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W. Verne McGough Jr.

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  • LL.M. in Taxation – Boston University (2007)
  • J.D. – University of South Carolina (2006)
  • Int’l M.B.A. – University of South Carolina (2006)
  • B.A. – Appalachian State University (2002)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • South Carolina Bar:
    • Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section (Member)
    • Tax Law Section (Member-Past Chairperson)
  • Richland County Bar Association (Member)
  • Columbia Estate Planning Council (Member)

Awards and Honors

  • Legal Elite of the Midlands [1] Award Recipient (2013-Present)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© [2] for 2021 in the fields of:
    • Tax Law
    • Trusts and Estates
    • Litigation – Trusts and Estates

Publications and Presentations

  • “Business Planning for Tax & Liability Issues”, S.C. Green Industry Association (2020)
  • “Business Succession Planning”, S.C. Association of CPA’s (2019)
  • “Asset Protection for South Carolina Estate Planners”, South Carolina Bar Convention (2018)
  • “Business Tax Items from Tax Reform”, S.C. Association of CPA’s (2018)
  • “Internal Revenue Code § 6672: The Trust Fund Recovery Penalty”, Upstate S.C. Chapter of the American Payroll Association (2016, 2010)
  • “Estate Planning Basics”, ETV Endowment of South Carolina and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (2015)
  • “Tax Repercussions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010”, South Carolina Bar Convention (2014)
  • “Grantor Trusts”, National Business Institute (2013)
  • “Who Me? Tax Collections from Non-Taxpayers”, South Carolina Bar Convention (2013)
  • “Practical Pointers and Pitfalls in Negotiated Acquisitions”, Greenville County Bar Association (2012)
  • “Important Provisions of the Health Care Reform Bill for Small Business Owners”, Piedmont Chapter of the S.C. Association of CPA’s (2010)
  • “Hot Topics in Estate Planning”, South Carolina Bar Convention (2008)

[1] Legal Elite of the Midlands is an annual list compiled by Columbia Business Monthly through peer nominations and includes attorneys from 26 legal practice areas from across the state of South Carolina.

[2] The Best Lawyers in America © is an annual publication of Best Lawyers, LLC. Attorneys are selected for inclusion through a peer nomination and review process of colleagues within the same geographical and legal practice areas as the reviewed attorneys.

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