Tax Controversies & Litigation

Ruder Ware’s litigators represent individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations in all phases of state and federal tax controversies.

Areas where the attorneys provide counsel include audits, administrative appeals, tax court, state and federal courts, collection actions, and dispute resolution through mediation, litigation and collection actions.  We have extensive experience resolving controversies before they reach litigation and pursuing matters through the dispute process including:

  • Income tax issues
  • State income tax withholding and reporting issues including worker classification reviews
  • Corporate income and franchise taxes
  • Occupation and sales and use taxes
  • Voluntary disclosure agreements
  • Collection matters including penalty abatement requests, liens, and reviews
  • Personal liability for trust fund taxes

We also counsel clients on tax procedures, including reporting and disclosure requirements, avoiding or abating tax penalties, privileges, and summons enforcement proceedings.  We keep abreast of IRS rulings and their impact on our clients, sharing important updates via our Tax Deductions blog.

Should legal disputes extend beyond Wisconsin, Ruder Ware’s affiliation with Meritas®, an international alliance of law firms, means our network of lawyers can provide counsel for clients anywhere in this country or around the world.

Founded in 1920, Ruder Ware provides business, employment, estate planning, and litigation services through its offices in Wausau, Eau Claire, and Green Bay, Wisconsin.  A full-service law firm, over 40 attorneys provide clients with a one-stop approach to their legal needs. Ruder Ware, Business Attorneys for Business Success.

Second Tax Cut Bill in the Works

Posted on May 30, 2018 by

White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short told reporters last week that the Trump Administration has been working with the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and the Senate Finance Committee on a second tax cuts proposal that would make permanent the tax cuts for individuals passed in the Tax Cuts and […]

IRS to Issue Regulations Addressing $10,000 Limit on State and Local Tax Deduction

Posted on May 24, 2018 by

Yesterday, the IRS issued Notice 2018-54 and an accompanying news release stating that proposed regulations will be issued addressing the deductibility of state and local tax payments for federal income tax proposes. As many of you know, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) limited the amount of state and local taxes an individual can […]

More Planning Tips for Individuals Under New Tax Act

Posted on February 5, 2018 by and

As Shanna Yonke mentioned in her January 22, 2018 Legal Update The New Tax Law Provides Estate Planning Opportunities, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on December 22, 2017.  The Act (officially, Public Law 115-97) is the most sweeping tax legislation to be enacted in decades.  It is broad in scope, […]

The New Tax Law Provides Estate Planning Opportunities

Posted on January 22, 2018 by

Shortly before Christmas, Congress approved and President Trump signed into law the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.  The new law increases the federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax exemptions from $5 million to $10 million, adjusted for inflation.  The inflation-adjusted exemption amount for 2018 has not yet been released by the IRS, but commentators […]

Taxes Under a Trump Administration

Posted on November 11, 2016 by

Donald Trump won more than 270 votes in the Electoral College and thus on January 20, 2017 he is going to become the 45th president of the United States.  In anticipation of that event, congressional tax writers and proponents for tax overhaul are optimistically planning to move bipartisan tax legislation forward in the first part […]

IRS Finalizes Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Regulations

Posted on September 1, 2016 by

It took almost eleven months, and minimal comments from the public, but the IRS has now finalized its October 2015 regulations which recognized same-sex marriages as lawful marriages for purposes of the tax code.  More information on that found here Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage Officially the Tax Law of the Land.  No need to go […]

IRS Issues Changes to Gas Reimbursement in 2015

Posted on May 13, 2015 by

Attorney Mary Ellen Schill recently authored an update detailing the changes.  2015 Standard Mileage Rates

It is Now EZier for Charities to File for Tax Exempt Status

Posted on July 2, 2014 by

On July 1, 2014, the IRS introduced the new Form 1023-EZ which is a shorter application form to help smaller charities apply for tax exempt status. The standard Form 1023 is a 26 page form that charities must complete in order to obtain tax exempt, or 501(c)(3), status with the IRS. The standard form can […]

No More Marijuana Taxes!

Posted on June 25, 2014 by

I can’t help but write a puff piece about the recent lawsuit filed in a Denver District Court earlier this week. In the lawsuit, the attorney is asking the court to block marijuana taxes in Colorado, claiming the state’s tax system violates the Fifth Amendment, which protects people from self-incrimination. The attorney argues that when […]

Wausau and Other Wisconsin Taxpayers Beware of Tax Jail Scam

Posted on June 19, 2014 by

I received a telephone call from a prospective client yesterday. Let s call her Suzie. Suzie called me asking for guidance on how to handle a phone call she received from the IRS. The caller stated on Suzie s voicemail that Suzie had 2 hours to return the call and resolve her tax issues or […]

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