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Our state and local tax (SALT) attorneys are dedicated to providing the comprehensive, realistic and value-added services to our clients throughout the United States in dealing with those pressures.

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Current economic conditions have forced state and local governments to continue their aggressive search for additional revenues. We know that our clients remain focused on managing their exposure to tax pressures. Our state and local tax (SALT) attorneys are dedicated to providing the comprehensive, realistic and value-added services to our clients throughout the United States in dealing with those pressures.

Our SALT group includes 15 attorneys who provide consultation and advocacy for a broad array of clients regarding income, franchise, sales and use, gross receipts, property and other taxes imposed by state and local governments. Our tax attorneys have represented clients with SALT matters not only in all the southeastern states and in Washington, D.C. where our offices are located, but also in a multitude of other states -- such as California, the Carolinas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming – more than 30 states and Washington, D.C. in total. We have also litigated SALT cases for our clients and defended collection and enforcement actions, and have done so successfully in substantially all of those states.

We guide, advise and represent our clients throughout all stages of any tax disputes before state and local administrative agencies, and represent our clients in seeking relief within available amnesty, voluntary disclosure, and penalty waiver programs. Additionally, our SALT attorneys regularly advise clients regarding complex transactional issues, planning structures and multi-state opportunities, including tax incentives and credits.

In addition to our traditional representation of clients in SALT matters, our tax attorneys also represent clients with respect to unclaimed property issues. Clients consult with us regarding the planning and defense of unclaimed property audits, whether instituted by the state department of revenue, secretary of state or other offices of state government, including multistate unclaimed property audits involving third-party contract auditors. We also represent clients in unclaimed property administrative or judicial controversies, as well as negotiate voluntary disclosure agreements on their behalf.

Our Tax Department is comprised of attorneys located throughout the Firm's offices in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee and Washington, D.C. Our tax attorneys have a broad range of practice, including experience with federal, state and local taxation issues, exempt organizations, ERISA and estate planning.

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