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Tax Analysts’ State and Local Tax Publications Introduce New Column: SALT Solutions

May 5, 2014

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Tax Analysts, the nonprofit provider of federal, state, and international tax news and analysis, today announced the launch of a new quarterly column, SALT Solutions, written by Kay Miller Hobart and Ray Stevens, partners at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP. The quarterly column will appear in State Tax Notes and State Tax Today, and will highlight legislative developments in North Carolina.


The inaugural column, “Through the Looking Glass: ‘Tax Reform’ in the Tar Heel State,” focuses on the tax measures recently enacted by the North Carolina General Assembly, discusses the broader proposals that were not enacted, and highlights what to expect, both at the legislative short session in May and beyond.

“Two words dominated much of the political landscape in North Carolina last year: ‘tax reform,’” write Hobart and Stevens. “Those words conjure bold visions of tax code reengineering, including eliminating outmoded taxes, broadening bases, and closing loopholes.”

“Ultimately, political reality — or pressure, depending on one’s perspective — intruded on the General Assembly’s lofty ambitions,” Hobart and Stevens add. “When the dust finally settled in July 2013, a far more modest plan emerged. Critics said it was not tax reform at all, but merely a tax cut.”

Hobart has more than 20 years’ experience in state tax controversy matters and tax litigation at all levels of state and federal courts. She is also the former lead tax counsel for the state of North Carolina. Before joining Parker Poe, she served as special deputy attorney general for the North Carolina Department of Justice.

Stevens advises clients in all phases of state and local taxation, including tax planning, tax controversy, alcoholic beverage control, and tax incentives for economic development. He previously worked in South Carolina as the director of the Department of Revenue, an administrative law judge, and the director of the tax division of the attorney general’s office.

The full column is available here.

For more information, please contact Shaima Cardillo at 703-531-4852 or, or Shannon David at 703-531-4835 or