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Jonathan Paul Decatorsmith

Tax Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 37 years
    Minnesota - MN 24 years
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State MN
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Not Authorized - Non-payment of fees No misconduct found

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

About Jonathan

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    38 years, 1,200 cases

Chicago tax attorney Jonathan Decatorsmith has been practicing tax law for more than 26 years. Prior to joining the Law Offices of Chicago-Kent, Professor Decatorsmith was a senior trial attorney and internal instructor with the Internal Revenue Service for 11 years. He has tried more than 40 cases before the United States Tax Court, and previously served as adjunct professor at DePaul University in Chicago and the University of Minnesota.

In 2000, Professor Decatorsmith joined the IIT Chicago-Kent Law School as a full-time clinical professor, and took over the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (now the Chicago-Kent Tax Clinic). Over the years, the clinic grew from formally representing 42 indigent clients (in 2000) to more than 350 individual taxpayers annually, gaining a reputation as one of the preeminent tax clinics in the country. Utilizing the services of student interns, whom Professor Decatorsmith trained in the practice of aggressive and ethical tax controversy representation, the clinic became particularly recognized for its numerous appearances on behalf of lower income petitioners in the United States Tax Court. 

In January 2012, the tax clinic was transformed into its present, fee-based model. Services were expanded to include tax return preparation, tax and business transaction counseling, not-for-profit organization formation and compliance, and general civil (commercial) litigation. 

Professor Decatorsmith teaches courses on federal tax practice and procedure, international business transactions, estates and trusts, tax fraud, and other topics. He is a sought-after speaker, and has presented annually at the IRS Low Income Taxpayer Clinic conference in Washington, D.C. on a variety of topics, including IRS Appeals, Collection Strategies, and Tax Court Practice. He has also lectured on Tax Debt Relief Strategies to the Chinatown Merchants Association and various community organizations in the Chicago area. He is also the author of Chapter 24 on Taxation of the Illinois Jurisprudence volume on Immigration.

As a strong advocate for taxpayers' rights, Professor Decatorsmith is frequently cast as the lone defender of powerless against the IRS Chief Counsel Office and the IRS Collection Division. The Chicago-Kent Tax Clinic, under his leadership, has become particularly adept at negotiating creative and successful resolutions to significant federal and state tax debts.

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Professor Jonathan Decatorsmith, of Chicago Kent College of Law, makes a point during a panel discussion sponsored by the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association and the National Conference of the Administrative Law Judiciary.

Location

Jonathan Decatorsmith
565 W. Adams Street
Suite 600
Chicago, IL, 60661-3652

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Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2012
Rescued Me From the IRS
I'd spent years trying to resolve IRS/State tax payments and penalties. Three years ago, I began to work with Jon,and he's demonstrated both the experience and insight required to resolve these situations. He'll file my OIC shortly, and I look forward to his assistance in the future with credit repair, release of tax liens.
Posted by Diane | July 7, 2012
Jon saved me from the IRS!
My friend died and named me executor of her estate. I had never done this before. The accountant I saw to file her taxes advised me that I could pay medical bills before I paid Becky's taxes. That seemed off to me, but I foolishly listened to him and paid a few doctors (she left a TINY estate - about $2000 - and owed the Feds $3500 and doctors about 20,000). The accountant was wrong and the IRS came after ME - saying I had paid medical bills knowing taxes were due and now I was personally liable. Jon took the case for me and handled it very professionally. He was quite organized - knew exactly the documents he needed upfront, got to the IRS immediately, kept me informed of the progress and got me off the hook. My only regret is that I went to the accountant first rather than seeking Jon's counsel. I HIGHLY recommend him. He's intelligent, knowledgeable, organized, communicative - and kind. The whole situation was extremely distressful for me and reassured me and took positive action. I will recommend him whenver possible!
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Posted by John P. Macchione | June 18, 2012
Criminal tax case
My case involved a criminal conviction for taxes so it was a more involved , and time consuming. I have been notified and kept up on all aspects of the case. I am very pleased with the way it is being handled. Everything is throughly explained in a way that I can understand. I would highly reccomend Jon in any legal matter that you may have.
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Posted by Kristina | June 17, 2012
COMPETENT, REASONABLE, EXEMPLARY ATTORNEY-A ROLE MODEL FOR ATTORNEYS
I am known to dislike attorneys in general since they usually work towards using your retainer. But not this one. Mr Decatorsmith has been my attorney for over 5 years now on a very complex tax matter.He has been honest with my chances. He ie very reasonable with costs. He has asked me to call his cell phone on Saturdays, since I usually get worried when I get IRS mail on Saturday. Mr Decatorsmith is competent and is also a very good human being.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Clinical Professor
  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • 2000 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • BlueDog, Olsen and Small
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University of Minnesota
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Adjunct Professor
  • DePaul University
  • 1990 - 1995
  • Senior Trial Attorney, Internal Instructor
  • Chief Counsel Office of the Internal Revenue Service
  • 1987 - 1999
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Education

  • University of Colorado School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Kaider v. Commissioner
  • for Petitioner
  • Rosenbloom v. Commissioner
  • for Petitioner
  • Bozick v. Commissioner
  • for Petitioner
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Associations

  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association, Federal Taxation Committee
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Lead Instructor
  • National Trial Skills School
  • 1995
  • Attorney of the Year
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • 1994
  • Special Act Award
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • 1993
  • Special Act Award
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • 1992
  • Special Act Award
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • 1991
  • Special Act Award
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • 1990
  • Special Act Award
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • 1989
  • Special Act Award
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • 1988
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • 2011 IRS LITC Conference
  • Appeals Collection Issues
  • 2011
  • Low Income Taxpayer Annual Conference
  • Tax Law
  • 2010
  • 2009 IRS LITC Conference
  • Nonfilier Issues
  • 2009

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"I endorse this lawyer. He is very knowledgeable and client-oriented in his appraoch to helping and working with clients."
Tax Attorney | Jul 28
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Chicago Tax Lawyer Jonathan Paul Decatorsmith
Jonathan Paul Decatorsmith
Tax Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 37 years
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