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Tax Blawg

Tax Talk for Tax Pros

Introduction

Welcome to TaxBlawg, a resource from Chamberlain Hrdlicka for news and analysis of current legal issues facing tax practitioners. Although blawg.com identifies nearly 1,400 active “blawgs,” including 20+ blawgs related to taxation and estate planning, the needs of tax professionals have received surprisingly little attention.

The Wall Street Journal's Tax Blog gives “tips and advice for filers,” and Paul Caron’s legendary TaxProf Blog is an excellent clearinghouse for academic and policy-oriented news. Yet, tax practitioners still lack a dedicated resource to call their own. For those intrepid souls, we offer TaxBlawg, a forum of tax talk for tax pros.

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Tax Controversy, Tax, & Business Planning Seminar in Laredo, Texas

Speakers: Sebastien Chain, James McNeel, Justice David M. Medina (Texas Supreme Court, Retired), Leo Unzeitig, Jaime Vasquez, Juan F. Vasquez, Jr.

Where: Laredo Country Club, 1415 Country Club Drive, Laredo, Texas 78045

When: Thursday, February 13, 2020
Registration: 8:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Seminar: 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Lunch is included)

Workshops:

9:00 to 9:50 a.m. - Trust, Estate & Guardianship Litigation 2020 Update; presented by James McNeel
Summary: A survey of recent cases and issues currently being litigated to be considered in advising clients on how to identify potential current or future trouble spots and strategies to best protect them from creditors, predators and other dangers to their assets and family harmony.

10:00 to 10:50 a.m. – The End of the Road: Advising Clients that Owe the IRS a Lot of Money; presented by Leo Unzeitig and Jaime Vasquez
Summary: Whether the result of willful or non-willful conduct, clients that owe (or will owe) the IRS a lot of money naturally generate a series of seemingly straightforward questions, but with complicated answers that touch several areas of tax law. Is there criminal exposure? Should the client cooperate with IRS? Will the IRS or the Department of Justice seize the client’s assets? What are my obligations as a practitioner?

11:00 to 11:50 a.m. – Tax Controversy Update: Positioning Your Tax Matter for the Best Possible Outcome in Audit, Appeals, and Litigation; presented by Justice David M. Medina (Texas Supreme Court, Retired) and Juan F. Vasquez, Jr.
Summary: A Timely Update of Federal and State Tax Controversy Matters.

12:00 to 1:30 p.m. International Tax – GILTI and the Acronyms: The International Tax World Tour presented by Sebastien Chain and Jaime Vasquez
Summary: A high-level overview of the changes to the International tax provisions.

• Texas CPAs: 4.5 hours of CPE credit hours
• Texas Attorneys: 4.0 CLE credit hours
• Enrolled Agents: CE credit pending approval
• No prerequisites for this Tax Seminar (This seminar is open to anyone who registers)
• $65 Early Registration (per person)
• $85 WALK-IN WITH NO RESERVATION (per person)

Chamberlain History:
Chamberlain Hrdlicka started out as a tax boutique firm in Houston in 1965. While Chamberlain Hrdlicka has expanded with offices nationwide, the tax practice remains the core strength of the firm, with approximately half of our total lawyers practicing in one of the varied fields of tax law.

Many of our attorneys are board certified in tax law or estate planning or related areas and have worked with the IRS, the Department of Justice Tax Division, and the U.S. Tax Court. The Firm represents a wide range of large multinationals and public companies, privately held businesses, partnerships and joint ventures, individuals, estates, and tax-exempt organizations in a broad range of tax, business advisory, transactional, litigation, and collection matters.

The Chamberlain Hrdlicka Tax and Business Planning Seminars have provided valuable tax and business information in Houston for 43 years and Atlanta for 35 years. Chamberlain Hrdlicka opened its San Antonio office in 2010, and recently expanded its Annual Seminar to San Antonio in 2018 and to Laredo and McAllen in 2019.

  • Jaime  Vasquez
    Shareholder

    Mr. Vasquez concentrates his practice on federal, state, and international transactional and tax controversy matters, including income, employment, sales, franchise, motor fuels, tobacco, and other excise matters before the ...

  • James M. McNeel
    Shareholder

    James McNeel maintains a fiduciary litigation practice exclusively in the areas of estates, trusts, contested guardianships, and other related litigation. Jim handles claims by and against estate administrators, trustees ...

  • Juan F. Vasquez, Jr.
    Shareholder; Co-Chair, Firm Tax Controversy Section

    Juan Vasquez, Jr. serves as the Co-Chair of the Firm's Tax Controversy Section and concentrates his practice on federal, state and local tax controversy matters, including in connection with examinations, administrative appeals ...

  • Justice David M. Medina
    Shareholder

    Justice David Medina serves as a shareholder in Chamberlain Hrdlicka's commercial litigation section in both our Houston and San Antonio offices.

    Justice Medina received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas ...

  • Leo  Unzeitig
    Associate

    Leo Unzeitig is an associate in Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s San Antonio office. He assists with a wide range of federal tax controversy and litigation matters at all stages before the Internal Revenue Service and federal courts. Leo ...

  • Sebastien N. Chain
    Shareholder

    Sebastien Chain joined Chamberlain Hrdlicka in 2011 and concentrates his practice on federal, state and local tax controversies, both civil and criminal, and he represents clients at the examination level, administrative ...