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The CommLaw Group to Address Tax Consequences of Cloud Computing and Communications Services

McLean, VA, January 14, 2013 --(PR.com)-- On January 16, 2013, Jonathan Marashlian, Managing Partner at Marashlian & Donahue, LLC, will moderate a Law Seminars International telebriefing focused on the tax and regulatory consequences of cloud-based services including SaaS and Hosted VoIP. Other panelists include Allison Rule, co-chair of the firm's Communications Taxes & Fees Practice Group, and Robert Dumas, co-founder of TaxConnex.

Participants should expect the following topics will be covered:

- What you need to know about the different “nexus” standards and why some cloud-based services are taxed and others are not
- Recent governmental and judicial decisions and how they affect the landscape
- How adding a “Communications” component to a cloud-based computing solution changes the equation
- Strategies for compliance:

* What are the basics?
* How is risk measured?
* Steps you can take to minimize risk and mitigate exposure in an evolving tax and regulatory environment

TeleBriefing Coordinates:

Date & Time: January 16, 2013, 10-11 am Pacific / 1-2 pm Eastern

To Register, visit: http://www.lawseminars.com/detail.php?SeminarCode=13CLOUDTB

Who Should Call In

Attorneys; CPAs and sales tax professionals; business executives in the Cloud Computing, Telecommunications/VoIP, and venture capital industries; business consultants; and anyone involved in providing cloud-based services.

Why You Should Call In

Businesses are increasingly turning to the proverbial "Cloud" to address their technology, communication and collaboration needs. The benefits of cloud-based solutions are well documented -- but what about the associated taxes and regulations?

With states and local governments facing large budget shortfalls, pressure is mounting to find new tax revenue. While state taxing statutes have traditionally failed to keep pace with technological developments, a number of states have their eyes on potential revenue that can be tapped by taxing cloud-based services, either through rulemakings involving the current statutory scheme or through the implementation of legislation specifically targeting cloud-based services.

In this one-hour TeleBriefing, their distinguished panel of attorneys and tax professionals will provide practical guidance for navigating cloud-based enterprises through this increasingly complex and dangerous tax and regulatory landscape. The panelists will address the fragmented -- and at times perplexing -- transaction tax and regulatory issues confronting both providers and consumers of two types of cloud-based services: Software as a Service ("SaaS") and Cloud Communications (or Hosted PBX). Although the program will focus on these two variants, the taxation issues and consequences addressed will be applicable to other cloud-based solutions as well.

About Marashlian & Donahue, LLC

The CommLaw Group is unique among its peers, offering clients a scope of capabilities rarely found in boutique law firms. With a headcount rivaling the Telecom Practice Groups of most major law firms, we boast a team of attorneys, paraprofessionals and consultants possessing the skills, focus and resources necessary to serve the communications law needs of Fortune 100 companies, all without sacrificing the range of services and affordability which makes us the "go to" firm for new entrants and service providers of all sizes.

In association with The Commpliance Group, which specializes in fixed-fee licensing & compliance services tailored to the communications industry, The CommLaw Group offers businesses the “Full Spectrum” of legal, regulatory, administrative and consultative services.

Contact Information:
Marashlian & Donahue, LLC
Jonathan S. Marashlian
703 714 1313
Contact via Email
www.commlawgroup.com

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