J. Christian Tennant


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  • University of Richmond School of Law, JD, 1998
  • James Madison University, BBA, Accounting, 1995
  • Virginia

Member, Board of Governors, Taxation Section, Virginia State Bar, 2008-present

Chairman, Taxation Section, Virginia Bar Association, 2009-2010

Vice President and Director, The Community Tax Law Project, 2009-present

Christian is a member of the firm's taxation and employee benefits practice group. His practice focuses on state and local tax. Christian routinely handles appeals of state and local taxes, business tax planning, and lobbying efforts in the Virginia General Assembly.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Christian worked in the Virginia Department of Taxation’s Policy Development office. During his tenure there, he evaluated audit protests received by the department, and drafted responses to these protests on behalf of the Virginia Tax Commissioner. He also represented the Department of Taxation before various committees and subcommittees of the Virginia General Assembly, oversaw changes to Virginia’s income tax laws, and monitored how changes to the Internal Revenue Code affected Virginia. In addition, he was often charged with drafting new tax legislation for the governor of Virginia, members of the General Assembly, and various agencies of the Commonwealth. Many of the provisions Christian drafted are now codified in the Code of Virginia.

Christian has authored a variety of articles involving all aspects of state and local tax issues for the Multistate Report, published by BNA’s Tax Management, Inc. and for State Tax Notes, published by Tax Analysts, Inc.

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J. Christian Tennant
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Richmond, VA 23219-3916

Counsel to more than 400 taxpayers in the largest income tax case in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Skillfully represented clients in applying for, defense of, and selling the Virginia Land Preservation Income Tax Credit.

Effectively represented numerous clients in overturning assessments of Virginia individual income tax based on their state of residency.

Co-authored amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce in Ford Motor Credit Company v. Chesterfield County, 281 Va. 321; 707 S.E.2d 311 (2011).

Developed creative legislative solutions to Virginia tax issues.

Co-author, "The Constitutionality of Retroactive Tax Legislation in Virginia," BNA Tax Management Multistate Tax Report (Vol. 17, No. 2), February 26, 2010
Co-author, "Amazon' Law Introduced in Virginia General Assembly," Practical U.S./Domestic Tax Strategies, Vol. 10, No. 1, January 2010
Co-author, "Is Your Client Overpaying BPOL Tax?," 58 Virginia Lawyer, October 2009
Co-author, "Virginia Department of Taxation Issues Guidelines on Administrative Appeals," Practical U.S./Domestic Tax Strategies, Vol. 6, No. 12, December 2006