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Russell John Haynes

Tax Attorney at Burke, VA

5.0   5 reviews

also known as Russ Haynes

  • Licensed for 12 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found

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Russell ("Russ") Haynes is a tax attorney practicing exclusively in the tax controversy field, including civil and criminal tax matters. Russl has worked for his dad, Burton J. Haynes, a tax attorney, CPA, and former IRS Criminal Investigation Division Special Agent, for many years as a legal assistant and paralegal, then as an attorney since 2011. They continue to work together as an effective team in a wide variety of cases. The majority of Russ’ work is devoted to business cases involving federal and state employment taxes, including unpaid and unfiled employment, unemployment, and entity-level income tax returns, and the accompanying personal exposure of owners, officers, and employees to the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty and converted state assessments. Russ has successfully defended a variety of businesses from state and federal action in such cases, as well as assisting individuals in avoiding or reducing their personal exposure to the business’ tax problems.
Russ also works with clients on a variety of individual tax problems, including unfiled or unpaid income taxes and audits. He is adept at using a variety of devices to tackle unmanageable tax problems, including the use of bankruptcy to handle unpayable tax debts; offers in compromise; negotiating installment agreements with the federal and state tax authorities; innocent and injured spouse claims; IRS administrative appeals and Tax Court cases; and claims for abatement of penalties. Russl is also experienced in criminal tax cases, including those involving charges of tax evasion, willful failure to file, willful failure to pay, willful failure to collect and pay over employment taxes, false statements, false claims, and conspiracy. He has worked such cases at all stages, from investigation by the IRS Criminal Investigation Division or other federal agencies, or when such cases proceed through the grand jury process. He has worked on criminal tax cases in the post‑investigatory stage, including conferences at the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, trial preparation, forensic accounting reconstruction, expedited plea agreements, sentencing, post‑sentencing, and civil follow‑ups with the IRS Examination Division.
Russ is also well-versed in accounting and return-preparation. He has performed forensic accounting reconstructions on numerous cases, prepared income, employment, and unemployment tax returns, is familiar with electronic filing systems for the IRS, Social Security Administration, Virginia Department of Taxation, and Comptroller of Maryland. He is a Quickbooks ProAdvisor.
Russl is admitted to the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Virginia Supreme Court. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the ABA Tax Section and the ABA Committee on Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties, the Virginia State Bar Association and VSB Taxation Section. 


Burton J. Haynes, P.C.
9273 Old Keene Mill Rd
Burke, VA, 22015-4202

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Posted by Dan | July 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service!
Can't say enough about how much we appreciate Mr. Haynes' attention to our tax matter. Very knowledgeable, and was able to calm our nerves by giving us a clear understanding of the issues, actions to resolution, and what to expect at each step. We are very happy with the final outcome!
Posted by Robert | June 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Resolved My Tax Error
My wife and I sold a property and reported the capital gain incorrectly to the IRS. We went to Russ and within a few minutes he knew what happened and what needed to be done. He did not hesitate describing the situation and his confidence put me at ease. Russ indicated we could complete the necessary forms ourselves and send to the IRS. We opted for Russ' help. The issue was resolved quickly and Russ kept in touch with us each time an action occurred, generally from the IRS. He saved our butts and we appreciate it.
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Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Sage advice and straight-talking.
When I met Russ, I owed a lot in taxes, and had poor representation. Russ Haynes gave it to me straight, and laid out a strategy to get through it, safely and deliberately. In the end, he was extraordinary, saving me tons of money, and allowing me to work with the IRS, with a plan that worked. After a long process, and many payments to the IRS, I made it through. When it comes to taxes, you don't want to mess around. Russ is the best, and he will get you through it. Don't waste your time with anyone else who is not professional, and doesn't understand the situation better than Russ.
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Posted by Tom | September 16, 2014
Great lawyer, excellent firm.
Russ and his firm have been great. Knowledgeable, great to work with, explains their interactions in a way that make sense. Best call I made at a time when I need a expert in area where I had no expertise an was accountable for our past actions. Was clear and supportive (as they could be) helping us get our documentation together. He was assertive and forceful when needed to our opponents when they over-reach, lagged/dragged in their responses or clearly misspoke and tried to use pass it off as fact. I would recommend Russ and his firm.
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Posted by Bruce | August 14, 2014
Consummate Professional
Mr. Haynes was hired to represent me concerning issues I had with the IRS as well as the VA Department of Taxation. He was extremely thorough during the entire process. Russ is a pragmatic, experienced, intuitive attorney and always conducted himself as a consummate professional. I highly recommend him.


  • Hourly Rates $ 500-500 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


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Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Burton J. Haynes, P.C.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Legal Assistant / Paralegal
  • Burton J. Haynes, P.C.
  • 2006 - 2011


  • George Mason University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor Magna Cum Laude
  • 2011
  • University of Texas
  • Doctor of Musical Arts
  • 2005
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Master of Music
  • 2001
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999
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  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Virginia Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar, Taxation Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Virginia Society of Enrolled Agents
  • Worker Reclassification Cases
  • 2014
  • Virginia Society of Enrolled Agents
  • Federal and State Employment Tax Issues
  • 2014
  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Discharging Individual Taxes in Bankruptcy
  • 2013
  • Maryland Association of Practicing CPAs
  • Representing Delinquent Taxpayers
  • 2013
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