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State & Local Tax

Mayer Brown's Tax practice is globally recognized as a top-tier practice by Chambers USA, Legal 500 United States and International Tax Review.


Tax Group of the Year 2017

US Tax Reform Roadmap

Mayer Brown receives two top tax awards in ITR’s 2018 Americas Tax Awards

Mayer Brown’s State & Local Tax (SALT) group, comprising nationally recognized tax professionals, brings a deep bench of practical experience to the four pillars of our practice: substantive precision, creativity, teamwork and relationship-building with governmental decision makers. We strive to be trusted advisors on all types of SALT issues: audit defense and litigation, complex business restructuring, legislative guidance, planning and consulting. We regularly partner with our firm’s federal Tax group to add value and insight to our SALT practice, and we have addressed issues with regard to a broad array of tax types, including corporate income and franchise, gross receipts, sales and use, real property transfer, utility, business license and personal income taxes. We also regularly advise clients on unclaimed property matters.

We serve a diverse client base, spanning Fortune 100 companies, start-ups and family offices in various industries, including financial services, insurance, energy, technology, retail, entertainment, food and real estate.

We work with our clients to mitigate state and local tax risks and avoid tax assessments. If clients are faced with assessments, we work with administrative agencies to obtain favorable, confidential settlements. When settlement is not possible, we have the resources and experience to litigate even the most complex state tax questions “all the way up.” Our lawyers have been involved in many of the groundbreaking SALT decisions around the country. For example, our firm won Polar Tankers v. City of Valdez before the United States Supreme Court, a closely watched case among state and local tax practitioners.

Mayer Brown’s SALT professionals are highly regarded and well respected. Several team members began their careers litigating matters on behalf of federal, state and local departments of revenue and currently serve on government-organized advisory boards. Our experience on both sides of the aisle allows us to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions to most state or local tax issues. Our lawyers are frequent contributors to leading SALT publications and regularly present at nationwide tax conferences.

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