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Attorneys
Darcie P.L. Beaudin
Bryan M. Dench
Norman J. Rattey

Skelton, Taintor & Abbott lawyers maintain an extensive practice representing clients in tax-related matters. Whether the issue involves  income tax questions, for business or an individual, estate and gift tax, or an ad valorem tax such as property taxes or sales taxes our tax lawyers have the knowledge and experience to advocate successfully on behalf of our clients.  We have years of experience dealing with the Internal Revenue Service and state and local tax authorities in ruling requests, audits, and appeals.  We have successfully tried tax cases in the courts, including the United States Tax Court, and before administrative agencies.

We counsel business clients on many business tax issues, from the straightforward to the complex, such as:

  • Qualifying for Subchapter S taxation
  • Entity tax classification
  • Tax aspects of business formation and entity selection
  • Income tax accounting issues
  • Depreciation
  • Taxes on excess accumulations
  • Valuation and appraisals
  • Inventories
  • Employee related deductions
  • Qualified plans
  • Non qualified deferred compensation
  • Phantom stock plans
  • ESOPs

Our attorneys have litigated personal and real property tax valuation cases on behalf of municipalities and counties, businesses, and individual tax payers. We have worked closely with local property assessors in valuation and exemption cases. We have successfully tried property tax abatement cases before the local boards of assessment review and the State Board of Property Tax Review. We also represent individuals and businesses in tax audits and disputes involving the Internal Revenue Service and with state tax authorities.

Our tax attorneys frequently write and lecture on tax subjects and are recognized for their expertise by listing in Best Lawyers in America and New England Super Lawyers.

For example, one of our attorneys established a nationwide legal precedent in winning a United States Tax Court case for a taxpayer who had structured a tax free section 1031 exchange of real estate that the IRS attacked.  Or as an example of our legal acumen in property taxation issues, a Skelton, Taintor & Abbott lawyer prevailed in an important taxation case argued before the Maine Supreme Court on behalf of the City of Lewiston. The case involved the question of whether the nonprofit Marcotte Congregate Housing building qualified for property tax exemption. The court agreed with our position that Marcotte Congregate Housing did not qualify for an exemption because it rented part of its building to a for-profit business.

Skelton, Taintor & Abbott is a full-service law firm based in central Maine. Established in 1853, we have built a reputation as one of Maine’s most respected and effective law firms. We serve individuals, businesses and government clients in Portland, South Portland, Biddeford, Lewiston, Auburn, Rockland, Augusta, Waterville and Bangor, as well as Androscoggin, Cumberland and York counties, and throughout Maine.