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Many clients turn to an accountant for tax-related issues. But if a complicated tax issue or tax controversy arises, like an IRS audit, or IRS criminal investigation, an experienced tax attorney should be consulted to ensure you are protected.

The Tax Practice Area at Wood + Lamping (W+L) represents individuals and businesses in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky in a variety of federal and state tax controversy matters.

Howard L. Richshafer chairs the Tax Practice Area. Howard has practiced tax law for over 40 years. He was formerly a federal agent with IRS/U.S. Treasury. He is also a licensed CPA and an adjunct professor of taxation at the University of Cincinnati where he teaches numerous advanced tax courses in the MBA and undergraduate programs. In May 2017, the Dean of the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati awarded the “2017 Outstanding Professor in Accounting and Tax” award to Howard for more than 35 years as an adjunct professor in the graduate tax programs.

Howard has been included on the Best Lawyers® list each year since 2001 and the Ohio Super Lawyers® list from 2004 to 2008 and 2010 to 2014. He was also included in the Best Lawyers® 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2018 Cincinnati Litigation and Controversy-Tax “Lawyer of the Year” list.

Howard has authored more than 100 tax articles including a manual on Ohio limited liability companies, which he co-authored. He is also the author of the chapter titled “Deductions for Profit-Motivated Activities,” which appears in Lexis-Nexis®’ online Federal Tax Research Library platform.

Martindale-Hubbell rated Howard “AV Preeminent,” which is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.

The Tax Practice Area dedicates decades of experience and knowledge of tax law to every case. This allows our tax attorneys to look at every case from multiple angles and to plan a strategy to resolve tax issues in the most efficient, systematic, cost-effective, and creative way possible. We also stay on top of the ever-changing tax laws, Treasury regulations, judicial cases, and IRS administrative pronouncements to avoid entanglement in governmental and IRS loopholes that delay resolution.

Specifically, W+L’s Tax Practice Area can help individuals and businesses with the following civil and criminal tax matters:

  • IRS Civil and Criminal Investigations.
  • IRS Audits, involving individuals or businesses.
  • IRS Collection Investigations involving delinquent taxes, levies, liens, seizures.
  • Offers in Compromise Applications with IRS and Ohio.
  • Negotiating Instalment Payment Agreements with IRS.
  • Negotiating criminal plea agreements with IRS or U.S. Attorney’s Offices.
  • Pre- and post-indictment processes.
  • Inability to pay tax liabilities.
  • Tax refund litigation.
  • The United States Tax Court litigation.
  • Tax controversies with local tax authorities, and the states of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
  • Administrative Appeals of audit findings (as far as the Supreme Court, if necessary).
  • Resolving issues arising from errors made by an accountant or CPA.
  • Defaults on tax liabilities.
  • Tax benefits of business structuring/re-structuring.
  • Tax Research on contemplated or completed transactions.
  • Legal Opinion Letters concerning federal or state tax issues.
  • Expert Witness testimony in federal criminal or civil tax cases.
  • Tax Issues involving federal income taxes, estate taxes, employment taxes, gift taxes, and excise taxes.

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