What We Do:
- Our firm represents clients in tax disputes concerning the Texas sales and use tax, the Texas franchise (margin) tax, the Texas motor vehicle and Texas motor fuels taxes, Texas oil and gas production (severance) taxes, Texas oil well servicing taxes, and other Texas taxes. We assist clients with minimizing the impact of an audit and challenging any adverse assessment through the administrative hearing process, in state district court, and on appeal. Our innovative case strategies enable us to obtain favorable settlements and to confidently take our clients through the full legal process, when necessary.
- Based on our in-depth understanding of the substantive tax laws, our practice is committed to ensuring that our clients pay the amount of tax due under Texas law and no more. Thus, we also represent clients seeking to obtain a refund of overpaid state taxes.
Why we chose Austin:
We’re located in Austin because that’s where state tax matters are resolved. Austin is the home of the Texas Comptroller’s Office and the venue for both administrative and district court litigation. The Third Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court are also located in Austin.
Our office is conveniently located downtown near the Texas Comptroller’s Office, the State Office of Administrative Hearings, the Travis County District Courthouse, and the corresponding appellate courts. As members of the local community, we have a hometown advantage in Comptroller meetings and in the courtroom.
Our clients are as diverse as our state tax practice. We represent small businesses and Fortune 500 companies across a variety of industries and geographical locations. We know the tax laws and we will learn the details of your business. For example, we’ve assisted clients in the business of oil and gas production, oilfield services, technology, construction, retail/wholesale, and service industries.
Our lawyers stay up-to-date on state tax matters by frequently writing and speaking on these subjects. We are licensed to practice before all Texas state courts, including the state district courts, appellate courts, and the Texas Supreme Court. Jimmy Martens is Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Although our state tax focus is on Texas, we have previously obtained pro hac vice status to assist our clients with state tax matters in other states.
- • Combs v. Roark Amusement & Vending, L.P., 422 S.W.3d 632 (Tex. 2013).
- • In re AllCat Claims Serv., L.P., 356 S.W.3d 455 (Tex. 2011).
- • Combs v. Newpark Res., Inc., 422 S.W.3d 46 (Tex. App.—Austin 2013, no pet.).
- • Titan Transp., LP v. Combs, 433 S.W.3d 625 (Tex. App.—Austin 2014, pet. denied).
- • Hegar v. CGG Veritas Servs. (U.S.), Inc., No. 03-14-00713-CV, 2016 WL 1039054 (Tex. App.—Austin Mar. 9, 2016, no pet.) (mem. op.).
- • Hegar v. Gulf Copper and Manufacturing Corporation, 535 S.W.3d 1 (Tex. App.—Austin 2017, pet. filed).
- • Garriott v. Combs, No. D-1-GN-12-003034 (201st Judicial Dist. Ct., Travis County, Tex. Oct. 1, 2013).
- • Pointsmith Point-of-Purchase Management Services, LP v. Hegar, No. D-1-GN-11-001514 (200th Judicial Dist. Ct., Travis County, Jan. 10, 2019).