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Joseph R Viola

Tax Attorney at Philadelphia, PA

5.0   26 reviews
  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 35 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 42 years
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1981
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

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Tax attorney Joseph R. Viola is a Penn Law graduate who also holds a Master of Laws degree in Taxation from Temple. He offers to clients the knowledge, skill and judgment he has developed over 30 years of successful trial and appellate litigation experience in federal courts, state courts and administrative agencies.
Mr. Viola represents individuals, small businesses and non-profit organizations in federal tax disputes of all types and at all levels.

Mr. Viola has chosen this area of focus in the belief that every federal tax dispute boils down to investigating and proving facts and applying the applicable law to those facts in a just and reasonable manner. That territory ultimately belongs to the litigator, not the tax "specialist." Being able to navigate through the maze of federal tax laws, regulations and other pronouncements remains an important skill — but it is not enough.

Every federal tax dispute requires effectively advocating for the taxpayer's position. Developing a compelling case at an early stage may leave the government reluctant to take a chance in the courtroom. A seasoned litigator with broad tax law expertise will often be in a better position than a former "insider" — with narrower training and experience — to bring about a quick, cost-effective and fair resolution of the tax dispute. Of course, if resolution cannot be achieved at the administrative level, Joe Viola stands ready, willing and able to file an action in the most advantageous court and to proceed as far as is necessary and appropriate to obtain the optimal result.

Mr. Viola believes the key to effective representation — in federal tax and any other matters — is developing a cordial relationship of mutual respect and trust with each client. This can only be achieved through personal attention, responsiveness and accessibility on the attorney's part, as well as with openness and cooperation on the part of the client. The process works best when the client is kept informed and regularly consulted.

