Michael A. Jacobs

Michael A. Jacobs

Partner

Michael's practice runs the gamut from state corporate income tax assessment appeals and refund claims to state tax planning in connection with business transactions. Michael has represented dozens of clients in the administrative and judicial appeals of state income tax issues, with particular experience in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan, Texas and Virginia. Many of these appeals have resulted in multi-million dollar refunds or assessment reductions. Michael also advises public and private clients with respect to state and local sales and real estate transfer tax issues in connection with acquisitions and divestitures throughout the U.S. and counsels clients on their financial accounting provisions for state taxes.

Employment History

  • 2007 - Reed Smith
  • 2003 - Dechert
  • 1996 - Choate Hall & Stewart
  • 1992 - Shaw Pittman Potts & Trowbridge

Professional Affiliations

  • President, Philadelphia Bar Association State and Local Tax Committee, 2010-2011
  • Secretary, Philadelphia Bar Association State and Local Tax Committee, 2008-2009
  • Tax Section of the American Bar Association
  • Former chair, Boston Bar Association Federal Tax and Business Transactions Committee

Notable Quotes:

  • "Massachusetts Tax Board Upholds Sales Tax on Distributor's Drop Shipments," Tax Analysts, 7 April 2016
  • "Pennsylvania Add-back Guidance Exceeds Statue, Critics Say; More Regulation Coming," Bloomberg BNA, 4 March 2016
  • "Virginia Says Addback Exception Applies Only to Royalties Taxed in Other States," Tax Analysts 15 February 2016
  • "Pennsylvania DOR Releases Draft Guidance on Addback Provision," Tax Analysts, 4 February 2016
  • "Massachusetts Market Sourcing Regulations," Tax Analysts, 3 November 2014
  • "News Analysis: Does Virginia's Addback 'Clarification' Violate Due Process?," Tax Analysts, 21 April 2014
  • "Virginia Slips 10-Year Retroactive Addback Exception Limit into Budget Bill," Tax Analysts, 7 April 2014