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I began my tax career as an intern for the Urban Institute in Washington DC with a group advising Congress about the economic effect of the real estate incentives in the Tax Reform Act of 1976. While in law school, I also interned for the Department of Justice, Tax Division, Civil Litigation section.
After gradution, I worked for the Internal Revenue Service in the National Office, resolving issues sent in from field audits for which there was no published precedent and drafting private letter rulings. I received a commendation for my work there.
My next jobs were with Fortune 50 (not Fortune 500) companies, resolving federal and state tax audits. I joined a regional law firm thereafter, practicing in the same areas.
Before opening my law practice, I worked for Ernst & Young in the tax section of their utility consulting group. This position involved extensive tax planning and representing clients in connection with tax matters.
I opened my own practice in October of 1990. I concentrate on all aspects of tax, including planning, audits, appeals, Tax Court and related litigation and estate planning. After opening my practice, I expanded my representation into the bankruptcy arena because the recession was making it difficult for clients owing tax to pay. I was a licensed certified public accountant for many years, but I did not continue my license because I was not certifying financial statements and did not want to pay the fees and meet the requirements for continuing to maintain the license.
I also handle selected civil litigation, such as contract disputes and corporate matters.
The primary reason a client would be interested in engaging my services is because we are a small firm which devotes personal attention to the client matters. My largest active client has a net worth in excess of $200,000,000, and he has been a client since 1994. He values my responsiveness and expertise, which is usually only found in large law firms.
The reason that I afford a prospective client a complementary 30-minute interview before taking their case is to ensure that I can provide value to their situation. I can advise them of a suggested course of action and we can develop a fee structure based on my recommendations and their needs.
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|VA||Authorized to practice law||1992||03/31/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Merit Award for Performance||Internal Revenue Service||1982|
|Attorney||DeCaro & Howell PC||1990 - 2016|
|Tax Manager||Ernst & Young||1987 - 1990|
|Associate Attorney||Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA||1985 - 1987|
|Tax Attorney||Potomac Electric Power Company (Pep Co)||1984 - 1985|
|Tax Attorney||Manor Care, Inc||1982 - 1984|
|Tax Law Specialist - National Office||Internal Revenue Service||1979 - 1982|
|Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1978|
|Catholic University of America||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1973|
|University of Maryland, College Park||Accounting Credits for CPA exam||N/A||N/A|
|Maryland State Bar Association Conference on Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005||Bankruptcy Tax Lecture||2005|