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Stephen J. Dunn

Stephen J. Dunn

Practice areas:

Banking, Tax, Estate Planning, Tax Fraud & Tax Evasion

About Me

I have practiced tax law and litigation since earning my J.D. from Nortre Dame Law School in 1985.  Before law school I was an auditor with Ernst & Young, and earned the Michigan CPA designation.  


 


I am the founder and owner of Dunn Counsel PLC, and AV-rated law firm.  We represent taxpayers in criminal and civil tax litigation and in Bank Secrecy Act cases throughout the United States.  My judicial admissions include the United States Tax Court, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Also perform estate planning and administration for large, complex estates.  


 


Christina R. McNeal, Esq., an Associate Attorney in our firm, handles primarily foreign financial account cases and tax controversies.  She earned her J.D, cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law.  She is fluent in Spanish.


 


Kevin A. McQuillan, Esq., an Associate Attorney in our firm, handles primarily Bank Secrecy Act cases, civil and criminal tax litigation, and estate planning.  He earned his J.D. From Wayne State University School of Law.


 


Our offices are conveniently located at 900 Wilshire Drive, in Troy--just north of Big Beaver, between Crooks Road and I-75.


 

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Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1985

  1. Tax: 30%
    30 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Banking: 30%
  3. Tax Fraud & Tax Evasion: 20%
    30 years, 200 cases
  4. Estate Planning: 20%
    30 years, 400 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($195-395/hour), Pro Bono (10%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

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    Steve Dunn is a consummate Professional who has a mastery of his practice area which goes straight to his clients' bottom line. Steve's practical approach to his Practice assists his clients with the sometimes confusing and counter-intuitive nature of tax law, the IRS and related matters. As someone who has both worked with and been a client of Steve's, I can and do recommend him without qualification.

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Contact Info

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MIActive And In Good Standing198506/27/2015
MOInactive voluntarily198801/08/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Staff Member and Associate EditorNotre Dame Law Review1983
Certified Public AccountantMichigan State Board of Accountancy1980

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Founder and MemberDunn Counsel PLC2011 - Present
Of CounselDemorest Law Firm, PLLC2008 - 2011

