Today’s businesses are being assailed on every front, as state and local tax authorities attempt to increase revenues and reduce budget cuts. Third-party attacks are also on the rise, with the plaintiffs’ bar increasing its use of class actions and whistleblower cases to reap potential windfalls in the tax arena.
McDermott has one of the largest and most diversified state and local tax (SALT) legal practices in the United States. Our lawyers possess in-depth knowledge of the constantly changing tax laws and have the experience and judgment necessary to provide advice and advocacy of the highest caliber. We identify and develop coordinated, cross-jurisdictional solutions for businesses wherever they are subject to existing or potential taxes and work closely with our many state and local contacts in various departments of revenue and with legislators to resolve tax issues.
In the area of tax controversy and litigation, our SALT group is one of the few firms that has argued—and won—state tax cases before the US Supreme Court. These cases include two Supreme Court taxpayer victories in the “unitary” area as well as the landmark Quill sales tax case. We efficiently develop the critical facts, construct the most effective arguments and help clients chart the best course for resolving any matter, whether at the audit or administrative review level or in trial and appellate courts.
Our tax team has repeatedly earned top rankings by leading industry and legal publications. We have been named “Law Firm of the Year” in Tax Law and Tax Litigation by US News-Best Lawyers, “North American Tax Firm of the Year” by International Tax Review and “Tax Practice Group of the Year” by Law360. Chambers USA and The Legal 500 also have singled out our practice and individual lawyers for recognition. We are consistently sought as speakers at conferences throughout the country, and are regularly quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BNA, Tax Notes/State Tax Today, CFO.com and CBS MoneyWatch.
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