Taxation

As business attorneys, we understand the intricacies of running a successful business. Our attorneys with advanced degrees in taxation and certifications in public accounting focus their practice on how clients can achieve their goals without optimal tax consequences.

With attention to detail and a tuned-in awareness of recent developments, we work with clients on federal, state, and local tax issues and provide counsel to individuals, publicly and privately held businesses, municipalities, and charitable organizations.

Our attorneys use their knowledge and attention to detail to work diligently to resolve tax controversies at the examiner level. Sometimes their work involves negotiating offers of compromise of delinquent taxes with the Internal Revenue Service or the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. When litigation is necessary to resolve a tax matter, our attorneys can represent clients before the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. District Court, the Wisconsin Tax Appeals Commission, and all levels of the Wisconsin court system.

Our other tax-related services include:

  • Tax advice for businesses exploring mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, leveraged buyouts, tender offers, and other transactions
  • Property tax, assessments and exemptions
  • Tax qualified and non-qualified deferred compensation plan design and compliance assistance
  • Advice on income and payroll tax treatment of compensation and fringe benefit arrangements
  • Advice on planning opportunities and pitfalls under the consolidated return regulations
  • Advice on the taxation of international transactions and operations
  • Structuring of pass-through entities
  • Retirement planning
  • Estate, gift and generation-skipping tax planning

Founded in 1920, Ruder Ware provides business, employment, estate planning, and litigation services through its offices in Wausau, Eau Claire, and Green Bay, Wisconsin.  A full-service law firm, over 40 attorneys provide clients with a one-stop approach to their legal needs. Ruder Ware, Business Attorneys for Business Success.

Second Tax Cut Bill in the Works

Posted on May 30, 2018 by

White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short told reporters last week that the Trump Administration has been working with the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and the Senate Finance Committee on a second tax cuts proposal that would make permanent the tax cuts for individuals passed in the Tax Cuts and […]

IRS to Issue Regulations Addressing $10,000 Limit on State and Local Tax Deduction

Posted on May 24, 2018 by

Yesterday, the IRS issued Notice 2018-54 and an accompanying news release stating that proposed regulations will be issued addressing the deductibility of state and local tax payments for federal income tax proposes. As many of you know, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) limited the amount of state and local taxes an individual can […]

More Planning Tips for Individuals Under New Tax Act

Posted on February 5, 2018 by and

As Shanna Yonke mentioned in her January 22, 2018 Legal Update The New Tax Law Provides Estate Planning Opportunities, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on December 22, 2017.  The Act (officially, Public Law 115-97) is the most sweeping tax legislation to be enacted in decades.  It is broad in scope, […]

The New Tax Law Provides Estate Planning Opportunities

Posted on January 22, 2018 by

Shortly before Christmas, Congress approved and President Trump signed into law the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.  The new law increases the federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax exemptions from $5 million to $10 million, adjusted for inflation.  The inflation-adjusted exemption amount for 2018 has not yet been released by the IRS, but commentators […]

2017 Standard Mileage Rates

Posted on December 13, 2016 by

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, medical, and moving expenses for 2017, and the reduced rates reflect the continued decrease in gasoline prices. Effective January 1, 2017, the optional standard mileage rates will decrease to 53.5 cents per mile […]

Taxes Under a Trump Administration

Posted on November 11, 2016 by

Donald Trump won more than 270 votes in the Electoral College and thus on January 20, 2017 he is going to become the 45th president of the United States.  In anticipation of that event, congressional tax writers and proponents for tax overhaul are optimistically planning to move bipartisan tax legislation forward in the first part […]

The Importance of Buy-Sell Agreements

Posted on September 14, 2016 by

When business partners form a company and get started in their new venture, optimism and opportunity are usually in full supply. At that point, it is only natural to avoid thinking about some difficult questions about the business. One key, and all too frequent mistake, is the failure to discuss and plan for how a […]

IRS Finalizes Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Regulations

Posted on September 1, 2016 by

It took almost eleven months, and minimal comments from the public, but the IRS has now finalized its October 2015 regulations which recognized same-sex marriages as lawful marriages for purposes of the tax code.  More information on that found here Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage Officially the Tax Law of the Land.  No need to go […]

Legally Speaking: A Transforming Legal Marketplace and its Impact on Business

Posted on August 11, 2016 by

Like many industries worldwide, the legal world finds itself in an era of transformation.  After decades of rapid growth, the demand for traditional legal services has slowed enormously since 2008.  A number of factors drive this sea change—two of the most important are the influence of technology and globalization. The Influence of Technology on the Law […]

2017 Health Savings Account Cost of Living Adjustments

Posted on May 2, 2016 by

The Internal Revenue Service on April 29th announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the HSA contribution limits and for High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums for 2017.   HSA/HDHP Requirement Cost-of-Living Adjustments Limit on HSA Contributions – Self-only HDHP 2016 – $3,350 2017 – $3,400 Limit on HSA Contributions – Family HDHP 2016 […]

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