Senior Tax Counsel
Zach is a tax and business attorney who focuses his practice on complicated business transactions, venture capital, private equity, and resolving disputes with taxing authorities. Zach was named a 2014 and 2015 Louisiana Rising Star in Tax Law by Super Lawyers.
“Any one may so arrange his affairs that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which will best pay the Treasury; there is not even a patriotic duty to increase one’s taxes.”
– Judge Learned Hand
Zach is licensed in Texas and Louisiana. In his transactional practice, Zach provides tax and transactional legal advice related to the formation and operation of complex business structures, the acquisition and disposition of business interests and assets, the tax consequences of transactions occurring at all stages of the business cycle, and the tax efficient transmission of wealth and family owned businesses.
Zach also has substantial experience representing taxpayers against federal and state taxing authorities. Zach represents Texas taxpayers in disputes with the Texas Comptroller concerning Texas Sales and Use Tax, Texas Franchise Tax, Texas Motor Vehicle Sales and Use Tax, and Texas Property Tax. His experience includes representing taxpayers in audits, administrative refund claims and SOAH proceedings, district court and appellate court. Some of his most recent cases have concerned taxpayers’ entitlement to exemptions from various Texas tax laws, as well as the proper calculation of the cost of goods sold deduction from the Texas Franchise Tax. Zach also represents entities and individuals in IRS audits, IRS appeals, IRS collections, the United States Tax Court and the United States District Court, with respect to a wide variety issues. He combines substantive tax law knowledge and experience of the procedural rules peculiar to federal tax matters.