Mackenzie Hughes served as lead counsel in substantially reducing a sales tax assessment on hazardous waste disposal on behalf of a Fortune 500 company.

Our tax attorneys include lawyers who are also certified public accountants who bring years of experience working at some of the nation’s most respected accounting firms to our practice. They use this extensive experience to proactively counsel businesses, municipalities, public authorities and individuals in all aspects of federal, state and local tax matters. They also work closely with the attorneys and clients of our Estates & Trusts and Health Care practices to review and analyze specific tax issues.

Services include:

  • Tax appeals and audits at federal and state levels
  • Tax controversies and tax litigation
  • Advising start-up ventures, closely held corporations, general and limited partnerships and limited liability companies
  • Advising and drafting ownership succession plans
  • Providing tax counsel in mergers, acquisitions and financing
  • Independent tax opinions on significant corporate tax matters



Clayton H. Hale, Jr.

Partner and Co General Counsel

Ami S. Longstreet

Partner and Co General Counsel


Ian S. Ludd Joins Mackenzie Hughes LLP Business Department

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Ian Ludd has recently joined the business department of Mackenzie Hughes LLP after graduating cum laude with both a Juris Doctor degree from the Syracuse University College of Law and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. During Law School Ian was a member…

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And Just Like That: No Estate Tax Changes for 2021 (But 2022?)

The much discussed proposed changes to federal gift and estate taxes has not materialized for 2021. Instead as the law now exists there are more planning opportunities available for 2000.  For 2022 the annual gift tax exclusion amount (the amount you can gift to a person without having to utilize the unified credit) will rise…

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Build Back Better ACT Tax Proposals: What You Need To Know

The proposed tax provisions released by the House Ways and Means Committee on September 13, include several substantial changes that would affect personal income tax and business tax planning.  In addition to the reduction in the estate and gift tax exemption, and elimination of valuation discounts for interests in passive entities (as discussed in a…

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Important Changes to New York’s School Tax Relief (STAR) Program

New York State has a school tax relief (STAR) program available to New Yorkers who own their home as their primary residence and earn less than $500,000 per year. Previously, this relief was in the form of a partial exemption on the school tax bill. New York started issuing STAR checks instead of partial tax…

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