Tax



We guide our clients through the intricate tax laws of today with an eye toward maximizing benefits, reducing risk and resolving uncertainty.

Our approach

Tax law is complex and constantly evolving.

Companies are looking for strategic partners to provide clear and decisive answers to their tax questions—from resolving controversies and facilitating complex transactions to developing sound tax planning strategies.

Moving quickly and efficiently, we use our business perspective to help clients meet their business objectives.

Our experienced, creative tax attorneys not only monitor, but influence new developments in the tax laws and consistently deliver practical, understandable advice to our clients—from domestic, multinational, multistate and small to middle-market businesses, to nonprofit organizations, estates, trusts and individuals.

We have a deep knowledge of tax law in the following areas:

  • Employee benefits
  • Tax-exempt entities
  • Real estate
  • Syndication
  • Public finance
  • Tax litigation
  • Personal tax planning
  • Estate and trust tax planning

Who we work with

  • Financial institutions
  • Multistate corporations
  • Private clients
  • Middle-market businesses (technology, biotechnology, media, health care, etc.)
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Operating businesses
  • International corporations
  • Individuals in the U.S. and abroad
  • Insurance companies
  • Nonprofits
  • Private equity/venture capital firms

Recent Experience

  • Served as tax counsel for a $500 million tax-free merger of two public companies
  • Won a California client’s tax case against the IRS on summary judgment, avoiding a lengthy trial and favorably resolving the issue for future years
  • Structured and drafted partnership agreements for operating businesses, investment funds, venture funds, leveraged buyout funds, hedge funds and real estate development ventures
  • Designed and completed the post-merger integration and streamlining of two major industry trade associations
  • Structured a complex recapitalization and redemption of stock of a large, privately held multinational corporate group in the manufacturing sector
  • Designed a practical 50-state sales tax compliance strategy for an Internet-based business
  • Obtained IRS Private Letter Rulings and similar assurances from state and local tax authorities
  • Defended clients in: IRS audits, at the IRS Appeals Office, federal tax litigation, state tax audits and litigation in numerous states, and state unclaimed property audits and negotiations
  • Represented clients making voluntary disclosures of offshore accounts to the IRS

Recognition

  • Recommended as one of the “leading tax firms in the world” in the 6th edition of Tax Directors Handbook 2012, compiled by the publishers of The Legal 500 and Legal Business Magazine.

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Law360 | April 08, 2018

The article “Tax Reform’s Impact on Private Equity,” written by NP attorneys Sean Clancy, Shahzad Malik, Praveen Ayyagari and Brian Mahoney, was one of Law360’s most-clicked items last week.

Tax Reform’s Impact On Private Equity

Law360 | April 03, 2018

Washington DC public company transactions partner Sean Clancy and associate Praveen Ayyagari, Rochester M&A and corporate transactions associate Brian Mahoney and Los Angeles M&A and corporate transactions partner Shahzad Malik contributed this expert analysis column on tax reform’s impact on private equity.

Tax Officials Reduce Trump’s Tax Bill on DC Hotel by Nearly $1 Million

Washington Post | January 12, 2018

Washington DC commercial litigation partner Vernon Johnson is quoted in this article explaining how DC tax assessors agreed to lower the assessment on the Trump Hotel by $53.6 million. Vernon says the result indicates the hotel “was able to show the tax office that the actual income was much lower than the District was assuming.”

The new tax plan could impact charitable giving

Hearst Television | January 01, 2018

Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions partner Ken Silverberg is interviewed in this news segment about how the new tax plan may affect charitable giving.

Americans rush to pay property taxes before new year

Hearst Television | December 27, 2017

Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions partner Ken Silverberg provides commentary in this news segment about which Americans benefitted from pre-paying their property taxes before the new tax legislation took effect.

What the tax bill means for the middle market

Mergers & Acquisitions | December 22, 2017

In this Q&A, New York City public company transactions partner Dick Langan discusses the new U.S. tax reform and which industries will benefit the most from the changes.

