IRS Tax Attorney

KW_HomePage-200x300KEMBLE WHITE – Tax Lawyer

2004 to present:  Tax controversy practice, Santa Barbara, California.

Our most frequently handled issues are delinquent returns, collection problems, audits and tax court litigation.  In the collection area there is a gread deal of financial planning.

1998 to 2004:  Burleson, Pate & Gibson, Dallas, Texas. Diversified tax practice including income and estate tax planning, litigation of tax issues, audits and appeals, and preparation of returns. Debtor bankruptcy practice focused on discharging taxes. Completed 2003 consumer bankruptcy course presented by Standing Chapter 13 Trustee.

1989 to 1998: Partner, Wilson & White, LLP, Dallas, Texas.  Tax controversy work. We handled debtor bankruptcy work, estate planning and general litigation.

1976 to 1989:  McDaniel & White, PC, Dallas, Texas. Tax, family law, and debtor bankruptcy. Controlled an accounting firm that prepared tax returns and financial statements. Director, interim president, member of loan, audit and compliance committees of Midway National Bank.

1969 to 1976:  Trial Attorney with IRS Chief Counsel in Dallas, Texas. Represented Commissioner of Internal Revenue in the Tax Court. Handled bankruptcy and tax lien issues and reviewed criminal cases. Completed about half of a masters in taxation at SMU before going into private practice.

BA and LLM Washington and Lee, Lexington, Virginia. Internship with Criminal Division of Department of Justice.

Not Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Admitted to practice in Virginia and Texas, and U.S. Tax Court.

AV Rating with Martindale & Hubbell.

Why do you need representation when dealing with a tax authority?

Complexity
Tax law is made up of the Internal Revenue Code, Regulations and court opinions that interpret how the Code applies to individual cases.  Tax returns are submitted on complex forms with detailed instructions, often with the help of computer software programs and electronic filing.  The complexity is so great that the average taxpayer properly feels the need for professional help when dealing with the tax man.

Adversity
IRS employees represent the interests of Government; and if you are dealing with them on an audit, collection, or criminal matter, it is because they think that you have done something that is wrong. Your work and integrity are in question and you will be under extreme pressure. You may be working with incomplete information and making poor decisions. Anything you say in your contacts with IRS can be used against you.  You need someone to represent your interest. Competent representation can protect you from direct contact with IRS and arrange the solution that is best for you, not for the IRS.

Experience
Many clients ask if they need an accountant or an attorney. The better question is whether the professional you choose has experience in your problem area. You need to be represented by someone who has been there and can solve your problems.  It is best to have experience on your side. Click on Tax Resolution Blog to see some of the trouble with tax resolution firms.

Nationwide Practice
About half of my practice is local.  The rest comes from all over the country.  The arrival of the electronic office allows me to help clients from all over the country.  Most IRS contact is with people in Service Centers without face-to-face contact