Find Lawyers in Madison, Wisconsin for Tax Law
Practice Area Overview
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.
Stephen L. Gordon, Partner
Andrew W. Needham, Partner
Lauren Angelilli, PartnerCravath, Swaine & Moore
Steven Brezinski, a partner at Wisconsin law firm Axley Brynelson, LLP , practices in the areas of tax planning and tax litigation, municipal property, elder law, estate planning and probate, real estate, non-profit organizations, professional practices and general business law. Proficient in comprehensive estate planning, Mr. Brezinski structures succession and estate plans for owners of family businesses engaged in numerous industries. In the field of tax law, Mr. Brezinski has over 30 year...
Richard Latta is a partner in the Business Practice Group, Co-chair of the Reorganizations, Financial Restructuring and Workouts Group, and a leader of the firm’s Distressed Real Estate Group. He practices in the areas of corporate and partnership acquisitions and reorganizations, debt restructurings, corporate banking transactions, corporate governance matters, tax law, and planning for closely-held businesses, including succession planning for generational transfers of wealth. In addition t...
Marcus Loden is a Shareholder in the Business Practice Group. His statewide practice involves a wide variety of matters concerning business succession planning, trusts and estates, transactional and real estate work. Marc holds a masters of law degree in taxation from the foremost graduate tax program in the country. He is uniquely qualified to assist individuals and business owners with their operations and wealth transfer tax planning. He has: Drafted numerous estate plans for individuals a...
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