Examples of Joanne’s experience before joining Schiff Hardin include:
- Joanne succeeded in obtaining significant use tax refund on returned replacement tires. Discount Tire Co. v. Michigan Department of Treasury, 298 Mich. App. 367; 826 N.W. 2d 769 (2012). Vacated by, in part, lv. den. by, in part, 494 Mich. 875 (2013).
- Joanne convinced Court of Claims that a taxpayer’s testing/engineering vehicles, as well as those of its competitors, that are used by taxpayer in research and testing are exempt from Michigan use tax. Ford Motor Company v. Michigan Department of Treasury, Court of Claims Docket No. 06-104-MT.
- The Court of Claims was persuaded by Joanne to reverse its decision denying taxpayer use tax refund on vehicles taxpayer leased to its employees and retirees. Ford Motor Company v. Department of Treasury, Michigan Court of Appeals Docket No. 294411, decided 2/17/11.
- Joanne was successful in reversing decision of Court of Claims that taxpayer’s contributions to Voluntary Employee’s Beneficiary Association (VEBA) trust were not “compensation” for purposes of add-back to Single Business Tax base. Ford Motor Company v. Department of Treasury, 288 Mich. App. 491; 794 N.W. 2d 357 (2010).
- Joanne convinced the Court of Claims and Court of Appeals that an LLC electing corporate treatment under IRC is includable in Michigan Single Business Tax consolidated return. Masco Corporation, et al v. Department of Treasury, Michigan Court of Appeals Docket No. 290993; decided 10/7/2010.
- Joanne filed amicus briefs and was instrumental in having use tax assessment for parts provided as part of General Motors’ goodwill program cancelled. General Motors v. Department of Treasury, 466 Mich 31; 644 N.W. 2d 734 (2002).
- Joanne convinced Court of Appeals to reverse trial court’s ruling in favor of Michigan Department of Treasury and hold that taxpayer’s deemed dividends were not part of taxpayer’s gross receipts for purposed of Single Business Tax Act and thus taxpayer was eligible for reduction of its adjusted tax base. Ford Credit International v. Department of Treasury, 270 Mich. App. 530; 716 N.W. 2d 593 (2006).
- Joanne saved Waupaca Foundry millions of dollars in past-due tax liabilities, penalties and interest by successfully defending its right to participate in Michigan's voluntary disclosure program. Waupaca Foundry, Inc. v. Department of Treasury, (ThyssenKrupp), MTT Docket No. 266585 (July 2001).
- Joanne successfully prevented a township from increasing property tax assessment on taxpayer's nuclear power plant. Covert Township v. Consumers Power Company, 217 Mich. App. 352; 551 N.W. 2d 464 (1996).