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Clients hire Robert B. Canter when they need a seasoned commercial tax lawyer who understands how to develop tax-efficient deal structures which not only create real value for them (i.e., tax-savings) but also position their companies for future growth.

Bob has been entrusted with many clients’ “bet-the-company” business transactions involving complicated tax issues for over three decades. He has earned this trust because he is consistent, reliable, produces excellent work product and is a pleasure to work with.

Bob’s clients benefit from his noteworthy background. In addition to his law degree, he holds a Masters of Law in Taxation and has held positions within the Office of the General Counsel at the Internal Revenue Service and at the U.S. Tax Court. Clients profit from this rare tax-specific education and governmental experience, coupled with more than 30 years experience in private practice.  He has a unique combination of skills, derived from his years of assisting businesses in all aspects of their formation and growth, as well as his depth of knowledge in business taxation matters.

Recognizing that simply providing tax analysis to a client is a step away from the core business issues involved in the formation, expansion and survival of a company, Bob has broadened his practice so that he provides not only tax assistance on transactional matters, but also applies his legal drafting and negotiating skills to many other complex business matters. He has helped shepherd many companies through the full business cycle – from startup, raising initial and subsequent rounds of financing and successful sale. Bob has been responsible for drafting and negotiating merger and acquisition agreements for business sales or acquisitions ranging from relatively small sales to private investors to those involving large company sales in excess of $200 million.

With his background in federal income taxation matters, Bob has assisted a large number of clients in obtaining tax-exempt status and complying with tax and corporate governance rules applicable to tax-exempt entities. In addition, he frequently handles appeals to the Internal Revenue Service of proposed tax assessments and the preparation and submission to the Internal Revenue Service of requests for private letter rulings.

  • Lecturer on various topics, such as Formation and Operation of Partnerships, LLCs and other Business Entities, Taxation of Partnerships, Tax Aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions, and  Key Tax Compliance Traps for Tax-Exempt Entities.

Publications

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Lecturer on various topics, such as Formation and Operation of Partnerships, LLCs and other Business Entities, Taxation of Partnerships, Tax Aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions, and  Key Tax Compliance Traps for Tax-Exempt Entities.

News & Events

GeneralNewsAlerts

Sweeping Tax Relief Provisions included in the CARES Act (Individual Provisions)

April 1, 2020

In an effort to help businesses and individuals weather the economic storm created by the coronavirus shutdowns, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress passed and the President signed on March 27, included many provisions easing restrictions imposed by the Internal Revenue Code. Key changes relating to Individual taxpayers are highlighted below. Changes oriented toward businesses have been covered in a separate Alert.

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COVID-19 Relief Alert (updated) — Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Using Withheld Payroll Taxes To Pay For COVID-19 Employee Paid Leave

March 31, 2020

Please note that this alert was updated on March 31, 2020, and reflects additional information provided by the Department of Labor on or about March 26, 2020.BackgroundOn March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) was signed into law, providing paid sick leave and family and medical leave for employees affected by COVID-19.

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GeneralNewsAlerts

Sweeping Tax Relief Provisions included in the CARES Act (Business Provisions)

March 31, 2020

In an effort to help businesses and individuals weather the economic storm created by the coronavirus shutdowns, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress passed and the President signed on March 27, included many provisions easing restrictions imposed by the Internal Revenue Code.  Key Changes relating to businesses are highlighted below. 

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GeneralNewsAlerts

COVID-19 Tax Relief: IRS Extends Tax Payment and Filing Deadlines; Some States Grant Tax Relief (UPDATED)

March 24, 2020

In IRS Notice 2020-17, the IRS released a measure of positive news for all taxpayers whose tax payment would normally be due on April 15, 2020: the deadline to pay taxes is extended by 3 months to July 15, 2020. While details are still forthcoming, a few days later Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the filing deadline would be moved to July 15th as well.

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