Michael Porter has more than 30 years of state and local tax experience with a particular emphasis on Massachusetts tax issues. He advises clients on state income and sales and use tax matters, including contesting proposed state tax assessments at the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board and through all levels of the administrative appeal process. He also provides clients with tax opinions, ruling requests and general state tax advice.
Before joining Hemenway & Barnes, Mr. Porter led Deloitte’s Multistate Tax Practice in Boston and worked with the firm’s Washington National Tax Office. He was responsible for state tax implications associated with tax opinions, transactions, and restructurings. Prior thereto, Mr. Porter was a national partner at Arthur Andersen. He has also served as Deputy General Counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.
“State tax issues are easily overlooked and can often result in answers that are not intuitive and have different outcomes than for federal tax purposes; there are many pitfalls for the unwary. It is important to consider potential state tax implications early on so they can be addressed in a thoughtful and measured manner.”