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Tax decisions affect nearly every industry, presenting challenges and risks to individuals, privately-held businesses and public companies alike. Whether you own an established business or nonprofit organization, work for a government agency, or handle domestic and cross-border transactions, Dickinson Wright’s Taxation practice offers innovative and comprehensive services to assist you in navigating the complicated universe of tax laws.


As a full-service law firm with offices across the U.S. and in Canada, we work seamlessly cross-border to assist clients with U.S. federal, state, and local tax law matters, as well as Canadian federal, provincial, and local tax law matters.


Our Services


  • U.S. Partnership Tax

  • Transactional Tax Planning

  • State & Local Tax

  • Tax-Exempt Organizations

  • International Tax

  • Corporate Tax


Transactional Tax

• Partnership formation, capitalization, acquisitions, dispositions, and other transactional matters
• Tax-free corporate reorganizations, entity recapitalizations, and business restructurings
• Tax consequences of buying or selling a business entity or its assets
• Tax planning for distributions, redemptions, and owner buyouts
• Tax matters associated with fund formation of private equity funds.
• Tax matters associated with the acquisition and disposition of portfolio investments by private equity funds
• Federal tax aspects of real estate financing and development
• Tax-advantaged financing structures, including tax-exempt bond financing, New Market Tax Credits, federal historic rehabilitation credits, and low-income housing credits

State and Local Tax

Dickinson Wright’s state and local tax attorneys regularly provide a range of services to clients aimed at mitigating tax burdens and obtaining relief:

• Advising clients regarding the state and local tax implications of mergers, acquisitions, and asset purchases
• Advising clients regarding successor liability for taxes
• Pursuing multistate voluntary disclosure agreements to reduce penalties and past tax liabilities
• Obtaining refunds of overpaid sales and use taxes
• Advising developers and construction contractors regarding transaction privilege tax liability
• Advising computer data center and renewable energy properties regarding tax incentives, sales and use taxes, contracting, taxes, and property taxes
• Obtaining property tax exemptions for nonprofit entities


International Tax

• Application of U.S. bilateral tax treaties
• Customs and excise taxes
• Canadian and U.S. inbound and outbound investments, and other cross-border transactions
• Joint venture structures involving U.S. and Canadian entities

Tax-Exempt Organizations

• Formation of tax-exempt organizations
• Application for recognition of federal tax-exempt status
• Federal tax law compliance issues
• Private foundation operations
• Federal tax planning involving joint ventures among exempt-organizations
• Unrelated Business Income Tax compliance counseling

Tax Controversy

• Representing clients in connection with audit examinations and other tax controversy matters before the Internal Revenue Service, Revenue Canada Agency, state, provincial, and local tax authorities
• Real property assessment, valuation and classification disputes, and litigation

Representative Case Matters

• Tax counsel to companies in various industry sectors, including the technology, real estate, charter school management, manufacturing, distribution, retail, financial, insurance, legal, healthcare, and other industries.

• Counsel to closely-held and public companies in connection with federal tax matters, including tax-free corporate reorganization, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures.

• Served as tax counsel to issuers of billions of dollars of tax-exempt bonds, including governmental bonds, private activity bonds, qualified 501(c)(3) bonds, and exempt facility bonds.

• Counseled developers, nonprofit, for-profit, and government entities with respect to over $100 million of tax-advantaged financings and economic development incentives including federal New Market Tax Credits, federal Historic Rehabilitation Credits, state tax credits, and other federal and state tax incentives.

• Provided counsel to private equity funds regarding fund formation and tax-related matters, with an emphasis on federal partnership tax issues.

• Counseled individual and business clients in connection with business and investment transactions to minimize taxes and comply with tax laws.

• Counseled clients concerning formation of business entities, choice of entity, and related matters.

• Represented small to multinational businesses in connection with federal and state tax controversies, including tax appeals and refund litigation.

• Represented numerous manufacturing and industrial properties to reduce their ad valorem liabilities by millions of dollars.

• Advised multistate multilevel marketing companies regarding sales and use tax nexus matters.
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