Reed Smith’s State Tax team advises clients on all domestic state and local taxes at all stages of the tax lifecycle, not only providing the highest-quality defense in litigation and appeal matters, but also proactively guiding clients to optimize their tax positions. When compared with typical law firm state tax practices, we have notable differences, as follows: we have the largest number of dedicated state tax attorneys, located across seven domestic offices, who have the ability to leverage our various national and global practices; we have implemented a unique tax intelligence system that alerts us to tax issues in states before the issues become generally known to the tax community; we are both advisors and litigators, so a client’s tax matter will be attended to by the same attorneys from beginning to end, including through the U.S. Supreme Court if needed; and we have experience in private practice, as well as in government, in-house, and the Big 4 accounting firms, so that we can effectively and efficiently handle all details of a matter, whether calculating benefit and exposure, or speaking to the right contacts within a taxing agency.
With the largest number of dedicated state tax lawyers in any law firm, our team has the ability to serve clients across all taxes and all taxing jurisdictions. Our lawyers’ varied backgrounds generate diverse perspectives that allow them to understand more about our clients and their needs, and not solely the laws impacting them. These backgrounds include key roles and positions in state departments of revenue, Big 4 accounting firms, in-house, private practice, and taxpayer advocacy groups. Click the Meet the Team tab to see a list of our State Tax lawyers.
Our services include not only traditional legal services of audit defense and appeals – litigating from the earliest of administrative levels all the way through to the United States Supreme Court – but also virtually all areas of tax consulting:
- ASC 740/FIN 48 Reviews
- Controversy and Litigation
- Credits and Incentives
- Legislative and Regulatory
- Refund Review Program
- Transactions, Mergers and Acquisitions
- Unclaimed Property
We serve clients by leveraging a national platform with deep tax technical and industry knowledge and experience. The depth and breadth of this tax focus impacts how we address client issues – balancing the law against the economic, business, and social environments in which our clients work every day. When we earn the privilege to help our clients, we approach each engagement with great care. We assign lawyers with the right skill sets to each engagement, immerse ourselves in our clients’ facts and circumstances, and deliver our work product in the most cost-effective, efficient, transparent and responsive manner by providing:
- Fee Flexibility and Cost Savings
- A National Platform
- A Tax Intelligence System
- Seamless Information Sharing and Efficiency Through Technology and
- Public and Media Relations
Because we remain on the cutting edge of developments and changes in state tax, we are regularly recognized by legal and business communities, hold leadership positions in preeminent state tax organizations, and are sought out to speak at local and national tax seminars and conferences.