Tax Pros Question IRS Use Of Microsoft Info At Hearing

Law360, New York (August 27, 2015, 6:38 PM EDT) -- The government's airing of Microsoft Corp.'s transfer pricing practices during an evidentiary hearing on the Internal Revenue Service's hiring of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP to assist with an audit of the company might cause some taxpayers to pause before requesting such hearings in the future.

On Tuesday, a Washington federal court held the hearing to consider a contract the IRS made with Quinn Emanuel to assist in the agency's ongoing examination of two cost-sharing arrangements the company entered into with affiliates in Puerto Rico and Asia.

At the evidentiary hearing, lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice introduced documents...

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