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Thompson Coburn provides a full range of federal, state, local and foreign tax planning and tax transactional services, and representation before governmental agencies and tribunals in tax controversies. Our nationally recognized practice includes attorneys who have experience as in-house tax counsel and managing federal and state tax authorities, including a former director of Tax Planning for McDonnell Douglas Corporation, a former International Tax partner at Deloitte & Touche, and a former Director of the Missouri Department of Revenue. Our ability to handle transactional and controversy issues means we can approach a client’s tax work effectively.

Our work involves leading-edge, novel and creative types of transactions. For each assignment, we collaborate with our clients to establish and implement tax strategies to achieve results that are consistent with each client’s risk profile and business objectives. We frequently render tax opinions, especially in support of accountants’ treatment of tax issues for tax return and financial statement purposes.

On behalf of clients, our attorneys also are involved in the development of tax legislative proposals and administrative regulations through professional groups and other contacts. We have drafted and helped enact legislation on new and existing tax programs at both the federal and state levels.

Our tax clients include Fortune 100 and other public companies, multibillion-dollar and other closely held corporations and financial institutions, pass-through entities, large nonprofit institutions, for-profit and nonprofit health care entities, public retirement funds, regulated investment companies and individuals. Our clients are involved in manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing, financial and other service businesses, health care, real estate and government contracting.

Advised manufacturing client on tax aspects of disposition of $50 million of businesses and $1 billion of debt and equity offerings.

Structured in-bound investment by foreign manufacturing entity in order to minimize taxation of sales activities in the U.S.

Negotiated and documented tax provisions in multiple vessel charters and like-kind exchanges aggregating $100 million.

Rendered a tax opinion concerning a $40 million ordinary loss deduction on the abandonment of stock of an affiliate.

Rendered a tax opinion on a $35 million deduction for a litigation settlement payment in connection with a simultaneous stock redemption.

Provided a tax opinion to a pharmaceutical company regarding the deductibility of interest relating to borrowing to hold or carry tax-exempt debt.

Conducted complex tax analysis under IRC § 382 concerning possible ownership changes of taxable health care enterprise.

Advised a large multistate utility concerning a reorganization into a holding company structure.

Structured and issued opinions concerning contingent convertible debt representing several issuers.

Provided advice regarding the consequences of exchanges and reissuances of $1 billion of debt.

Negotiated and structured a $230 million multicompany disposition of a manufacturing enterprise that devised an approach to minimize U.S. taxation of sale of foreign operations.

Negotiated and structured a $325 million Chapter 100 bond financing, resulting in 40% tax abatement over a 15-year period for a manufacturing plant.

Negotiated and structured complex acquisitions of property and casualty insurance companies worth in excess of $200 million.

Publications

21st Century Cures Act overrules IRS guidance on HRAs, enhances enforcement of Mental Health Parity Act

Why donor advised funds are useful for year-end charitable giving

Private equity’s top ten issues for the next president

California real estate: Change the ownership, increase the tax

Proposed Bayer-Monsanto merger presents a charitable planning opportunity

Proposed changes to Section 2704 could spur tax increase for owners of closely held businesses

IRS releases updated safe harbors for management contracts in tax-exempt bond-financed projects

Voluntary disclosure opportunity for cloud computing services in Chicago

Sale/leaseback transactions moving full steam ahead

IRS provides some guidance on federal tax matters for same-sex marriage

New 3.8% Medicare* tax on investment and unearned income beginning in 2013

The Latest Beneficiary Grantor Trust — PLR 201039010

Blog Posts

Tax court finds no self-employment tax for passive LLC member

Lawyers: Give your clients a business entity checkup

Highlights from the 2017 Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning

CPAs: Top 10 list for fiduciary income tax returns and planning

Tax basis: The key to reducing gain on sale or deducting asset purchases

How to avoid tax traps in life insurance

What you need to know about the Approximate Retail Value (ARV) in Sweepstakes and Contests

