Charles A. Simmons

Charles A. Simmons: Attorney with Greenberg Traurig, LLP


Charles A. Simmons has more than 50 years of legal experience in a broad range of tax advice to clients in transactional matters, tax litigation, tax planning for individuals and corporations, and the resolution of federal, state and local tax controversies, including five years as a Trial Attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He is a member of The Florida Bar and the New York Bar Association and has litigated federal and state tax controversies throughout the United States.


•Federal and state administrative tax controversies and tax litigation
•Federal, state, and multi-state tax planning
•Federal and state corporate and individual tax planning

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2012 and 2016
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, New York Super Lawyers, 2006, 2009-2013
•Listed, Tampa Bay magazine, Tampa Bay Top Lawyers, 2010
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Articles, Publications, & Lectures


•Author, Supreme Court's Approval of Allocation of Administrative Expenses to Income Preserves Estate's Marital and Charitable Deductions [Hubert], CCH Federal Tax Weekly
•Author, New York Court Upholds Auto Damage Sales Tax Withholding [National Association of Independent Insurers], RIA State and Local Taxes Weekly


•Chairman, Tax Panel, Republican National Lawyers Association, Annual Meetings, 2002-Present
•Moderator, Not-For-Profit Corporation Tax Exempt Bond Financing Seminar, Westchester County Industrial Development Agency
•Speaker, Wealth Preservation and Planning Techniques, Small Business Taxation Conference, Foundation for Accounting Education
•Speaker, Post Audit: Conciliation Conference, Administrative Law Judge Hearings, New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal, the Courts and Settlement, Small Business Consulting Conference, Foundation for Accounting Education
•Moderator, Industrial Revenue Bonds After Tax Reform: Dead or Alive?, Westchester County Office of Economic Development
•Speaker, Real Estate Investment Trusts, Real Estate, Tax and Financial Aspects, Practicing Law Institute
•Speaker, Annual Mid-America Tax Conferences:
•Federal Tax Litigation, Working with Accountants and Outside Experts and Protecting Their Work Product,
•Unitary Operations,
•Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

06.20.16 Five Tampa Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Edition of The Legal 500 United States Guide to Outstanding Lawyers

06.17.16 35 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Edition of The Legal 500 United States Guide to Outstanding Lawyers

06.16.16 100-Plus Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recommended in The Legal 500 United States Guide to Outstanding Lawyers

06.21.12 Greenberg Traurig Continues Excellence With 51 Shareholders Recognized Nationally by The Legal 500


06.03.16 Virginia Letter Ruling Finds Nexus Based on Employee Working From Home

05.25.16 Potential Texas Margin Tax Refund Claim

10.02.15 Refund Opportunity for New Yorkers Paying Tax in Two Different States

08.18.15 California Locally Assessed Property Tax - 2015 Assessment Appeals

04.08.14 U.S. Supreme Court Subjects Certain Employment Termination Payments to FICA Tax

01.17.14 San Francisco Gross Receipts Tax

10.26.12 New York Court Upholds Retroactive Income Tax Provision for 338(h)(10) Elections

09.26.12 New York Issues Income Tax Ruling on 'Permanent Place of Abode'

09.06.12 Non-Resident U.S. Citizens and Green Card Holders Afforded a Streamlined Tax Compliance Program

06.29.12 IRS Releases New Frequently Asked Questions for its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program and Announces Procedures to Assist U.S. Citizens Living Abroad

(Also at Tampa, Florida Office)

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Tax
  • Tax & Business Group
  • Tax - State & Local

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
212.801.9311  Phone
212.805.9311  Fax
University Attended:
University of Miami, B.B.A., 1958
Law School Attended:
Cornell Law School, LL.B., 1961
Year of First admission:
1961, Florida; 1963, New York; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. Tax Court

Professional & Community Involvement

•Board of Governors and Chairman of Tax Section, Republican National Lawyers Association
•Member, The Florida Bar and Tax Section
•Member, New York State Bar Association and Tax Section
•Member, American Bar Association and Tax Section
•Advisory Committee, New York State Tax Commissioner
•Chairman, Cornell State and Local Tax Group
•Member, Council on State Taxation

Birth Information:
Brooklyn, New York, 1938
Reported Cases:
Significant Representations: Representations include controversies with the Internal Revenue Service and various state tax agencies involving tax shelters, unitary taxation of multi-state and multi-national corporations, intercorporate transfer pricing, corporate acquisitions and reorganizations, tax exempt organizations, tax exempt financing, state domicile and residence issues, sales tax, civil tax audits, Special Agent's investigations, private ruling requests and tax matters from inception through the courts. General representation of for-profit and not-for-profit entities.; Represented clients in a case of first impression establishing a corporate employer's rights to Federal Targeted Jobs Tax Credits notwithstanding the failure by state agencies to process applications; multimillion-dollar recovery obtained.; Represented a corporate client in obtaining a favorable discretionary ruling to change its entity classification.; Outside general counsel to a major closely held Florida real estate developer with approximately 11, 000 residential single and multi-family units in Florida. Represented the developer in tax refund litigation against the United States wherein the Internal Revenue Service attempted to collapse the income stream from 100 year land leases and tax it all in the year of sale of the housing units; multi-million dollar recovery obtained.; Participated in drafting portions of the Tax Reform Act of 1969 applicable to not-for-profit corporations, their operation of for-profit ventures and the divestiture provisions applicable to private foundations.

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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