PRACTICE GROUP DIRECTOR
- Bill Ardinger and Chris Sullivan Publish Op-Ed: Marketplace Fairness Act Would Unfairly Trump State Policy
- Bill Ardinger Explains the Recent Growth in New Hampshire's Trust and Financial Services Industry on WMUR's "New Hampshire's Business"
- Rath, Young and Pignatelli announces Kathryn H. Michaelis as a Shareholder
- Rath, Young and Pignatelli Attorneys Selected as "Best Lawyers of the Year"
- Rath, Young and Pignatelli Attorneys Selected Among the Nation's Best Lawyers
- Thomas Rath, Sherilyn Young, Michael Pignatelli and William Ardinger selected among New England Super Lawyers®
- Rath, Young and Pignatelli, P.C. Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013
- Tax Practice Group Founds New England State Tax Conference
- Rath, Young and Pignatelli Professionals Provide Analysis of Recent Supreme Court Decision on Affordable Care Act
- Rath, Young and Pignatelli Attorneys Named as Top Attorneys By Chambers USA 2012
- Kathryn Michaelis Appointed to Vermont Tax Advisory Board
- Rath, Young and Pignatelli, P.C. Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012
- Steven Lauwers, William Ardinger and Adam Varley Publish Article in New Hampshire Business Review
- Bill Ardinger Presents on Business Tax Improvements to Nashua Chamber Legislative Forum
- Bill Ardinger Explains the "LLC Tax" and Legislation on WMUR's "New Hampshire's Business"
- An Interview with Stan Arnold, Former New Hampshire Revenue Administration Commissioner
- Chris Sullivan, Paul Burkett and Kathryn Michaelis publish an article, “State Tax Acceleration of Like-Kind Exchanges: New Hampshire’s Position,” in State Tax Notes
- Bill Ardinger Talks State Budget and Tax Issues on "New Hampshire's Business" with Fred Kocher
- Bill Ardinger and Kathy Michaelis Publish Article in State Tax Notes on NH's Response to the Town Fair Tire Case
- Bill Ardinger Publishes Op-Ed Explaining that the Capital Gains Tax is Bad for Workers
- Kathryn Michaelis, Bill Ardinger and Stan Arnold Publish Their Second State Tax Notes Article Addressing Vermont's Combined Filing Regime
- Christopher Sullivan Authors State Tax Notes Article - New Hampshire Adopts Economic Nexus Standard
- Kathryn Michaelis, Bill Ardinger and Stan Arnold Publish State Tax Notes Article on Vermont's New Unitary Tax Rules
- Bill Ardinger Authors Article on Ground-Breaking Trust Company Legislation
We represent a wide range of business and individual clients on matters involving state and local, federal and international tax law. We approach each client's needs as if our professionals were members of its internal tax and finance team. In each matter, our goal is to understand the client's business objectives and to plan options that make the tax laws work to support those objectives, not against them.
State and Local Tax
We help clients resolve issues involving application of state and local tax laws. We report on New Hampshire and Vermont developments for The Council on State Taxation ("COST"), and on New Hampshire developments for the American Bar Association’s publications, The State and Local Tax Lawyer and the "Property Tax Deskbook." We have published articles on New Hampshire’s unique business tax system in State Tax Notes, and we have been invited by tax reform and policy groups to make presentations on important tax topics, including the Pennsylvania Tax Restructuring Commission (2004), Tennessee’s Tax Reform Commission (2003), Massachusetts Business Tax Study Commission (2007), Rhode Island's Tax Study Commission (2008), and the Georgetown University Law Center’s Advanced State & Local Tax Institute (State Taxation of Foreign Source Income).
- Planning to Locate Business in New Hampshire. We represented two of the world's largest privately held businesses in establishing significant locations in our State.
- Managing State Tax Impacts of International Transactions. We have represented U.S.-based multi-national businesses to ensure that New Hampshire's tax laws did not stand in the way of tax-efficient ownership structures for EU operations.
