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Shannon Smith-Retzke

is a Partner with Withers Bergman. She represents clients in sensitive tax matters, many of which involve negotiations with government agencies. Shannon provides clients with advice on a broad range of tax, trust, estate, and business planning issues. Her work involves planning for wealthy US and international families, with particular emphasis on planning for closely held businesses. Shannon’s planning work for clients involves a range of matters, from creating tax-efficient wealth transfer structures to addressing income tax issues arising from investments and operating businesses. She has advised prominent politicians, business people and well known athletes. She is known globally as one of the go-to attorneys for individuals with US tax or reporting issues and has represented clients from over 20 countries in the last year.

For more information or to contact Shannon, please visit her Firm Profile Page.

Recent Articles by Shannon Smith-Retzke

Got IP? Get out. For investors thinking of selling, acting in the next few days is critical.

As of the date of this publication, the US House of Representatives and the Senate have passed the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” as reconciled by the conference committee. Now that the President has signed the Republican tax bill into law, IP owners may find the tax bill will impact sales of certain intellectual property… Given that the Committee Bill directly contradicts itself with respect to the tax treatment of the sale of patents by taxpayers whose personal efforts created such property, it is unclear how this Bill will be implemented. It is unclear how gains or losses on a sale of self-created assets by a taxpayer who created a patent will be treated.