Tax Controversy

Why Withum?

Withum’s Tax Controversy Group has extensive experience representing clients in a wide range of situations involving and relating to tax controversy.  Our continued success is due to our highly specialized team of tax professionals and the strong relationships that we have built with auditors nationwide at the federal, state, and local level.

If you are faced with an audit, our group will manage the process throughout and fight to obtain the best possible results at its conclusion.  We are proactive in our approach and will be your strongest ally. We advocate for you so that a swift resolution will be reached.

Mitigating Risks:

Our team’s experience allows us to identify areas that present higher audit risks. Our specialists will assist you before you file by providing tax planning and compliance services.  We have professionals with expertise in the following areas:

  • Federal income tax
  • Research and development credits
  • Domestic manufacturing deductions
  • Cost segregation
  • Voluntary disclosure programs
  • Assessments and collections
  • Employment taxes
  • International planning
  • Transfer pricing
  • State income tax and nexus
  • State sales and use tax
  • Residency changes

During the Examination Process:

When faced with a business or personal tax audit, you can rely on Withum’s Tax Controversy Group to take control of the examination process and represent you every step of the way. Our team works with you and the taxing authorities to ensure that you are being treated fairly and that the information being requested is reasonable. We will work directly with the taxing authorities to limit or eliminate your interaction and involvement throughout the audit process.

Resolving Examination Issues:

If during the examination process the taxing authorities take issue with a position that was taken on a return, our controversy experts will assist with reaching a favorable resolution. Our group can assist you in the following areas:

  • Fast Track Settlements – If we are not able to come to a resolution on an issue with the exam team we can represent you at a Fast Track Settlement conference.
  • Appeals – Should an unlikely and unfortunate instance arise where our team is not able to reach a favorable solution with the tax examiner, we can represent you through the formal appeals process.
  • Penalty Abatement – Our team can assist with penalty abatement requests that result from examination adjustments as well as penalties resulting from late filed returns or late payments.
  • Offer in Compromise (OIC) – If you are unable to pay a tax liability, we can assist you with filing an Offer-in-Compromise with the IRS. The OIC program allows qualified taxpayers to settle tax debts for less than the full amount owed.

Post-Audit/Dispute Resolution Options:

Should you have an unresolved dispute after an audit or otherwise find yourself at odds with the government, our team of tax controversy specialists will provide you with a wide range of options.  They include, but are not limited to, long-term repayment plans, lien discharge, or even forgiveness of your tax debt.

Our Team

Stephen J. Talkowsky
Stephen J. Talkowsky
Barry H. Horowitz
Barry H. Horowitz
David J. Poillucci
David J. Poillucci
Thomas Girone
Thomas Girone
Marcus Dyer
Marcus Dyer
Marina Gentile
Marina Gentile
iMBA, Lead, Global Transfer Pricing 212-829-3244
Stephen Basiaga
Stephen Basiaga
Lejdi McNair
Lejdi McNair
The information contained herein is not necessarily all inclusive, does not constitute legal or any other advice, and should not be relied upon without first consulting with appropriate qualified professionals.