I am pleased to announce I will be offering my legal services in the areas of IRS and New York State Tax Controversy as principal of Kazenoff Tax Law LLC pending and effective as of November 16, 2020. I will be part of a growing Law Group, the members of which will consist of attorney colleagues each with their own law focus, the details of which will be announced soon. I look forward to continue serving my clients with the personalized attentive service I have always sought to provide.
Laurie B. Kazenoff is a New York tax attorney and former IRS Senior Tax Attorney with over 35 years of experience including eight years with the Internal Revenue Service. Her start at the IRS was as an IRS Estate and Gift Tax attorney, auditing both federal estate returns and gift tax returns. She then became a Senior Tax Attorney with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel representing the IRS in litigation before the United States Tax Court, in addition to advising the Examination and Collection Divisions, and rendering tax opinions. She also was a Senior Manager in Tax Controversy for a nationally ranked accounting firm and an attorney in private practice for regionally recognized law firms, including as Partner and Co-Chair of the Tax Department.
Laurie B. Kazenoff, Esq.
Ms. Kazenoff has an Honors B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law and, after having moved to New York from Pennsylvania, completed her final year of her LL.M. (Taxation) from Temple University Beasley School of Law at New York University School of Law.
Ms. Kazenoff is admitted to practice in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and before the U.S. Tax Court and the Federal Court of Claims.
The scope of her practice includes tax controversies involving the Internal Revenue Service and New York State Department of Taxation & FInance on behalf of individuals, estates, partnerships, and corporations, including representation of clients before the Examination, Appeals, and Collection Divisions, litigation in the United States Tax Court and Federal Court of Claims. She handles all types of issues including Payroll Tax and Responsible Person assessments, Employee/Independent Contractor issues, New York State residency and Sales & Use Tax issues. She handles Tax Collection actions including IRS Notices of Lien, Levies and New York State warrants, Collection Due Process Appeals and Equivalency Hearings, negotiation of settlements including Offers in Compromise, Installment Agreements and Penalty Abatements. Subspecialties include Estate & Gift Tax issues and Pension Plan Qualification issues.
Her clients include high profile and high net worth individuals, corporations, partnerships and other entities in areas of investment banking, law, real estate, engineering, education, architecture, medicine, entertainment, fashion, media, construction, food & beverage, manufacturing, sports and technology involving all types of Federal and New York State tax issues. But no client is too big or too small for Ms. Kazenoff, any individual or business of any size or worth will get the same attentive representation as all of her clients deserve.
Philosophy: Ms. Kazenoff has handled a number of high profile cases but also represents individuals and small businesses as well. Although while at IRS Chief Counsel she litigated cases before the U.S. Tax Court, in private practice she has resolved cases favorably for clients before the case ever went to court, avoiding costly litigation expenses for her clients. Ms Kazenoff uses her knowledge and experience as a former IRS attorney to help streamline the process for her clients, avoiding unnecessary and burdensome costs to her clients. She is also acutely aware of the tremendous financial and emotional stress that tax audits and investigations can pose for clients. She uses her skills to strongly advocate for her clients while providing reassuring support to them throughout the process.
"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
-- Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790), Letter to Jean Baptiste Le Roy (1789)
"I'm proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is I could be just as proud for half the money."