At Lewis Thomason our greatest strength is our people. Our attorneys are seasoned litigators and transactional attorneys who stand ready to address your legal problems and serve as your complete source for legal and business advice. We are knowledgeable and experienced in a wide range of federal and state tax matters, and we handle cases for clients across Tennessee and the United States.
Tax Controversy & Litigation
Our attorneys handle tax controversy matters before the Internal Revenue Service and state taxing authorities, including administrative appeals and trial and appellate litigation in state and federal courts. Our experience extends to United States Tax Court; federal district and appellate courts; and state trial and appellate courts.
Examinations & Collections
Our attorneys represent clients in complex personal and business audits for both federal and state tax matters. We offer broad experience in preparing offers in compromise; installment agreements; penalty and interest abatement requests; and collection due process hearing requests. We also have successfully petitioned the IRS and state taxing authorities for removal of federal tax liens and levies on behalf of our clients.
Estate Planning & Trusts
Our attorneys offer a wealth of experience in advising individuals and families in planning for the future. Our Estate Planning practice focuses on creating a comprehensive estate plan tailor-made for the individual client and has experience drafting a full range of estate planning instruments including wills, trusts, family business entities, living wills, powers of attorney and other health care directives.
Probate & Estate Administration
Our attorneys provide complete representation in estate administration, including probate court administration and litigation, estate and trust administration, guardianships, and conservatorships. We work closely with our clients to guide them through the complex estate administration process to ensure that both probate and non-probate estates are administered in accordance with the law.
Business Formation, Advising, & Litigation
Our attorneys assist clients in the choice and formation of the most appropriate business entity for their business and tax needs, whether a general partnership, limited partnership, limited liability company, corporation, or S corporation. We handle tax issues for individual and business clients at the state and federal levels, including advice for income tax planning, such as compensation issues, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and other investment considerations, and operational and organizational matters for large and small businesses. We also assist with planning for business succession, estate and gift tax and income tax.
State and Local Tax
Our tax attorneys are well-versed in state tax issues, including state franchise and excise tax; sales and use tax; business tax; Hall income tax; and property taxes. We assist business clients with operations, sales, or property in multiple states with state and local tax compliance. We also offer a wide range of experience in state and local tax disputes, including property tax disputes, and assist with letter ruling requests to serve our clients’ specific needs.
Nonprofit and 501(c) Advising
Our attorneys advise a wide range of nonprofit entities, including organizations focused on economic and community development, disaster relief, and scientific research, as well as charitable organizations. We handle entity formation, applications for federal 501(c) nonprofit status, and offer ongoing advisory services to ensure maintenance of nonprofit status. Additionally, we assist and advise nonprofits with respect to state and local tax and legal issues.
Our attorneys are seasoned litigators and professionals who stand ready to address your legal problems and offer sound legal advice upon which to base your business decisions.