Taxation

When it comes to taxes, this much is certain—you can count on Skelton Taintor & Abbott. Our nationally recognized taxation attorneys specialize in turning the complex tax code into smart, straightforward strategies that will save you money and stand up in court. We vigorously defend clients against state and federal tax audits, and our winning arguments have set national precedents for tax law in the United States Tax Court and prevailed in the Maine Supreme Court.

Our top-rated tax attorneys provide corporate clients with clear legal counsel on:

  • 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 tax attorneys litigate personal and real property tax valuation cases on behalf of municipalities and counties, businesses, and individuals. We work 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.

ST&A’s deep knowledge of income taxes, business and sales taxes, estate and gift tax, property tax and more lets our clients protect more of their profits. To see how powerful our in-depth knowledge of the tax code can be for you or your business, call for a free tax law consultation today 207.784.3200.

Bryan M. Dench 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. 

Bryan M. Dench successfully argued before the Maine Supreme Court on behalf of the City of Lewiston that the nonprofit Marcotte Congregate Housing building did not qualify for an exemption because it rented part of its building to a for-profit business.