Gunster’s goal is to provide clear, concise and practical tax counsel. Our Tax attorneys are dedicated to guiding a broad selection of clients through complex tax laws and regulations in order to achieve their business and personal objectives. Our clients include middle-market companies, multistate and multinational companies, privately held and family businesses, investment funds, closely held S corporations, LLCs and partnerships, startups, entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals.
Gunster is focused on tax counsel that enhances our clients’ financial goals. Our attorneys provide a wide range of advice on commercial transactions, including legal counsel pertaining to the tax implications of:
- Business structuring
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Corporate finance
- Partnerships and joint ventures
- Executive compensation
- ERISA, qualified and nonqualified plans
- Private equity and investment funds
- Real estate transactions
- Private wealth services and estate planning
- Tax-exempt organizations
- Sales & use tax, documentary stamp tax and taxation of property
- Inbound and outbound international tax planning
- Tax controversy and litigation, including white-collar defense
Our Tax team seeks to structure complex transactions that ensure efficiencies and minimize burdens. Gunster attorneys are involved in the tax aspects of structuring public and private mergers, acquisitions, buyouts, joint ventures, spinoffs and other acquisitions and divestitures, as well as initial public offerings, secondary offerings and other securities-related transactions. Our attorneys structure pre-spinoff and post-merger/acquisition reorganizations and commercial transactions, as well as perform due diligence reviews to help clients uncover the tax liabilities and pitfalls in these transactions. Gunster’s Tax team assists clients in navigating the complexities of S corporation and partnership tax-related issues and structuring, including buy/sell agreements, restricted stock issuances, service partner transactions and LLC membership interest transactions.
Gunster attorneys are involved in capital market transactions. Our Tax team advises on the consequences of derivative and structured transactions. Gunster advises private equity funds, hedge funds and other equity funds on formation and other tax issues. Our attorneys are dedicated to providing insight regarding the tax-efficient use of special purpose vehicles, regulated investment companies and offshore special purpose vehicles.
Real estate is one of the most important industries in Florida. Gunster’s Tax team advises domestic and international clients on tax issues affecting their real estate investments. Our attorneys offer legal counsel regarding the tax aspects of a broad range of real estate transactions, including property acquisitions and sales, like-kind exchanges, involuntary condemnations, conservation easements, FIRPTA withholding transactions and development joint ventures. Gunster attorneys are also involved with real estate and mortgage-related securitizations, cross-border real estate initiatives and real estate-related structured finance, project finance, derivatives and leasing transactions.
When a tax controversy arises, Gunster’s objective is to help clients resolve the dispute. Our attorneys have experience in resolving sensitive IRS audits and investigations. Our Tax team is called upon to advise on collection and fraud cases, transfer pricing controversies, compliance and reporting, compromising tax debts and defense of reporting positions, as well as to resolve employment-related tax challenges and contested tax refunds. Gunster is committed to assisting clients through audits, administrative appeals, litigation and appellate matters. Our team represents clients before a host of agencies, in administrative hearings and in court, striving to consistently provide solutions to complex disputes with often serious financial consequences.
Florida is an international destination for investment. As a result, Gunster endeavors to help clients to maximize the benefits of entity and transaction structures, as well as to minimize burdens beyond state lines. Gunster’s Tax team advises U.S. taxpayers on foreign investments, joint ventures and operations including entity structuring, jurisdictional selection, and reporting and compliance issues. Our lawyers have guided non-U.S.-based clients through matters that range from the establishment of U.S. subsidiaries and affiliated entities, distribution arrangements, U.S. real estate acquisitions (residential, commercial and investment uses), business acquisitions and joint ventures, and the restructuring of multinational groups. Our lawyers have also advised both domestic and foreign investment funds regarding tax challenges, as well as international transfer pricing, foreign tax credits, product structuring, withholding tax, and information and compliance reporting needs.