About Us

Summary

Matt Stanley's multistate law practice focuses on federal (IRS) and state tax controversies. The history of a tax dispute may involve one or more of the following activities, not necessarily in the following order:

Pre-audit "voluntary disclosure" of mistakes and wrongs,
to avoid harsh penalties or criminal prosecution

Tax audit or examination of taxpayer's records

Records summonses and subpoenas
Criminal tax investigation

Administrative appeal(s) to management or to
an "appeals" office within the agency

Court hearing or trial, which depending on the tax 
may be in one of three federal forums, a state board
or state trial court

Settlement. The IRS has an established settlement pro-
cess, while the states typically have authority to 
settle a tax case under informal procedures

Assessment of the tax due, at which time it typically 
becomes payable

Tax collection activity, which may involve a variety of 
issues, such as the ownership and nature of property
as community or separate property

Wage garnishments and property levies or seizures
Payment plans
Bankruptcy

Refund of taxes paid

Administrative refund claims
Refund lawsuits brought in federal or state court

Appeal to one of the federal Circuit Courts of Appeal or 
to a state appellate court.

Specialties:Federal and state tax disputes, both civil and criminal; 
Representation before government agencies;


Frequent speaker at federal and state tax seminars regarding tax audit/examination issues, tax controversey resolution procedures, federal employment/payroll tax issues, employee-independant contractor classifications, state taxes and other subjects
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