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TAX CONTROVERSIES

Clients seek our help when faced with an investigation or audit by the Internal Revenue Service or the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. Our broad experience covers income taxes, sales and use taxes, estate and gift taxes, excise taxes and ad valorem taxes. We also handle collection-related matters where the IRS or state is attempting to collect taxes. You will get an effective defense in audits, administrative hearings and proceedings, and appeals before the IRS and state and local taxing authorities. We are committed to analyze and help our clients properly resolve (including litigating, if necessary) their disputes with the taxing authorities.

Focused on Clients

  • Corporations
  • Small businesses
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Individuals

Focused on Services

State Audits and Appeals - We have litigated tax controversies before Arkansas taxing authorities, as well as in the state courts and before the U.S. Tax Court. However, our solid working relationships with appeals officers of the IRS, the revenue division of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration and numerous local property tax boards frequently enable us to resolve a tax controversy for our clients short of the trial level.

Our tax practice in Arkansas is unsurpassed for our ability to handle audits, appeals, collection matters, and civil and criminal tax litigation. Given our strong working relationships with state tax officials, we frequently can make the kind of direct contacts that get results to handle sales and use tax audits and disputes and challenges to contingency ad valorem property tax assessments.

Federal Audits and Appeals - At the federal level, you get the benefit of our experience and thorough familiarity with the procedures of the IRS to challenge proposed tax assessments, seek abatements or waivers penalties, make demands for documents and other information, and negotiate offers in compromise, lien releases, payment plans, and other administrative solutions to your tax problems.

Estate and Gift Tax Controversies - We have proven success representing clients in tax controversies with the IRS and state taxing authorities on estate and gift tax matters, including disagreements with tax authorities overvaluations, exemptions from taxation, and other matters.

Tax Litigation - We have successfully litigated tax controversies before U.S. Tax Court, Federal District Court, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the state courts of Arkansas. When litigation is necessary, we engage our firm’s trial attorneys, who are recognized as among the best trial lawyers in our state to assist in handling the case.

Focused on our Team

Our tax department is the largest and most experienced in Arkansas with 30 attorneys and an impressive total of more than 700 years of experience. Our tax attorneys are focused exclusively on a specific area of tax law and devoted to the industry. Eighty percent (24) of the firm’s tax attorneys have earned their Masters in Tax Law degrees and many are inactive certified public accountants. Six attorneys have been selected as Fellows in the prestigious American College of Trust & Estate Counsel and the firm has the only two Arkansans who are Fellows of the American College of Tax Counsel. Our tax department also includes the only attorney in the state, and one of only 65 in the country, invited to be a member of the National Association of Property Tax Attorneys. The group’s attorneys are recognized by The Best Lawyers in America (17)Chambers USA (9) and Mid-South Super Lawyers (14), for their work in their perspective area of tax law. 

Friday, Eldredge & Clark holds two seminars each year devoted to educating CPAs on the most recent updates in tax law. Additionally, many of the firm’s attorneys participate in training seminars through the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accounts and other industry-related events.

Price C. Gardner
Merger & Acquisitions, Real Estate and Taxation

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