Practice Areas - Municipal Tax Law

 The Firm's attorneys have represented municipal taxing authorities for more than 20 years.  In these days when elected bodies see the gap between spending and revenue ever increasing, no one should be leaving money on the table.  the Firm's attorneys assist municipal finance departments, auditors, and outside collectors with the interpretation, application, enforcement and collection of Business Privilege Taxes, Mercantile Taxes, Local Services Taxes, Amusement Taxes, and other Act 511 taxes, and ensure that taxes are collected uniformly and fairly.  Our work ranges from serving as special tax counsel on discrete tax matters, to creating and implementing entirely new tax collection and enforcement programs. The Firm's attorneys have drafted and amended Business Tax Regulations for numerous local taxing authorities and in this way help their clients stay current, while also staying within the limitations of the Local Tax Reform Act.


The Firm's attorneys also serve as counsel to Act 511 Local Tax Review Boards and as Local Tax Hearing Officers in appeals under the Local Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act.  As such, they hear appeals and draft or render decisions on tax petitions relating to Business Privilege and Mercantile Taxes. 


While the Firm's attorneys primarily serve taxing authorities, they will also represent select business taxpayers when those businesses are not being treated fairly by the taxing jurisdictions to which they are subject.  Because of their vast experience representing municipal taxing authorities, the Firm's attorneys have the knowledge and skill to represent these taxpayers well, whether the issues involve:

  • exemptions from local taxation
  • interstate commerce exemption and apportionment
  • manufacturing classification and exemption
  • wholesale/retail rate disputes
  • determination of taxable business activity
  • attribution of gross receipts to taxable business activity
  • allocation of gross receipts among business locations
  • representation in administrative appeal proceedings
  • representation in litigation