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Stephen J. McFarlane

Tax Attorney at Scottsdale, AZ

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About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Tax
    US Tax Court Litigation; Resolve tax controversy issues with IRS, state agencies (ADOR); Offshore Financial and Bank Reporting (OVDP); Employment tax problems; Unfiled Return Resolution; Innocent Spouse Relief; Offers in Compromise; IRS Payment Plans; Tax Issues in Divorce; Tax issues in Bankruptcy; Employment Tax Problems; Trust Fund Recovery Penalty Tax Return Preparation

    33 years, 28,000 cases

All I do is resolve tax problems with the IRS and ADOR.  My expertise as a tax laywer with a Master's Degree in Tax Law and years working as a tax litigator for the government is to assist taxpayers resolve their tax problems with the IRS and Ariz Dept of Revenue and city tax agencies. I take referrals and can assist with practitioners who may be conflicted in representing multiple clients.  Call T. or contact me at or visit me at .

Licensed for 32 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 12/21/2022
State WA
Status Voluntarily Resigned
Acquired 1990
Updated 11/25/2022

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

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McFARLANE LAW - A Tax Law Firm
14500 N. Northsight Blvd., Ste. 217
Scottsdale, AZ, 85260


3.0 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Doesn't Want New Clients ???
Left messages, no response. I am low-key, I don't leave messages saying hey, I have $1M+ in assets call me back. I left 2 messages (regarding specific $3M tax deal) asking for help regarding 1031 exchange- crickets


  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 6.6 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Tax Attorney
  • McFarlane Law, PLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner-Tax Attorney
  • Bredemann & McFarlane, PLC
  • 2003 - 2015
  • Tax Attorney
  • Morrill & Aronson, PLLC
  • 1997 - 2003
  • IRS Litigation Attorney
  • Department of the Treasury
  • 1990 - 1996
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  • Boston University School of Law Graduate Tax Law Program
  • Masters Degree in Tax Law (LL.M.-Tax)
  • 1990
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Universite de Droit D'Economie et de Sciences Sociales Paris 2 Institut de Droit
  • Certificate - Summer Session
  • 1988
  • Thunderbird, Graduate School of International Management
  • M.B.A. (Int'l Bsn & Law)
  • 1981
  • Marquette University
  • Dbl Major: BA (Political Science) BA (French Civilization)
  • 1978
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Legal Cases

  • Zimmerman v. CIR, 105 T.C. 220 (1995)
  • win
  • Osborne v. CIR, T.C. Memo 1994-360
  • win


  • College of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • 2003 - Present
  • Arizona Bar Association, Tax Section
  • 1997 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 1990 - Present
  • US Tax Court
  • 1990 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • French


  • Journal of Arizona Taxation
  • Various Tax Related Articles
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Taxpayer Relief Series
  • Family Limited Partnerships
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

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Tax Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've talked to Stephen about his practice, and it was clear to me from his discussion that he knows his stuff (note that he has more degrees than a thermometer) in the area of tax; I would not hesitate to send a tax representation matter to Stephen."
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