The Derbes Law Firm represents clients before taxing authorities and advises clients regarding tax matters.
Sales & use tax audit representation for businesses sometimes leads to litigation in court regarding such issues. Such representation has resulted in reported cases such as Elevating Boats v. Parish of Plaquemines, 953 So.2d 826 (La. App. 4 Cir. 2006) and Sales Tax Collector vs. Hilti, Inc., 568 So.2d 1168 (La. App. 5 Cir. 1990). Personal liability exists for unpaid sales taxes.
Income Taxation can be complex. We represent persons and companies in audits by the Internal Revenue Service, which can often be successfully handled administratively, without going to court. If we have to go to Tax Court or Federal District Court – – or higher – – the Derbes Law Firm handles such work, as can be observed in Medical & Business Facilities Ltd. v. C.I.R., 60 F.3d 207 (5th Cir. (La.), 1995). We also represent persons when back taxes are owed, including offers in compromise and discharge in bankruptcy.
Payroll taxes, when unpaid, can create huge burdens not only on companies, but also upon the other persons the law makes personally liable. The Derbes Law Firm provides advice and representation in such trying times.
Tax Advice and Planning
Transactions have tax implications. Best to choose have to proceed with knowledge of the tax consequences. With both a CPA and a Board Certified Tax attorney at the firm, the Derbes Law Firm has proper support for advice regarding income tax implications, whether for individual, corporate and partnership taxation, including taxation in connection with limited liability companies. We also advise in connection with federal estate taxation. Finally, when the ability to pay taxes that are owed arises, we handle the interplay of taxation and bankruptcy.