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

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.

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

New Hampshire Business Review | May 11, 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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