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Tax Litigation

Nick Richards has been successfully litigating tax cases since 1998 – over fifteen years. Litigation is never the first choice to resolve a tax controversy, but when necessary Mr. Richards will fight to protect your rights and achieve the best results possible.  Nick represents individuals and businesses involved in IRS tax litigation and Colorado and California state tax litigation.  With the inside understanding and experience of a former IRS trial attorney and Special Assistant United States Attorney, Nick Richards will defend your rights and navigate your way to the best result possible.

Upon concluding an audit or sometime without audit, the IRS will issue a very important document called a Statutory Notice of Deficiency.  The Statutory Notice provides a 90 day period during which a Petition can be filed in the U.S. Tax Court.  Failure to file the petition will result in tax assessment and collection.  After filing a tax court petition, taxpayers are provided with administrative appeals and settlement opportunity.  Nick Richards began his career in the U.S. Tax Court as an IRS Trial Attorney and he has achieved positive results ever since.  If you have received a Statutory Notice of Deficiency, give Nick a call.

The United States Tax Court

The U.S. Tax Court is a relatively low cost venue to resolve tax disputes.  Located in Washington D.C., the Tax Court travels to various U.S. cities throughout the year to hold trial sessions at which taxpayers can challenge IRS determinations before paying the tax.  If you have been through an audit or otherwise received a Statutory Notice of Deficiency, you must file a Tax Court Petition if you want to challenge the IRS determination before it is assessed against you.  Nick Richards is a strong advocate in the U.S. Tax Court, first for the IRS, and now for individuals and businesses throughout the United States.

To Visit the US Tax Court:

The United States District Courts

Claims for Refund, Trust Fund Recovery Penalty cases and Criminal Tax matters are generally litigated in the U.S. District Courts or U.S. Court of Claims.  These cases begin at the administrative level where many of them are lost or won before going to court.  We use our experience and understanding of the administrative process to fight for our clients and achieve victory prior to trial.  Nevertheless, sometimes trials are necessary and when they are, we are your proven advocate.

To Visit the U.S. District Courts:


San Diego:

The United States Bankruptcy Courts

Tax matters are sometimes tried in the United States Bankruptcy Courts.  If you are in a bankruptcy involving a tax matter or an adversarial hearing with the IRS, your bankruptcy attorney could use the help of our experienced tax attorney.