Melhem & Associados

Areas of Expertise

Brazilian Domestic Tax

  • Tax consultancy (federal, state and local taxes), including tax defenses before administrative and juridical courts.
  • Tax planning for companies, since their establishment, seeking an efficient structure for taxes such as: corporate income tax, import and export tax, financial transactions tax (IOF), value added taxes (IPI, ICMS), service tax (ISS), and corporate social contributions (PIS, COFINS).
  • Tax advice for accountants, auditors and other companies’ collaborators.
  • Practice before juridical courts by filling appropriate actions to interrupt or suspend payments of taxes considered illegal or unconstitutional as well as to annul or to compensate taxes.
  • Case by case tax planning for the transfer of assets from generation to generation with the intent to reduce transfer and death taxes, and observing already existent family holdings, wills, trusts, and donations.
  • Consultancy on preparing requests to obtain federal, state and local tax benefits.
  • Preparation of administrative tax defenses and appeals against illegitimate fiscal impositions or procedures.
  • Advise on tax agreements and request of opinions before the Federal, State and Local tax authorities.
  • Tax planning on mergers and acquisitions of companies and investments.
  • Due tax diligence for companies that go through sale, acquisition, and bankruptcy procedures in order to provide reliable tax information, including preparation of legal opinions.