John E. Van Allen, Esq.

Areas of Practice:  State and Local Tax - Sales and Use; Property; PURTA; Gross Receipt; Corporate; Franchise and Capital Stock Taxes

Narrative:  John’s practice focuses primarily on state and local sales, use, property and corporate tax litigation on behalf of taxpayers.  He has practiced law in 56 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties and has represented small businesses and over a dozen Fortune 500 corporations engaged in the following business areas:

  • actuarial
  • air conditioning
  • aluminum
  • amusement park
  • architectural
  • asphalt and concrete
  • asset management
  • automotive
  • banking
  • battery
  • beverage
  • brewing
  • cable television
  • candy
  • computer services
  • construction
  • data processing
  • defense
  • elevator
  • entertainment
  • home and building products
  • insurance
  • lumber
  • manufactured housing
  • manufacturing
  • multi-tenant (residential and commercial
  • mutual fund
  • non-profit
  • packaging and containers
  • pharmaceutical
  • plastic
  • printing
  • professional services
  • public utility
  • publishing
  • railroad
  • restaurant
  • retail
  • software
  • steel
  • telecommunications
  • transportation
  • trucking

John has managed projects involving nearly 12,000 property tax appeals throughout 56 counties.  He also represents businesses in reviewing sales and use tax payments, identifying over-payments and pursuing refunds, particularly for manufacturers and construction contractors.  John is one of the few Pennsylvania attorneys that conducts sales/use tax due diligence reviews.  He has handled such refund reviews for a number of businesses, including two of the four largest companies headquartered in central Pennsylvania.  Through the appeals he has handled, taxpayers have directly saved or been refunded over $100,000,000.00 in state and local taxes.

In addition, John frequently conducts presentations regarding Pennsylvania state and local tax issues and he has been the featured presenter on such issues at national tax law conferences in California and Florida.

John began his career at an AmLaw Global 50 law firm, where he practiced in the area of state and local tax for over six years.

Prior to law school, John played football in college, where he was a placekicker.  

Contact:  jva@vanallenllc.com717.214.4455

Bar Admissions:  Pennsylvania (1998)

Education:  The Pennsylvania State University (B.A., 1993); The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University (J.D., 1997)

Professional Affiliations:  Pennsylvania Bar Association

Personal:  Resides in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania with his wife, Jane, and two sons, John and Josh.


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