Neil V. Birkhoff, chair of the Tax and Estate Planning group, works to find solutions to tax-related legal needs for private clients, businesses, and nonprofits. His practice includes federal, state, and local tax planning for individuals and businesses, estate planning, and estate administration.
He represents businesses and individuals before tax authorities and in court on tax matters. Neil assists clients with a variety of employee benefit plans, ERISA, and benefit-related tax issues.
Neil monitors the constantly changing regulations related to employee benefits and assists clients on issues relating to the full spectrum of employee benefits, including retirement plans and welfare plans — profit-sharing, 401(k), and defined benefits — as well as fiduciary liability, and taxation of employee benefits.
Neil also provides counsel regarding Section 457 plans for tax-exempt organizations and non-qualified deferred compensation plans. Neil can advise and assist employers with insured and self-insured health plans, life insurance plans, cafeteria plans, and dependent care plans.
Neil is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and a past chair of both the Virginia State Bar’s Section of Taxation and the Virginia Bar Association’s Section of Taxation. Prior to joining Woods Rogers in 1987, Neil was a trial attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
Neil is a contributing author to several continuing legal education publications. Neil has been recognized for excellence in tax law in Best Lawyers in America and by Virginia Super Lawyers.
His community involvement includes service on the boards of directors for Feeding America Southwest Virginia and Goodwill Industries of the Valleys.
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