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Jaye A. Calhoun

Jaye Calhoun is a partner in the New Orleans office of Kean Miller. She joined the firm in 2017 and practices in the tax group. Jaye provides clients with full-service tax representation covering federal, state, and local tax challenges and business opportunities. She has more than 25 years of experience and assists her clients with tax compliance and planning, guidance on the use of tax and business incentives, and represents clients in tax audits and controversies. She regularly represents clients in audits and administrative and judicial appeals before the IRS, the State of Louisiana Department of Revenue, and numerous local taxing authorities. Jaye is board certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization in both Taxation and in Estate Planning.

Jaye has been listed for a decade as one of the Best Lawyers in America (2007-2017), and in Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007-2017). She is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubble. She has been recognized by New Orleans City Business as a 2005 Woman of the Year and selected as a 2014 recipient of the Leadership in Law award. Jaye was also recognized by New Orleans Magazine as a Top Lawyer in 2012 and 2016 as a Top Woman Attorney by Louisiana Super Lawyers.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of clients, including multistate and global clients, with respect to federal, state and local taxation and regulatory issues, business planning and formation, Louisiana state entertainment tax credits, estate planning and planned giving, and federal, state and local tax collection matters
  • Representation of clients in obtaining guidance for tax and business compliance purposes and in the resolution of audits
  • Representation of a client in an effort that resulted in an HMO receiving a $500,000 state tax refund for income and franchise taxes
  • Secured a significant reduction of a $1.2 million proposed tax liability to a negligible amount for a hospitality business under state audit
  • Secured a $1 million abatement of federal tax penalties (following a delayed response) for a major financial services company, including counsel to help the client revise its procedures to improve risk management and avoid future penalties
  • Successfully argued a client’s tax case leading to a full concession by the state of a significant withholding tax issues
  • Successfully resolved a state tax dispute involving millions of dollars for a large publicly-traded gaming company


Jaye earned her B.S. from Tulane University, H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College in 1987. She earned her J.D. from Tulane University Law School in 1991, and her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1997.


  • Admitted, Louisiana and Texas


  • Louisiana Tax Law Institute (appointed as member); American Bar Association (Section of Taxation, State and Local Tax Committee (Chair), Nominating Committee (2016-present), Subcommittee on Government Submissions and Legislative White Papers (former Chair); New Orleans (Tax Law Committee Chair); Louisiana State (Section of Taxation, 2004-2005 Chair, Estate Planning Advisory Commission); National Association of State Bar Tax Sections (Executive Board); 2015 ABA/IPT Advanced Sales/Use Tax Seminar (Co-Chair); Georgetown Law's SALT Institute Advisory Board (2016); Law360 Tax Editorial Advisory Board (2014)

Articles, Publications and Presentations

  • Hot Topics in SALT: Louisiana State and Local Tax Update and More, 65th Annual Tulane Tax Institute, New Orleans, LA, November 2016
  • Nexus, Nexus, Nexus: - What Happens After Quill?, COSTS’s 47th Annual Meeting/Fall Audit Session, Las Vegas, NV, October 2016
  • N/A: Protecting Taxpayer’s Confidential Information, 39th Annual Advanced State and Local Tax Institute, Washington, DC, August 2016
  • Recent SALT Developments in the Southeastern States, with an Emphasis on Alabama and Louisiana, LCPA Summer Education Conference, Destin, FL, July 2016
  • Corporate Income and Business Activity Taxes: Part 1, NYU’s Summer Institute in Taxation’s State and Local Tax Program, New York, NY, July 2016
  • Jurisdiction and Nexus, Advanced Sales and Use Conference Interstate Tax Corporation, Miami Beach, FL, May 2016
  • LA Legislative Update: Important Tax Changes Impacting LA Nonprofits, New Orleans, LA, April 2016
  • What’s Next For Nexus After Latest Direct Marketing Opinion?, State Tax Notes: The Complete Practitioner, March 2016
  • 1st Special Session LA Legislative Update, New Orleans, LA, March, 2016
  • Keeping the Green in Your Pocket – An End-of-Season Webinar, March 2016
  • Tax-Exempt Entities: Paying the Way for Tax Exemption, 2016 ABA/IPT Advanced Income Tax Seminar, New Orleans, LA, March 2016
  • Federal and International Issues Affecting SALT, Both for Inbound and Outbound Taxpayers, 2016 ABA/IPT Advanced Income Tax Seminar, New Orleans, LA, March 2016
  • State IRC Conformity Issues, Tax Executive Institute(TEI), Houston, TX, February 2016
  • Learning to Live with Economic Nexus, IPT Income Tax Symposium, Austin, TX, November 2015
  • Is Tax Reform Possible in Today’s Environment?, National Association of State Bar Tax Sections, Washington, DC, October 2015
  • SRSLY: I didn’t know that! (Sales and Use Taxes), 22nd Annual Paul J. Hartman State and Local Tax Forum, Nashville, TN, October 2015
  • Planning Through M&A and Tax Structure Changes, Council on State Taxation(COST) 46th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, October 2015
  • Collateral Tax Credit Issues Roundtable, National Association of State Bar Tax Sections, October 2015
  • Officer Liability, 2015 Sales Tax Symposium, Indian Wells, CA, September 2015
  • National Trends in State and Local Tax, Society of LA CPAs 2015 State and Local Tax Workshop, Baton Rouge, LA, July 2015
  • A High-Level Tax Discussion, State Tax Notes, June 2015
  • Lawyers React to High Court Limiting Md’s Taxing Power, Law 360, May 2015
  • High Court Levels Individual, Corporate Taxes in Md. Ruling, Law 360, May 2015
  • States Helping Themselves to Nationwide Tax Jurisdiction, Law 360, May 2014
  • Recent Developments – Taxation, Louisiana Bar Journal, Vol. 61. No. 1, June/July 2013
  • Recent Developments – Taxation, Louisiana Bar Journal, Vol. 60. No. 6, April/May 2013
  • Hooray for Hollywood! A Film-by-Film Primer on the Louisiana Film Industry’s Blockbuster Success Thanks to Motion Picture Tax Incentives, Louisiana Bar Journal, Vol. 58 No. 2, August/September 2010
  • Taxation, Louisiana Bar Journal Vol. 57 No. 3, October/November 2009
  • Taxation, Louisiana Bar Journal Vol. 57 No. 2, August/September 2009
  • Recent Developments: Taxation, 56 Louisiana Bar Journal No.3, 2008
  • Working with Government Agencies in Tax Law: Leading Lawyers on Staying Up-to-Date on New Tax Laws, Understanding the Roles of Key Players in Tax Investigations, and Avoiding Trouble Spots for Corporate Clients (Inside the Minds), Aspatore, 2008
  • Louisiana Important Developments in State and Local Tax, The State and Local Tax Lawyer, Vol. 10, Page 215, American Bar Association, 2005
  • Recent Developments: Taxation, 52 Louisiana Bar Journal No. 4, 2004
  • Recent Developments: Taxation, 50 Louisiana Bar Journal No. 5, 2003

Community Service

  • Board Member and Secretary, Louisiana Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth
  • Board Member, Women in Film and Television Louisiana
  • Executive Board, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals Association
  • Member, World Trade Center of New Orleans
  • Former Board Member, American Red Cross, Southeast Louisiana Chapter
  • Member, New Orleans Estate Planning Council
  • Member, Women’s Professional Council
  • Member, National Council on Planned Giving
  • Sustainer, Junior League of New Orleans
  • Steering Committee, Women in Film and Television, Louisiana