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Holiday Greetings from Larry’s Tax Law

2022, like the prior two years, has been difficult.  The COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest continues to be at the forefront of our existence.  On top of that, inflation and possible recessionary times are among us.

Thanks to the unwavering support of family, friends, clients, and colleagues, we are enduring through these turbulent times.  I am so grateful for these relationships!

I have had to constantly be mindful of the good things going on around us.  As American Poet Walt Whitman is accredited with saying:

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you."

During 2022, I was able to speak in person at several tax conferences.  It was refreshing to actually see and visit with conference attendees rather than delivering a lecture into a virtual abyss.  This year, I wrote whitepapers for and spoke at eight tax conferences:

    • The 81st New York University Institute on Federal Taxation (NYC and San Diego);
    • The Northwest Federal Tax Conference;
    • The Oregon Tax Institute;
    • The OSCPA Annual Real Estate Tax Conference;
    • The OSCPA Annual Farming, Ranching and Agribusiness Tax Conference;
    • The NYU Advanced Subchapter S Conference (NYC);
    • The Oregon Tax Institute; and
    • The Oregon State Bar Tax Section Luncheon Series.

Additionally, I was able to also give back to the tax profession by authoring eleven blog posts:

Federal Legislation

Washington State Tax Updates

Oregon Tax Updates

Personal Messages

Last, I was able to contribute to Tax Notes State with comments about the 2022 Oregon Tax Court ruling in Sante Fe Natural Tobacco Co. v. Department of Revenue and authored the article, Remote Workforces: Tax Perils and Other Traps for Unwary Employers, Practical Tax Strategies (Thomsen Reuters) (Vol. 109, No. 1 July 2022).

I sincerely want to thank the readers for their support, guidance, encouragement, and notes of gratitude for the content and insights we have provided.  I received several notes from readers, thanking us for our commentary, offering ideas for future blog posts and providing tremendous feedback.  This year, with the continuation of social isolation, it was especially rewarding to interact with readers. 

I will continue the blog next year and keep providing guidance to the tax community.   

Wishing everyone a wonderful and safe holiday season, as well as a terrific 2023! 


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Larry J. Brant

Larry J. Brant is a Shareholder and the Chair of the Tax & Benefits practice group at Foster Garvey, a law firm based out of the Pacific Northwest, with offices in Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Washington, D.C.; New York, New York, Spokane, Washington; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Beijing, China. Mr. Brant is licensed to practice in Oregon and Washington. His practice focuses on tax, tax controversy and transactions. Mr. Brant is a past Chair of the Oregon State Bar Taxation Section. He was the long-term Chair of the Oregon Tax Institute, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Portland Tax Forum. Mr. Brant has served as an adjunct professor, teaching corporate taxation, at Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College. He is an Expert Contributor to Thomson Reuters Checkpoint Catalyst. Mr. Brant is a Fellow in the American College of Tax Counsel. He publishes articles on numerous income tax issues, including Taxation of S Corporations, Reasonable Compensation, Circular 230, Worker Classification, IRC § 1031 Exchanges, Choice of Entity, Entity Tax Classification, and State and Local Taxation. Mr. Brant is a frequent lecturer at local, regional and national tax and business conferences for CPAs and attorneys. He was the 2015 Recipient of the Oregon State Bar Tax Section Award of Merit.

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