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He focuses his practice on tax planning and tax controversy resolution. Neill has represented clients in tax-related matters all across the United States.
He serves blue chip and other major clients in virtually all industry sectors, including financial services and securities, automotive services, aviation, manufacturers, health care, insurance companies, telecommunications companies and utilities, high technology, datacenter, cloud, media, software and other intellectual property companies, marketing companies, investment/acquisition companies, franchises, wholesalers and retailers, real estate development and investment, transportation, outsourcing, logistics, consulting, franchising and hospitality concerns.
He has successfully worked on numerous complex matters of “first impression” in various tax jurisdictions. He has negotiated and documented several billion dollars’ worth of state and local grants, credits, abatements, and related incentives in various states.
Representative state and local tax offerings cover more traditional planning and controversy work in the income, franchise, sales and use, property, unemployment, telecommunications, insurance, health care, banking, and excise tax areas, and unclaimed property/escheat matters. This work includes audit preparation, management, and defense, administrative and post-administrative appeals, nexus and reverse nexus work, sourcing planning, special entity work, affiliate and attributional tax planning, “Amazon” tax/representational nexus, multistate supply chain, multistate combined (for separate jurisdictions) and consolidated issues, characterization and recharacterization work (including unitary, addback, and "§ 482" planning), transaction sourcing, etc., as well as the state and local tax implications of international entities and cross-border transactions. He also has extensive experience in less traditional offerings such as voluntary disclosure vs. amnesty, offers in compromise, managed audits, ruling requests, and multidisciplinary, multistate choice of law, reorganizational, and legislative and regulatory solutions. He has also written briefs to the U.S. and state Supreme Courts on tax and tax-related constitutional issues.
“NC Data Center Incentives: A Case Study in North Carolina (and Multi-Jurisdictional) Economic Development,” NC Chamber Annual Tax Conference (November 2010)
“An In-Depth Comparison of NC and SC ‘Datacenter’/’Data Center’ Incentives,” C&W International Mission Critical Industry Webinar (April 2010)
Martindale-Hubbell North Carolina Law Digest, Taxation Section; “Recent Economy-Driven Trends and Changes in Economic Development – A Multi-Jurisdictional Approach,” North Carolina Bar Journal (Feb., 2004)
“Building to Suit: Economic Development Makes for a Better Future,” Southeast Real Estate Business (Sep., 2002)
“The Georgia Guide to Financing & Incentives,” Georgia Center for Site Selection (1996)
Co-Author- “Starting & Operating a Business in Georgia,” PSI Research/Oasis Press (1995)
“Yucca Mountain, or: How We Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Department of Energy’s High-Level Waste Disposal Guidelines,” 12 Virginia Environmental Law Journal 271 (Winter 1993)