Tax Policy

We use our insider’s knowledge and technical skill to develop comprehensive strategies to help our clients achieve their unique tax policy objectives.

Our approach

From banking and housing to energy, Nixon Peabody’s federal tax policy attorneys provide the full range of tax policy services—including strategy development and representation before the U.S. Congress and the executive branch.

We have worked with the executive and legislative branches of government—from the inside and outside, giving our clients a distinct advantage.

Many of us have served on the House Ways and Means Committee in elective office and in key positions in the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service, including former staff from the Joint Committee on Taxation.

Our team members have assisted in drafting Treasury regulations and IRS rulings, including many of the regulations relating to tax-exempt bonds. We have participated in the development and implementation of every significant piece of federal tax legislation in recent years.

Who we work with

  • Companies
  • Financial institutions
  • State and local governments
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Trade associations


  • 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.

INSIGHT: Highlights of the final Opportunity Zone regulations

Bloomberg Tax | January 06, 2020

Boston Community Development Finance partner Forrest Milder wrote this contributed article analyzing the recently finalized IRS regulations governing opportunity zones.

ATB clarifies tax method for ‘entry fee communities’

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | August 22, 2019

Boston Affordable Housing and Real Estate partner Jeff Sacks wrote this contributed article analyzing a ruling by the Appellate Tax Board on the proper method of determining real estate taxes for senior living facilities that use an entry fee model. Boston law clerk Thomas Jackson contributed to the article.

Issues to Watch: 18 of the biggest policies and problems legislatures will confront in 2019

Governing | January 01, 2019

Los Angeles Project Finance and Public Finance partner Rudy Salo is quoted in this article discussing how taxpayers across the country are likely to pay higher bills this April due to the new $10,000 cap on federal deductions for state and local taxes.

Capitalizing on Supreme Court’s Wayfair decision could be tricky for Mass. tax collectors

Boston Globe | August 09, 2018

Washington DC Corporate partner Ken Silverberg is quoted in this article on how the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the collection of sales taxes for online purchases could impact Massachusetts.

Tax reform scorecard: The good, the bad and the uncertain

Tax Credit Advisor | July 31, 2018

Chicago Community Development Finance partner Andrew Tripp is quoted extensively in this article about the impact of tax reform on the tax credit industry.

When a fee becomes a tax: The difference between NH’s two key funding sources

New Hampshire Business Review | May 10, 2018

Manchester complex commercial dispute associates Kierstan Schultz and Nate Warecki authored this column discussing how New Hampshire distinguishes the difference between taxes and fees, the government’s two main sources of revenue, under law.

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms and Stories On Law360

Law360 | April 07, 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 02, 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.

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