For more than 25 years, clients have trusted Alston & Bird to handle their state tax disputes and to litigate state tax cases across the country. It is one reason why we were named “Law Firm of the Year” in Tax Law in the 2020 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” We try tax cases on a regular, if not daily, basis. Many of the cases we have managed were favorably resolved by settlement without having to try the case, but we have and will litigate the case when necessary. We are well-versed in alternative dispute resolution, employing both mediation and arbitration when in the best interest of our client.
Our clients find that we often provide the greatest value by overseeing their issues across multiple state and local jurisdictions. We coordinate multistate audits, appeals, and litigation strategy with an eye toward the varying positions taken by other jurisdictions, differences in each jurisdiction’s applicable tax laws, and diverse administrative practices and forum considerations. We serve multistate counsel on issues of business/nonbusiness income, apportionment methodologies, composition of the unitary group, and nexus.
We assist at all levels and typically handle cases from initial administrative appeals through subsequent court actions. When our lawyers make a strong argument at the administrative stage, the taxing authorities have every incentive to settle the case. If we are unable to resolve the matter favorably, we vigorously pursue the appeal.