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of MichiganMember, Estate Planning and Probate SectionN/A
State Bar of MichiganMember, Business Law SectionN/A
American Bar AssociationMember, Taxation SectionN/A
American Bar AssociationMember, Litigation SectionN/A
American Bar AssociationMember, Criminal Law SectionN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Cor-Bon Custom Bullet Co. v. United StatesJury acquitted my client of tax evasion on all counts.
U.S. v. Funds From Fifth Third BankSummary judgment for my client, recovery of the $135,596 unlawfully seized from my client, and recovery of all of my client's attorney fees--$58,267.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
ForbesAll You Need To Do Is File Your Delinquent FBARs2014
ForbesForeign Accounts? Don't Rush Into OVDP2014
ForbesBank Deposits, Structuring, and Asset Forfeitures2014
ForbesWhom Should You Use For Help In A Tax Case?2014
ForbesIRS Lowers Bar For Offers In Compromise2014
ForbesTo OVDP or Not to OVDP: Compliance Options for Holders of Foreign Accounts2014
ForbesThe Federal Tax Levy2014
ForbesHandling Smart An IRS Audit2014
Forbes'Tax Resolution' Firms--Who Are These People?2014
ForbesCareful, Thoughtful Drafting Essential In Estate Planning2014
ForbesBank Deposits, Structuring, and Asset Forfeitures2014
ForbesForeign Accounts? Don't Rush Into OVDP2014
ForbesBeware Of Swiss Banks Urging Offshore Voluntary Disclosure To IRS2014
ForbesTo OVDP Or Not To OVDP: Compliance Options For Holders Of Foreign Accounts2014
American Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, White Collar Crime NewsletterHot Issues In Civil Asset Forfeitures2014
ForbesRepresentation Before the IRS2013
ForbesHow to Use a Payroll Service Provider2013
ForbesNothing Civil About Asset Forfeiture2013
ForbesDealing with IRS Collection Action2013
ForbesEmployees or Independent Contractors?2013
ForbesTax Reporting for Foreign Financial Assets: A Tale of Two Acts2013
ForbesBankruptcy Hacks Are Still At It2013
ForbesEthics In Estate Planning For A Married Couple2013
ForbesThe Unified Credit Freeze, Not The Philly Freeze2013
ForbesEstate Plan Funding For Spouses2013
ForbesThe Perils Of Joint Ownership2013
ForbesGive Your Property To Charity . . .2013
Forbes. . . But Make Sure It's A Charity2013
ForbesWhen Will Congress Act Against Tax Resolution Scam Artists?2013
ForbesFraudulent Tax Returns?2013
ForbesAdvice On Using A Financial Advisor2013
ForbesDealing With A Federal Tax Lien2013
ForbesRelief From IRS Action For Deployed Military Personnel2013
ForbesWhy You Really Need A Qualified Retirement Plan2013
ForbesWhy Bankruptcy Is Rarely If Ever An Effective Means Of Dealing With A Tax Liability2013
ForbesThe Unwitting General Partnership2013
ForbesYear-End Tax Tips For Entrepreneurs2013
ForbesDischarge of Indebtedness Income? Really?2012
ForbesOh Canada! Our Home and Adopted Land2012
ForbesRelinquishing U.S. Citizenship2012
ForbesFinancial Advisors for Professional Athletes and Entertainers2012
ForbesTax Resolution Schemes Persist2012
ForbesDaunting Challenges Await New IRS Commissioner2012
ForbesIRS Expands Availability of Innocent Spouse Relief2012
ForbesForeign Asset Reporting Update2012
ForbesThe Federal Trust Fund Recovery Penalty2012
ForbesFile those Tax Returns2012
ForbesIRS Lowers Bar for Inocent Spouse Relief2012
ForbesIRS' Latest Offshore Accounts Voluntary Disclosure Program Wrong for Many Taxpayers2011
ForbesJoint Tax Return Problematic for Innocent Spouse2011
ForbesManage Your Credit2011
ForbesDealing with Identity Theft2011
ForbesNew Reporting Requirements for Foreign Financial Assets2011
ForbesWhy the McCourt Marital Agreement Failed2011
ForbesImportant Points for a Taxpayer in an IRS Audit2011
ForbesImportant Points for a Marital Agreement2011
ForbesOfficers' Personal Liability for their Company's Unpaid Taxes2011
ForbesWorthless Stock in a Small Business Corporation: Silver Lining in a Dark Cloud2011
ForbesWmployers Beware of IRS'Illusory Worker Classification Program2011
ForbesSo Your Tax Return has been Selected for Audit2011
ForbesTips for Payroll Outsourcing2011
ForbesLawyer Charges with Tax Evasion for Paying Personal Expenses from Firm2011
ForbesCaution Urged Concerning Personal Bankruptcies2011
ForbesMany Consumer Bankruptcies Do More Harm than Good2011
ForbesConflicts of Interest Common in Estate Planning2010
ForbesWhen the Tax Man Cometh (In Person)2010
ForbesWhy Spouses Make Lousy Business Partners2010
ForbesProof of Why Spouses Make Lousy Business Partners2010
ForbesWe Need Tax Relief2010
ForbesProtecting Tax Accrual Workpapers from IRS Summons2010
ForbesTax Resolution Scams 1012010
ForbesAvoiding Discharge of Indebtedness Income2010
ForbesMothers Don't Let Your Daughters Grow up to be Innocent Spouses2010
ForbesEstate Planning Overview and Objectives2010
ForbesTax Resolution Scams Update2010
ForbesYou Still Need to Plan Your Estate2010
EA JournalThe Troublesome Joint Tax Return2009
Journal of Taxation of InvestmentsQualified Amended Returns and the Tax Shelter Reporting Requirements2007
Journal of Tax Practice & ProcedureEvasion of Payment as Evasion of Tax2006
Michigan Bar JournalFamily Limited Partnerships--Well Advised?2006
Michigan Bar JournalEmployee Leasing-The Risks for Lessees (with Karen Berkery, Esq.)2005
Michigan Bar JournalThe Federal Trust Fund Recovery Penalty1997

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University in St. LouisTax LawLL.M - Master of Laws1991
Notre Dame Law SchoolLawJ.D.1985
Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, MI)AccountingB.S.B.A., cum laude1978