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Straight Talk on Tax Strategies

One certainty about taxes is that the codes and statutes governing businesses are complex and ever changing. Andrews Kurth tax lawyers guide companies and individuals through the tangle of federal and state tax laws. In keeping with our Straight Talk approach, we decode tax talk and communicate with clients to understand the big picture tax implications and meet their business goals. 

Whether counseling on a business or personal income tax issue or resolving regulatory and audit issues, our viewpoint is positive. Our advisors seek proactive approaches and identify the efficient methods for clients to pursue their transactions.

Tax Counsel for Business

Andrews Kurth tax lawyers apply sound corporate knowledge of finance structures to plan and execute asset-based financings, mergers, acquisitions, asset purchases and sales, project financings, corporate reorganizations and bankruptcies. 

We provide tax advice and counsel for a wide range of public and private clients. Areas of extensive experience include:

Personal Tax Counsel 

The tax code often is one of the most important influences on financial planning for an individual, family or emerging business. Andrews Kurth combines careful analysis and innovative techniques to meet client objectives and maximize financial benefits in estate and personal tax planning, executive compensation and employee benefits planning.

We counsel clients regarding estate planning, family businesses, gratuitous and intergenerational asset transfers and probate and estate administration matters.

Benefits Plans

Our executive compensation and employee benefits lawyers have extensive experience with most issues that arise concerning executive and employee benefits plans. We provide tax guidance related to qualified pension and profit sharing plans, health and most other types of welfare benefit plans. Our tax experience also includes stock option and other types of equity incentive plans and other non-qualified deferred compensation plans and arrangements. We work with large and small employers to ensure that their benefit plans and arrangements are properly documented and in full compliance with all applicable IRS regulatory guidance.

Regulatory and Audit Representation

Andrews Kurth lawyers are skilled advocates before the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and pursue the most difficult controversies in U.S. Tax Court and other federal courts.

For example, we handled a landmark tax case before the U.S. Supreme Court, and convinced the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to reverse a district court ruling in favor of the IRS.

As part of our practice, we secure favorable determination or ruling letters and advisory opinions and prohibited transaction exemptions, and resolve reporting and other compliance issues. When employers or individuals face tax audits or administrative hearings, we have a consistent record of achievement managing disputes in negotiations with the DOL, IRS or state and local taxing authorities.

Tax laws change constantly, and interpreting them takes skill and insight. Andrews Kurth tax lawyers never forget that one of the real challenges of tax law is working with clients to find the right answers.

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