State & Local Tax

Our State and Local Tax (SALT) Group provides litigation, planning, transactional, regulatory and legislative services to business taxpayers, associations and individuals on all state and local tax issues and economic development incentives. Our New England-based SALT team assists local and multistate clients with Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island tax issues, but also advises multistate businesses on state tax nexus, apportionment, and planning issues with respect to sales and operations in other states.

In addition to the areas of expertise listed below, our SALT attorneys handle a myriad of other issues such as insurance premiums taxes, hospital taxes, tree growth taxes, residency issues for individuals and trusts, and unclaimed property issues.

Markley Group to Transform Former Prince Pasta Plant into Large Data Center

Firm client, the Markley Group, plans to invest $200 million in renovating and transforming the long-vacant site into a state-of-the-art technology facility.

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Preserving Access to American Art Collections

Located in Rockland, Maine, the Farnsworth Art Museum opened in 1948 and boasts a remarkable collection of over 15,000 objects. By assisting the museum with a combined state and federal new markets tax credit financing, we helped the Farnsworth to secure capital needed for critical repairs and improvements to the building. The NMTC investment has allowed the museum to stay open and continue welcoming more than 100,000 visitors annually.

Investing in Energy Efficiency

State and federal NMTC programs made it possible for our clients Athens Energy and its sister company, Maine Woods Pellet Company, to invest in a $32 million energy facility that burns very low quality biomass to generate heat and electricity for existing facilities.


High Level Property Tax Services

We have partnered with Leonard "Len" Gerzon, Principal of Len Gerzon, LLC to offer high level property tax services to energy and industrial property owners throughout New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine.


Income Tax Settlement

We achieved a favorable state income tax settlement for a multistate broadcasting firm.

Areas of Expertise

Property Tax

We have decades of experience with both planning and controversy issues arising from real and personal property taxes in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island that involves appeals starting at the local level, through State Boards and trial courts and all the way up to the state supreme courts. We can help obtain tax abatements, business property tax reimbursements or exemptions.

Examples of our property tax clients include pulp and paper mills, power plants, interstate pipelines, federal superfund sites, hotels, real estate developments, telecommunications assets, summer camps, and high-end residential properties.

Economic Development Incentives

Our SALT team assists companies seeking to locate or expand in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island to take advantage of available economic incentives. The team also regularly lobbies on behalf of business groups in Maine to maintain or expand incentives, including Business Equipment Tax Exemption benefits, investment tax credits, tax increment financing, employment tax increment financing, new markets tax credits, and Pine Tree Zone benefits.

Income & Franchise Taxes
Our SALT team serves clients with every variety of Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire income, business profits and financial institution franchise tax issues from nexus, to tax base, apportionment and credits. In addition to handling controversies at all levels, from audit to state supreme courts, our SALT attorneys provide assistance with planning, including entity structure issues.
Sales and Use Taxes, Other Transactional Taxes
Our SALT attorneys are called upon to assist clients with a full range of sales and use tax issues in Maine and Massachusetts, as well as nexus issues arising in other states as a result of remote sales, activities of affiliates or independent contractors, remote use of servers or programming and other activities. We help clients with issues arising from other transactional taxes in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, including real estate transfer taxes, meals and lodging taxes, service provider taxes and fuel taxes.
Tax Credit Financing & Syndication

In today’s tight credit market tax credits are often an important piece of financing a project. Pierce Atwood’s attorneys have substantial experience with tax credit financing, including both state and federal new markets tax credits, historic rehabilitation tax credits, and renewable energy tax credits. We regularly work with businesses and developers to utilize these programs in a variety of ways, including real estate, manufacturing, and energy infrastructure projects. Because Pierce Atwood is a multi-service law firm, our tax credit attorneys draw on the knowledge and experience of our other practice groups (e.g., Business, Real Estate, Environmental, and Energy) to successfully bring projects to a financial closing. We pride ourselves on working collaboratively with our clients to find practical, efficient, and creative ways to achieve our client’s goals.