Locke Lord tax lawyers lead clients professionally and efficiently through the ever-changing maze of tax issues that can influence their success. Whether at home or abroad, we help businesses of all sizes and in all types of industries to manage their tax responsibilities and handle their global tax liabilities. We closely monitor changing tax laws and regulations to ensure that our clients maximize the benefits of tax planning, structuring their transactions, assets and operations to minimize taxes assessed against them, while achieving their business objectives.
Locke Lord provides a wide range of tax planning and controversy services for all types of business entities and individual clients. Our lawyers offer advice on U.S. federal, international, state and local tax matters, handle tax controversies at all levels and counsel tax-exempt organizations. From structuring and negotiating corporate spin-off transactions or other tax-free or taxable reorganizations, our lawyers are knowledgeable and skilled on any tax issue clients face. Our lawyers team up with the tax departments and accounting firms of business clients to achieve an integrated approach toward quick and cost effective resolution.
We work closely with our corporate, employee benefits, energy, insurance and estate planning teams on a wide variety of tax issues. Our tax lawyers have all the qualifications you would expect from members of a leading national practice. We write for tax and business journals regularly and speak before gatherings of accountants, lawyers and other professionals. Team members have experience working in the IRS and the U.S. Treasury Department. They have worked in the IRS Commissioner's Office and the Office of the Chief Counsel, and many are Certified Public Accountants.
Locke Lord lawyers assist clients with tax controversies involving all types of taxing authorities, including the IRS and state and foreign governments. We have significant experience resolving our clients' tax controversies at the audit and administrative levels of the IRS, the Treasury Department and state and local taxing authorities. Our goal in representing clients in contested tax matters is to resolve matters as early in the process as possible in a manner that achieves the economic objectives of clients without hurting their ongoing relationships with the IRS. However, when taxing authorities do not allow administrative resolution of issues, we vigorously pursue judicial relief in the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Claims Court and in other federal and state courts.
We represent clients in state and local tax issues, including cases involving the classification and taxation of unitary businesses, distinguishing between business and non-business income, constitutional challenges to income and sales tax provisions and state tax liabilities of intrastate and interstate business. Chambers USA, Client's Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business ranked Locke Lord as one of the leading Texas tax firms. U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" report ranked Locke Lord as one of the leading national tax firms.