- What We Do
Our Tax Group is dedicating to helping clients minimize risk and maximize tax benefits. We work closely with our clients to develop strategies and solutions reflective of their business objectives and assist in a wide range of tax matters – from structuring complex transactions to resolving tax controversies and valuation disputes.
GSB regularly helps individuals, closely held companies, publicly traded companies and nonprofit organizations in matters involving:
- Corporate, partnership and individual tax planning and advice
- Business formations, reorganizations, distributions, redemptions and liquidations
- Structuring mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other business transactions
- Real and personal property taxation, as well as real estate transactions and personal property exchanges
- Obtaining private letter rulings or technical advice from the National Office of the Internal Revenue Service and state and local tax authorities
- Tax aspects of debt relief and bankruptcy, including debt workouts
- Tax consequences incident to civil litigation
- Sales and use taxation
- Employee benefits and executive compensation planning, documentation and operational compliance
- Federal, state and local civil tax legislation
- Representation in criminal tax investigations, appeals and trials
- Opinions and testimony on tax legislation at the federal, state and local levels
- Tax consequences incident to divorce
Litigated and negotiated settlements for significant property tax appeals on shopping centers pending before the Oregon Tax Court.
Secured substantial property tax refunds for a marina based on a correction of land-use data.
Advised the purchaser of a multimillion-dollar Washington business of the real estate excise tax and sales/use tax ramifications as well as property tax considerations for the transaction.
- Local counsel with Sutherland in challenge to the central assessment of Comcast by the Department of Revenue
Comcast Corporation v. Department of Revenue, 2011 WL 3505148
Garvey Schubert Barer is local counsel with Sutherland in this challenge to the central assessment of Comcast by the Department of Revenue. Taxpayer was successful in the Oregon Tax Court. The case was reversed in part by the Oregon Supreme Court and is on remand in the Tax Court.
Obtained property tax reductions for general office facilities, industrial incubator warehouses, low-income housing projects, and common open-space parcels in planned residential developments.
- Worked on behalf of a large industrial client during multiple years of rapid plant expansions to reach fair property tax values
Successfully worked on behalf of a large industrial client during multiple years of rapid plant expansions to reach fair property tax values in a very complex situation. Established positive working relationships with state and local taxing authorities at the earliest point in the process and thereby avoided any need for tax appeals. Built on those relationships in each succeeding assessment year as the expansions progressed.
- Represented an international software development company in a Washington Department of Revenue audit
Represented an international software development company in a Washington Department of Revenue audit of its gross receipts apportionment, resulting in a large tax refund to the company and reduced future taxes.
Obtained property tax exemptions for low-income housing projects, including large refunds for past years.
Represented New Zealand fruit growers in contract discussions with U.S. parties for the growing of new varietals and horticultural products.
Acted as general counsel to U.S. technology company that raised pre-IPO financing in United Kingdom.
Advised U.S. trading company on sourcing electric power tools in Asia, manufacturing such products under license agreements and the importation into the United States.
- Provided legal and tax advice on the establishment of international joint ventures in the People’s Republic of China
Provided legal and tax advice on the establishment of international joint ventures in the People’s Republic of China for the production of pencils, ice cream, and shoes, respectively.
Counseled U.S. company on sourcing consumer technology products and electronic components in Asia and sale to U.S. wholesalers.
