Transactional Tax (Federal & International)
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The tax implications of any business transaction — whether a routine day-to-day transaction or a merger, acquisition, or divestiture — should not be overlooked. While the tax advantages of a deal often serve as a primary driver of the transaction, any potential tax disadvantages or other implications should also be taken into consideration long before signing on the dotted line.  

The transactional tax attorneys of Jones Walker LLP provide sophisticated, full-spectrum counsel to a broad range of clients, including regular corporations, Subchapter S corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. We have extensive experience advising clients on the many domestic and international tax issues that play a role in complex, high-stakes deals. Our lawyers regularly help businesses negotiate tax-efficient structures for sophisticated transactions that also mitigate the risk of scrutiny from federal & state and local tax authorities.

The Best Lawyers in America© has included a number of our attorneys among the nation’s top tax advisors, a reflection of the depth of our experience and the quality of our service. We understand that each client has unique goals and needs, faces a constantly changing array of market pressures, and is often presented with industry- and sector-specific tax obligations and opportunities. Drawing on our in-depth knowledge of our clients and their industries —including energy, manufacturing, and water transportation — we offer seamless, cross-disciplinary counsel and practical, real-world solutions.

Our lawyers often serve as members of our clients’ broader teams of internal and external tax and business advisors. We are committed to working in a collegial, cooperative manner, implementing efficient processes, and providing clear communications at every step to add value to our clients’ businesses. We advise clients on the tax-implications of a broad range of transactions, including the following:

For-Profit Companies

  • Business structures and formations, including corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies
  • Financing transactions, including stock sales and issuance of debt
  • Acquisitions, contributions, dispositions, and installment sales of property
  • Liquidations
  • Operating distributions and redemptions
  • Requests for private letter rulings
  • Tax-free reorganizations, including spin-offs and split-offs
  • Tax-free like-kind exchanges of property
  • State tax credits and incentives
  • New markets tax credit transactions

501(c)(3) and Other Tax-Exempt Organizations

  • Formation and operations
  • Applying for and maintaining tax-exempt status
  • Compliance issues