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Experienced and Affordable Illinois Tax Representation

A growing number of middle class individuals and small businesses are being targeted by the IRS for audit each year. When you are facing an audit, it is important to have an aggressive advocate on your side that understands the tax laws and just as importantly understands how the IRS and/or the Illinois Department of Revenue operates.

For 30 years, Chicago tax attorney Jonathan Decatorsmith has represented both the IRS and taxpayers in a wide variety of tax controversy cases. Decatorsmith worked with the IRS for 11 years before becoming professor and supervisor of the Tax Practice of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Starting in 2000, Professor Decatorsmith battled his former bosses at the IRS solely on behalf of low-income taxpayers. In 2012, we became a fee-based practice with expanded services and a far broader client base. Through the years, the practice earned a reputation for aggressively defending taxpayers and negotiating creative and favorable resolutions to their cases.

Tax Controversy Services in Illinois and Beyond

The Tax Practice of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is a focused tax controversy and transactions practice, offering a wide range of liability-oriented services. These include:

  • Examination and Audit Representation: An IRS or Illinois Department of Revenue audit can be a very intimidating event, but you do not have to face the government tax authorities alone. We have vast experience helping clients that are being audited in connection with their individual or business income or employment tax liabilities.
  • Civil Penalty Abatements and Innocent Spouse Relief: There are times when you are stuck holding the bag because you signed a joint tax return with a spouse or former spouse. If you believe you are not liable for these tax debts, it is possible to receive relief from the joint liabilties under the Innocent Spouse Relief provisions.
  • U.S. Tax Court, District Court, and State Litigation: There are times when you cannot avoid going to tax court against the state or federal taxing agencies. If your case reaches this point, we will provide you the experienced representation you need to persuasively argue your case.
  • Preparer Representation: Tax return preparers who rely on information provided to them by their clients often find themselves with problems of their own. Our practice has vast experience with return preparer issues and attendant civil penalties, including actions defending preparers against Department of Justice injunctions.

What makes us different from most tax controversy firms is our exclusive focus on these liability disputes, rather than on collection matters, such as offers in compromise, levy releases, and negotiated installment arrangements. Our more single-minded specialty allows us to devote our resources to fully developing the aggressive defense strategies to best succeed with your pending or imminent examination and litigation-oriented disputes.

Get the Skilled Legal Assistance You Deserve Today

The Tax Practice of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law provides an affordable representation alternative to you without sacrificing the high-quality legal services you demand and deserve. Contact our office today at 312-906-5041 for a consultation.

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