How nation’s new tax law might affect charitable organizations

Rochester Business Journal | December 15, 2017

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk, M&A and corporate transactions counsel Anita Pelletier and Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions partner Mike Cooney authored this column about the impact of U.S. tax reform on nonprofits.

Senate passes tax bill as housing advocates work to preserve bonds

Affordable Housing Finance | December 04, 2017

Washington DC tax credit finance and syndication partner Rick Goldstein is quoted in this article on the differences between the Senate and House tax bills in their impact on affordable housing in the U.S.

How tax reform could devastate the affordable housing market

National Mortgage News | December 01, 2017

Washington DC tax credit finance and syndication partner Rick Goldstein is quoted this article on how the tax reform plan would impact affordable housing in the U.S.

Affordable housing developers, financiers worried about potential effects of tax reform

Bisnow | November 28, 2017

Washington DC affordable housing associate Susanna Mitchell was quoted in this article for her outlook on how a decrease in the corporate tax rate could make it more difficult to strike deals with investors for affordable housing projects.

House passes tax reform bill; Senate Finance Committee sends bill to floor

Affordable Housing Finance | November 17, 2017

This article covers Affordable Housing Finance’s recent annual AHF Live: The Affordable Housing Developers Summit in Chicago and quotes Washington, DC tax credit finance and syndication partner Rick Goldstein discussing the proposed tax reform bill.

The good and bad news about the GOP tax plan

The Real Deal | November 03, 2017

Washington DC tax credit finance and syndication partner Rick Goldstein is quoted in this article discussing how the GOP’s proposed tax reform plan will affect affordable housing.

Republican tax plan would decimate affordable housing in New York, advocates and city officials warn

POLITICO New York | November 03, 2017

Washington DC tax credit finance and syndication partner Rick Goldstein is quoted in this article about the impact of the House Tax Reform Bill on affordable housing.

Republicans unveil their tax overhaul plan

WCVB-TV (Hearst Television Affiliate) | November 02, 2017

Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions partner Ken Silverberg is interviewed in this segment about Congressional Republicans’ proposed tax code overhaul.

Interest in historic preservation growing in Detroit

WDET-FM (NPR Detroit) | October 12, 2017

In this radio segment about the increase of rehabilitation investment and construction in Detroit over the past few years, Washington DC tax credit finance and syndication partner David Schon discusses how to take advantage of historic preservation tax credits for the city’s historical buildings.

Episode #799: Corporate! Income! Tax!

Planet Money by NPR | October 11, 2017

Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions partner Ken Silverberg is interviewed in this podcast about the proposed changes to the corporate income tax.

IRS publishes regulations to apply the new post-2017 audit rules

Novogradac & Company | July 10, 2017

Boston tax credit finance and syndication partner Forrest Milder authored this column about the Internal Revenue Service’s proposed audits regulations.

Artists’ commissions, tech gifts and guns: the legal issues facing US museums

The Art Newspaper | May 11, 2017

This article discusses the most pressing legal questions facing museums. Washington DC M&A and corporate transaction partner Mike Cooney is quoted on the possible legislation by Congress to limit income tax deductions for charitable donations.

Trump’s tax overhaul could make history, but can it work?

The Boston Globe | November 13, 2016

This piece focuses on a prospect of a tax overhaul in a Trump administration. Boston private clients partner Sarah Connolly comments on how the political climate (now a Republican Senate, Republican House, and Executive Office) is well positioned to repeal the estate tax given the Congressional majority is Republican.

Trumps changes to the tax codes may encourage dynastic wealth

The New York Times | November 12, 2016

This article discusses President-elect Trump’s tax code proposals and how he plans to repeal the estate tax. Boston Private Clients partner Sarah Connolly is quoted discussing how changes to the estate tax likely won’t impact Trump’s supporter base.

LLCs should carefully choose an incentive compensation plan

Rochester Business Journal | April 15, 2016

Rochester partner Jeff LaBarge and associate Brian Mahoney authored this column in which they explore tax considerations around equity-based compensation plans.

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