In its 2012 edition, The Legal 500 recommends MLA’s tax team for its domestic tax work on the East Coast, commenting that the “Atlanta-based tax group now ranks as a stand-alone ‘best in the business’ practice as well as providing expert support to the corporate and restructuring departments." The tax team is also ranked by Chambers USA, which stated the team “excels in a wide range of matters, including transactional tax issues and disputes."
The attorneys at MLA provide strategic, practical advice on every aspect of tax law. Our practice ranges from corporate, employee benefits and estate and gift tax issues to state and local taxation and international matters. Our objective is to ensure that our clients maintain tax-efficient corporate structures and capitalize on all available tax and business incentives. In this way, we help our clients increase their profitability and achieve their long-term business goals.
Of particular concern to our clients are the tax ramifications of critical business transactions. Businesses rely on us for informed and strategic guidance on the structuring of acquisitions, mergers, corporate partnership reorganizations, public and private securities offerings, liquidations and sales. We work closely with our clients and their accountants to ensure that all tax issues are examined and addressed.
In addition to the taxation of transactions, MLA’s attorneys work with clients on issues that arise in the ordinary course of their business. These include the treatment of inventories, inter-company pricing issues and the deductibility of capitalization of expenditures. Other matters we routinely handle include:
- Tax planning for real estate transactions
- Development of local, state, federal and international tax strategies
- Representation in tax controversies before the Internal Revenue Service, state enforcement agencies and the courts
- Consultation on state income, sales, use and ad valorem tax issues
- Tax issues in distressed transactions and insolvencies
The breadth of our abilities is reflected in the diversity of our clients. We provide tax counsel to partnerships, corporations and large, privately-owned businesses, as well as to private individuals, trusts, estates and charitable foundations. Our attorneys regularly advise corporations, entrepreneurs, developers and syndicates on the structuring of joint ventures and partnerships.
As a natural extension of our tax practice, MLA’s estate planning services provide high-net-worth clients with assistance in planned charitable giving, as well as in the creation of public and private foundations. Our experience includes counseling resident and non-resident aliens living in the U.S. on the special gift and estate tax issues they face.
The regulatory structure of the European Union poses particular challenges to companies on tax issues. MLA attorneys are adept at counseling clients on a wide range of European Union tax matters. We have particular understanding of issues arising in the services sector and of the practical implications of complex European Union rules concerning the provision of banking, insurance and other financial services.
MLA lawyers in Brussels provide targeted advice in the areas of:
- Corporate income tax
- EU and Belgian tax law, including fiscal barriers to trade
- Fiscal aids
- Tax litigation
- Taxation treaties
- VAT and excise duties
Regardless of the complexity of the transaction or of the tax code that governs it, our tax attorneys have just one purpose: to ensure that the tax laws are employed to our clients' full strategic advantage.
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