Philip Bousquet is one of the founding members of Bousquet Holstein PLLC and focuses his practice on a broad range of business and taxation matters.
Phil’s experience includes helping clients understand the impact of New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) legislation on dozens of development projects around New York State. He has lectured on the tax aspects of this legislation throughout New York on behalf of many groups, including the New York State Bar Association, the Business Council of New York State, New Partners for Community Revitalization, Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast, and American Waste Management Association, and local municipalities and associations.
Phil advises brownfield stakeholders, including developers, municipalities, brokers, financial institutions, and consultants, in understanding the benefits of the BCP tax credits and other economic development incentives available for brownfield redevelopment. Phil and his team provide support and analysis to developers of some of the largest brownfield redevelopment projects in New York State, including projects throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, as well as Yonkers, White Plains, Long Island, the Catskills, the upper Hudson Valley, and in upstate New York, including projects in Syracuse, Utica, Buffalo, Ithaca, Binghamton, and northern New York. The estimated construction value of these projects exceeds $5.0 billion, which will generate BCP tax credits well over $750 million.
Phil and his team work closely with clients and their accountants as they prepare forms and supporting documentation to claim the BCP tax credits. They guide clients through BCP credit audits by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (DTF), and represent taxpayers who disagree with DTF’s audit findings in appealing those findings to the Division of Tax Appeals, the Tax Appeals Tribunal, and the New York Courts.
In addition to BCP credit services, Phil handles acquisitions and sales of closely-held businesses and professional practices, structures new business entities (including LLC operating agreements and shareholders’ (buy-sell) agreements) for owners of closely-held businesses, and assists clients with day-to-day commercial law matters.
- Advising developers regarding Brownfield Cleanup Program tax matters for pending and completed projects with an aggregate value of more than $3 billion.
- Representing taxpayers with respect to NYS Department of Taxation & Finance “desk audits” of Brownfield Cleanup Program and Empire Zone tax credits, and appeals to the NYS Division of Tax Appeals and the Tax Appeals Tribunal.
- Negotiation and closing of acquisitions and sales of closely-held businesses and professional practices.
- Negotiation and preparation of LLC operating agreements and shareholders’ (buy-sell) agreements for owners of closely-held businesses.
- New York State Bar Association
- Onondaga County Bar Association
- New York City Brownfield Partnership
- New Partners for Community Revitalization
- New York State Brownfield Coalition
- Served on the Bousquet Holstein Board of Managers 2009-2014; Re-elected in 2019
- Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), President, Board of Trustees & Finance Committee member
- Helping Offer Primary Education for Sudan, Inc. (HOPE for Sudan), Board of Directors (Treasurer)
J.D./M.S., (Accounting) Syracuse University College of Law / Syracuse University School of Management, Magna Cum Laude,1989
B.A., Kenyon College, 1980