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Phyllis D. Sims

Phyllis Sims is of counsel to the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller. She joined the firm in 2000 and practices in the governmental, legislative, administrative and tax practice groups.

Phyllis practices primarily in the state and local tax area with an emphasis on Louisiana state and local tax planning, incentive programs, tax litigation, and legislative matters. She represents local, state, national, and international clients in Louisiana taxation matters, and represents some of Louisiana's most prominent businesses in governmental, legislative and regulatory matters.

Representative Experience

  • Lobbying and active involvement in drafting, modifications, and re-enactments of the Louisiana Motion Picture Incentive Act
  • Representation of Louisiana entertainment industry investment / tax credit finance companies
  • Representation of financial institutions in connection with production lending and tax credit financing
  • Representation of the state-of-the art water filming production facility located in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Representation of various film and television production studios in the state of Louisiana, including the largest studio in the state located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Lobbying and active involvement with the passage of legislation enacting the Louisiana Digital Media Act and subsequent revisions of the Act designed to encourage development in Louisiana of a strong capital base for the production of digital interactive media
  • Representation of various digital media and software development companies throughout the state of Louisiana
  • Representation of the Louisiana Chemical Association (LCA) as tax counsel.  The LCA represents Louisiana's chemical industry at the Capitol and in connection with the activities of regulatory agencies
  • Representation of Monsanto Corp., a worldwide agriculture company, as governmental relations counsel
  • Lobbied and passed legislation re-enacting provisions of law concerning motion picture investor tax credits and removed the sunset provisions in the law effectively making the tax credits permanent.  Convinced the Governor's office to include this item in the 2004 Special Session Call
  • Representation of steel manufacturing facility in pursuing legislation which continued the company's sales / use tax exemption for purchases of utilities.  The legislation unanimously passed both the House and Senate during the 2004 Special Session in which the Governor was pursuing permanency for the taxes on business utilities
  • Researched, lobbied and passed legislation solving an income tax issue for the shareholders of banks that elect to be taxed as S corporations under federal law
  • Researched, lobbied and passed new legislation permitting taxpayers to post a bond or other security in lieu of a cash payment under protest when disputing sales / use tax assessments of local taxing jurisdictions
  • Lobbied and assisted with the passage of legislation that reduces the interest rate by the Department of Revenue on tax underpayments
  • Representation of the Louisiana Pulp & Paper Association (LPPA) as legislative counsel
  • Representation of interstate natural gas pipelines in a commerce clause challenge to the method used to value interstate pipelines for ad valorem tax purposes

Education

Phyllis earned her B.B.A., cum laude, from Southern Arkansas University in 1991 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1992. She earned her J.D. from the LSU Law Center in 2000.

Admissions

  • Admitted, Louisiana, 2000

Memberships

  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana State (Taxation Section, Chair, 2008-2011; Vice-Chair, 2007-2008; Treasurer, 2006-2007; Program Chair, 2005-2006; Program Chair of Baton Rouge Technical Meetings, 2003-2005), American and Federal Bar Associations; Advisory Board for the Louisiana State University Center for Internal Auditing (Board Member since 2005); Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Taxation and Finance Council (Chair, 2005-2007; Member 2000-present); Louisiana Association of Tax Representatives (Chair of Legal Committee; Member of the Timber, Pulp/Paper Association; Member of the Pipeline Committee); Baton Rouge Bar Association Law Day Committee (Chair, 2004; Vice-Chair, 2003; Member since 2001), Society of Louisiana CPAs (Legislative Steering Task Force, 2015-2016)

Articles, Publications and Presentations

  • Louisiana State Tax Incentives: Maximizing Your Bottom Line, Louisiana Society of CPAs Webinar, August 2013, Presenter
  • 2013 Legislative Update, Kean Miller Business Briefing Seminar, August 2013, Presenter
  • 2013 Legislative and Incentives Update, Louisiana State Bar Association Tax Section, September 2013, Presenter
  • Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) Presentation, Kean Miller Law Firm, May 2011, Presenter
  • (Inno)State:  Louisiana's Innovative Summit, October 2009, Moderator, Innovation Incentives Panel
  • Louisiana Society of CPAs Annual Conference, December 2007, Presentation on Louisiana Entertainment Incentives.
  • Role of Commercial Bank in Film Finance, March 2006, Seminar hosted by Louisiana Banker's Association and Kean Miller, Co-presenter with producers Stuart Benjamin and Michael Shane.
  • Toronto International Film Festival, September 2005, Louisiana Motion Picture Incentive Program.
  • Louisiana Tax Incentives Programs, Kean Miller hosted Seminar, November 2003.
  • Louisiana Sales and Use Tax for Manufacturers, National Business Institute, October 2002.
  • Recent Legislative Developments in Louisiana Taxation, LSBA Bar Journal, October 2002.
  • 2002 Louisiana Taxation Legislative Update, CPA Seminar hosted by Kean Miller, Baton Rouge in June 2002, Covington in October 2002, Baton Rouge Chapter of CPA's.
  • Recent Legislative Developments in Louisiana Taxation, LSBA Bar Journal, August 2001.
  • 2001 Louisiana Taxation Update, CPA Seminar hosted by Kean Miller, Baton Rouge and Lake Charles in December 2001, In-House CPA Seminar for Postlethwaite & Netterville, CPAs.
  • Recent Developments in Federal Income and Estate Tax Matters, 2001.
  • Louisiana State and Local Taxation, Lorman Education Services, 2000, 2001.