At the office of Silver Law PLC, in Scottsdale, Arizona, we have more than 100 years of combined experience protecting the rights of individuals and businesses involved in tax controversies.
Because all of our attorneys formerly worked for the Internal Revenue Service, we have a comprehensive understanding of both sides of a tax dispute. We know how tax authorities handle different types of issues and will use our knowledge and skill to protect your interests.
In 1967, founder of Silver Law PLC, Stephen Silver, began practicing law with the IRS as a trial attorney in Seattle. During this time with the IRS, his son, Jason Silver was born. Shortly thereafter, Stephen moved back to Phoenix in 1971 and worked for a mid-sized firm for the next 27 years. After his time with a mid-sized firm, Stephen and three other attorneys formed Silver Law PLC in 2000. In January of 2001, Jason Silver, a former IRS trial attorney in Los Angeles, joined Silver Law PLC as the second generation tax controversy attorney.
With a stunning education from Central High School, Stephen moved on to Arizona State University and graduated with an accounting degree. From there, he obtained his law degree from the University of Arizona.
Much like his father, Jason got a great education. After graduating from Chaparral High School, he went on to obtain his Accounting Degree from the University of Arizona, followed by a Law Degree from the renowned Gonzaga University.
In 2014, they added another great attorney to their team, Chris Sheldon, also a former IRS trial attorney. Chris graduated from Mesa High School and received both his finance and law degrees from Arizona State University, graduating with Honors Summa Cum Laude and Cum Laude, respectively. Chris was a senior trial attorney and associate area counsel with the IRS, working at the IRS from 2004-2013.
Since 2007, Silver Law PLC has also been lucky to have our excellent legal assistant, Lindsay. Not only are we a team of capable and professional lawyers, but we are a family.
In 2017, attorney Suzanne Warren joined Silver Law in Las Vegas. Suzanne worked for the IRS for six years as a trial attorney and in 2014 won a Commissioner’s Award, the highest honor the Office of the IRS Commissioner can give to an IRS employee. Suzanne graduated with honors from the University of Michigan as a James B. Angell Scholar and then from the University of San Diego School of Law, Cum Laude, where she was the Executive Editor of the San Diego Law Review. Suzanne also spent a number of years working for the State of Nevada’s Office of the Attorney General, where she was assigned to represent the state in disputes over sales and use tax and Nevada’s live entertainment tax.
Also in 2018, Laura Sexton joined Silver Law as a Paralegal and IRS Enrolled Agent. Laura graduated from Northern Arizona University and thereafter obtained her certificate in paralegal studies from Georgetown University in 2007. Laura has worked as a paralegal for over 10 years and has focused most of her career on tax controversy matters. In 2014, Laura passed the special enrollment examination and became an IRS Enrolled Agent, which authorizes her to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service.
Our Tax Attorney Services
Tax Litigation. We represent individuals and business in disputes involving tax liability, including civil and criminal matters. We will protect you at all stages of a civil or criminal tax dispute, from the grand jury administrative proceeding through court appeals.
Tax Audit Representation. We work with individuals or businesses throughout the audit process, whether you have just received notice of an impending audit or would like to appeal the findings of a recently completed audit.
Tax Collections. We protect the rights of individuals and businesses facing tax collection efforts, helping you negotiate an offer in compromise or an installment payment plan, whenever possible, or defend against an attempt to place a lien or levy on your property. We also handle tax collection efforts involving employment taxes, such as withholding, FICA, Social Security and sales tax.
Innocent Spouse Relief. We assist spouses who face tax assessments, fines or penalties because of wrongful or illegal acts by their spouses or former spouses.
Foreign Tax reporting/Offshore Voluntary Disclosure. We will work with you on your foreign reporting requirements, including reporting foreign bank account, trusts, corporations and property holdings. Also, we will assist you in disclosing to the Internal Revenue Service previously undisclosed foreign bank account under the current Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative. However, this program is ending 9/28/2018.
On March 1, 2012: The U.S. Tax Court held in Slone, transferee, et al., T.C. Memo. 2012-57, for the taxpayers. The IRS had proposed a tax of $16,193,881, a penalty of $2,550,832 and accrued interest, bringing the total balance to almost $25 million. The U.S. Tax Court determined that the issue at hand was whether the IRS had shown that the substance of the stock sale and not the form, gave rise to transferee liability. After analyzing the facts, the U.S. Tax Court held that neither the substance over form doctrine, nor any related doctrines apply to recast the stock sale as a liquidating distribution and therefore, the Court held that the stock sale should be respected for Federal tax purposes.
Stephen Silver argues on 2/13/18 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case of Slone v. Commissioner brought by the IRS
Call us at 480-429-3360 or email to arrange an appointment for a private consultation. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 9 am until 5 pm; evening and weekend appointments are available upon request. We are located in Kierland.