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Allan Richard Pearlman

Tax Attorney at New York, NY

4.9   9 reviews

also known as Allan R. Pearlman

  • Licensed for 30 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1993
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Allan

Learn Allan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Tax
    Represent businesses and individuals in disputes with the IRS, often dealing with problems relating to unpaid taxes and collection of it, payroll and withholding tax, "trust fund recovery" issues, personal income tax.

    18 years

  2. Appeals
    Challenge by appeal or petition (whatever the appropriate procedural path may be) trial level decision, government agency determinations (e.g., IRS, NY State Dept of Taxation and Finance, NY State Dept of Human Rights, NYC Dept of Finance)

    30 years

  3. Litigation
    Civil litigation of commercial matters, contract breaches; challenge or appeal government agency determinations. Appeal trial level decisions.

    30 years


After a judicial clerkship at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Allan Pearlman went to work for the New York State Supreme Court, first as Court Attorney, then as Senior Court Attorney, in which he researched and wrote proposed decisions for the trial judges of that court.


Now in private practice, Mr. Pearlman represents taxpayers -- people and businesses -- who are being hunted by the IRS (or sometimes New York's tax department, to help them get out of trouble. See his website, for more information.


Mr. Pearlman also collaborates with other lawyers and law firms on an of counsel or local counsel basis to research, write, argue dispositive motions, appeals, and other aspects of pending cases.


Mr. Pearlman also serves as local counsel to attorneys outside New York for out-of-state discovery -- i.e., when they have an uncooperative non-party witness in New York.


He moves for the necessary order from the New York Courts and then issues the necessary New York subpoena to obtain jurisdiction over the witness so that a deposition and/or document production can be facilitate, encouraged, or, if need be, compelled.


See his website, for more information.


AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2016
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Law Office of Allan R. Pearlman
116 W 23rd St Ste 500
New York, NY, 10011-2599


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  9 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2009
West Coast Attorney Gives Top Rating
Allan Pearlman is an outstanding tax attorney, and is definitely the man for you and/or your client to have when dealing with tax issues or the IRS itself. Recently, in a move a national tax expert called "Unprecedented", Allan got the IRS to back down, rescind (=erase) their notice of intent to levy, and APOLOGIZE IN WRITING. See Allan's website for details, including copy of IRS letter. Am I gushing? You bet I am. I'm a Patent Attorney who knew Allan for over five years as a respected colleague in the New York City Bar, and knew he'd won Appellate and IRS cases, but it wasn't until one of my clients got in real tax trouble, and I referred him to Allan, that I really saw how outstanding an attorney he is, and how masterfully he handles tax matters. (Needless to say, Allan's advice led to a very favorable outcome for my client, whose tax problems BEGAN with several years of non-filing . . . and who ended up on good terms with the IRS - a long way from where the client was before receiving Allan's help.)
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Posted by Jazz | December 16, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable, Forthright and Considerate
I consulted with Mr. Pearlman regarding a tax matter. His manner is direct but considerate. He was not condescending despite my limited knowledge in this area. I immediately felt assured that he would not only handle any issues if warranted but would also make sure his clients understood everything about their case and their options. I would not hesitate to retain Mr. Pearlman for representation.
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Posted by matt | August 9, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
My previous tax preparer had made an error in my filings and failed to timely notify me, causing my case to be sent to tax court. I retained Allan at the absolute last minute; he was very responsive and diligent throughout the process, proactively updating me with all the info I could want to know. Nothing was left to chance until the matter was favorably resolved.
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Posted by Ian | September 23, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Extremely Helpful
Mr. Pearlman helped us find the best solution to our tax issues for our small business. We recommend him and will use him again. Thank you.
Posted by William | June 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Life Saver
Allan Pearlman is a life saver. I had to pay taxes on income for ten years past. I made efforts and arranged an agreement with the IRS, but failed to pay lump sum amount due for last year. Suddenly the IRS demanded thousands of dollars for each year to be paid immediately. Allan took on my case and did a stellar job. Not only did he negotiate an agreement for me in a short period of time, but the monthly amount I am now paying is much less than my original agreement amount. Allan is professional, efficient and extremely knowledgeable. I would recommend him to anyone without hesitation. Allan has resolved my complicated case and has delivered stress relief and piece of mindand for this I am forever grateful.
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Posted by Jennie | May 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Effective and Supportive Legal Consult
Having moved from another state and a delay in filing our taxes, Allan was most responsive in helping us through the process of clarification, research and filing. He was thoughtful, specific, clear and supportive in the provision of his legal services. He was thorough and always timely. We were very pleased and appreciative with his professional services.
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Straightened out an IRS issue to the tune of $26,000
Allan Pearlman served me well in straightening out an IRS issue that put me at risk for $26,000. I had incorrectly excluded expenses from a former company I contracted for, and the IRS hit me for all income + expenses. I felt helpless and powerless to deal with the IRS’s presumption of guilt. Allan reviewed all relevant materials, established a strategy, and saw it through to completion. He researched my situation with other experts, kept me focused and informed, dealt professionally and effectively with the IRS, and truly represented me in our approach to resolving this potentially damaging situation. He orchestrated a “recast” of my taxes for the year, pointed out to the IRS that I had paid taxes on the income, and followed through to the ultimate resolution of the situation: I only owed the IRS $189 (and I got that much *back* from the state of Maryland)! Allan not only provided an invaluable professional service that was effective, but his reassurance and his follow through helped me to realize that I was not alone, and I had a powerful ally working with me. Together we straightened out the situation – once and for all. I would not hesitate, if given the chance, to engage Allan as my attorney on any matter. I’m very confident that I would be well served.
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Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Saved a lot of money
Allan is not only a great tax lawyer but he's also very empathetic and was able to ease my anxiety over the tax issue I faced. Allan extensively researched my tax issue and helped guide me through the complicated process. He's very responsive to client questions and always responded in a timely fashion. In the end, my final settlement was a lot smaller than I could have envisaged at the beginning.
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Posted by Richard | May 31, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Understands situations fast - easy to reach and work with
I used Mr. Pearlman on a thorny multi-state income tax dilemma stretching back many years. He immediately understood the problem I had and had helpful, actionable ideas. I was referred to him by a friend; now I know why the friend thinks so highly of Allan. Very helpful.
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Office of Allan R. Pearlman
  • 2000 - Present


  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Camden
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • Wong v Tang
  • Trial court's dismissal of case reversed


  • New York County Lawyers' Association, Taxation Committee
  • Chair
  • 2013 - Present
  • Tax Freedom Institute
  • Consulting Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New York County Lawyers' Association, Appellate Courts Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New York County Lawyers' Association, Cyberspace Law Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2010 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Public Service Award
  • New York County Lawyers' Association Criminal Justice Section
  • 1994
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Tax Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Allan Pearlman is the best tax problem resolution lawyer that I know of in Manhatten and that's saying something! If I had a tax problem and lived in the Greater New York City metro area, I would call Allan in a heartbeat. Highly ethical, very skilled and personable. It's a winning combination."