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Transportation Brief: Spotlight on Taxation Practice Area

March 5, 2018

This issue of The Transportation Brief focuses on recent tax issues affecting companies in the transportation industry. When federal laws took effect at the beginning of 2018, Scopelitis attorneys acted quickly to assist with federal compliance issues, and with the subsequent issues that continue to arise as states readjust to align with the new tax environment. Each member of Scopelitis’ Taxation Practice offers a unique set of experiences and thought leadership. 

  • Andy Light leads Scopelitis’ Taxation Practice. His diverse transportation taxation experience includes state sales and use tax strategies, motor carrier fuel taxes, vehicle registration related taxes, state highway use tax, property tax, and business restructurings. 
  • Steve Pletcher directs the Firm’s federal and state employment tax section, regularly defending against IRS and state revenue department employment and unemployment tax controversies, including worker classification challenges and accountable plan employee expense reimbursement matters. Steve also directs the Firm’s employee benefits section.
  • Ron Morelock focuses on federal, multi-state, and local transportation-related tax issues and regulatory fees, business restructurings, and motor vehicle dealer licensing matters. 
  • Becky Trenner’s practice primarily centers around state and federal employment and unemployment tax controversies, with a particular focus on defending the classification of transportation owner-operators as independent contractors. 
  • Kelli Block regularly counsels motor carriers and transportation intermediaries on a wide array of state and federal employment tax, wage and hour law, and regulatory issues that affect the transportation industry.

Scopelitis attorneys address complex taxation issues on a regular basis and assist clients with proactive tax planning and compliance issues. State and federal taxation can have a significant financial impact upon trucking operations in a variety of ways. Recently, our team has helped companies with issues ranging from:

  • Identifying tax exemptions and refund opportunities
  • Providing guidance on state and local tax matters
  • Evaluating corporate business tax nexus standards
  • Defending federal, state and local audit assessments
  • Procuring voluntary disclosure and tax amnesty agreements
  • Providing property and ad valorem tax guidance
  • Advising on IRP and IFTA issues
  • Assessing federal excise tax issues

To learn more about how Scopelitis’ Taxation Practice can help your business, please visit the practice area page.


Scopelitis’ Transportation Brief® is intended as a report to our clients and friends on developments affecting the transportation industry. The published material does not constitute an exhaustive legal study and should not be regarded or relied upon as individual legal advice or opinion.


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