Our Tax Group provides clients with sophisticated federal, state and local tax advice designed to promote their business goals while mitigating their tax burden. We advise new ventures on choice of entity, executive compensation arrangements and the tax implications of traditional and alternative financing arrangements. We advise established businesses on how to structure a variety of business transactions in a tax-efficient manner, ranging from advice on how to structure the sale of the business to advice on how to structure mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing transactions and the funding and structure of buy-sell agreements. We work closely with our Estate Planning Group to advise business clients on succession planning and individual clients on strategies for passing their wealth to the next generation while minimizing wealth-transfer taxes. We provide our clients with practical advice regarding the tax implications associated with long and short-term business strategies.
We also have extensive experience forming new non-profit organizations. We regularly advise a number of established tax-exempt organizations on the tax aspects of proposed transactions, including unrelated business ventures, tax-exempt financings, mergers and acquisitions among non-profit entities and intermediate sanction issues associated with various compensation arrangements.
We aggressively represent individual and corporate clients in tax controversies with the IRS, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division. We have experience defending clients in matters pending before administrative forums such as the Appellate Tax Board, as well as in state and federal courts. We are experienced trial attorneys with the ability to take matters to trial if and when necessary. Our experience also provides our clients with the ability to negotiate successful resolutions short of trial in many circumstances.
Free Estate Planning Clinic for Low-Income Veterans[ download PDF file ]
Tax Planning Ideas for the End of 2018[ read full story ]
Joint Ownership: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly[ read full story ]
Highlights of the New Tax Bill
Last week the President signed into law a new tax bill that has dramatic effects on the current tax system. Here are highlights affecting most individuals[ read full story ]
- We have successfully negotiated settlements with the IRS, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and the U.S. Department of Justice.
- We have represented clients in actions pending in U.S. District Court and the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board.
- Representation has included a range of issues including non-payment and non-filing, failure to file tax withholding information, business valuation and residency issues.
- We have helped our clients successfully avoid foreclosure and asset forfeiture.
- We have successfully negotiated payment plans on behalf of clients with both state and federal authorities.
Does Your Power of Attorney Do What You Need it to Do?
Oftentimes at my elder law seminars I ask guests if they have a Durable Power of Attorney. Most people raise their hands. A Power of Attorney is needed to authorize someone to handle all your financial and legal affairs if …[ load webpage to read more ]
Make a New Year’s Resolution: Follow Frank and Mary
Frank and Mary are the fictional couple to whom I refer in my elder law seminars. They have the same questions and concerns you and your loved ones have. They also have the same interest you have in making your …[ load webpage to read more ]
This Season, Give Something Special and Ask for Something Special in Return
Every year around this time I like to remind people of some basic rules of giving: Gift Tax There is a cap (this year the number is $15,000) on the amount you may give to any one person in one …[ load webpage to read more ]
Give Your Spouse a Final Gift: Asset Protection
I often meet with a recently widowed man or woman together with one or more of their children. Typically, I am asked how the surviving parent’s assets can be protected should he or she later need nursing home care. Unfortunately, …[ load webpage to read more ]
Planning During the Last Year of Your Life
Thanks to modern technology and medical advances, the chances of detection of a chronic illness are much greater than they were say in the 1970s; the likelihood of living a bit longer and enjoying that extra time also outweighs that …[ load webpage to read more ]
Upcoming Legal Clinics
Below is a listing for my upcoming program. Contact your local Council on Aging for more information and to register. If you miss a program, you may always watch them on your local cable access station or on my You Tube …[ load webpage to read more ]
Getting Ready for the Rest of Your Life
I will turn 70 in January. I have been blessed with good health, a wife I adore, three great kids, good friends in a great community. Both my parents died in their early 80’s. Despite all the great advances …[ load webpage to read more ]
Who Ya Gonna Call?
As seniors, you are probably the greatest beneficiaries of the Great Society, that incredible combination of programs created by President Lyndon Johnson and passed during the 1960s. The anchors of those programs, of course, were Medicare and Medicaid. Before the …[ load webpage to read more ]
Protecting the Cottage
Are you lucky enough to own that special place, whether it’s a camper in Maine or a house on the Cape, where you, your children and your grandchildren can go to enjoy some time away together during our all-too-brief New …[ load webpage to read more ]
If You See Something, Say Something
One of my elder clients (we’ll call her Mary) called about two weeks ago. She had received a call from a caseworker at Springwell, one of the network of regional entities charged by the Commonwealth’s Office of Elder Services with …[ load webpage to read more ]