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Philip R. West

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Phil West, Steptoe’s chair, is a trusted adviser to major multinationals and high-net-worth individuals on international tax issues, and is widely regarded as one of the premier international tax lawyers in the United States. He often achieves exceptional results for clients in complex and high-profile tax controversies; legislative, regulatory, ruling, and competent authority proceedings; and other matters. He advises clients on both technical questions and issues of broad policy significance, including those relating to tax planning, tax treaties, foreign tax credits, transfer pricing, territoriality, BEAT, GILTI, FDII, tax withholding and reporting (including FATCA), and the tax aspects of cross-border mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, investment funds, and financings. Drawing on three decades of private sector and public service experience, including as the Treasury Department’s International Tax Counsel, the senior international tax law and policy official in the US government during those years, Phil often assumes responsibility for relationships with taxing authorities that have become needlessly adversarial and achieves unusually favorable outcomes. He also has extensive advocacy experience on issues before Congress, the Treasury Department, and international organizations.

In his capacity as a Treasury Department official, Phil played a central role in virtually every policy, legislative, and regulatory development in the international tax area. He led tax treaty negotiations, discussions, and ratification efforts involving countries throughout the world, and played a major role in the US work at the OECD. He has practical experience with many foreign tax systems and good relationships with foreign tax officials and private practitioners around the world. He is regularly called on to advise clients and government officials alike with respect to sensitive and complex tax matters, and has testified before Congress several times on international tax matters. Chambers, The Legal 500, and other rankings consistently place him in the top tier of international tax practitioners.

Philip R. West is associated with the following items:
Treatise  Treatise International Tax Controversies: A Practical Guide (2018 Edition) - International Tax Controversies: A Practical Guide (2017 Edition)
Treatise Chapters  Treatise Chapters Pre-Audit Planning, Including Document Retention and Spoliation - International Tax Controversies: A Practical Guide (2018 Edition), Monday, August 21, 2017
Discovery in International Tax Cases - International Tax Controversies: A Practical Guide (2018 Edition), Monday, August 21, 2017
Table of Contents - International Tax Controversies: A Practical Guide (2018 Edition), Monday, August 21, 2017
Exchange of Information - International Tax Controversies: A Practical Guide (2018 Edition), Monday, August 21, 2017
Handling the International Examination - International Tax Controversies: A Practical Guide (2018 Edition), Monday, August 21, 2017
Trial and Appellate Practice - International Tax Controversies: A Practical Guide (2018 Edition), Monday, August 21, 2017
IRS Appeals and Special Appeals Procedures - International Tax Controversies: A Practical Guide (2018 Edition), Monday, August 21, 2017
Early Preparation and Documentation for Audit and Controversy - International Tax Controversies: A Practical Guide (2018 Edition), Monday, August 21, 2017
Post-Appeals Litigation Options and Choice of Forum - International Tax Controversies: A Practical Guide (2018 Edition), Monday, August 21, 2017
Advance Pricing Agreements - International Tax Controversies: A Practical Guide (2018 Edition), Monday, August 21, 2017
Special Document Issues in International Examinations - International Tax Controversies: A Practical Guide (2018 Edition), Monday, August 21, 2017
Index - International Tax Controversies: A Practical Guide (2018 Edition), Monday, August 21, 2017
The Role of the Competent Authority: Mutual Agreement Procedures - International Tax Controversies: A Practical Guide (2018 Edition), Monday, August 21, 2017
Antiabuse Rules and Policy: Coherence or Tower of Babel? - The Corporate Tax Practice Series (2018 Edition), Thursday, February 15, 2018
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings 2018, Wednesday, December 05, 2018, Los Angeles, CA
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