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.
Our state and local tax (“SALT”) practice represents a wide range of business clients from Fortune 500 companies to small business owners in assisting them with tax audits, administrative disputes and appeals, court litigation, tax planning and legislative/public policy remedies. Our SALT professionals provide superior service to clients by keeping abreast of state tax policy issues from across the country while focusing on matters in New England states. Our SALT professionals regularly represent clients before the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and the Vermont Department of Taxes. We also regularly represent multi-state businesses before other state tax agencies to resolve nexus and other disputes.
Our SALT professionals have extensive backgrounds in the state tax field, including government service, and regularly engage in state tax policy forums. We serve as presenters on SALT issues on a local, regional and national basis in a variety of professional and industry forums, and interact with state revenue agencies in collaborative policy groups and advisory boards. We have also published a variety of state tax articles on New England tax issues.
We serve as the reporters for New Hampshire and Vermont developments for the Council on State Taxation (“COST”) in Washington D.C., we report on New England SALT issues in State Tax Notes and other media, and we serve as the New Hampshire reporters for the Property Tax Deskbook published by the American Bar Association. 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).
Our SALT professionals are also the co-founders of the New England State and Local Tax Forum, a non-profit organization created to manage a conference that provides annual updates on significant SALT developments from across the nation with a particular focus on New England www.nesaltforum.org.
Examples of past SALT services include:
We represent large and small clients with respect to federal tax laws and structuring business transactions, both domestically and internationally.
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.