Offices in Bethesda, McLean and New York 301-986-2200 301-986-2200

Firm Info

ChisholmOliver, LLP is a firm of tax lawyers with offices in Bethesda, Maryland and McLean, Virginia. We have a broad-based U.S. domestic and foreign tax practice. While the firm is small enough that our lawyers practice in a collegial setting, the practice of each lawyer in the firm varies. Our senior lawyers have primarily transactional practices, focusing on tax planning for individuals and businesses. Primary practice areas of other lawyers include estate administration, tax controversy representation, or cross border planning.

The core focus of the firm’s practice is integrated tax planning for owners of privately-owned businesses. ChisholmOliver, LLP structures the relationship between the business, the owner and the owner’s family so as to provide for the owner’s retirement, education of the family’s children and diversification into other investments in a tax-efficient manner. We design and implement most transactions arising during the life cycle of a business, including entity selection for start-ups, protection of business and personal assets from litigation and creditor claims,
design of capital infusions, employment relationships and equity participation, corporate reorganizations, and sales and acquisitions.

ChisholmOliver, LLP’s wealth transfer practice extends beyond preparation of traditional estate planning documents (wills and trusts) to a broader array of transactions intended to minimize and avoid U.S. gift and estate taxation. These techniques (commonly referred to as “estate freezing transactions”) shift appreciation in business and investment assets to younger-generation family members without estate and gift taxation while enabling older-generation family members to retain control over and income from transferred assets. As an important corollary to the tax
planning, wealth transfer transactions undertaken by the firm protect assets from marital and litigation claims.

The estate tax and wealth transfer planning undertaken by our firm is complemented by our estate administration practice. The firm assists fiduciaries in probate and other estate and trust administration matters, prepares and files U.S. estate and gift tax returns, and represents fiduciaries, estates and beneficiaries in the examination of those returns by the revenue

The firm’s tax controversy practice involves representation of clients before every level of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and in the U.S. Tax Court. The tax controversy practice focuses primarily on assisting non-filers to come into compliance, negotiating settlements with the collection arm of the Internal Revenue Service, and representing business owners with potential liability for the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty as a result of the failure of a business to properly pay employment taxes.

Tax planning does not occur in a vacuum. It is shaped by business, personal, and financial realities. The decades of personal experience which the lawyers of ChisholmOliver, LLP have accumulated gives the Firm the judgement necessary to properly advise clients and structure transactions that achieve the results for which they are intended.