Location

Joseph R. Viola, Esquire
1515 Market St
Ste 1200
Philadelphia, PA, 19102

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Posted by Hari | January 20, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
The best tax attorney out there!
My tax preparer had messed up some of my returns pertaining to offshore accounts. I reached out to Joe as a former client. Joe called me back within the hour and listened patiently to my situation. He offered a plan that he felt would address the situation and I agreed to hire him. Joe immediately got to work. He worked tirelessly including late evenings, respected my time constraints and filed the required amendments on time. He was simply amazing to work with - he was always patient and willing to take the time to explain in layman's terms. His knowledge of US tax law especially pertaining to offshore accounts is awesome. His fees are also quite reasonable considering the amount of work he put in. I would whole heartedly recommend Joe to anyone who needs a world-class tax attorney!
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Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2020
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Best tax attorney out there!!
Mr. Viola is an exemplary attorney, tax advisor, and human being. He does not take any client, so if you get to be his client, know that you are a fortunate person and that your tax issues will be handled in the best way possible. My story: My problems started a few years before I contacted him, when I realized I had assets in another country that required special tax forms. During these years, tax season became an extremely stress-generating and frustrating experience. Mostly in part due to other tax firms not delivering what they had promised. I contacted many different tax firms and I was consistently left disappointed by their frequent delays, lack of communication, high fees, and even multiple glaring errors. In hindsight, many of these tax firms were more into marketing than actually providing tax preparation services. After another firm messed up my return, I knew I had to fix it, and that is when I found Mr. Viola. He was a heaven-sent. He took the time to listen to my tax situation, understood what had happened, and knew what had to be done. Always responsive, he was the only person during all these years who called me and spent over an hour on the phone to go over the return to make sure everything was right. No one else had done this before him. And thanks to his diligence, expertise, and experience, the amended tax return was filed successfully. I really wished I had known him years ago, I would have saved so many headaches, frustration, and money. If you have tax issues, be sure to ask Mr. Viola. If you get to work with him, feel fortunate that you are working with one of the best people in the field. Thank you Mr. Viola! You have made my life much better.
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Posted by Hari | August 4, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The best tax lawyer out there!
I have had the pleasure of working with Joe for my unique tax situations on many occasions. Joe has always impressed me with his incredible knowledge of the complicated IRS tax laws as it pertains to foreign sources of income. Joe is a wonderful human being. What sets him apart is his genuine compassion and willingness to help others. As an example. he helped answer several questions pertaining to my unique tax situation on a weekend, for no charge! He is always responsive and got back to me within the hour to make sure I had the answers I needed! I consider that dedication to work! I would whole heartedly recommend Joe to be your attorney for tax related issues without hesitation!
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Posted by Linda | May 6, 2016
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Joey Viola, heaven sent!
Our first meeting Mr. Viola quickly became a friend. He handled our legal matters with great care and transparency. Mr. Viola helped to sort out our legal issues in terms that were practical. He was always very professional. He stayed on top of the issues until they were resolved. He is highly recommended!
Posted by Cathy | April 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Joe Viola helped me with a very complicated estate issue. Mr. Viola always returned my phone calls promptly and spent a great deal of time explaining everything that was happening every step of the way. I would recommend Mr. Viola to anyone looking for a responsive and thorough attorney.
Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Tax Issues
I found Mr. Viola by happy accident. I realized I was in dire straits with the IRS on a Saturday and began calling other firms and leaving messages expecting to be answered Monday. I happened across Mr. Viola’s website and realized he was local. To my surprise, Mr. Viola called me back within 30 minutes that Saturday and took his time asking me questions and letting me tell by tax tale which included enduring a levy that had already left me financially paralyzed. Monday he spent researching my situation. I met with him that evening. He clearly explained what had happened and what remedies were available and presented a game plan that was put into place by the end of the week. The explanation and the advocacy was something my previous attorney could not accomplish in over a year. Mr. Viola was able to restore my income while negotiating with the IRS. I highly recommend Joe Viola. His advice is always clear and to the point, and with a touch of humor.
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Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2016
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Outstanding Attorney
I highly recommend Mr. Viola’s services for any tax matters requiring legal advice. His extensive knowledge in the field along with an outstanding character and integrity impressed me from day one. I walked in Mr. Viola’s office with tears rolling down my face, sobbing and asking for help in resolving my back taxes. After our first meeting I knew I was in capable hands. He spoke with the IRS on my behalf, structured a payment schedule and continued to follow the case, to insure that my situation was resolved. I am honored to have Mr. Viola as my lawyer. He is always available for consultation and he always takes the time to listen to my concerns and to provide thoughtful advice. Philadelphia, Client
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Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2016
