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Joseph A. Pickart

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Managing one of life's certainties.

The world of taxes is exceedingly complex and ever-changing. Guiding clients through everything from corporate tax planning and federal tax disputes to estate and gift tax avoidance and tax-exempt financing, Husch Blackwell’s Taxation team works with multinational and domestic companies, their executives, their owners, other individuals and estates to address immediate needs and plan for what’s to come.

Our taxation attorneys are subject-matter authorities with decades of experience in tax law. We regularly represent clients in federal, international and state and local tax dispute resolution and tax planning matters. The group also includes seasoned attorneys with experience defending taxpayers in criminal tax matters. Additionally, our attorneys assist clients with obtaining tax credits and counsel tax-exempt entities, including public charities and private foundations, on a broad range of income tax matters and on securing and maintaining tax-exempt status.

Many of our tax attorneys hold accounting degrees and are CPAs; some have advanced law degrees in tax. Others have been with the Internal Revenue Service, the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice or Big Four accounting firms. They work closely with attorneys in our corporate and real estate transactions and business law practices to develop and implement optimal tax planning strategies for complex corporate transactions such as acquisitions, mergers, divestitures and other reorganizations.

The Taxation team is experienced in the full range of services for multinational, large and midsize companies, including executive compensation and compensation arrangements such as stock appreciation and phantom stock plans; stock option programs for corporate employees; "pass-through" entities such as S corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships; real estate (tax-deferred exchanges and sales to REITs); taxable and nontaxable dispositions and acquisitions of corporations; tax-exempt organizations; tax credits and incentives; and estate and gift taxation issues. 

Our Approach

We keep abreast of changes in the law and industry trends so we can keep clients informed of developments that affect their business. We are committed to a personalized approach that relates the goals of the client to the intricacies of tax law to develop the best strategy in each situation.

Husch Blackwell has been a leader in accessing federal, state and local incentives to fund significant projects. We have advised national, regional and local enterprises and developers on issues such as regulatory compliance, development and land use standards, due diligence and tax consequences. We also understand the structuring intricacies presented by the use of multiple incentives in a single project.

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Get in touch with our Tax team.

Joseph A. Pickart

Team Lead
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Areas of Focus

International taxation

Businesses with international operations must navigate additional layers of tax law. Husch Blackwell’s seasoned team advises multinational corporations, U.S. companies, private equity firms, licensors/licensees and individuals on tax-advantaged strategies that minimize liabilities and maximize opportunities.

Federal tax planning

Because the federal tax code is complex and ever changing, understanding the tax implications of
day-to-day and strategic business transactions is a challenge for any company. Husch Blackwell’s Federal Tax Planning attorneys understand the intricacies of the myriad tax rules. We are committed to helping businesses avoid potential tax pitfalls and capitalize on unique opportunities. Whatever their tax situation, businesses find our vast experience and subject-matter authority to be an invaluable resource.

Tax controversy

Husch Blackwell’s seasoned tax attorneys have represented hundreds of clients in tax audits and administrative appeals, as well as in numerous trials before state and federal courts. We have achieved impressive results for clients by combining
behind-the-scenes strategic counseling with aggressive advocacy.

The Tax Controversy group brings vast experience and detailed knowledge to every civil and criminal tax proceeding it handles, including voluntary disclosures, audits, search warrants, administrative appeals, summons enforcement, negotiated settlements with the IRS and trials.

Salt & local taxation (SALT)

Husch Blackwell’s SALT attorneys assist clients in avoiding state and local tax controversy challenges through proper planning. The SALT team has a strong record of successful outcomes in issues involving compliance, tax planning and tax refund opportunities, audits, administrative appeals and litigation.

The group’s experience encompasses the following principal areas: sales and use, real property, license fees, franchise taxes, income taxes, special assessments, impact fees, transfer fees, utility taxes and waste treatment exemptions.

Tax-exempt organizations

Husch Blackwell professionals have a long and successful history of partnering with tax-exempt, charitable and nonprofit organizations. We provide comprehensive and practical counsel in many broad areas, including governance; taxation and exemption; political activity, lobbying and advocacy; development and fundraising; financing; grant-making; restructurings; intellectual property; real estate; and employment and benefits. Our attorneys also advise organizations on how they can maintain their exempt status while accomplishing business goals through joint ventures, mergers and other expansions.

Estate & gift tax

A key step in estate planning is to reduce the estate tax owed by discounting the fair market value of estate assets. The Husch Blackwell team is committed to achieving the unique goals of each client through the use of effective and tax-advantaged strategies such as marital transfers, lifetime gifts, charitable transfers, family limited partnerships and trusts. We also have significant experience contesting IRS adverse determinations in the U.S. federal tax courts on behalf of our clients.

Tax credits

Husch Blackwell has been a leader in accessing federal, state and local incentives to fund significant projects. We have advised national, regional and local enterprises and developers on issues such as regulatory compliance, development and land use standards, due diligence and tax consequences. We also understand the structuring intricacies presented by the use of multiple incentives in a single project.