There is no substitute for litigation experience. Since every lawyer is not a trial lawyer, it makes sense to learn from attorneys who are actually litigating tax cases and bringing those actions to verdicts. The skills and knowledge necessary to be a tax litigation lawyer are not the same as those needed to be a tax planning attorney. Join a plethora of tax law professionals March 3, 2017 in Washington, D.C. for an indispensable Tax Law Conference held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Take advantage of reduced rates by registering on or before Jan. 27, 2017 at www.fedbar.org/TaxLaw17.
Tax litigation is a highly technical area of the law with unique procedures. The subject matter is inherently specialized. While mastery of substantive tax rules is essential, successful tax litigation requires a special blend of practical tax knowledge and sharp advocacy skills.
A thorough understanding of the Internal Revenue Code, the Treasury Regulations, the legislative history, and the rules of evidence and the rules of procedure of the United States Tax Court all play a part in tax litigation. A tax litigation lawyer must understand not only the tax laws but also the administrative procedures that govern the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as well as the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Whether you are a recent law school graduate or an experienced attorney, the upcoming Federal Bar Association Tax Law Conference ideally will help move you from confused to Confucius.
Although many tax disputes are resolved by agreement or administrative settlement, sometimes the only way to vindicate your client’s position is to go to court. Increased issue identification and coordinated enforcement by the IRS is leading to more tax controversies. In some circumstances, litigation is the only way to resolve a dispute.
The federal government is a distinctive adversary; understanding how the IRS and the Department of Justice approach a litigation matter is essential in developing a winning strategy and recognizing suitable settlement opportunities. Tax litigation over matters involving a business (whether for-profit or not-for-profit), estate and gift tax, state sales tax, or local property tax may be pursued in the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, or local federal district courts.
Tax Law Conference panelists will examine the following areas of tax litigation:
- Dealing with IRS examiners
- Responding to information requests or summonses
- Choosing the proper forum and strategy for tax litigation
- Conducting discovery
- Tax Court Cases
- District Court Cases
- Preparing protests and negotiating settlements in the IRS Appeals Office
Join the Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation at the 41st Annual Tax Law Conference. Meet authorities in the field of tax litigation, and network with lawyers and accountants. Explore significant tax developments and emerging policy issues in sessions featuring notable speakers from the IRS, Treasury Department, Department of Justice, and Congress, as well as professionals from the private sector. Register today!
Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations, blogging, and social media campaigns.