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TAX LITIGATION

 

          Representation of individuals, non-profit organizations and commercial entities in local, state and federal tax disputes.

          The following are examples of our representation in this practice area:

            An association of county government officials came to Sprague & Sprague for representation after a Pennsylvania county lost a case which resulted in a major source of its tax revenue being declared unconstitutional. We assumed representation of the county on the appeal, in which the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania reversed the lower court and declared the tax at issue to be constitutional. We represented the county in resisting a Petition for Certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States. On remand to the trial court, we successfully represented the county in developing and implementing a program which resulted in the county, and other counties, being able to substantially preserve the benefits of the tax for the years at issue.

            An intermediate appellate court voided a special purpose tax intended to fund a major public facility in the largest city in a Pennsylvania county. The city, the county and the authority charged with building the facility engaged the Firm to appeal to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, where we successfully achieved a reversal of the intermediate appellate court and, upon remand to the trial court, a complete victory for our clients.

            When a taxpayer brought suit challenging a county’s procedures for hearing tax appeals relating to a county tax, we successfully represented the county commissioners in having the suit dismissed for lack of merit.