An interesting by-product of Florida’s growth is that it has become, in many ways, a bellwether state for a variety of tax and business issues – perhaps most notably wealth preservation and the emerging practice of elder law. But tax issues cross a myriad of disciplines and industries, as does our tax practice – whether state, federal or international in scope.

Many of our tax attorneys have post-graduate degrees in taxation and accounting, along with a wealth of experience in sophisticated tax matters such as entity taxation, income taxation, intangibles tax, estate tax and both the short and long-term tax impact of alternative solutions.

Our tax attorneys work closely with other attorneys in the firm, taking a lead role in the tax planning for and structuring of joint ventures, partnerships, mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, divestitures, like-kind exchanges and real estate transactions, and other business ventures. Working with the firm’s corporate and securities law attorneys, our tax lawyers advise clients and issue tax opinions in connection with securitizations, securities offerings and other capital expansion programs. For closely held businesses, the tax attorneys often serve as both tax counsel and general business advisors. The tax attorneys also represent clients before the Internal Revenue Service in connection with federal income tax disputes.

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Florida Tax

Federal Tax

International Tax

Amanda Wilson

Wilson_A-webA partner in Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed’s tax practice, Amanda Wilson concentrates on federal tax planning and structuring. She represents clients in a wide variety of complex federal tax matters with a particular emphasis on pass-through entities such as partnerships, S corporations and real estate investment trusts. Specifically, Amanda focuses on advising clients on the formation, operation, acquisition and restructuring of such pass-through entities. In addition, she regularly advises clients on the structuring and operation of private equity funds, real estate funds and timber funds.

Her experience also includes corporate planning and international tax matters, as well as federal tax controversy and litigation. Her practice before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) includes providing advice on audits and appeals, drafting protests and ruling requests, and negotiating settlements. Her litigation experience includes cases in district court, tax court and the claims court.

Prior to joining  Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, Amanda worked for Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, an Am Law 100 firm in the Atlanta office, where she was part of the firm’s Tax Practice Group. Amanda has also served as an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law where she taught Partnership Taxation.

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Joseph Zitzka

Zitzka-webJoe Zitzka focuses on federal tax, Florida tax, international tax, estate planning and corporate and securities matters. He has extensive experience advising clients regarding commercial transactions involving partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations and joint ventures. He also often assists with entity reorganizations (including conversions and recapitalizations), special purpose entity formations, and the negotiation and preparation of stock and asset purchase agreements. Joe also handles matters for tax-exempt organizations, including mergers, interstate migrations, formations and operations of tax-exempt organizations, seeking favorable determinations from the IRS regarding tax exempt status, as well as individual and business controversies with the IRS

Mathew O’Kane

OKane-webMatt O’Kane has a broad background in federal tax, Florida state tax, estate planning and U.S. taxation of foreign investors. He counsels clients on a broad range of federal tax issues and business planning issues from entity selection and formation to dissolutions. He advises clients on Florida state tax issues and represents clients in controversies involving the Florida Department of Revenue. He has lectured on Florida sales tax, documentary stamp tax and intangible tax. He also counsels clients on a broad range of wealth transfer issues including estates, gift and generation skipping transfer tax planning, irrevocable trust planning, charitable planning, and family limited partnerships. He also advises nonresident clients with regard to their U.S. investments.