Federal Tax

Gardere's federal tax attorneys handle virtually every aspect of federal income tax, from providing tax planning advice to representing clients in tax controversies.  

We advise domestic and foreign clients on planning and structuring their business operations in order to minimize taxes and for entities such as:

  • C and S corporations
  • Consolidated groups
  • Partnerships
  • Joint ventures
  • Limited liability companies
  • Professional associations
  • Tax-exempt organizations
  • Sole proprietorships

We are experienced in federal as well as state and international tax planning for all phases in the life cycle of a business: startup, capitalization, operations, growth and disposition or other exit strategy. We routinely assist clients with:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Leveraged leases and sale-leasebacks
  • Real estate developments
  • Insolvency and workout arrangements
  • Section 1031 like-kind exchanges
  • Capital gains and loss planning
  • Closely-held business succession planning and family limited partnerships
  • Allocation of purchase price
  • Debt-equity issues
  • Financial instruments
  • Reasonable compensation
  • Accounting method issues, including inventory methods and capitalization issues
  • Tenancies-in-common
  • Research and development credits
  • Consolidated returns and tax-sharing agreements
  • Depreciation and amortization methods
  • FIN 48 issues
  • Bad debt write-offs, worthless stock and cancellation of indebtedness income
  • Qualified settlement funds
  • Economic development grant and regional tax incentives
  • Employment taxes and responsible person penalties
  • Tax indemnity agreements
  • Reasonable cause penalty waivers
  • Tax shelter issues
  • Off-balance sheet financing 

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