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Tax Controversy and Litigation

Client and Industry Challenges

Tax evasion, tax fraud, and other controversies can have serious financial, professional and reputational repercussions. Businesses and individuals facing tax-related investigations or litigation may wish to turn to experienced criminal tax defense attorneys who can guide them through all stages of the civil and criminal investigations and litigation processes, including sensitive audits, examinations and enforcement actions.

Snell & Wilmer's tax controversy and litigation attorneys are experienced and seasoned tax lawyers who frequently represent clients in administrative proceedings, tax evasion, tax fraud, and related settlement discussions. Our attorneys have experience litigating federal, state and local tax matters, and frequently work closely with our clients’ own return preparers or accountants in planning strategy, managing responses to discovery requests, and utilizing the procedural features of the audit or appeals process to our clients’ advantage.

Areas of Service

Our tax controversy and litigation practice encompasses the following areas of service:

  • Pre-controversy tax advice
  • Audits and examinations
  • Administrative appeals
  • Summons enforcement defense
  • Provision of expert witness reports and testimony
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, arbitration and mediation
  • Litigation with respect to federal, state and local tax matters
  • Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, Opt Outs and Safe Harbor filings
  • Lien removal and penalty abatement
  • State and local voluntary disclosure agreements‎
  • State legislative solutions

Clients We Serve

We serve a diverse base of business and individual clients including real estate, manufacturing, technology, gaming, and financial and banking institutions. In addition to larger corporate clients and non-profits, we also regularly represent small businesses, emerging organizations, individuals and entrepreneurs.

Why Clients Select Us

Client-Centered Approach: We are in the relationship business; therefore, we regard each contact with our clients, or potential new clients, as critical. We emphasize the importance of these contacts through formal procedures and training to ensure that all clients are consistently treated as our most valued asset.

Efficient and Effective Service: In this competitive marketplace, our challenge is to continually improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of the services we provide and to exceed expectations. We believe we can be distinguished from other law firms by the quality of our people, the best practices we employ, and the long-term relationships we establish.