J. Christian Tennant

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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Areas of Practice 1) Tax and 2) State and Local Tax
Law School University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., 1998
Education James Madison University, B.B.A., 1995
Bar Member / Association Virginia State Bar Association
Most recent firm McGuireWoods LLP
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