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Tax Advice and Controversies



Federal Tax Controversy/Advice

Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard, P.C. takes great pride in the strategic tax advice and high-quality tax controversy services we provide to firm clients.  Our tax controversy/tax advice clients range from individuals, to small business owners, to large corporate clients and other business entities.  Our tax lawyers are seasoned tax litigators with prior U.S. Department of Justice experience prosecuting white-collar crimes, including tax fraud and tax evasion.  Our lawyers are also skilled negotiators who routinely obtain favorable tax settlements with the IRS.  Because of the diverse background of our practitioners, our firm boasts specialized experience with tax issues in divorce, tax issues in bankruptcy, and tax issues in the formation, operation, and liquidation of business entities.  We have represented clients in a variety of civil and criminal federal tax controversy issues, including:

  • Income Tax (Individual and Corporate)
  • Partnership Tax
  • Estate & Gift Tax
  • Excise Tax
  • Employment Tax (Trust Fund Penalty)
  • Penalty Review
  • Valuation Issues
  • Audit Examination Representation
  • Tax Evasion
  • Tax Fraud
  • Tax Court Litigation
  • Tax Preparer Penalties
  • Appraiser Penalties
  • Innocent Spouse Relief
  • Collection Matters
  • Non-filer Compliance

State and Local Tax Controversy/Advice

Several of our tax lawyers are also business lawyers who understand the impact taxes can have on business decisions.  Our lawyers come from a variety of industries and backgrounds, including accounting, real estate, finance, and entrepreneurship.  This business-centered background gives Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard, P.C. lawyers a unique understanding of state and local tax problems as they relate to business profitability.  As such, our lawyers have developed a highly-skilled, niche practice in resolving state and local tax issues for small businesses and large corporations throughout the Midwest.  This includes the successful negotiation of state and local tax debt settlements for our clients, as well as the successful representation of our clients in state and local tax litigation before local Departments of Revenue, State Tax Court, Circuit Court, the Administrative Hearing Commission, and even state Supreme Court. Our expert tax lawyers have provided successful representation to clients in the following areas:

  • Sales/Use Tax
  • Property Tax
  • Income Tax
  • Franchise/Corporate Tax
  • Excise Tax
  • Employment Tax (Trust Fund Taxes)
  • Refund Claims
  • Assessment Appeals
  • Audit Representation/Negotiation
  • Tax Litigation Representation
  • Judicial review of administrative assessments


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