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Tax Litigation

Although most tax disputes are resolved administratively with the IRS, state, and local taxing authorities, sometimes the only way for a taxpayer to vindicate its position is to go to court.  For instance, it may not be possible to avoid litigation where a taxpayer is faced with criminal tax charges or penalties, if the dollar value of an issue is too large for a taxpayer to settle, if the parties have irresolvable disputes about the facts, or if the parties have different views of what the applicable law means.

When a tax dispute cannot be resolved at the administrative level, our tax litigation attorneys are prepared to litigate the dispute in court, including before state courts, the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Tax litigation differs in important and significant respects from other types of litigation.  Because tax litigation generally involves a taxpayer facing the government as an adversary, the successful litigation of a tax dispute requires those involved to be knowledgeable of the taxing authority and its representatives, tax administration, administrative procedure, court practice and procedure, and substantive issues of tax law.

The Politte Law Offices brings this knowledge to every tax litigation matter we handle.  Our tax litigators possess an in-depth knowledge of federal, state, and local tax law, familiarity with the taxing authorities and their representatives, and a detailed understanding of the administrative and procedural issues involved in contesting tax matters in court.  This substantive knowledge of tax law and procedure enables our tax litigators to take on the most challenging disputes and develop creative and successful strategies for resolving these challenging tax controversies for our clients.

Our tax litigation attorneys have experience litigating all types of tax controversies, from individual tax liability and collection disputes to the largest, most complex corporate deficiency and refund litigation.  We have represented clients in civil and criminal tax disputes and appeals against the IRS, the United States, and state and local governments in various state and federal courts, including the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. District Courts and U.S. Courts of Appeals nationwide, and the U.S. Supreme Court.  The clients we represent include individuals, businesses, and tax-exempt organizations from across the United States, as well as a number of foreign countries.

While we have extensive experience in resolving tax controversies before they reach the courts, the tax attorneys at the Polittes Law Offices are ready to litigate, and often do, when doing so is in our clients’ best interests.

Contact us online or call us at 303-261-8044 to speak to a tax litigation attorney and arrange for a private consultation.

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