State and Local Tax
Skadden advises clients throughout the country across a wide range of industries on the full spectrum of state and local tax issues, including planning, compliance, litigation and policy matters. We routinely represent some of the world’s largest companies in cutting-edge and complex state and local tax matters.
Clients turn to us to handle all aspects of state and local taxation, including issues related to corporate income, franchise, personal income, employer withholding, sales and use, telecommunications, insurance and hotel occupancy taxes, in many of the most complex U.S. and cross-border transactions.
In addition, we advise on state and local tax controversy, including audits, attorney general and legislative investigations, trial court litigation and appeal. As part of a leading nationwide tax controversy and litigation practice, we have significant experience in federal and state courts throughout the U.S., including federal and state appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Recent and ongoing representations include:
- Altria Group Inc. in a dispute with the Michigan Department of Treasury challenging the state’s power to tax a $4.7 billion gain as extraterritorial income. Litigation in the state Court of Claims resolved with a full concession by the Michigan Department of Treasury
- Priceline.com with regard to nationwide sales and use, as well as hotel occupancy tax disputes, including long-running litigation in more than 50 separate lawsuits in state and federal courts
- Endo International Plc. as tax controversy counsel in connection with Skadden’s role as primary restructuring counsel in Endo’s ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding in the Southern District of New York
- A multinational utility company in reaching a highly favorable settlement in connection with a state income tax dispute involving the addback of related party interest
- A leading global professional services company in reaching a favorable settlement on the eve of trial in a case at the New York State Division of Tax Appeals involving royalties paid by the client to a foreign affiliate
- A large data company in sales and income tax disputes with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue
- Several insurance companies in appellate litigation challenging taxes imposed to fund state insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act
- Several clients on income tax apportionment issues, including non-business income issues, in audits and litigation
- Several clients in defending emerging new models of tax enforcement, including qui tam, contingency fee, class action tax lawsuits and state attorney general investigations
- Several clients in obtaining rulings and other forms of discretionary relief from state and local tax administrators throughout the country
- Several clients in filing merits and amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court and state supreme courts involving state and local tax issues
Skadden has been named Law360’s Tax Group of the Year every year since 2015, as well as No. 1 in Vault’s Best Law Firm for tax every year since 2010. We also were recently named 2023 Tax Law Firm of the Year in U.S. News — Best Lawyers as part of the publication’s 13th edition of the Best Law Firms rankings. Our tax practice and its members are repeatedly recognized in the highest bands of Chambers USA, Chambers High Net Worth, The Legal 500 and Tax Directors Handbook.