Renn G. Neilson

Section Chair - State Tax (Firmwide & Dallas) Partner

Renn Neilson


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  • Sales and use tax litigation in many states which resulted in favorable outcomes
  • State and local tax incentive work, particularly involving large industrial projects and renewable energy development
  • Property tax controversies involving many valuation and exemption issues, including property tax litigation for various power generation companies
  • Representation of major corporate entities in state sales tax controversies involving use of manufacturing exemptions, resales, most other exemptions, and purchasing offices
  • Supervising major unclaimed property audits, controversies and related legislation
  • Representation of major corporate entities in state income and franchise tax controversies
  • Handling state and local tax incentive work; minimizing state and local exposure arising from acquisitions, dispositions, development agreements, construction agreements and equipment acquisitions; state and local tax controversy work for major fossil fuels and alternative energy developers
  • Pursuing state sales and use tax refunds; handling state and local tax structuring issues arising from asset dispositions and acquisitions
  • Managing legislative matters regarding Texas and Louisiana taxation; and state tax controversy matters for a major energy distribution company
  • Handling state tax issues arising in connection with the sale of significant business segments and tax-driven restructurings for major oil field service companies
  • Planning for multistate asset acquisition transactions; planning for asset dispositions and internal restructuring transactions; obtaining federal and state tax rulings in connection with complicated exchange transactions; handling legislative matters regarding Texas taxation for major independent oil and gas producers
  • Handling state and local tax matters arising in connection with asset acquisitions; negotiating and documenting tax increment financing transactions and similar tax incentive work for retail and residential property developers
  • State and local tax issues and incentive work arising from acquisitions, dispositions and structural planning for a multinational manufacturing corporation; dealing with tax issues arising from financing transactions and the construction of manufacturing facilities; negotiating and drafting tax abatement agreements; and handling legislative matters regarding Texas taxation
  • Structuring and documenting exchange transactions to take advantage of the parking arrangements allowed under Rev. Proc. 2000-37 and the built-to-suit rules for major real estate owners and developers