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A Tax Attorney And CPA With More Than 40 Years Of Experience

Our founding attorney Wayne Zell has more than 40 years of experience as a certified public accountant and over 30 years of experience as a tax attorney — experience on which he has built his practice in representing clients in estate planning and business planning matters. Tax planning is the underpinning of all individual investment decisions and all business decisions.

To speak with a tax planning attorney, please call Zell Law at 571-203-ZELL or contact us by email. With offices in Reston, Virginia, we serve clients throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and nationwide.

Offering Sophisticated Counsel And Representation

Zell Law provides sophisticated international, federal, state and local tax advice to advance clients’ interests in an environment of complex and rapidly changing tax laws. We advise clients in their ongoing and transactional planning, tailoring structures to meet business and financial goals in a manner that makes the best use of tax incentives and minimizes the impact of taxation.

We also represent clients in civil tax controversies and regularly serve as special tax counsel to other law firms, accounting firms and investment banks. Zell Law has assisted clients in structuring legislative proposals and presenting them to Congress, the Treasury Department, the IRS, other agencies, and industry coalitions.

Closely-Held Businesses

Our closely-held business clients include mature businesses, often owned by family members and operating as limited liability companies or S Corporations, and start-up businesses that may have the potential to become publicly-held companies. We advise clients on a variety of matters, including the right entity selection for their enterprises; the structure of executive compensation packages (especially in start-up situations); the interaction between business tax planning and estate planning; and the tax aspects of particular business and financial matters that arise in the course of business.

For start-up and later-stage companies in high technology areas such as electronics, computer components and software, planning often includes venture capital financing, technology licensing and corporate joint ventures. At the same time, our firm utilizes extensive knowledge of estate planning to structure the most tax-effective succession plans for business owners.

Partnerships And Joint Ventures

Our attorneys are experienced in structuring complex economic relations among parties doing business in the form of entities taxed as partnerships, including limited liability companies. These arrangements may be joint ventures formed for a limited purpose among otherwise independent businesses or may be a single business operating in the flexible mode afforded by a tax pass-through entity. We regularly structure entities that include complex, disproportionate allocations of economic and tax incidents, and design flexible executive equity incentives that are particular to the tax pass-through regime.

Tax-Exempt Entities

Zell Law has represented many tax-exempt entities, such as health care and educational organizations and private foundations, in obtaining tax-exempt status. We provide these organizations with advice on issues of particular concern in their ongoing operations, including related taxable and exempt activities. We also counsel clients in their ongoing restructuring as they enter into taxable ventures and establish for-profit affiliates to improve their cash flow, enabling them to benefit from unrelated business opportunities while maintaining their exempt status. Zell Law has represented pension funds and tax-exempt investors in structuring investments to achieve maximum rates of return while avoiding unrelated business taxable income.

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Contact Zell Law

To discuss your goals and concerns with a tax planning attorney, please call us in Reston, Virginia, at 571-203-ZELL or send us an email. Our attorneys advise and represent clients throughout and the D.C. metropolitan area and nationwide.