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Tax Analysts Announces New Column: The Taxpayers’ Advocate

October 15, 2013

New commentary dedicated to supporting taxpayers’ interests in tax administration


FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Tax Analysts, the nonprofit provider of federal, state, and international tax news and analysis, today announced the launch of a new quarterly column, The Taxpayers’ Advocate, written by attorneys in the state and local practice group of Reed Smith LLP.

The column will appear in State Tax Notes and State Tax Today and will advocate for taxpayers by examining issues that conflict with the principles of sound tax administration. It seeks to identify substantive, procedural, and policy issues that negatively affect the taxpayer community and will explain/describe beneficial reporting positions and refund claims that taxpayers are entitled to under the law.

The inaugural column, “This Is Why We Fight: A Survey of Contested New York Tax Issues,” by Aaron M. Young, Jack Trachtenberg, and Jennifer S. Goldstein, analyzes the top contested tax matters in New York. The issues discussed include combination and decombination audits, constructive possession of software, receipts from services versus other business receipts, and royalty income exclusion and expense addback.

“Among state and local taxpayers and practitioners, some states have a reputation for being aggressive in the administration of their tax laws and policies. New York is one of those states,” the authors write. “On a number of issues, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has adopted unique and questionable positions seemingly designed to protect revenue and apply old laws to new realities. As a result, taxpayers in New York are facing more audits, increasingly contentious tax disputes, and added difficulty in determining how to comply with their tax obligations.”

Reed Smith advises taxpayers in all jurisdictions on multistate tax controversies, tax planning, and the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions. The firm handles state tax matters before administrative appeal boards, tax tribunals, and courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Young is a partner at Reed Smith focusing on New York tax matters and multistate tax controversies. Trachtenberg is counsel at Reed Smith and advises clients on all aspects of state and local tax, with an emphasis on New York taxes. He also served as the first deputy commissioner and taxpayer rights advocate at the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. Goldstein is an associate with Reed Smith and counsels clients on multistate tax controversy and transactional issues.

The full column is available here.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Shaima Cardillo at 703-531-4852 or shaima_cardillo@tax.org.