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Attorneys in Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s tax practice represent clients ranging from national companies to individuals and closely held businesses. We add value by helping our clients plan their business and investment activities to attain their business objectives while minimizing their local, state, and federal taxes. Our tax attorneys deal with the Internal Revenue Service, the Oregon Department of Revenue, and the Washington Department of Revenue, as well as many local governments, and are actively involved with local, state, federal, and international tax issues. Additionally, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn represents national, regional, and local companies in administrative hearings and in state and federal courts in tax disputes with revenue authorities. 

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn tax attorneys are recognized leaders in their field, from having served (or serving) on the executive committee of the Oregon State Bar’s Tax Section (three as its chair) and from being regular speakers at a variety of industry and professional seminars. Our tax attorneys work behind the scenes on legislative and regulatory matters and represent clients through all stages of appeals and in tax court.

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Representative Experience

We have experience representing individuals and entities in all phases of tax controversy, from initial inquiry (or audit) through final litigation. Our practice encompasses local, state, and federal controversies, and many types of taxes (license, property, income, excise, sales and use, etc.). We have had substantial success resolving tax controversies early in the process, before exhausting all available avenues. Our focus on achieving a prompt, efficient, and successful resolution of tax controversy matters has resulted in many referrals from satisfied clients.
Successfully represented multistate client before multiple levels of state courts in an appeal of a state corporate income tax assessment. Case involved complex issues related to apportionment of income, administrative procedure, statutory and regulatory interpretation, and constitutional limits on state taxation.
Assisted client in designing, negotiating, and drafting a complex compensation agreement for an incoming senior executive, taking into account federal limitations on nonqualified deferred compensation.
Presented, testified on, and helped amend Oregon's Business Energy Tax Credit program and other financing mechanisms for renewable energy projects.
Advised client with respect to the use of state and federal tax incentives related to the development of an alternative energy project. Issues included ownership structure, conversion of incentives to equity, related tax concerns, and application for incentives.