As a top Miami tax lawyer I can help you with any of the following:
Are you getting the maximum tax benefit in your personal and business taxes? Let me help you by first, evaluating your present business structure, your tax and accounting practices, and prior tax history. Second, I will update you on the rules for deducting ordinary and necessary business expenses, maximizing deductions and otherwise planning your business tax affairs to maximize your income and minimize your tax bill.
The rules around sales tax are complex and vary widely by industry. The Florida Department of Revenue is keen to collect as much as they can from as many people as they can. Your first question should be, do you even have jurisdiction? Many people don’t realize that the Florida Department of Revenue has no jurisdiction over many types of business activity, a point you could miss without the right representation.
This is a “compensatory” tax, that is, it stands in when you do business out of state and bring items back into Florida. This could be anything from T-shirts to paintings to boats and aircraft. Out of state clients rely on me for solid advice on how to plan their affairs if they are in Florida seasonally, or where a use tax exemption may apply. If you’re not familiar with all of the possible tax exemptions call me.
The IRS, and government at all levels, is paying a lot of attention to employment tax issues. Why? In part because United States employers do most of the IRS’ work for it by withholding and paying its employees’ taxes. The IRS also pays a lot of attention to the differences between employees and independent contractors. You, the owner, can be held personally liable for up to 100% of the income taxes – the trust fund penalty – that you should have withheld and sent to the government if you fail to do so in a timely manner. Do not make these mistakes:
- Pay the business’ other bills before you remit employment taxes – It is a reality that in business there is sometimes a cash flow shortage. A business owner may, perhaps understandably, choose to pay their suppliers, employees and other creditors before the IRS. These are not easy choices to make, but in many cases you might more flexibility to negotiate terms with other creditors than with the IRS. The IRS has the power to visit your worksite to inspect your operation, or even levy your business property.
- File the returns late (or not at all) – If you do nothing else at a minimum file your returns on time, even if you can’t pay the full amount. Many business owners do not know that the late filing penalties are much higher than the underpayment penalties. is actually higher than the underpayment Non-compliance comes at a steep price. Penalties can range from 20% to 100%.
Every merger, acquisition, or purchase or sale of a company has a tax dimension. Structuring transactions to generate the maximum tax benefit should be a top priority. Proper planning can mean, for example, the difference between paying tax on capital gains versus ordinary income. You can defer tax liabilities through 1031 exchanges and by using corporations, limited liability companies, trusts and similar legal entities in an intelligent manner.
You want judgment and experience when it comes to handling international tax issues. These can include Foreign Bank Account Reporting (FBAR), determining whether you are subject to United States taxes as a foreign national or resident alien, international real estate tax law for foreign investors and other issues. There is no substitute for consulting with a United States tax lawyer when evaluating what your international tax obligations may be.
Call me for help if you need help fighting or negotiating with the IRS. The easiest time for me to help you is when you first receive notice of an tax audit, but there is a lot we can do even if you are already facing a large tax liability. A qualified tax attorney is the clear, really only, choice when it comes to fighting the IRS. Why? A tax lawyer is your advocate. I treat every audit as if it were litigation and the auditor knows it. I look to trip them up and prevent you from doing the same. I track and document everything we produce. I want to foreclose any argument that you did not produce adequate documentation (assuming you have it) to support your deductions, and, perhaps even more importantly, that you are not accused of under-reporting income that should not be considered income (loans, for example, or intra-account transfers). I have specific experience with the ins and outs of specific types of tax help: offers in compromise, installment agreements, Currently Non-Collectible (CNC) status, managing tax liens and levies, and handling tax issues from audit through appeals. If you are audited by the IRS, entering a new business venture, or planning your personal financial affairs, a skilled tax attorney in Miami can help you accomplish your goals.
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Aircraft buyers and sellers can save thousands to millions of dollars in tax liability through careful tax planning. My expertise in the aircraft tax law field comes from closing hundreds of aircraft deals for businesses ranging from oil and gas to real estate to Fortune 100 corporate planes. Aircraft tax law services include:
The process of buying a corporate jet or other business aircraft requires expert planning, including a thorough understanding of federal income tax, state aircraft sales taxes, aircraft use tax, excise tax and property tax. A lot of money is at stake. It is critical too to understand state sales tax exemptions that could save you tens of thousands of dollars or more in aircraft taxes. Careful planning with an experienced aviation tax attorney can make the difference.
Fighting the IRS or the Florida Department of Revenue similarly requires a thorough knowledge of the aviation industry and its particular rules. Fighting an aircraft tax audit is no place for a CPA, attorney or even a tax attorney who lacks such specialized knowledge. You will only have leverage and an edge over the government with a trained aircraft tax attorney in your corner.
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As an entertainment lawyer in Miami I advise graphic and performance artists, filmmakers, musicians and others in the arts in entertainment law matters, including:
I hear over and over from musicians and artists that they wished they had consulted with a top entertainment lawyer before signing their contract with a record label, advertiser or sponsor. If you’re a new artist, especially, getting your “big break” is very exciting and you will be tempted to do whatever it takes to move up in your career. The problem with that is that by signing the wrong contract you can end up getting only a fraction of what you deserve. You can end up being limited what you can do creatively and unable to work for someone else. As a music contract lawyer and entertainment lawyer I can help you avoid these types of career-destroying mistakes and strike a fair deal. Single-engagement consultations and contract review is available.
Any creative should know to copyright their work immediately but few do. Why? Because an artist is usually more focused on his or her art than with copyright law, copyright registration or other entertainment law matters. While copyrighting your work is not a complex process a copyright lawyer is an absolute must if you want to make money on your work and prevent others from stealing it. I can help you copyright your music, art, photography or other creation quickly and cost-effectively.
Are you protecting your brand and identity? Having a recognizable brand is everything in the art and entertainment world. Trademarking your logo and identity is the easiest way to protect yourself from copycats and imitators. Be one of a kind in your industry and protect it legally! As an experienced trademark lawyer I can help.
Licensing your work is one of the most effective ways of making money in the entertainment field. Make money from your work over and over rather than just selling it once. Similarly, a skilled licensing attorney can make sure you have “cleared” any work you want to use in your art. The best entertainment lawyers will help you on both sides of the table.
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Ari Good, JD LLM is the Shareholder of Good Attorneys At Law, P.A. He received his B.A., with distinction, from the University of Michigan in 1993 and his J.D. from DePaul University in 1997. Mr. Good received his LL.M. (Masters of Tax Law) from the prestigious University of Florida tax program in 2005.
Mr. Good is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court and in the state and federal courts of Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C. Aside from non-lawyer enrolled agents only tax attorneys may represent taxpayers before the United States Tax Court. Knowing a tax lawyer can and will take a case to tax court can provide you with an edge in your negotiations with the IRS.
Ari is closely affiliated with the music, arts and fashion communities of Miami and helps artists develop their brands and work. As a Miami entertainment & tax lawyer Ari can assist you with intellectual property protection and negotiations.
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