November 2017


      We enjoyed meeting many of you at the TEI 72nd Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada in October.

      Ivins, Phillips & Barker, founded by two of the original judges on the United States Tax Court, is one of the few law firms in the nation specializing exclusively in the practice of tax law. Our attorneys are experts in corporate tax, international tax, tax accounting, partnerships and joint ventures, tax controversy and litigation, employee benefits and executive compensation, and trusts and estates. We serve many of the largest and most sophisticated companies in the country and pride ourselves on outstanding service—addressing client matters with a sense of urgency and providing prompt, efficient, and practical advice.                                                            

Our areas of specialty include:

Corporate and International Tax

  • Tax aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and spinoffs
  • Redeterminations of foreign tax credits
  • Research and development tax credits
  • Impact of the Section 385 Regulations

Tax Accounting

  • Section 199 and long-term contract accounting
  • New repair regulations
  • Accounting method changes
  • Issues concerning UNICAP, revenue recognition, and deductibility of employee bonuses

Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

  • Mergers/Acquisitions and Benefits Integration
  • Pension plan funding
  • Pension plan de-risking
  • Section 409A plans and corrections
  • Deduction strategies for corporate rate reductions
  • Worker classification
  • ACA compliance
  • Plan governance and fiduciary liability

Federal Tax Policy

  • Tax Reform proposals
  • Early identification of related impacts
  • Comment letters on proposed legislation and regulations
  • Insight and advice on anticipated developments

 Tax Controversy and Litigation

  • IRS audits and appeals
  • Tax Court and refund forum litigation
  • Challenges to the validity of tax regulations


For information on our areas of practice/attorneys and to view our publications, we invite you to visit our website.


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