Hospital property tax exemption under attack in Illinois

IRS provides interim guidance for ACO participation in Medicare Shared Savings Programs and expands safe harbors for management contracts

The IRS wins every sweepstakes

TCLE

Landmark SE Tax Case; Post-Mortem Planning; Grantor Trust Reimbursement

Fiduciary Income Tax Refresher and Update

Self-Employment Tax and LLCs; New Partnership Audit Rules; Selected Issues from Heckerling

Business Planning in Light of Proposed Regulations under Code § 2704

Life Insurance to Fund Buyouts or Loss of a Key Person

News

Tom Corbett, Larry Katzenstein featured in Chambers’ inaugural High Net Worth guide

Congratulations to the new Thompson Coburn partners for 2016

112 Thompson Coburn attorneys featured in 2015 Best Lawyers list

Saint Louis Legacy Awards honor Dale Knight, Larry Katzenstein, Covenant Place

27 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2014 Chambers USA

Georgia Demeros quoted in Fox Business article on debt, estate planning

Private Client Group transfers more than $1.2 billion in assets

Real Estate group supports $51 million apartment complex purchase

19 Thompson Coburn partners named 2013 St. Louis Lawyers of the Year

Thompson Coburn leads Federal Signal’s $110 million sale of FSTech to 3M

Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6011

Henry is a partner in the firm's Tax Practice Area.

Henry is a partner in the firm's Tax Practice Area.

Henry Bettendorf
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6377

Ed serves as a key tax advisor to companies embarking on any type of corporate restructuring, from acquisitions and dispositions to spinoffs and management changes.

Ed serves as a key tax advisor to companies embarking on any type of corpor...

Ed Buchholz
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2223

Patrick practices in Thompson Coburn’s Real Estate Tax Assessment Practice Group.

Patrick practices in Thompson Coburn’s Real Estate Tax Assessment Practice ...

Patrick Cullerton
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6503

Garrett counsels banks, financial institutions and other businesses on a variety of commercial transaction and regulatory issues.

Garrett counsels banks, financial institutions and other businesses on a va...

Garrett Fischer
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6151

Steve is a nationally recognized practitioner in the areas of estate planning and the structuring of privately held businesses.

Steve is a nationally recognized practitioner in the areas of estate planni...

Steve Gorin
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6485

Benjamin is a corporate advisor and business strategist for a wide variety of privately-held businesses, manufacturers, financial institutions, and nonprofits.

Benjamin is a corporate advisor and business strategist for a wide variety ...

Benjamin Hulsey
Partner
Los Angeles
310 282 9476

Jon has more than 30 years of experience as a CPA, as well as an attorney, practicing in the areas of income tax planning, business succession planning, and estate and gi...

Jon has more than 30 years of experience as a CPA, as well as an attorney, ...

Jon Karp
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6541

Matt practices in the areas of state and local tax (SALT) controversy, banking and financial services litigation, business litigation, and appellate.

Matt practices in the areas of state and local tax (SALT) controversy, bank...

Matt Landwehr
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6070

Rick advises companies and individuals on a variety of federal (domestic and international), state and local tax matters.

Rick advises companies and individuals on a variety of federal (domestic an...

Rick Lawton
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6161

Janette has over thirty years’ experience practicing in all areas of state and local taxation, including representing clients before state and local taxing authorities in...

Janette has over thirty years’ experience practicing in all areas of state ...

Janette Lohman
Tax Professional
Chicago
312 580 5073

Jeff helps clients navigate the mazy world of tax law to optimally structure transactions and uncover value-maximizing tax credits.

Jeff helps clients navigate the mazy world of tax law to optimally structur...

Jeffrey Rambach
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2335

Fred has primarily focused on working with Firm's clients in the disposition and acquisition of properties and developing strategy to minimize real estate tax risk.

Fred has primarily focused on working with Firm's clients in the dispositio...

Fred Richards III
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6910

Ray is a member of the Corporate and Securities, Government Contracts and Tax practice groups.

Ray is a member of the Corporate and Securities, Government Contracts and T...

Ray Stewart