Stahl, Bernal, Davies, Sewell, & Chavarria, LLP represents clients in tax disputes involving all Texas taxes, including Texas sales tax, Texas franchise tax, insurance gross receipts tax, inheritance tax, cigarette tax, tobacco products tax, mixed beverage tax, hotel occupancy tax, crude oil tax, natural gas tax, telecommunications tax, motor fuel tax, and motor vehicle taxes. The firm’s tax lawyers also assist clients in analyzing and planning the effects of Texas tax laws on business transactions and business structures. Since the Texas Legislature enacted major revisions to the Texas franchise tax (which is now sometimes referred to as the “Texas margin tax”) in 2007, we have advised numerous clients on how the revised tax will affect their businesses.
Our state tax clients include Fortune 500 companies involved in numerous industries, including tobacco and agriculture, steel, heavy equipment manufacturing, oil and gas, high technology, petrochemical refining, equipment leasing, defense contracting, insurance, wholesale, retail, cable television, manufacturing, and service industries.
We handle tax litigation at all levels, beginning with an audit or refund claim. We routinely defend our clients through the administrative hearings process at the State Office of Administrative Hearings and in the Travis County district courts. When necessary, we prosecute cases through the Third Court of Appeals in Austin, Texas, and the through the Texas Supreme Court. Below is a listing of reported cases that have involved clients of Stahl, Bernal, Davies, Sewell, & Chavarria, LLP. For current state tax news, see our Texas Tax News Page.
Hegar v. Texas Small Tobacco Coalition, No. 14-0747 (Tex. 2016) (Stahl, Bernal, Davies, Sewell & Chavarria, LLP filed amicus curiae brief on behalf of a non-party client)
Richmont Aviation, Inc. v. Combs, No. 03-11-00486-CV, 2013 Tex. App. LEXIS 11663, 2013 WL 5272834 (Tex. App. – Austin 2013, pet. denied)
TracFone Wireless, Inc. v. Comm’n on State Emergency Communications, 397 S.W.3d 173 (Tex. 2013).
Texas v. Essentially Yours Indus., Inc., NO. 03-07-00506-CV, 2008 Tex. App. LEXIS 6466 (Tex. App.—Austin, Aug. 22, 2008)
INOVA Diagnostics, Inc. v. Strayhorn, 166 S.W.3d 394 (Tex. App.—Austin, pet denied), cert. denied 126 S. Ct. 1799 (2006)
McLane Company, Inc. v. Strayhorn, 148 S.W.3d 644 (Tex. App.—Austin 2004, pet. denied)
Rylander v. Fisher Controls Int’l Inc., 45 S.W.3d 291 (Tex. App.—Austin 2001, no pet.)
Rylander v. Bandag Licensing Corp., 18 S.W. 3d 296 (Tex. App.—Austin 2000, pet. denied)
Nabisco, Inc. v. Rylander, 992 S.W.2d 678 (Tex. Civ. App.—Austin 1999, pet. denied)
Sharp v. Park ‘n Fly of Texas, Inc., 969 S.W.2d 572 (Tex. Civ. App.—Austin 1998, pet. denied)
Sharp v. Hobart Co., 957 S.W.2d 650 (Tex. Civ. App.—Austin 1997, no writ)
Sharp v. Caterpillar Inc., 932 S.W. 2d 230 (Tex. App.—Austin 1996, writ denied)
We also represent clients in negotiating property tax incentive agreements for new commercial projects. A description of our work in this area is included on our Property Tax Incentives page.