News & Events
- 30 GSB Attorneys Named to the 2018 The Best Lawyers in America® List; Three Lawyers Named ‘Lawyer of the Year’GSB Newsroom, 8.15.17
- State Tax Notes, 7.24.17
- GSB Newsroom, 7.11.17
- Michelle DeLappe Shares Her Perspective on Seattle's Recently Passed Income Tax Measure in an interview with KUOW Public RadioKUOW Public Radio, 7.11.17
- Garvey Schubert Barer Ranked Among Leading U.S. Firms in Chambers USA 2017 Guide; Four Practices and 12 Lawyers FeaturedGSB Newsroom, 5.26.17
- Inc., 5.19.17
- Portland Business Journal (subscription required), 4.20.17
- Michelle DeLappe Makes a Case for Uniformity in Property Tax Valuations in an Interview with Bloomberg BNABloomberg BNA, 4.6.17
- GSB Newsroom, 3.22.17
- GSB Newsroom, 2.16.17
- Bloomberg BNA, 9.19.16
- GSB Press Release, 8.15.16
- The Estate of George H. Bartell et. al. v. Commissioner – IRS Issues an Action on Decision – Was It Too Good to Be True? The IRS Thinks So!Larry's Tax Law, 8.29.17
- Family Business Bulletin, 8.23.17
- Cross Border Business Law Blog, 7.13.17
- Cross Border Business Law Blog, 6.27.17
- Larry's Tax Law, 6.23.17
- Larry's Tax Law, 6.22.17
- Larry's Tax Law, 6.16.17
- Larry's Tax Law, 6.15.17
- Larry's Tax Law, 5.26.17
- Larry's Tax Law, 5.19.17
- Larry's Tax Law, 5.18.17
- Larry's Tax Law, 5.3.17
- Larry's Tax Law, 4.26.17
- Larry's Tax Law, 4.11.17
- Form Over Substance Sometimes Prevails in Tax Law – Estate of George H. Bartell et. al. v. CommissionerLarry's Tax Law, 3.8.17
- Larry's Tax Law, 2.17.17
- Larry's Tax Law, 12.29.16
- Larry's Tax Law, 11.8.16
- Larry's Tax Law, 10.27.16
- Larry's Tax Law, 10.25.16
- Larry's Tax Law, 10.3.16
- Larry's Tax Law, 6.9.16
- "Manufacturing/Energy Issues – Including Carbon Tax/Obsolescence," Council on State Taxation (COST) Property Tax Workshop, held in cooperation with the International Property Tax Workshop (IPTI)Speaking EngagementOak Brook, IL, 9.28.17
- "Don’t React – It’s Time to Proactively Address Property Tax Issues," Council on State Taxation (COST) Property Tax Workshop, held in cooperation with the International Property Tax Workshop (IPTI)Speaking EngagementOak Brook, IL, 9.28.17
- "Living in the Trenches – Best Practices to Handle Complex Valuation Issues," Council on State Taxation (COST) Property Tax Workshop, held in cooperation with the International Property Tax Workshop (IPTI)Speaking EngagementOak Brook, IL, 9.28.17
- "Constitutional Challenges to Income Taxation in the Western States: Putting Seattle’s Income Tax in Proper Perspective," Western States Association of Tax Administrators Conference 2017Speaking EngagementMissoula, Montana, 10.1-10.4.17
- “How the Market Views the Value of ‘Value-Add’ Properties,” Seattle Chapter of the Appraisal Institute Fall Real Estate ConferenceSpeaking EngagementSeattle, WA, 10.6.17
- Speaking EngagementNew York, NY, 10.22.17-10.27.17
- EventChicago, IL, 10.25.17-10.27.17
- Speaking EngagementSan Francisco, CA, 11.12.17-11.17.17
- "A Look at Worker Classification Under Federal, State and Local Law," Willamette Law Review Tax SymposiumSpeaking EngagementSalem, OR, 2.2.18
- Speaking EngagementPortland, OR, 9.8.17
- "Entity Classification – Another Look at the Check-the-Box Regulations," New York University Summer Institute in TaxationSpeaking EngagementNew York, NY, 7.27.17
- "Who is the Taxman? The Intersection of State, Local and Tribal Taxation," The 47th Annual Appraisal for Ad Valorem Taxation of Communications, Energy and Transportation PropertiesSpeaking EngagementWichita, KS, 7.25.17
- "Developments in the World of IRC § 1031 Exchanges," 2017 Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants Annual Real Estate ConferenceSpeaking EngagementPortland, OR, 6.14.17
- Cannabis Business SeminarPortland, OR, 5.18.17
- Speaking EngagementPortland, OR, 4.26.17
- "Oregon Legislative Concept 3548 – Just When You Thought Measure 97 Was Dead, It May Be Back!" Washington State Bar Association Taxation Section SALT Committee MeetingSpeaking EngagementSeattle, WA, 3.23.17
- Speaking EngagementNew Orleans, LA, March 24, 2017
- Speaking EngagementPortland, OR, 12.21.16
- State Tax Notes (Volume 85, Number 2), 7.18.17
- Insights (Willamette Management Associates), Summer 2017
- State Tax Notes (Volume 84, Number 4), 4.24.17
- State Tax Notes, 2.27.17
- American Property Tax Counsel, 12.30.16
- State Tax Notes, 9.26.16
- Journal of Taxation, September 2016
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