Federal, State & Local Taxation

Rhoads & Sinon has the experience needed to guide its clients through sophisticated tax issues as well as the broad based knowledge necessary to effectively plan for each client's needs at the federal, state and local taxation levels. The depth and breadth of our experience enables us to deliver high quality tax representation on a basis that is not only cost effective but provides added-value to the client.

In addition, our tax department prides itself in making significant efforts to understand each client's business needs to better adapt each client's tax planning to the needs of its business. In today's world of sophisticated tax planning, it is not uncommon to "lose sight of the forest for the trees". Conversely, our broad based experience and desire to understand each business that we represent helps us in guiding our clients in the right direction.

Your State and Local Taxation Needs
Representing clients in Pennsylvania state and local tax matters has been an important part of the practice of Rhoads & Sinon since its founding in 1935. Through the years, the firm has developed a reputation as a leader in Pennsylvania and the nation tax attorneys, practicing in this complicated and highly specialized area. Rhoads & Sinon provides experience, advice and innovative solutions to its clients both in compliance and interstate corporate tax planning matters. Rhoads & Sinon tax attorneys enjoy a longstanding professional, working relationship with the Commonwealth's taxing departments as well as the Office of the Attorney General. The firm also regularly represents clients at all levels of the Pennsylvania tax appeal process and frequently appears before the Board of Appeals, the Board of Finance and Revenue, and the Pennsylvania Commonwealth and Supreme Courts.

Rhoads & Sinon attorneys have successfully handled thousands of cases and such expertise allows us to handle virtually every type of tax issue, including:

  • Pennsylvania Corporate Net Income Tax,
  • Capital Stock/Franchise Tax,
  • Sales and Use Tax,
  • Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax,
  • Insurance Gross Premiums Tax,
  • Utility Gross Receipts Tax,
  • Liquid Fuel Tax,
  • Fuel Use Tax,
  • Local Real Estate Tax,
  • abandoned and unclaimed property issues, and
  • various local business taxes.

Numerous Fortune 500 companies, as well as small, closely-held entities seek the advice and representation of Rhoads & Sinon in this complex field. Upon your inquiry, we can provide you with a listing of some of the significant cases in Pennsylvania corporate taxation that we have handled as well as additional detail as to our expertise in particular industries.

Your Federal Taxation Needs

Rhoads & Sinon's federal tax practice concentrates in all facets of business taxation including tax planning for corporate and real estate transactions. We have assisted many clients through the corporate formation or the restructuring process. With respect to mergers and acquisitions, we have guided many clients through the process of acquiring publicly traded businesses as well as guiding them through the sale of their own business to publicly traded businesses. In addition, we have provided legal representation for many of the larger acquisitions and dispositions of family-owned businesses in Central Pennsylvania. Our tax attorneys work together with our corporate practice in closing these transactions with a full analysis of tax consequences. We also assist the corporate practice in tax planning for sophisticated finance transactions such as synthetic leases and trust preferred securities offerings. The corporate and real estate practices also leverage upon our experience in deferred gain transactions such as tax deferred liquidations and like kind exchanges of real estate or other property used in a trade or business.

Our attorneys have extensive experience in reorganizations and other types of corporate tax planning. We have helped our corporate clients develop effective business formats which permit the operation and success of business enterprises with the minimum taxation allowed under law. Frequently, this planning encompasses providing advice regarding tax issues associated with employee benefits & executive compensation. Furthermore, planning may encompass methods for the transfer of ownership interest in a business to employees (ESOP) or passing on the family business to successive generations at the lowest possible tax cost (Trusts & Estates practice group).

While we emphasize tax planning to avoid tax controversies, our attorneys have many years of experience in dealing with revenue agents, the Appeals Division, IRS attorneys in the Tax Court and Justice Department attorneys who handle tax cases in the federal district courts. Rhoads & Sinon attacks every tax controversy by comprehensively and thoroughly developing the factual and legal background of the case. We are aggressive and attempt to develop our clients' legal arguments to the point where we can deal with the IRS from a position of strength. Our philosophy is to resolve tax problems at the lowest possible level within the IRS.

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