Tax LawAt Stahl Cowen, our tax lawyers help clients achieve their business and financial objectives through careful tax planning. From the initial choice of entity for clients organizing a new business, through the planning for the final disposition of the business, our tax lawyers advise clients on the best choices for minimizing taxation and maximizing financial return.
Our tax lawyers are knowledgeable about the advantages and disadvantages of the wide range of business entities available today. We help our clients sift through the choices of corporations, S corporations, limited liability companies, general partnerships, and limited partnerships and other forms of business to choose the one entity that best suits the client's needs. We also advise clients on the benefits and the qualification for treatment as limited liability companies, S corporations and partnerships.
We also assist clients in planning, negotiating, and implementing strategies for the sale, acquisition, or reorganization of business enterprises. These activities include:
- Structuring business acquisitions, dispositions, mergers and share exchanges.
- Designing tax-free transactions, including triangular mergers, reorganizations, and multiple-step acquisitions.
- Planning divestiture strategies, including stock transfers and tax-free spin-offs.
- Assessing tax attributes, including net operating and capital loss carryforwards.
- Rendering tax opinions.
We provide advice on many other tax-related matters such as liquidations, stock redemptions, joint ventures, and recapitalizations. Our lawyers advise clients on tax issues related to executive compensation including the issuance of warrants, options, and restricted stock and the establishment of deferred compensation plans.
In addition, we regularly advise privately held business owners on matters relating to the tax-efficient ownership and operation of their business enterprise. We also frequently assist our clients in the tax aspects of their succession planning.