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Renesha N. Fountain

Senior Counsel

Education

Louisiana State University, summa cum laude, B.S., 2001

Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D./B.C.L., 2004

Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., Taxation, 2005

Honors

Louisiana State University - University Medalist, Outstanding Senior in Business, A.P. Tureaud Milestone Award

Lousiana State University Paul M. Herbert Law Center - Frederick Douglass Moot Court Team Member, Black Law Students Association (Treasurer)

Selected as a participant in the 2012-2013 State Bar of Texas Tax Leadership Academy.

Bar Admissions

Texas

Court Admissions

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Profile

Renesha Fountain maintains an active practice in tax planning and tax controversy.  She represents clients in disputes with the IRS and state and local taxing authorities. 

Renesha has experience handling depositions, installment agreements, offers in compromise, requests for collection due process hearings, requests for innocent spouse relief and claims for refund.  She has also drafted motions, protests, responses to discovery requests, Tax Court petitions and letters requesting penalty and interest abatement. 

Renesha has assisted with trial preparation in civil tax matters.  Ms. Fountain additionally prepares organizational documents for partnerships and limited liability companies.

Seminars and Presentations

  • “Making a Deal with the IRS: A Look at the Offer in Compromise Program,” Houston CPA Society 2020 Tax Expo, January 7, 2020

  • “The Fight Against the IRS Continues: A Look at Collection Due Process Litigation in the Tax Court,” Chamberlain Hrdlicka 42nd Annual Tax & Business Planning Seminar, October 30, 2019

  • “Tales from a Tax Attorney’s Desk: When the IRS Comes to Collect,” Co-presented with Larry Sherlock at Chamberlain Hrdlicka 2017 Annual Seminar, November 2017

  • “How to Handle a Pro Bono Tax Case:  IRS Collections Procedures,” Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, February 7, 2014

  • Speaker, “Project YOU! Finding Focus in Your Practice,” Focus on Legal Substance, Hot Legal Issues Roundtable Discussion: Tax Law, Texas Women Lawyers Annual Conference, March 4, 2011
  • Panelist, “Collection Due Process,” Tax Law 101 Course, Texas Bar CLE, August 17, 2011
  • Panelist, “Approaching Penalty Abatements: Strategies & Pitfalls,” American Bar Association, Section of Taxation Meeting, May 11, 2012
  • "When Your Client Can't Pay-IRS Collection Alternatives," presented at Chamberlain Hrdlicka's September 2010 Tax Forums, American Association of Attorney CPAs-Houston Chapter, November 2010 and American Association of Attorney CPAs-N. Texas Chapter, January 2011

Quoted

  • Houston Chronicle (January 11, 2006) - Quoted in an article concerning tax breaks for hurricane victims. 

Significant Matter

  • Assisted a client in an employment tax matter in obtaining abatement of penalties in excess of $1.8M

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas, Taxation Section (Council Member, 2020-2022)
  • Houston Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • American Bar Association, Taxation Section

News

Presentations

Seminars & Presentations

“Making a Deal with the IRS: A Look at the Offer in Compromise Program, ” Houston CPA Society 2020 Tax Expo, January 7, 2020

“The Fight Against the IRS Continues: A Look at Collection Due Process Litigation in the Tax Court, " Chamberlain Hrdlicka 42nd Annual Tax & Business Planning Seminar, October 30, 2019

“Tales from a Tax Attorney’s Desk: When the IRS Comes to Collect, ” Co-presented with Larry Sherlock at Chamberlain Hrdlicka 2017 Annual Seminar, November 2017

“How to Handle a Pro Bono Tax Case:  IRS Collections Procedures,” Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, February 7, 2014

Speaker, “Project YOU! Finding Focus in Your Practice,” Focus on Legal Substance, Hot Legal Issues Roundtable Discussion: Tax Law, Texas Women Lawyers Annual Conference, March 4, 2011

Panelist, “Collection Due Process,” Tax Law 101 Course, Texas Bar CLE, August 17, 2011

Panelist, “Approaching Penalty Abatements: Strategies & Pitfalls,” American Bar Association, Section of Taxation Meeting, May 11, 2012

"When Your Client Can't Pay-IRS Collection Alternatives," presented at Chamberlain Hrdlicka's September 2010 Tax Forums, American Association of Attorney CPAs-Houston Chapter, November 2010 and American Association of Attorney CPAs-N. Texas Chapter, January 2011

Publications

Publications

  • Drafted “Current Events for Tax Practitioners,” Chamberlain Hrdlicka Tax Forum, 2007.