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Best attorney
I was looking for a lawyer knowledgeable in foreign bank accounts. I chose Joseph Viola, Philadelphia. He was listed in the Martindale-Hubble Law Directory. He was very generous with his time in our first telephone conversation and in all following interactions. He charged me a reasonable flat-rate and not a separate fee for every hour and every ten minutes. He was transparent with his explanations. When IRS forms and questions became too complicated and worrisome, Viola stepped in and did the actual figuring and work for me. He was very well informed about the latest changes in regulations and saved me a lot of money. I could completely rely on his competence and sensitivity when dealing with the IRS. He took a huge load off my shoulder. Throughout our cooperation Viola was discrete, trustworthy and personable, and sometimes very funny which helped in the dismal tax business. I appreciated him and fully recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2016
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I enthusiastically recommend Joseph for any tax matter requiring legal advice
I enthusiastically recommend Joseph for any tax matter requiring legal advice. Joseph was always available for consultation and always took the time to listen to my concerns and to provide thoughtful advice. Joseph has a gift for conveying complex tax law matters to the average person.
Posted by Adelya | April 15, 2016
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A great lawyer!
Joseph was beyond helpful working with my case! Besides being a wonderful professional, he has the common sense and humanly attitude which make any process so much easier. Highly recommend to anyone!
Posted by Don | April 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Back Tax Issues
First and foremost, Mr. Joseph Viola is GREAT guy, he's EXTREMELY TAX LAW KNOWLEGABLE, PROFESSIONAL, PASSIONATE about his BUSINESS and DEPENDABLE! I'm a small business owner and I had at least 6 years of back taxes that needed to be in current status. It wasn't that I didn't want to file, but there were several unfortunate events that prevented me from accomplishing that goal. My original tax accountant passed away (rip), his uncle in the business inherited my account and became ill, he then passed it to a guy in Delaware, which let it sit for a year, then I was refered to a tax accountant in NJ, which was fine just too slow, and because I was not that educated in the tax system, I became product of the TAX ENVIRONMENT (Back Taxes, Heavy Interest Fees, Liens, Threating Letters, etc...) a total nightmare! That's when I did my own extensive research for a local Tax Attorney, that could possibly sort through this mess of past tax issues and found Mr. Viola. He introduced me to a totally new and organized ball game. He explained every process step by step, answered all calls and questions, all options and final possibilities. Now I am current with my personal ans business taxes, have new super accountant (Mark) that is excellent, a payment plan, and new hope for a complete resolution. Thanks again Mr. Joe Viola!
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Posted by Don | April 14, 2016
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Researching, Coodinating, Finalizing Legal Circumstamces
Mr. Viola handled numerous legal cases for us, including in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. His searches included old deeds, tax records, prior agreements and their current implications, etc. At all times we found Joe to be honest legally and personally, He Is always attentive and responsive, calling back the same day with answers and intelligent suggestions on complicated legal issues.He can bridge the gaps between a client's individual needs and the codified laws surrounding them - the case. We highly recommend him to represent you in legal and fianancial matters
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2016
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Simply Outstanding!!!
In an upsetting and worrisome time, I had someone in my corner. They relieved my worries and took the extra time to make sure I fully understood the levity of the situation and just how they were going to handle it. I give them my most sincere recommendation as they have integrity, accountability and respect. They were my zealous advocate in my time of need and they handled my case almost seamlessly. I felt like I was being represented by a family member.
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Posted by Patricia | April 14, 2016
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OVDP Lifesaver
OVDP is a way to end a potential IRS nightmare. However, complying with the IRS, your bank, and their attorneys' demands can be complicated and time consuming. There is a great deal of conflicting information on the internet on the subject of OVDP, and if you want to do the right thing, you need someone on your side who is knowledgable and competent. Joe is not a fast talking tax attorney, but he is thoughtful in his responses and takes his time with each and every question.  His clear explanations and confidence afford a great deal of information and will set your mind at ease. He makes the process of filling in the necessary paperwork easy. We are very relieved to have the OVDP process behind us, and it would not have been so painless if Joe hadn't been there for us. We could not have managed this without his level of expertise, which is why we so highly recommend him.
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Posted by Michael | April 13, 2016
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IRS Wage Garnishment
Late on a Friday afternoon, my employer notified me they had received a wage garnishment letter regarding me from the IRS. This "happened out of the blue." I had not received any collection notices from the IRS. I did not know what to do; I called an attorney friend of mine, who stated I needed an IRS tax specialist and recommended Mr. Viola. It was early Friday evening when I contacted Mr. Viola via the link on his web page. I was pleasantly surprised when Mr. Viola called me the next morning (Saturday). We discussed the situation and set a time to meet on the following Monday. We met; by end of day the IRS problem was resolved. For Mr. Viola, this was "another uneventful day at the office." For me, he thwarted a potentially traumatic event.
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2016
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Expert in tax law
