Tax Controversy and Litigation

To help clients resolve tax-related disputes quickly and effectively, the tax attorneys of Troutman Sanders draw on our extensive experience in all aspects of tax examinations, administrative appeals, and civil and criminal tax controversies. When federal and state tax authorities fail to respond to our clients’ earnest negotiations or their testimony in hearings, we deploy our experienced tax litigators at trial and in every level of the appellate process.

Our trial attorneys have extensive experience framing arguments in a manner that can help achieve the most favorable results. We regularly represent clients in cases heard before the U.S. Tax Court, the Court of Federal Claims, federal district courts, and various state and local tribunals. We also handle appeals that arise out of cases heard in these and other venues.

To help prevent disputes from arising in the first place, we draw on best practices developed over decades of experience advising clients on all aspects of tax law and litigation. Our “one-firm” approach to problem solving draws on the resources of all of our firm’s core practices, such as real estate, financial restructuring and insolvency, and corporate and securities, regardless of geographic location. Attorneys from throughout Troutman Sanders’ global offices work with our tax team on matters ranging from standards of practice and preparer penalties, to employment taxes, employee/independent contractor status and responsible officer liability, to sales, use and ad valorem taxes. This coordinated approach enables us to help our clients practically and economically achieve their business objectives while resolving their tax disputes.

  • Represented a publicly traded bakery company in connection with an IRS examination of the employment tax status of several thousand independent distributors (truck drivers).
  • Represented a publicly traded company in a highly publicized and lengthy federal grand jury investigation involving tax and ERISA issues.
  • Defended several publicly traded companies in connection with the valuation and ad valorem taxes of special-purpose buildings.
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