Robert Richard Pluth is the Leader of Schiff Hardin’s Tax Practice. Bob represents taxpayers, personal and corporate, in connection with various federal and state income tax controversies, including complex tax accounting matters, tax shelters and transactional disputes.
Bob also implements customized tax, succession and estate planning strategies to enable business owners and other wealthy individuals to better achieve their long-term goals.
Bob thrives on the challenge of making complex tax laws understandable for those planning complicated, tax-sensitive business transactions or having to defend tax positions already taken. He is able to blend big picture strategic thinking without sacrificing the attention to detail critical to achieve results. Both skills are critical to effective tax planning and tax mitigation.
More than three decades of experience enables Bob to provide a diverse group of clients with definitive, seasoned judgment.
In addition to being a tax attorney, Bob is a Certified Public Accountant, giving him additional insights that have proved invaluable to his clients over the years. As a formerly practicing CPA, he bridges the gap that often exists between the legal and accounting worlds and values the opportunity to team up with his client’s accounting professionals— and also with local counsel who may not have in-house tax capabilities.
He has successfully resolved scores of federal and state tax controversies. Most often, he has done so while avoiding the cost and delay of protracted litigation. A seasoned negotiator, Bob commands respect of opposing transactional counsel as well as government counsel and representatives of the IRS and other taxing authorities. Whether advising Fortune 100 companies, families or individual entrepreneurs and their businesses, Bob prides himself on the timely delivery of tax counsel.
- Helped a large multinational foreign corporation save millions of dollars in franchise taxes that a state taxing authority sought to impose using push down accounting following an acquisition of a new U.S. subsidiary engaged in the extraction of minerals.
- Successfully represented several founders in connection with the “once in a lifetime” sale of their businesses.
- Was among the first attorneys in the U.S. to use limited liability companies and has lectured extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad in topics relating to their use.
- Has taught and lectured on tax and tax law for Northwestern University School of Law, the Chicago-Kent College of Law Graduate Tax Program, Lewis University and the American Banker’s Association National Trust School.
- In conjunction with partners in the firm’s White Collar Crime and Corporate Compliance Group, represents taxpayers under criminal investigation regarding tax-sensitive activities.
- More than 30 years of business, tax and tax law experience with a special practice emphasis on business and tax planning for:
- Businesses organized as limited liability companies (LLCs)
- Joint ventures
- S corporations
- Other privately held business and investment entities
- Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, J.D., 1980
- Lewis University, B.A., Accountancy, 1976
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- U.S. Tax Court
- American Bar Association, Section of Taxation
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