Buyers Required to Do?" October 2016
 
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Taxpayer's Federation of Illinois, 2016 Annual SALT Conference, Speaker, "Local Taxes – The New Frontier," September 2016
 
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Chicago Tax Club Annual Conference, Speaker, "Local Tax Morass: How to Navigate the New Minefields," November 2015
 
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National Association of Dealer Counsel Conference, Speaker, "Dealerships Under Fired: What You Need to Know about Sales Tax Audits, Appeals and Tax Litigation," November 2015
 
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Taxpayer's Federal of Illinois Conference, Speaker, "Audited Through the Courts: The Troubling Trend in Sales Tax False Claims, Class Actions and Municipal Litigation," September 2015
 
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Chicago Tax Club Conference, Speaker, "Whistleblower and Class Action Lawsuits in Sales Tax: Damned if you do, Damned if You Don't," April 2015
 
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Bloomberg BNA Daily Tax Report, Author, "Taxation of Computer Software Sales: Ordinary Income, Capital Gain, or Both?" April 2013
 
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Professional Sports and the Law, Author, "Chicago Bears Declare Victory over a Multi-Million Dollar Amusement Tax Assessment on Luxury Boxes and Club Seats," December 2012
 
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Professional Sports and the Law, Author, "A Big Win for Leagues, Bankruptcy Court Defends NHL’s Right to Choose," 2010
 
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American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Journal, Author, "Bankruptcy Court Faces NHL’s Right to Choose – Phoenix Coyotes Decision, an Interplay of Bankruptcy and Sports Law," 2009
 
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Smart Business Journal, Author, "Buying Selling and Licensing IP: How Several Factors Can Vary Taxation of Intellectual Property," 2008
 
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Smart Business Journal, Author, "Multistate Taxation: Do You Have Multistate Liabilities and Not Know it?" 2008
 
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Smart Business Journal, Author, "Taking on Tax Controversies: Leave Nothing to Chance," June 2007
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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Institute for Professional Taxation 2017 Annual Conference, Income Tax Planning Committee, Member
 
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Illinois CPA Society, Annual SALT Conference, Chair, 2016-2017
 
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Chicago Tax Club, Indirect & Operation Tax Committee, Member
 
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Taxpayer's Federation of Illinois, Sales & Use, Income, Local Tax Committees, Member
 
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Council On State Taxation, Member
 
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National Association of Dealer Counsel, Member
 
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American bar Association, Tax Section, Member
 
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Chicago Bar Corporate Tax Subcommittee, Past Chair
 
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Chicago Bar Federal Taxation Full Committee, Past Chair
 
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Chicago Bar Partnership and Flow-through Entity Subcommittee, Past Chair
 
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Chicago Bar Federal Tax Executive Committee
 
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Chicago Bar State and Local Tax Committee
 



David C. Blum

Practice
Tax
Education
J.D., The John Marshall Law School, 1997; Order of John Marshall, cum laude
LL.M. in Taxation, The John Marshall Law School, 1997
B.S.B.A., University of Arizona, 1990; Accounting and Finance
Bar Admissions
Illinois
 
 
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