Joe has been practicing tax law for decades. He is extremely knowledgeable on the newly implemented rules (e.g., FBAR and FATCA) that have affected many expats. We're lucky to have found him, and grateful for his help on getting some of our tax issues resolved while living abroad.
Posted by Carl | April 13, 2016
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Outstanding Affordable IRS Tax Attorney
Joseph Viola is very personable, approachable attorney who maintains an excellent relationship with the IRS and State and City tax agencies. Joseph is no push over but used the law to get me excellent results. Joseph has been a dedicated counsel and friend. I feel bad that I am eating into his personal time, but Joe constantly assures me that it’s okay, and he’s always available. Joseph is well known and liked at the IRS tax offices in Philadelphia. The IRS knows his reputation of doing the right things and as such a trust is already established which allowed for the proper attention and resolution to happen in my case. I thought that negotiations with the IRS would be a complex stressful event but Joseph work with both the IRS and myself to get all matters resolved in timely manner that prevented any financial hardship from tax lien or garnishment from occurring. Joseph handled all aspects of my case and no paralegal was involved. This is much different than the large tax attorney corporations that ask you to call 800 numbers for tax problems. Joseph detailed knowledge of the taxpayers collection process allowed me to have a solution to my tax issues that were tailored to my situation. Joseph put all his knowledge and experience with working with IRS agents for years to work for me in a personalized manner. As such I was able to have all my tax issues solved.
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Posted by Artur | April 12, 2016
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IRS
Mr Joe Viola is a professional person!!! On the first visit in his office the reception was outstanding, he explained us all process in clear and smooth way ( easy to understand) with a touch of sense of humor mixed. I'm very happy with the results after all negotiations and contacts with IRS. I will recommend Joseph Viola for everyone involved with IRS issues. You won't be disappointed, he will bring to you good results. Arthur, Philadelphia
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Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2016
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Offshore Account Filing
I had a problem on filing taxes on offshore account and hired Mr. Joseph R Viola as my attorney to assist in filing. Mr. Viola was very knowledgeable, kind and helpful to outline step by step to resolve the issue. My problem was finally resolved with no issues at last. I would strongly recommend him to anyone who needs to resolve any tax issues.
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Posted by Daniel | April 11, 2016
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All You Need is a Cup of Joe!
It's been a while since I've been going to H&R Block now and using TurboTax. I would guess for about 15 some odd years (maybe even less) but I know its been a long time. I also have experience with other software that while fast may not be exact and may land you in an undue audit. I dont write this to scare you but I write this as a message of hope and security knowing you will be able to sleep at night havig a "real human" work for you. Recently I came up against a situation that was incredibly different. It was unique and complicated. It caused me to be anxious and a lot of worry. While most of these tax programs are written well the fail to take into account the distinct situation we may be in. There wasn't one able accountant at H&R, one program, or one tax agent to handle my tax situation. So I sought out Joe. The Bad News: I was sent a letter by the IRS to be audited. I thought I was going to jail. Joe not only managed to examine my audit he got to the cause of it. He knew that my audit wasn't just and fairly assessed. The Good News: After careful investigation, he knew that this was an algorithm issue, that corporation programmed material and other software couldn't identify. In the end, due to genuine help motivated by intellect and comprehensive understanding (something that companies and software are unable to do), the audit was closed, additional money was found, and we learned I had been tax exempt for years and continue to be. I am proud to recommend Joseph Viola, Esquire with my greatest endorsement because he would be the person to go to especially if you have complicated legal accounting situations. So I urge you, don't get robbed anymore by these pop-up tax shops in shopping centers and malls, in addition to tax software that keeps your return at bay because the majority of your money is going to the top 1%. Rather, what I want to enforce here is the fact that Joe, while willing to work out a price with you and a heluva a lot cheaper than some of these corporations and companies, we need to go back to old-fashioned, mom-and-pop accountants, and simple one-on-one accountant client interactions. With a free consultation, he will make you want to ditch whatever came pre-installed on your phone or the person in the cubicle who answers to a machine that you may never see or hear from again. While the establishment is out of touch with the people, the ones who know how to help the 99%, at least one of them is Joe Viola!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Philadelphia Court Of Common Pleas
  • 2008 - Present
  • Chief Council
  • Supreme Court Of Pennsylvania
  • 1984 - 1988
  • Clerk
  • State Of Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • 1981 - 1984

Education

  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws (Taxation)
  • 2009
  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
  • Certificate in Estate Planning
  • 2008
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • City University of New York, Hunter College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976
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Associations

  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Appellate Courts Committee
  • Board Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Montgomery Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016

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Philadelphia Tax Lawyer Joseph R Viola
Joseph R Viola
Tax Attorney
Philadelphia, PA
Licensed for 42 years
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