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IRS Likely To Stay Mum On Quinn Emanuel Hiring

Law360, New York (June 18, 2015, 5:57 PM EDT) -- Although a Washington federal judge on Wednesday granted Microsoft Corp. an evidentiary hearing on the Internal Revenue Service’s hiring of outside litigators from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP to assist in an audit, the agency is unlikely to reveal the motives behind the perplexing move.

Tax professionals have been wondering why, exactly, the IRS would contract with a law firm that has little experience in tax matters to assist in an examination of Microsoft’s complex transfer pricing practices. U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez said in Wednesday’s order that Microsoft had met its burden for a hearing by raising questions...

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