Jim McCarten is a Partner in Burr & Forman's Tax, Trusts and Estates and Corporate practice groups. Mr. McCarten works with a broad spectrum of clients, including start-up businesses, mid-market family businesses, publicly traded entities, and retired corporate executives and business owners. His practice encompasses the entire range of tax planning, including, mergers and acquisitions, structuring and forming start-up businesses, asset protection, family business planning and estates, trusts and wealth preservation.
Mr. McCarten is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and has a broad range of tax experience including: representing clients during audits by the IRS and/or Tennessee Department of Revenue, crafting tax structures for new businesses, counseling clients on the tax aspects of business exit strategies and business succession issues, designing tax-effective executive compensation packages, creating appropriate estate plans, and counseling families on special needs planning.
Mr. McCarten began his professional tax career with the public accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand. Following law school, he litigated tax cases for the federal government as a member of the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1994, he was a founding member of one of East Tennessee’s largest and most respected law firms.
He has served as the Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Tax Section, as a Trustee of the Paul J. Hartman State & Local Tax Forum, as a Trustee of the Tennessee Federal Tax Institute, and as a Trustee of the Advanced Institute on Corporate Taxation.
Mr. McCarten received his B.S. from the University of Kansas, earned his J.D. from the University of Missouri and received his L.L.M. in Taxation from Emory University.
He is the author of the Bloomberg BNA Health Law & Business Portfolio Series No. 2700, Health Care Worker Classification.
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