Tax Litigation

Tax litigation and legal protection in tax matters represent a long-standing core competence at Flick Gocke Schaumburg. Our advisors are renowned throughout Germany, with a reputation for absolute integrity and leadership in this field (JUVE Tax Handbook 2022). In the event of unjusti-fied claims by the tax authorities, our team of specialists will defend your interests while keeping your relationship with the authorities intact. This is where our experience comes into play. Our professionals know which procedural pitfalls to avoid, saving you from unwanted surprises.

Flick Gocke Schaumburg has renowned specialists in almost all areas where differences of opin-ion with the tax authorities can arise. Our experienced tax litigation team conducts proceedings with the leading experts in the matter in dispute, from group tax law and reorganization tax law to transfer pricing and VAT law. This enables us to achieve the best possible outcome.

Our team represents clients’ interests in tax audit disputes, appeal proceedings, and before the tax courts, including the Federal Tax Court. Clients often contact us when disputes appear to be dead-locked. We then make every effort to get things moving again.

When tax litigation appears likely, we provide comprehensive support that focuses on complaint proceedings, non-admission appeal proceedings, and appeal proceedings before the Federal Tax Court. Where non-personal taxes are involved, we also represent clients before the administra-tive courts, higher administrative courts and the Federal Administrative Court.

In many instances, clients ask us to clarify issues from the perspective of European or constitu-tional law. We therefore have extensive experience in proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union and the Federal Constitutional Court.

We are experts in international tax law. Where international double taxation is a threat, domestic remedies are often insufficient. International dispute resolution proceedings are more suitable in many cases. Many clients have benefited from our experience in large-scale international mutual agreement and arbitration proceedings. Where double taxation occurs or may occur, we identify the most effective combination of available legal instruments and represent clients in court pro-ceedings.

Our team of litigators will protect your legal position confidently and with strategic foresight. Working at the interfaces with other legal proceedings, such as criminal tax investigations, is our day-to-day business.

Our tax litigation team is robust in academic discourse and holds an excellent reputation with authorities and courts alike. We are resolute in our approach, but we avoid unnecessary confron-tation that could harm our clients’ working relationship with the tax authorities.

Our clients are highly diverse, from high-net-worth individuals to the tax departments of listed companies. In many cases, we also advise other advisors.


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Client advisory at a glance

Proceedings to defend against claims by tax authorities
Advisory in relief proceedings and model case proceedings
Defense in international double taxation
Special tax appeals
Liquidity planning in current or future tax litigation
Legal certainly in tax litigation

Law Firm of the Year 2023 for Tax Disputes

“The large tax-focused law firm is virtually unmatched as the market leader when it comes to tax disputes. Few competitors can boast such an impressive track record in objection, complaint, and appeal proceedings as FGS.”

Juve Tax Award 2023 / JUVE Tax Handbook 2023

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