Boston Tax Attorneys

Business and Individual Tax Disputes

The highly qualified tax attorneys of Cushing & Dolan, P.C., offer sophisticated representation for disputes with the IRS or state tax authorities. In particular, we have the background to defend estate planning strategies, such as gifting or minimizing estate taxes, through business entities.

Serving clients in Greater Boston and throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire, we represent individuals and owners of closely held businesses in IRS audits and appeals, and U.S. Tax Court litigation. We invite you to arrange a free consultation to explore your options for a favorable resolution.

Massachusetts IRS Tax Dispute Law

We regularly counsel and represent business owners, business executives, professionals and other high net worth clients in disputes over:

  • Individual income taxes
  • Corporate income or withholding taxes
  • Massachusetts or federal estate tax
  • Valuation, depreciation and discounting
  • Taxable income and capital gains
  • IRA minimum distributions
  • Failure to file tax returns

Preeminent Boston Tax Attorneys for IRS Controversies

Founding attorney Leo Cushing brings unparalleled credentials to our clients' tax disputes. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and holds a master's degree (LL.M.) in tax law. Prior to establishing Cushing & Dolan in 1984, Mr. Cushing prosecuted criminal tax cases, served as a forensic accountant for the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office and worked as a tax professional at the Boston office of the Big Eight accounting firm of Ernst & Whinney.

Our capable representation in tax controversies is an extension of our estate planning practice, which focuses on strategies for reducing state and federal estate tax burdens. We are extensively familiar with spousal exemptions, annual gifting and the use of trusts, sales to defective grantor trusts, limited liability companies (LLC) and family limited partnerships (FLP) to minimize inheritance taxes. These estate planning methods are frequently scrutinized by the IRS or the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, resulting in disputes over gifting allowances, value of assets, discounts of FLP or LLC shares, or the integrity of the corporate form as a shield from tax obligations.

We can prepare clients for audits and effectively challenge the government's basis for taxation. If we are not able to eliminate or reduce the disputed tax, our lawyers can also negotiate on your behalf for an offer in compromise, payment plan or abatement of penalties and interest.

Cushing & Dolan has eight offices in the Boston area and surrounding counties. Call 617-523-1555 or contact us online to learn how we can help.