Irwin Slomka’s practice focuses on state and local tax controversies before administrative and judicial bodies in New York and throughout the United States. Additionally, he has broad experience in tax planning for the full spectrum of corporate and pass-through entities, as well as individuals, and their related business transactions.
Mr. Slomka regularly advises and handles litigation for such industries as banking, healthcare, telecommunications, retailing and manufacturing. Among the cases he has successfully litigated are Matter of Hallmark Marketing Corp. (New York combination), Matter of Nerac, Inc. (New York information services), and W.R. Grace & Co.-Conn. v. Comm'r of Revenue (Massachusetts apportionment).
Mr. Slomka is the Co-Chair of the New York City Taxes Committee for the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association, and is a member of the Tax Section’s Executive Committee. He has been the principal author of several reports issued by the New York State Bar Association Tax Section. Most recently, he authored reports on draft amendments to the New York State corporate franchise tax regulations regarding tax nexus, and on the 2015-2016 New York State Executive Budget.
Mr. Slomka speaks on a variety of issues concerning the taxes of New York State, New York City and other jurisdictions. He also regularly speaks before organizations such as the New York State Bar Association Tax Section, the Committee on State Taxation, the Tax Executives Institute, the Institute of International Bankers, and the Committee on Banking Institutions. He is the New York City tax correspondent for the State Tax Notes and has authored numerous articles that have appeared in such publications as the New York Law Journal, the Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives, and the Real Estate Finance Journal. Mr. Slomka is co-editor of the Morrison & Foerster monthly publication New York Tax Insights.
Prior to going into private practice, Mr. Slomka served as Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel for the New York City Department of Finance.
Matter of Hallmark Marketing Corp.(New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal) Obtained a successful outcome in which the New York State Tax Appeals Tribunal rejected New York State's attempt to forcibly combine an out-of-state greeting card manufacturer with its in-state distributor subsidiary for corporate tax purposes. (2007)
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