Taxation

With centuries of combined experience, Greenspoon Marder's domestic and international taxation attorneys have the in-depth knowledge and expertise necessary to guide our clients effortlessly through the often-complicated and ever-changing tax system. We represent individuals, corporations, partnerships, trusts and estates, governmental agencies and tax-exempt organizations in a wide variety of business and personal tax matters throughout the state, country and the world. While we prefer to work with our clients pro-actively, we also represent our clients before taxing authorities.

The majority of our tax attorneys have one or more of the following credentials: Master of Laws in Tax (LL.M.); CPA certification; or certification by The Florida Bar. Our attorneys have authored chapters and regularly publish articles in leading national and international tax and legal periodicals and are frequently called upon to speak at tax seminars at the local, state and national levels.

In addition, the Taxation Law Group has experience in advising state and federal government officials in the drafting of legislation, and we routinely monitor proposed changes in tax statutes and regulations in Florida and throughout the U.S., keeping our clients apprised of major revisions.

Greenspoon Marder's tax attorneys handle a wide range of matters, including but not limited to:

General Corporate Tax Planning

  • Determining appropriate entity for new enterprises to achieve diverse tax and financial objectives of each participant in the business;
  • Advising clients on pre-incorporation planning;
  • Consulting with clients on prospective tax liabilities from the structuring and/or disposition of business enterprises;
  • Structuring proposed transactions to achieve business goals of the client, while obtaining optimal tax benefits;
  • Consulting with clients and their accountants on the proper reporting of transactions for state and federal income;
  • Forming and documenting "single purpose entities" for securitized loan transactions;
  • Structuring real estate like-kind exchanges and reverse exchanges;
  • Representing clients on the tax consequences of bankruptcy and other workout situations;
  • Integrating estate planning for the client with business and income tax planning;
  • Counseling as to asset protection planning for business and personal; and
  • Structuring settlement agreements in divorce cases to achieve the financial and tax objectives of the parties.

Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies

  • Analyzing proposed transactions to determine effect of rules governing special allocations, passive loss limitations and at-risk requirements; and
  • Structuring partnerships and limited liability companies with tax-exempt or foreign partners to comply with rules governing these relationships.

Tax-Exempt Organizations and Charitable Planning

Our attorneys are particularly proud of their involvement in the creation and operation of tax-exempt, charitable organizations. They have particular experience in:

  • Drafting applications for recognition of tax-exempt status for organizations, as well as providing advice to maintain that exemption;
  • Analyzing and structuring all aspects of tax-exempt financing to ensure that interest on such financing is exempt from federal income taxation; and
  • Evaluating business opportunities for gift and estate tax benefits to maximize the transfer of wealth by our clients.

Deferred Compensation, Pension Plans and Employee Benefits

Attorneys in the Taxation Law Group regularly advise clients on the structure of employee compensation and the long-term accumulation of wealth and are involved in:

  • Structuring and drafting qualified retirement and welfare plans, such as pension and profit sharing, employee stock ownership and qualified stock option plans;
  • Drafting non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements for both taxable and tax-exempt organizations; and
  • Analyzing the status of workers as employees or independent contractors.

Tax Litigation and Administration

  • Representing taxpayers at all levels before Internal Revenue Service and Florida Department of Revenue in audits, collections, field conferences and administrative appellate proceedings;
  • Representing taxpayers before United States Tax Court, United States District Court, United States Claims Court, Circuit Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court; and
  • Applying and negotiating with Internal Revenue Service for private letter rulings and technical advice memoranda and with Florida Department of Revenue for technical assistance advisements.
  • Structuring transactions to minimize Florida documentary stamp and intangible taxes, and advising on property tax assessment procedures;
  • Obtaining technical assistance advisements and other rulings and positions from the Florida Department of Revenue; and
  • Assisting homeowners with regards to the Florida homestead laws and the "Save Our Homes" cap on increase in assessments.
  • Analyzing and structuring foreign and domestic entities and transactions for foreign taxpayers conducting business in the United States to minimize their worldwide estate and income tax exposure;
  • Valuating and structuring foreign and domestic entities and transactions for U.S. taxpayers conducting business overseas; and
  • Counseling clients on tax compliance matters in the U.S. and abroad.

State Taxation

  • Structuring transactions to minimize Florida documentary stamp and intangible taxes, and advising on property tax assessment procedures;
  • Obtaining technical assistance advisements and other rulings and positions from the Florida Department of Revenue; and
  • Assisting homeowners with regards to the Florida homestead laws and the "Save Our Homes" cap on increase in assessments.

International Taxation

In recent years there has been a proliferation of investments by foreign individuals and entities in Florida, as well as business opportunities for U.S. taxpayers overseas. As a result of representing clients in various numerous international tax matters, we are skilled in:

  • Analyzing and structuring foreign and domestic entities and transactions for foreign taxpayers conducting business in the United States to minimize their worldwide estate and income tax exposure;
  • Valuating and structuring foreign and domestic entities and transactions for U.S. taxpayers conducting business overseas; and
  • Counseling clients on tax compliance matters in the U.S. and abroad.

Because Greenspoon Marder is a full-service law firm, the Taxation Law Group may also draw upon the expertise of attorneys in other practice groups, including: Corporate & BusinessFinance & Transactions;Government RelationsLitigationRegulatory ComplianceFamily and Wills, Trusts & Estates.