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Taxes in New York (TiNY) is a blog by the Hodgson Russ LLP State and Local Tax Practice Group. The weekly reports are intended to go out within 24 hours of the Division of Tax Appeals’ (DTA) publication of new ALJ Determinations and Tribunal Decisions. In addition to the weekly reports TiNY may provide analysis of and commentary on other developments in the world of New York tax law.  

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From planning and compliance to litigation and damage control, the Hodgson Russ SALT Practice Group provides legal solutions specifically tailored to meet our clients’ requirements.

Audits. The Group’s professionals regularly help clients navigate the murky waters of an audit, including New York State sales and use tax audits, corporation income tax audits, franchise tax audits, flow-through entity audits and abandoned property audits. During the past 25 years, we’ve handled thousands of residency and income-allocation cases, and we’ve been told by high-ranking New York State Tax Department officials that we handle more residency cases than any other law firm.

No matter where a client is in the audit process, whether it’s initial contact or collections, the Hodgson Russ LLP SALT Practice Group can help achieve a satisfactory resolution.

Litigation. When litigation is inevitable, Hodgson Russ LLP approaches it as a business and legal challenge. Hodgson Russ’ SALT attorneys have represented hundreds of clients before the New York State and New York City administrative tax courts and tax courts in other states. We also are well-versed in their procedural intricacies.

Our attorneys handle a variety of judicial matters, including obtaining declaratory judgments and prosecuting judicial appeals from the administrative courts, and we have advocated on behalf of clients in all of New York’s judicial and quasi-judicial institutions, from conciliation conferences to oral arguments before New York’s highest court: the Court of Appeals.

In 2014, we won one of the most important residency cases in decades at New York’s highest court. And Hodgson Russ LLP is the only firm to use the provisions of the CPLR to obtain legal fees (more than $145,000) against the Tax Department in a litigated tax case.

Government relations. The SALT Practice’s strong Albany presence, combined with its extensive technical and substantive tax knowledge, give Hodgson Russ LLP an edge at the legislative level to lobby effectively for or against changes in the tax law on our clients’ behalf. Our attorneys work closely with decision-makers in the state and city tax departments, as well as with legislators and legislative and executive tax-writing staff members.

Multistate tax issues. Hodgson Russ’ income tax lawyers help many businesses that operate in other states deal with the widely varying tax laws and regulations that affect them. We also help clients create a plan of action for managing multistate tax compliance using our proprietary Matrix planning tool to help clients quantify their exposure through a state-by-state consideration of audit risk and liability exposure.