Practice

California State and Local Tax Advocacy

Nielsen Merksamer is the only firm in the nation able to fight for clients in every arena where California tax matters are resolved—whether it is through litigation or administrative controversy, regulatory or legislative lobbying, or tax initiatives and referenda. We have a deep understanding of how all these arenas can be used to craft a strategy to obtain our clients’ objectives, and have successfully done so for years. We have broad experience in all California taxes, including corporate and personal income and franchise taxes, sales and use taxes, property taxes, alcoholic beverage and tobacco taxes, insurance taxes and any of the myriad of taxes emerging at the local level, including business license taxes and taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages. We represent key California industries such as high tech and biotech, entertainment, telecommunications, transportation, agriculture & food processing and retail sales before the Franchise Tax Board, the Board of Equalization, the Employment Development Department, and in state and federal court.