- Resolving Audits. We have extensive experience helping businesses resolve audit disputes with the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration, the Vermont Department of Taxes, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and other state tax authorities.
- Managing Multi-State Reporting Issues. Expanding businesses must proactively manage their potential exposure to tax liability in their market states. We have represented many expanding businesses to resolve inquiries from states concerning whether the businesses have sufficient “nexus” for taxation.
- Controlling Property Tax Costs. We have represented some of the State’s largest commercial property owners to resolve disputes with local governments concerning valuation issues in a manner that creates stability in assessment practices over a period of years.
- Pursuing Litigation. We work hard to resolve disputes in a manner that avoids litigation and therefore most efficiently allows our clients to focus again on their core businesses. But our tax litigation team is always prepared to take our case to court, and the tax agencies know it.
Federal and International Tax
We represent large and small clients with respect to federal tax laws and structuring business transactions, both domestically and internationally.
- Taking Advantage of Tax Credits. We have an extensive practice providing counsel to clients across the country who develop solar, landfill gas-to-energy, wind, open-loop biomass and synthetic and other alternative and renewable fuel projects that qualify for the special federal tax credits under Sections 29 and 45 of the Internal Revenue Code.
- Planning Partnerships and Joint Ventures. We have deep experience structuring business relationships that are subject to the federal partnership tax rules, including crafting tax allocation mechanisms that bring the highest after-tax value to all partners.
- Resolving IRS Audits and Appeals. We represent clients whose tax returns are subject to examination by the Internal Revenue Service. We have extensive experience pressing our client's case in the tax administrative process both during audits and in appeals of assessments.
- Securing Education Savings. We represent Fidelity Investments, administrator of New Hampshire's "Section 529" college savings plan, and obtained the first private letter ruling issued by the IRS approving a state-sponsored plan under section 529.
- Planning International Expansion and Transactions. We have represented public and private businesses as they consider expansion into international markets, including locating manufacturing facilities in Ireland, establishing subsidiaries in the EU and southeast Asia and executing representative agreements for the distribution of products in foreign markets.
Tax Legislation and Public Policy
We have extensive experience securing tax law objectives for clients before the tax legislative process, at both the federal and state levels. Rath, Young and Pignatelli offers one of New Hampshire's leading government relations practices, and our tax group can bring this advocacy to bear on tax and budget matters.
- Defending Proper Taxation of Mutual Funds. New Hampshire has long provided that mutual fund trusts and entities are not themselves subject to businesses taxes. When the Legislature considered imposing New Hampshire’s business taxes on mutual funds in 2004, we successfully represented Fidelity Investments and State Street Bank and Trust in preserving the exemption.
- Securing Better Federal Private Pension Rules. In 2001, Congress enacted historic tax legislation that included important reforms of our nation’s private pension system that had been introduced by Congressman Rob Portman and Congressman Ben Cardin. We worked closely with our client's Federal government relations team to pursue enactment of these pension reform provisions.
- Securing More Reliable Reasonable Compensation Determinations. During the past few years, the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration pursued an audit program regarding the state-level reasonable compensation deduction for pass-through entities. Over the course of a number of legislative sessions, we worked with the Department, legislators and a Rath, Young and Pignatelli-led business coalition to design remedial legislation to address concerns with the reasonable compensation deductions, apply Federal tax law priciples, and secure more certainty for owner's of closely-held businesses.
- Clarifying Meals and Rooms Tax Exemptions for Schools. Traditionally, New Hampshire has not imposed its meals and rooms tax on sales of meals by educational institutions to their students, faculties and workers. When the State tax agency threatened to reverse this tradition in 1993, we represented Dartmouth College to preserve the exemption.
- Seeking Transition Relief. In 1993, New Hampshire introduced its Business Enterprise Tax, which is a form of value-added tax that ensures that all businesses contribute to the cost of state government. We represented Digital Equipment Corporation to establish a three-year transition rule that would soften the impact of the BET for certain businesses that would be hardest hit by the transition to the new tax.