Tax

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Our tax lawyers offer solid, lasting solutions in a field of law which is volatile and constantly changing. We closely monitor legislation, jurisprudence and administrative decisions to ensure the advice and support we offer our clients consistently reflects the latest developments.

No matter how complex your tax issues, our tax law experts will develop creative and reliable solutions, always keeping in mind viability and most importantly: your business goals.

Main areas of expertise

We offer advice and support to companies, investors, fund managers and self-employed persons on all questions pertaining to German, Luxembourg, European and international tax law.

We have extensive expertise in all areas of corporate tax law. Our experts offer comprehensive advice on all aspects involving the acquisition or sale of a company (including succession), on conversions and liquidation, and on post-M&A optimisation. Regardless of the legal form of your company, we are also happy to help with ordinary, ongoing taxation questions and concerns.

If your company or business operates on an international level, we can advise you on all aspects of international and European tax law and support you with taxation for cross-border activities, e.g., structuring domestic or international investments. With lawyers who specialise in German tax law and others who focus on Luxembourg tax law, we are able to support you not only with inbound and outbound investments but also with cross-border transactions with other European countries. For the latter, we coordinate our work closely and successfully with a network of specialist law offices in all major countries around the globe. Our multilingual teams are perfectly equipped to meet the needs of our international clients.

We offer initiators and individual investor groups legal advice on organising and managing the tax aspects of open and closed funds. In doing so, we deploy a range of investment strategies such as venture capital, private equity and “renewables”. One of our main areas of focus concerns real estate funds. If you are an investor, we can help you optimise the tax effects for your investment in funds, whether in Germany or a different country.

We have extensive expertise in all areas of tax law connected with the purchase or sale of real estate (whether a single property or an entire portfolio), as well as with the ongoing management of real estate portfolios. The goals of our advice and support is to reduce the amount of tax you pay – not only on your profits, but also land transfer tax and VAT.

In tax matters, we also focus on investigation or enforcement proceedings. We pre-empt and clarify complex and controversial questions via a tax ruling or by reaching a mutual agreement. We also actively support our clients with negotiations during tax audits and with significant points of contention – all the way from the regional tax office (Oberfinanzdirektion) level up to the Federal Ministry of Finance. In the event of a dispute, we will file a lawsuit appealing the tax assessment on your behalf, or represent you if legal action is taken against you in a tax court – and we will follow it through to the highest levels (Federal Tax Court, Federal Constitutional Court and the ECJ).

We support clients in implementing tax compliance systems (tax CMS, guidelines and procedures, tax codes of conduct) that mitigate liability risks for the management and employees. In case of emergency, we support companies, board members or managers in tax law investigation proceedings. We advise on all questions concerning reporting obligations, in particular with regard to the reporting regarding cross-border tax structuring (“DAC 6 Directive”).

Latest news

  • Media review
    07 April 2021

    The implementation of the D.A.C.6 E.U. directive in Germany

    The reporting of potentially aggressive cross-border tax-planning arrangements constitutes tax compliance obligations for international business activities. Even after the implemen...

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  • GSK Updates
    01 April 2021

    Federal Cabinet adopts Draft Bill for the Tax Haven Defence Act on 31 March 2021

    On 31 March 2021, the Federal Cabinet approved the Draft Bill for the Tax Haven Defence Act, which provides for the introduction of defensive measures with regard to business relat...

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  • GSK Updates
    31 March 2021

    Tax credit for foreign withholding tax on investment income against German trade tax

    In a recent dispute, the Fiscal Court of Hesse ruled that, contrary to the opinion of the tax authorities, foreign withholding tax on dividend income can be credited for German tra...

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