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Taxation

brigham young monument utahBrent Armstrong and Matthew Hess are two of the Mountain West’s foremost tax experts.  Together they have a half-century of experience in handling complex federal and state tax matters, anchoring our standing as a “go-to” boutique law firm for tax matters.

Our tax clients are located throughout the western United States.  We help our clients navigate the Byzantine complexity of the federal and state tax codes.  Our attorneys have successfully represented both individuals and corporate clients in most facets of federal and state taxation.  They have also served as expert witnesses in civil litigation cases where tax matter are at issue.

Our tax planning and consulting practice regularly helps clients consider the tax implications of complex transactions to implement their business strategies successfully.  We routinely guide teams of legal, accounting, and business professionals to structure deals efficiently.

Our tax capabilities, extensive transactional experience, and industry knowledge have made us a trusted choice for clients with complex business deals. We proactively look for opportunities to improve the tax consequences of the transaction. We routinely assist clients with the tax aspects of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, split-ups, and spin-offs, plus real estate and other investment transactions.

We regularly serve as special tax counsel in transactions that entail novel tax issues or are especially tax-sensitive. We negotiate and draft the tax aspects of merger and acquisition agreements, partnership agreements, LLC operating agreements, joint venture agreements, and related agreements.

We assist our clients in partnership (including LLC), and S corporation tax planning. We have structured a wide variety of joint ventures for clients.

Our tax controversy practice solves clients’ most difficult problems within the IRS administrative process and in the courts.

Our tax return preparation practice is open to all clients, with a special emphasis on estate tax returns, income tax returns for LLCs, partnerships, estates and trusts, returns for foundations and other non-profit entities.

Our expertise includes the following areas of taxation:

  • 501(c)(3) organizations
  • 501(c)(4) organizations
  • 501(c)(6) organizations
  • 645 elections
  • 754 elections
  • 1031 exchanges
  • 6166 elections
  • C corporations
  • classification of entities
  • complex tax returns
  • consulting for other professionals–CPAs, lawyers, trustees, investors, financial planners
  • correcting and amending prior year returns
  • cost segregation studies
  • dealer vs. investor status
  • disregarded entities
  • employee vs. independent contractor status
  • employment taxes
  • estate tax returns
  • failure to file tax returns
  • federal and state income taxation of partnerships, limited liability companies, LLCs, S corporations, C corporations, tax-exempt organizations
  • federal and state tax disputes/litigation
  • federal estate and gift taxation
  • gift tax returns
  • tax-minimization strategies
  • non-profit organizations
  • pass-through entities
  • property tax appeals
  • S corporations
  • sales tax disputes
  • tax audits
  • 1031 tax-free exchanges
  • tax-free reorganizations
  • tax planning
  • tax strategies
  • taxpayer ID and other registration numbers