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Our Seattle tax attorneys provide comprehensive tax planning and advice for businesses. Ryan Swanson attorneys advise clients on federal, state, local and international tax matters, and assist with tax audits, appeals to administrative agencies and court litigation.
Our tax attorneys also work closely with our clients' accountants and financial advisors to structure transactions, comply with tax reporting, and promote client interests in a variety of matters. We work closely with other firm attorneys to ensure that our tax practice is consistent and integrated with other transactions or projects our firm may be working on for one of our clients.
Our Seattle tax attorneys assist clients in achieving business objectives while minimizing their tax costs. Such clients include sole proprietorships, corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, and range in size from small enterprises to publicly-traded concerns. We also assist businesses in negotiating, structuring and documenting business transactions, including:
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Our Tax Group assists clients in structuring compensation arrangements, with a particular focus on ERISA qualified plans, deferred compensation, stock options and golden parachute payments.
Our tax attorneys draft and review qualified pension, profit-sharing and ESOP plans and nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, including qualified and nonqualified stock options. We are also experienced with the 'golden parachute' provisions of tax laws that commonly arise in mergers and acquisitions.
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We provide tax advice in connection with establishing business entities, asset purchases, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and venture financings. We also advise individuals on personal income tax issues, including charitable giving and business succession problems, and assist buyers and sellers in structuring tax deferred like-kind Section 1031 exchanges.
Our Group deals with the tax aspects of foreign individuals and entities engaging in activities in the United States, and U.S. individuals and entities active in foreign jurisdictions, including the tax consequences of business transactions that cross international borders. We advise such companies on structuring their activities to minimize foreign taxation and to maximize U.S. tax benefits. Common issues include: FIRPTA, cross-border withholding taxes, tax treaties, foreign sales corporations, foreign tax credits, the branch profits tax, international reorganizations and acquisitions, transfer pricing and U.S. taxation of income earned through foreign corporations.
We work closely with the firm's Real Estate Group when advising clients with respect to tax issues in real estate matters and transactions. Together, we work to structure and document real estate transactions, including public and private real estate syndications, like-kind exchanges, and workout transactions.
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We help clients minimize their state, county and municipal tax obligations and represent them in tax controversies before state revenue departments. State taxes include business and occupation taxes, sales and use taxes, excise taxes, state income taxes, real estate excise taxes and property taxes. We also assist clients in all aspects of multi-state taxation, including nexus issues and the impact of e-business in multiple jurisdictions.
Our Group advises clients regarding succession strategies with a focus on transferring business ownership to other family members, management groups and third-party purchasers in a tax-effective manner.
We represent taxpayers in audits, appeals, Tax Court, and other court proceedings involving IRS and state tax audits.
We are regularly involved with exempt organization matters, including:
Kari Brotherton, Member and CPA
As a CPA and an attorney, Kari's practice focuses on estates and probates, including presenting, drafting and implementing plans; gift planning; business planning and advice, including starting and restructuring businesses, business transactions, succession planning and compensation planning; tax research and problem solving; responding to IRS notices; tax return preparation and review for trusts and estates; and reviewing accounting records.
Joel H. Paget, Member
Joel H. Paget
Joel's practice includes supervising everything from simple to complex probates and the preparation of federal estate tax returns. He also assists in obtaining business visas, classification, permanent residency and citizenship for immigrants in the United States. Joel also works with immigrants to obtain temporary and permanent positions as executives, managers or specialists and he also advises on treaty rights and obligations for payment or non-payment of taxes.
Philip M. Roberts, Member
Philip M. Roberts
Phil has a business finance and real estate practice. In addition to helping clients organize, finance, buy and sell businesses, he represents clients on complex real estate transactions, including shopping center and other commercial real estate developments, and represents lenders on the financing of such transactions. His involvement includes the acquisition and financing of the properties, as well as the leasing activities associated with commercial projects. Phil finds the business/finance and real estate areas to be complementary to each other.
Stephen McDonald, Associate
Stephen represents clients in a wide variety of taxation, business, and securities matters. He focuses his practice on helping businesses, whether large or small and whether established or in the process of getting started, to navigate legal complexities so that they can focus on their day-to-day business operations without having to worry about tax or legal issues.