Services

Transactional Tax
State and Local Tax (SALT)
Tax Controversy
Transfer Tax Planning
International Taxation
1031 - Like Kind Exchanges
Unclaimed Property

Levenfeld Pearlstein's tax attorneys focus on a wide range of transactional tax planning and structuring as well as tax controversy matters. We have significant experience in all aspects of federal, state and local and international taxation, representing public and privately held companies, foreign governments, REITs, pass-through entities, tax-exempt entities, real estate ventures, start-up ventures, entrepreneurs and corporate executives.

Our tax attorneys are nationally recognized for their creativity, intellect and pragmatism. Founding partner Milton A. Levenfeld recognized many years ago that taxes are a critical component of return on investment. From this, it followed that the ability to manage the cost of taxes in a proper way is an essential part of business structuring and legal representation. Our practice thus extends to the full range of tax matters confronted by both operating businesses and investors.

Transactional Tax

Our attorneys practice ‘transactional tax’ an approach that places the business transaction at the front and center of structuring objectives. We focus on tax-efficient structures and problem solving for corporate mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, real estate transactions, tax-free exchanges, joint ventures, intellectual property licensing, asset protection, business succession and other business relationships. Our tax attorneys are experienced transactional attorneys who have honed their skills by implementing structures and closing deals.

State and Local Taxation (SALT)

Our attorneys recognize that transactional planning and structuring does not stop with federal income tax issues. We routinely advise clients on all aspects of multi-state taxation including nexus issues, income apportionment, sales and use tax, franchise tax, unclaimed property, payroll tax and state registration and reporting requirements. We have a particular experience in the planning and structuring of aircraft and other rolling stock transactions. In addition, we routinely represent taxpayers who are the subject of a state or local tax audit, are appealing a proposed assessment or who are seeking to voluntarily disclose a liability with one or more jurisdictions.

Tax Controversy

We routinely defend large and complex audits at all stages of the audit and appeal process, and have significant experience in representing taxpayers in the Tax Court, before the Internal Revenue Service Appeals Division, state court administrative proceedings and numerous state and local taxing agencies across the country. Our representation includes audit defense, appealing and negotiating proposed assessments, tax litigation, negotiating and entering into voluntary disclosure agreements and obtaining federal and state private letter rulings. We also routinely work with accountants and attorneys nationwide to assist in them in tax disputes that require additional expertise.

Transfer Tax Planning

Designing and implementing legitimate tax reduction strategies for individuals and families using leveraging techniques, such as dynasty trusts, intra-family sale agreements, family limited partnerships, grantor retained annuity trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, self-cancelling installment notes, private annuities and college savings plans, maximizing estate, gift and generation-skipping tax exemptions.

International Taxation

Our significant experience in foreign in-bound and out-bound transactions and investments includes regularly acting as counsel to U.S. companies involved in cross-boarder acquisitions and operations. In addition, we counsel foreign governments, parastatal investment authorities and prominent foreign pension funds with respect to the tax aspects of their U.S. investment activities. Through our affiliation with MSI, a global network of professional firms, we are able to access specific tax expertise at affiliate firms throughout the world.

1031 - Like Kind Exchanges

Our Chicago 1031 exchange attorneys structure exchanges in forward, reverse, build-to-suit, mass asset and auction modes, and have developed specialized exchange techniques utilizing synthetic leases, air rights, series limited liability companies and contract sales. We have handled exchanges involving all manner of real estate, aircraft, automobile fleets, transport ships, manufacturing equipment, franchises, FCC licenses, artwork and collectibles.

We structure Revenue Procedure 2002-22 compliant syndications for tenancy-in-common (TIC) program sponsors. In addition to structuring programs, we write offering memoranda and make securities filings. We believe we have pre-eminent expertise in closing TIC transactions with CMBS/securitized financing -- the members of the Exchange Services Group include our best real estate and finance attorneys who regularly buy, finance and sell exchangeable assets.