Background - Practices (Details)
State & Local Taxation

Crowell & Moring provides state tax advice and representation to large corporations across the nation. Our tax lawyers have represented clients for decades in virtually every state on a wide variety of state tax issues. Our state tax practice focuses on: (1) multistate tax planning and consulting; (2) state tax audit controversy assistance, settlement, and litigation; and (3) recovery of state tax refunds. Our lawyers have decades of multistate experience in state income and franchise taxes, sales and use taxes, gross receipts taxes, and unclaimed property. Our state tax clients include Fortune 500 companies across the industry spectrum, including retailers and manufacturers, providers of digital goods, service providers, and financial service institutions.

We regularly advise clients on state tax matters related to M&A transactions and bankruptcies, as well as on the filing implications of new legislation, regulations, and judicial developments. Our experience in state tax planning and litigation enables us to alert our clients to best practices and to help them improve their state tax efficiency. We work closely with our clients in the defense of state tax audits, where much of our work takes place beyond the glare of publicity that companies seek to avoid. Our experience includes negotiating confidential multistate voluntary disclosure agreements, developing policy positions and, where appropriate, providing tax opinions to support our clients' filing positions. When necessary, we have the resources and experience to represent clients throughout court systems and before the U.S. Supreme Court. Additionally, we identify and prosecute refund claims — or offsets to audit assessments — as part of Crowell's multidisciplinary "recovery" practice.