Communications Taxes and Fees
The CommLaw Group’s Communications Taxes & Fees practice group provides clients with experienced counsel on a wide-variety of federal, state and local taxes, including sales, use, excise and transaction taxes, 911/E911 fees, and other “tax-like” regulatory fees applicable to communications services and products. We represent communications service providers in the landline, wireless, long distance, VoIP, enhanced services, and conferencing and call bridging markets, as well as the suppliers and manufacturers serving these entities. Our experience covers:
EDUCATIONAL BROCHURE: Tax & Regulatory Implications of the Internet of Things
Our firm’s Communications Taxes & Fees practice group helps guide clients to reach optimal solutions and offers professional assistance with regard to a wide variety of complex tax and regulatory fee issues, including:
Taxation of software, Internet access, web-based and value-added services, sales and transactions
Analysis & Strategic Planning
As a result of deregulation, convergence and a variety of technological, regulatory and economic factors, federal, state and local taxes and other impositions are growing and often represent an unrecoverable burden on a company’s profitability. However, these taxes and impositions can be reduced or, in some instances eliminated, by adjusting the way in which business is conducted.
The CommLaw Group’s tax analysis and planning services can be used by clients to adjust existing business relationships and/or operations, marketing, sales, billing and accounting practices, and organizational structures, in order to minimize or eliminate federal, state and local tax and regulatory impositions without adversely affecting the client’s core business goals and plans.
The CommLaw Group can comprehensively manage the audit process from beginning to end, providing focused assistance on any aspect of an audit’s different phases, such as the process of producing records, identifying the information required to establish a best-case position, advocating and negotiating with authorities to accept that position and build a solid record should an appeal be warranted, and assisting with settlement and payment plan negotiations. We will control and manage the day-to-day information flow between our client and the taxing or regulatory authority ensuring timely, complete, and accurate responses. When possible, we will invoke accelerated dispute resolution processes that are available to reduce the costs and time burdens associated with resolving complicated tax and fee assessments, audits, or alleged deficiencies.
We represent our clients’ interests during audits to ensure they pay only their lawfully required share. Our audit representation provides a comprehensive range of services, including:
Few industries are taxed as heavily and extensively as Telecommunications. As communications technology migrates to the Internet, Smartphones, and other forms of Voice over Internet (VoIP) services, the tax authorities and regulators are not far behind. Indeed, in the vast majority of jurisdictions, taxation of communications transmission services is "Protocol Agnostic."
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