Pierce Atwood’s State and Local Tax attorneys work with sophisticated business and individual clients to solve complex local and multistate tax problems. Our focused practice, with deep expertise in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island tax matters, and a multistate perspective, allows us to provide practical and efficient representation to our clients. This means we are as adept at advising national and multinational businesses on New England tax issues as we are at guiding local clients through 50-state dilemmas. We advise clients in all corners of state and local tax law, from business transactions and tax planning, to policy and legislative work, to audit defense, litigation, and dispute resolution.
In addition to the areas of expertise listed below, our tax attorneys handle myriad other issues, including residency issues for individuals and trusts, insurance premiums taxes, hospital taxes, tree growth taxes, and unclaimed property issues.
Income & Franchise Taxes
Our 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 attorneys provide assistance with planning, including entity structure issues.
We have decades of experience with both planning and appeals 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 abatement work include pulp and paper mills, power plants, interstate pipelines, electric utility systems, federal superfund sites, hotels, real estate developments, telecommunications assets, summer camps, shopping malls, and high-end residential properties.
Sales & Use Taxes, Other Transactional Taxes
Our tax 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.