Tax Controversies & Litigation

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.

IRS Re-Affirms PPP Expenses are Not Tax Deductible

Posted on November 19, 2020 by and

Through the release of a Revenue Ruling and a Revenue Procedure, the IRS re-affirmed its stance that taxpayers may not deduct payments for otherwise deductible business expenses (i.e., payroll, rent, covered utility payments, etc.) if those payments are made using Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds and the company “reasonably expects” to have their PPP loan […]

New Guidance Regarding Deferral of Withholding of Employees’ Social Security Taxes

Posted on September 2, 2020 by

On August 8, 2020, President Donald Trump issued an executive order titled “Memorandum on Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster.”  The order directed the Secretary of the Treasury to use its authority to defer the withholding, deposit, and payment of certain payroll tax obligations. On August 28, 2020 the U.S. […]

BREAKING NEWS – SBA Releases PPP Info

Posted on April 2, 2020 by and

The SBA released the Interim Final Rule announcing more information on the Paycheck Protection Program.  The Interim Final Rule provides some program clarifications, but also provides some program changes. Note, the applicable interest rate is now 1%.  There is also more information on how to calculate payroll costs to determine the maximum loan amount including examples. […]

Breaking News: IRS Releases FFCRA Tax Guidance

Posted on April 1, 2020 by and

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”) provides certain eligible employers with refundable tax credits that reimburse those employers for the cost of paying the paid sick and family leave wages as required by FFCRA. After almost two weeks, the IRS has released extensive guidance on the refundable tax credits, including 66 FAQ questions. […]

Refundable Tax Credits Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Posted on March 20, 2020 by and

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) (the “FFCRA”) (signed into law on March 18) and generally effective April 2, 2020 provides refundable tax credits for employers to offset the costs associated with the paid public health emergency leave (provided under an amendment to the federal Family and Medical Leave law) and paid sick […]

Federal Income Tax Filing Deadline Extended to July 15

Posted on March 20, 2020 by

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced via Twitter that the tax filing deadline for federal income tax returns has been extended by 90 days to July 15, 2020. Earlier this week, the federal government extended the time for individuals and businesses to pay their federal income tax by 90 days, but did not extend the filing […]

Treasury Extends Deadline to Pay Income Taxes Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Posted on March 17, 2020 by

The government has not extended the deadline for federal tax return filing, but Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, speaking at a coronavirus news conference earlier today, said the government is extending the due date by 90 days for federal income tax payments for individuals and businesses. Individuals can defer up to $1 million in federal income […]

2020 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2020 Social Security Taxable Wage Base

Posted on November 6, 2019 by

On November 6, 2019 the Internal Revenue Service announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits. All of the limits shown below have increased from last year.   Qualified Plan Limit Cost-of-Living Adjustments 401(k) and 403(b) elective deferral limit 2019-$19,000 2020-$19,500 $200,000 compensation limit 2019-$280,000 2020-$285,000 $160,000 defined benefit limit 2019-$225,000 2020-$230,000 […]

2020 HSA Contribution Limits are Announced

Posted on May 28, 2019 by

Today the IRS announced the HSA limits for calendar year 2020.  Hard to believe we are already talking 2020, especially after a Memorial Day weekend in Wisconsin where the air conditioning and furnace were both needed.  As you long for summer, look forward to slightly higher limits in 2020, as set forth in the chart […]

Increased Gasoline Prices Lead to Increase in Optional Standard Mileage Rates for 2019

Posted on December 14, 2018 by

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, medical, and moving expenses for 2019, and the increased rates reflect the increase in the fixed and variable costs of operating a vehicle.  Effective January 1, 2019, the optional standard mileage rates will […]

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