In view of the complexity of tax laws of every type, controversies sometimes occur between taxpayers and taxing authorities about the proper interpretation of those laws. When such an occasion arises, tax lawyers at Clark Hill skillfully and aggressively advocate the position of the taxpayer in the appropriate forum.
Our attorneys have extensive experience in tax controversy and litigation including federal and state civil and tax litigation; federal criminal tax litigation, including related white-collar crime representation; property tax disputes and litigation; representing attorneys and accountants in malpractice cases and disciplinary proceedings; representing taxpayers before IRS Appeals offices; and representing taxpayers during civil and criminal IRS examinations.
We frequently present cases to, and negotiate with, the audit staff and Appellate Division of the Internal Revenue Service. Very often a satisfactory resolution can be reached at this level. However, if necessary, we are fully prepared to achieve the client's objectives through litigation. We have prosecuted numerous refund actions in the federal courts, and several of our lawyers are admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court. At the state level, we are likewise experienced in handling audits and administrative appeals as well as tax litigation. Our attorneys have had substantial experience in dealing with representatives of the State Treasury, as well as in court cases before a Tax Tribunal, the Court of Claims, and Appellate Courts.
Property Tax Disputes and Litigation
Property tax matters are a special focus of the firm. Many of our clients own commercial tracts of land, including land used for agricultural, industrial, manufacturing and other business purposes. We have litigated property tax appeals in the Tax Tribunal involving such diverse properties as large industrial complexes, shopping centers, office buildings, large and small apartment complexes, hospitality properties, a hunting and fishing club, and a horse racing track. Our team has significant experience in property tax litigation, particularly that arising after an unsuccessful hearing with the administrative review board or after the local appraisal district decides to litigate the review board’s decision. Although our attorneys are highly skilled at litigation, we are also equipped to handle the administrative process as well.
Just as important, however, are the cases we have not litigated, but in which we have accomplished the client's objectives through skillful and knowledgeable negotiations with the local assessor.