tax attorney

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A tax attorney, also known as a tax lawyer, refers to an attorney who specializes in taxes. Tax attorneys are typically involved in analyzing from the tax perspective, advising clients on the tax consequences of specific transactions, and litigating the tax treatment of disputed tax positions. Transactional work may include cross-border transactions, M&A support, real estate transactions and mutual fund work. Tax litigation can take place in the Tax Court, Federal District Court or Court of Federal Claims, as well as criminal proceedings in the case of tax fraud.

Tax attorneys are employed in a variety of practice settings, including law firms, accounting firms, boutique tax firms, corporations, federal and state agencies, nonprofit organizations, and tax courts.

[Last updated in September of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]