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I have worked in the Chief Counsel's Office of the Internal Revenue in Washington DC.. I have represented clients in tax audits, IRS collection matters, tax fraud cased and tax litigation.   I worked in the tax department of Deloitte Touche in New York City, I have practiced law in Salt Lake City, Utah for over 35 years.  


I have represented clients before both the Internal Revenue Service, the Utah State Tax Commission, the US Tax Court, the Utah District Court, the US Federal District Court, the US Court of Federal Claims, the Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. 


I am the past president of the Salt Lake Estate Planning Council.  I have done estate planning for bank presidents, professional athletes, business owners, and private individuals.  






Practice areas


  1. Tax: 75%
    38 years, 1.2 thousand cases
  2. Probate: 15%
    38 years, 95 cases
  3. Estate Planning: 10%
    38 years, 1.5 thousand cases



Fixed (sometimes)

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J Craig Carman PC

311 S State St Ste 380
Salt Lake City, UT, 84111-5215


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top Lawyers in TaxUtah Business Magazine2011
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Top Lawyers in Tax LawUtah Business Magazine2008
Preeminent LawyerRegister of Preeminent Lawyers, 18th Edition1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior Tax AttorneyJ. Craig Carman PC1975 - 2013
Tax AttorneyKesler & Gordon1973 - 1975
Tax AttorneyPrince Yeates Ward Miller & Geltzalter1971 - 1973
Tax Attorney in Tax DepartmentDeloitte & Touche in New York City1969 - 1971
National Tax DirectorA. M. Pullen @ Company1968 - 1969
Tax Law SpecialistChief Counsel For The I.R.S.1966 - 1968
Association namePosition nameDuration
Utah State Bar, Estate Planning SectionAttorney Member2000 - Present
Utah State Bar, Litigation SectionAttorney Member2000 - Present
Salt Lake Estate Planning CouncilPast President1990 - Present
Utah State Bar, Tax Law SectionAttorney Member1975 - Present
Utah State BarAttorney Member1971 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ridgeway vs EquifaxCase settled for an amount substantially in excess of the clients initial claim.
Caldwell v. CommissionerCase settled for substantially less than IRS proposed.
Marty v. CommissionerThe IRS dropped its trust fund recovery case.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1969
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of LawAccountingBS - Bachelor of Science1966