International Tax

International Tax Counsel to Market Leaders

To stay ahead in competitive global markets, business leaders need first-rate tax advisors who are equally familiar with the significant challenges of transnational business. Miller & Chevalier's reputation for successfully resolving complex tax issues in international as well as domestic settings has made it a firm of choice for tax. Our sophisticated and discerning domestic and foreign-based clients include both Fortune 100 companies and mid-sized, privately-held businesses. We provide them with specialized advice at every stage in the business cycle of a cross-border operation -- from initial acquisition or start-up of a cross-border business or joint venture, to restructuring and tax optimization for an existing worldwide group, to termination or disposition of a business. We assist them in the planning and proposal process, with negotiations and implementation, and defend the transaction or arrangement should an IRS audit, litigation, or controversy arise.

Often, international tax matters require the help of local tax counsel in jurisdictions outside of the U.S. We have a global network of trusted foreign tax advisors chosen for their substantive experience, practical approach, and their ability to meet high standards of client service.

The Advantage of Government Know-How and Business Focus

Clients also appreciate the benefits of working with lawyers recognized in government for their integrity and professionalism, a distinction that makes us particularly effective in representing our clients' positions and achieving precise and efficient solutions to their issues with regulatory and legislative bodies. Our long-standing reputation with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and other government entities, coupled with the experience of the many Miller & Chevalier lawyers who have held senior government posts, is a distinct advantage to our clients.

Our lawyers are pragmatic business professionals who never lose sight of our clients' business objectives. Clients appreciate our ability to work easily within their organizations, and to integrate seamlessly with their team of internal and external specialists. They also appreciate the fact that they have ready access to senior members of their Miller & Chevalier team.

Audits, Administrative Solutions, and Litigation

Miller & Chevalier has a formidable reputation for successfully resolving tax controversies for the world's largest multinational corporations. We have been a firm of choice for clients with challenging and complex tax controversies since our founding in 1920 as the first federal tax practice in the U.S. Our Tax Controversy group has advised clients with disputes in every significant area of federal taxation, from the audit level and IRS appeals, to court litigation. We are experienced in negotiating favorable administrative solutions, and equally skilled at trial.

We have unparalleled experience matching clients with the precise administrative programs best suited to their needs. Whether addressing Competent Authority Relief or Advance Pricing Agreements, we resolve important and difficult matters quickly and on terms favorable to our clients. We have helped clients navigate the Large and Mid-Size Business (LMSB) Industry Issue Focus (IIR) program and have used its Fast Track Settlement program to successfully resolve transfer pricing and other international tax issues.

When circumstances require litigation, many businesses with multi-million dollar amounts in controversy choose Miller & Chevalier. Our clients know that we will go to trial only if it is in their best interest, and that we are forceful, vigorous, and persuasive advocates. Clients choose us for our capabilities, our approach to litigation, and our record of achievement in court.

Global Tax Optimization

Managing their worldwide effective tax rate efficiently is crucial to our multinational corporate clients. Our lawyers typically look beyond the U.S. tax consequences of a given transaction to help our clients achieve global tax rate efficiencies. We use such strategies as special foreign tax regimes, tax efficient fiduciary techniques, accessing the U.S. tax treaty network, rationalizing a company's holding company, addressing supply chain and distribution structures, and maintaining the benefit of U.S. tax deferral for foreign entities.

Transfer Pricing

Transfer pricing issues are among the most challenging and resource-intensive issues facing multinational companies today. Our Transfer Pricing practice brings deep experience and a multidisciplinary approach to clients' planning and controversy matters. In the planning context, our clients benefit from our broad knowledge and experience working with the U.S. tax treaty network, anti-deferral regimes such as Subpart F, source of income and foreign tax credit rules, and repatriation. We ensure that a company's transfer pricing policies fit within its overall tax picture and further its business objectives. We have worked with the Advance Pricing Agreement (APA) program almost since its inception and have used that program in numerous cases to provide certainty and predictability to clients. Our Tax Controversy practice is among the largest and most successful in the country, and our knowledge and experience in the defense and resolution of transfer pricing controversies is recognized by both U.S. and foreign-based multinational companies. Many of the cases we have handled involved potential deficiencies in the hundreds of millions, and sometimes billions, of dollars. Indeed, our track record includes the single largest transfer pricing case ever litigated to decision in a U.S. court. No penalty has ever been sustained in any transfer pricing matter we have handled.

Cash Management Planning

Cross-border cash flow raises a host of issues from a U.S. tax perspective. These include the broader issues of foreign tax credit pooling and planning questions, Subpart F/anti-deferral considerations, tax arbitrage opportunities, income tax treaty issues, and foreign currency implications. Our lawyers have substantial experience in cash management, financing, deployment, and repatriation issues. We also help our clients with the concerns raised by cash-flow management, including the creditability of foreign taxes (particularly taxes imposed in developing markets), timing and characterization of income and expenses, and sourcing and reporting issues.

Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions, Partnerships, and Joint Ventures

Miller & Chevalier's transactional tax lawyers serve as U.S. tax counsel to major multinational companies in key public and private deals. We routinely assist clients with the U.S. federal tax aspects of corporate transactions, including U.S. and international mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, and spin-offs. We handle transactional financings, leveraged buy-outs, and initial public offerings, as well as private placements of equity and debt issues. We also deal with liquidations and international and cross-border investment vehicles.

We assist our clients in partnership and S corporation tax planning, including partnership allocations, disguised sales, master limited partnerships and TEFRA partnerships, and issues related to investment funds and real estate partnerships. We have structured a wide variety of multinational joint ventures for clients across the world.

We regularly serve as tax counsel in transactions that entail novel tax issues or are especially tax-sensitive. We negotiate and draft the tax aspects of merger and acquisition agreements, partnership agreements, joint venture agreements, and related agreements.

We work with our wide network of trusted local tax professionals to assist clients in structuring foreign transactions and operations. Clients welcome our lawyers' considerable experience coordinating the work of multiple parties -- law firms, accounting firms, and other business organizations, both domestic and foreign -- involved in the multifaceted arrangements of complex transactions.

Government Experience
  • Associate International Tax Counsel, U.S. Department of the Treasury 
  • Attorney Advisor, Office of Tax Legislative Council, U.S. Department of Treasury 
  • Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Tax Policy, U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Majority Tax Counsel, Committee on Ways & Means, U.S. House of Representatives
Corporate Experience
Rankings and Recognition
  • Chambers USA: Tax Team of the Year, 2016
  • Chambers USA: Tax: Controversy (National), 2007 - 2016
  • Chambers USA: Tax (District of Columbia), 2003 - 2016
  • Legal 500: Tax: Non-Contentious (US), 2013 - 2016
  • Legal 500: Tax: International Tax (US), 2013 - 2016
  • Legal 500: Tax: Contentious (US), 2007 - 2016
  • U.S. News -- Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms": Tax Law (National), 2010 - 2016
  • U.S. News -- Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms": Tax Law (District of Columbia), 2010 - 2016
  • International Tax Review "Americas Tax Awards": Americas Tax Policy Firm of the Year, 2012 - 2013, 2015 - 2016 
  • International Tax Review "Americas Tax Awards": Washington, DC Tax Firm of the Year, 2013
  • International Tax Review "Americas Tax Awards": Washington, DC Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year, 2012
  • International Tax Review: World Tax (Washington, DC), 2012, 2014 - 2017
  • International Tax Review: World Transfer Pricing (National), 2014 - 2017