Find Lawyers in Seattle, Washington for Tax Law
Gregg Barton, a partner in the firm’s Business practice, has 25 years of experience focusing on state and local taxes principally in Washington (including Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma matters), Oregon and Alaska. His experience includes advising clients with respect to gross receipt, sales and use, net income, ad valorem , real estate excise and public utility taxes, seeking private rulings, handling administrative appeals and litigating in state courts.
Pamela Charles advises clients on federal tax matters. She offers tax planning advice to public and private companies, both domestic and foreign, on a variety of business transactions, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, restructurings and financial products. Pamela’s work includes advising real estate owners and developers on acquisitions, dispositions and like-kind exchanges as well as on REIT, tax-exempt title holding entity, historic tax credit ...
Carl Crow, a Partner in Perkins Coie's Federal Tax Group, focuses his practice on taxable and tax-free mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs and separations, debt and equity financings, leveraged buyouts, intellectual property transfers, international business transactions, partnership and limited liability company formations, executive compensation, and the taxation of special entities, such as S corporations, master limited partnerships, and international shipping companies.
Walter M. Maas III is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and he completed his LLM in Taxation from the New York University Graduate Division. His principal areas of practice are corporate law and finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and the formation and capitalization of venture capital, buy out, real estate and other investment funds. He is a shareholder in the firm and chairman of the Business and Finance Department. Mr. Maas is active in the Am...
Bob Mahon, chair of the firm's State & Local Tax practice, focuses his practice on helping clients minimize state and local taxes and comply with state and local tax laws. Bob represents clients in state and local tax audits, refunds, appeals, and litigation, as well as assists clients with tax planning and business transactions. Bob is the past president of the Tax Section of the Washington State Bar Association and teaches State and Local Tax as an adjunct professor at the University of...
Charles Purcell works extensively in the alternative investments areas with a focus on federal and international tax issues. He has broad experience in the formation of domestic and foreign investment funds including private equity, venture, real estate and infrastructure funds and fund-of-funds; large joint venture transactions; mergers and acquisitions; financing and banking transactions; ventures capital investments and start-up companies; and compensation of managers, executives and promo...
Bryan Smith, a partner with the firm's Business practice, has experience in many aspects of federal income tax, including mergers and acquisitions, international and cross-border transactions, executive compensation, public and private offerings, joint ventures, real estate investment trusts (REITs), real estate and leasing transactions, and federal tax controversies.
Tyler’s corporate practice focuses on helping professionals such as physicians, dentists, veterinarians, CPAs, and attorneys with all of their business needs. He helps professionals form their own companies, structure partnership and other joint ventures, and acquire existing practices. Once established, he assists with all legal matters that arise during a company’s tenure, including lease renewals, real estate acquisitions, space-sharing arrangements, issues with clients/patient...
Professional Experience Greg serves as a trusted advisor for individuals and families navigating the complex legal landscape of their lives. He advises clients on the full array of estate planning matters, including wills, trusts, charitable planning, tax planning, and international estate planning—always focused on providing practical and creative solutions. Greg also assists tax-exempt organizations on entity formation, grant-making, board fiduciary duties, corporate governance matter...
Tax Law Definition
The structure of a transaction can significantly affect its tax consequences, and very small changes in structure or in the underlying facts can have enormous tax significance. Tax lawyers design structures with those consequences in mind, while also taking into account the parties’ commercial goals, timing issues, and any other legal or accounting considerations. The tax treatment of some transactions — such as a “spin-off,” where a company distributes subsidiary stock to its shareholders — is highly complex, and tax lawyers may assist clients in obtaining confirmation of their transactions’ tax consequences from the IRS in the form of a private letter ruling.
Tax lawyers also review and negotiate the terms of the transaction, ensuring that the legal agreements implement the deal in a manner consistent with its intended structure. The agreements also govern the relationship between the parties. They may help the parties understand the intended tax treatment, identify certain tax exposures, and allocate responsibility between the parties for any taxes that may apply.
Tax lawyers also work with clients to determine the most tax efficient manner of carrying on ongoing business operations, taking into account federal, state, local, and international tax considerations.
On occasion, tax-related disputes arise between the parties to a transaction or with the IRS or another taxing authority. Tax lawyers may represent clients in administrative proceedings, private settlement negotiations, or litigation related to these controversies.
Tax lawyers are responsible for providing technical advice and analysis, but must fully understand the overall business transaction in order to do so. The best lawyers give advice in a way that is clear, thoughtful, and business-minded. Tax lawyers need to be closely involved in a transaction from the very beginning and throughout the transaction, in order to be able to give the best advice on an ongoing basis and to be able to modify the structure, if necessary, in response to any changes to the business terms of the transaction.
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