The principal goal of Hodgson Russ attorneys working in the area of tax dispute resolution is to win your case. Our tax attorneys represent clients in local, state, federal, and international tax disputes – from the audit level through the appellate process and in the court system. Our tax attorneys have collective experience in virtually every facet of tax law. We are very active in the American Bar Association, holding key positions on the executive committees of the New York State Bar Association and various tax committees, and teach tax courses at major law schools. Working in tandem with team members who practice a full range of other business areas, our attorneys are able to advocate for clients from most angles of a tax dispute.

We strive to find innovative solutions to seemingly impossible situations. In some instances where the law or interpretive authority has run counter to our clients’ interests, we have sought—and frequently obtained—policy, regulatory, or statutory changes. We work closely with other advisors, such as in-house counsel or financial advisors, and whether the client is an individual or a Fortune 500 company, can handle as much or as little of a matter as is appropriate. 

Our Publications

Our tax dispute resolution attorneys are on the forefront of the law, writing the books other practitioners read. These publications were written by our attorneys:

  • Contesting New York State Tax Assessments, 4th Edition, New York State Bar Association
  • 2019 Guidebook to New York Taxes (CCH)
  • New York Residency and Allocation Audit Handbook (CCH)
  • New York State Sales and Use Tax Answer Book (CCH)
  • What to Expect in a Sales and Use Tax Audit (Hodgson Russ)
  • What to Expect in a Residency Audit (Hodgson Russ)

For information about how to obtain any of these handbooks, please see Practice Resources below.

Other publications written or edited by our tax attorneys include:

  • "Broadening New York's Decanting Statute” (New York Law Journal)
  • Canadian Tax Highlights (a monthly publication from the Canadian Tax Foundation)
  • Annual Guidebook to New York Taxes (CCH)
  • A monthly column in State Tax Notes (a national publication about state and local tax)
  • New York Residency & Allocation Audit Handbook (CCH)
  • Canadian Companion to 1040 Preparation and Planning Guide (CCH)
  • Practice Advisor (LexisNexis)

Hodgson Russ LLP has been awarded prestigious "Best Law Firms" rankings by Best Lawyers/U.S. News & World Report in the categories of National Tier 2, Tax Law and Litigation – Tax, Metropolitan Tier 1, Tax Law, and Metropolitan Tier 2, Litigation – Tax. 


News & Insights

Practice Resources

  • What to Expect in a New York Sales and Use Tax Audit: issues that typically come up in a sales and use tax audit are described by SALT attorneys in a question/answer format. 

    Access a free copy of this informational booklet.

  • What to Expect in a Residency Audit: using a question and answer format, SALT attorneys provide general information about these types of audits. 

Access a free copy of this informational booklet.

  • Frequently asked questions, and their answers, regarding sales and use tax audits can be found in the New York Sales and Use Tax Answer Book, written by Hodgson Russ attorneys Mark S. Klein and Joshua K. Lawrence. Purchase on Amazon. 
  • Mark S. Klein and Timothy P. Noonan have also co-authored a resource book about tax assessments titled: Contesting New York State Tax Assessments, 4th Edition
  • Mark S. Klein and Joseph N. Endres have co-authored the 2019 Guidebook to New York Taxes, a reference source of information on this topic. Purchase on the CCH CPELink website
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