Alicia M. Went

Associate

wenta@ballardspahr.com
Tel 215.864.8154
Fax 215.864.8999
Philadelphia

Alicia M. Went advises clients on a wide range of tax issues, including the organization, operation, and reorganization of partnerships, corporations, and tax-exempt entities. Alicia regularly counsels clients on tax controversy matters, including audits, potential penalties and voluntary disclosures.

Alicia has represented numerous Community Development Entities (lender) and QALICBs (borrower) in dozens of New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) transactions, including pre-funded QEI closings, QLICI closings and exit transactions. Alicia has significant experience in drafting and negotiating Sub-CDE operating/partnership agreements, indemnification agreements, and Sub-CDE tax opinions, as well as, reviewing and drafting QALICB tax opinions and QLICI loan documents. Alicia is also extremely proficient on the CDFI Fund’s guidelines relating to the reimbursement of previously incurred project costs with QLICI proceeds and has ample experience reviewing the supporting documentation and ensuring compliance with such guidelines.

Alicia also regularly represents investors and syndicators in Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) transactions. Alicia has ample experience in drafting LIHTC tax opinions, which also includes reviewing, drafting and negotiating the tax aspects of operating/partnership agreements, loan agreements, real estate documentation, financial projections and other ancillary transaction documents.

Prior to joining the firm, Alicia was a senior tax associate at a "Big Four" accounting firm. In this capacity, she worked with Fortune 500 companies and sophisticated partnerships, across a wide range of industries, in tax preparation and consulting matters.

Pro Bono Experience

Alicia maintains an active pro bono practice, including assisting 501(c)(3) entities in obtaining and maintaining federal tax exemption and other state and local tax benefits and working with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.

Community Activities

Volunteer Income Tax Assistant, Campaign for Working Families, Philadelphia

Recognitions and Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch," – Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Tax Law (Philadelphia), 2021

New York University School of Law (LL.M., taxation, 2019)

Temple University Beasley School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2013)
Joseph W. Price III Memorial Award, for outstanding achievement in the law of taxation

Pennsylvania State University (B.A. 2010)

New Jersey

Pennsylvania