William M. Funk

William M. Funk

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Tax Attorney in New York, NY

Law Office of William M. Funk
 | 275 Madison Ave., 14th Floor
New York, NY 10016-1105
Phone: 212-973-1100
Fax: 917-210-3513
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Tax: Business (70%),
  • Tax: Consumer (30%)
Attorney Profile

William M. Funk is a tax attorney with extensive experience in tax planning and dispute work. His practice focuses on representing funds, businesses, individuals, and non-profit organizations.  He started his practice in 2009 after working for large New York firms on matters including hedge fund offerings, corporate transactions, and cross-border investments of high-profile private equity funds.

Representative matters include:

Advising foreign businesses on minimizing and managing their U.S. tax exposures, including choices of U.S. business entities, tax treaty utilization, compensation for services and use of intellectual property, compliance requirements and other issues.

Advising U.S. businesses and investors on foreign tax credit utilization, use of GILTI and FDII deductions, taxation of controlled foreign corporations and PFICs, qualified dividend rules, compliance with foreign income and asset reporting rules and other issues.

Advising funds on structuring domestic, inbound and outbound investments, including issues such as entity election, drafting offering documents, tax treaty planning and compliance with withholding and reporting rules.

Organizing and obtaining tax exemptions for nonprofits including public charities and private foundations, advising nonprofits on all phases of their life-cycle, from formation to operations (including domestic and international) to dissolution.

Representation of individuals before the Internal Revenue Service and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance in tax controversies and tax collections matters.

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About William Funk

Admitted: 2000, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.funklawsite.com/about.php


  • Vanderbilt Law Review, Associate Articles Editor

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • New York City Bar Association: Small Law Firm Committee, 2009-present, Committee on State and Local Taxation, 2014-present. International Bar Association, 2016-present.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Selected Publications:  Eighth Amendment and License Suspension: Tax Enforcement in New York, 86 State Tax Notes 933, (Dec. 4, 2017).  The Long-Awaited Return to the Fractions Rule:  Proposed Regulations Under §514(c)(9)(E), 33 Tax. Mgmt. Real Estate. J. 91 (March 1, 2017). Report on New York State’s Driver’s License Suspension Program, New York State Bar Association (2016). Abandonment Doctrine and Its Discontents:  Claiming Ordinary Losses after Pilgrim’s Pride, 31 Tax Mgmt. J. Real Est. 267 (Sept. 2, 2015). U.S. Taxation of Sovereign Wealth Fund Investments in Funds (and Real Estate): Where We Stand Today, 30 J. Tax’n Investments 43 (Summer 2013). Is the Trading Safe Harbor for Non-U.S. Taxpayers Compatible with the Section 475(f) Election? 115 J. Tax’n 74 (Aug. 2011). The Sun Also Sets:  Making the Most of TIPRA’s Changes to FIRPTA While They Last, 9 Bus. Entities 5 (Sept./Oct. 2007). The ABCs of UBTI, 19 Prac. Tax Law. 43 (Fall 2004). The Thirty-Years Tax War, 24 Tax Notes Int’l 65 (Oct. 1, 2001); also published in 93 Tax Notes 271 (Oct. 8, 2001).   Selected Presentations/Continuing Legal Education Programs Panel Discussion: Successful Expansion to the US Market, at the United States Consulate in Amsterdam, Museumplein 19, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.Basic Tax for Individuals and Businesses Coming to New York, Continuing Legal Education Program sponsored by the New York City Bar Association, New York City, December 8, 2015. Abandonment Doctrine and Its Discontents: Claiming Ordinary Losses After Pilgrim's Pride, Continuing Legal Education Program sponsored by Bloomberg BNA, July 2015, Bloomberg BNA Corporate Taxation Advisory Board Meeting, New York City, July 16, 2015. Tax Exempt Organizations in New York: Commercial Activities, Continuing Legal Education Program sponsored by Lorman Educational Services, New York City, April 22, 2014, and February, 15, 2013. New York Tax Ethics Update, Continuing Legal Education Program sponsored by Lawline, Webcast, August 2, 2012. You May Be a Tax Return Preparer (and Not Even Know It), Continuing Legal Education Program sponsored by the New York County Lawyers’ Association, New York City, September 13, 2010. Understanding the Tax Provisions of the Health Care Reform Legislation and the HIRE Act, Continuing Legal Education Program sponsored by the New York County Lawyers’ Association, New York City, June 9, 2010. Practical Business Tax Issues for Post-Crisis Economic Times, Continuing Legal Education Program sponsored by the New York County Lawyers’ Association, New York City, March 2, 2010.

Educational Background:

  • New York University School of Law, L.L.M. (Taxation) 2004 Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D. 1999 University of Chicago, A.B. 1993 Honors
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Office Location for William M. Funk

275 Madison Ave.
14th Floor
New York, NY 10016-1105

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Last Updated: 4/4/2019

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