Practice Areas

  • Tax Controversy and Litigation (Civil & Criminal)
    Whether you are facing an IRS audit, or you want to go to Tax Court, or you are being sued by the IRS, or, and this is a worst case scenario, you are facing a criminal prosecution by the IRS, you need an experienced attorney, who is trained to be your advocate. You also need someone who knows the inner workings of the federal government. Our firm is able to offer the services of the only attorney in private practice in Michigan with experience working for the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Jan Geht has represented the IRS and the taxpayers in hundreds of civil and, when needed, criminal cases over the past decade.

    • Tax Audits—Many taxpayers choose to have their tax preparer represent them in the audit. As an initial step, that may be wise as the tax preparer is the person most well-versed with your taxes. However, you may need a tax attorney if you (a) suspect that your tax professional may have made mistakes in tax return preparation, (b) believe you need someone trained to be an advocate, and/or (c) want someone with extensive experience, inside and outside, federal government.
    • Tax Court Litigation—Most taxpayers, after the IRS audit, reach a settlement with the IRS. But, oftentimes, your dispute cannot be settled. Your next step is to appeal and then, if the appeal is unsuccessful, you have a right to go to Tax Court. Your time to go to Tax Court is limited, however. You must file your petition within ninety (90) days or lose your right to go to Tax Court. The advantage of the Tax Court litigation is that you don’t have to pay your taxes before challenging the IRS. If you miss your window of opportunity to go to Tax Court, your only option for litigation is to pay the IRS and sue for the refund in federal court.
    • Civil Tax Litigation—Many taxpayers, if they cannot come to an agreement with the IRS on the amount of taxes owed or on how to pay those taxes, start ignoring IRS notices warning them to pay. If you ignore those notices long enough, you may be sued by the federal government. If you received a summons and a complaint, in which the Department of Justice is suing you for unpaid taxes and, potentially, to foreclose on your home, you should contact a tax attorney immediately.
    • Criminal Tax Defense—The federal government prosecutes very few taxpayers criminally. Typically, the prosecutions are based on tax evasion (underreporting your income), failure to file tax returns, or failure to pay taxes. If you find out that you are being investigated by the criminal arm of the IRS, you must contact an experienced attorney before you do anything else.
    • Offer-in-Compromise and Installment Agreement—Not all IRS interactions have to be confrontational. Oftentimes, when the amount of tax is not in dispute, the IRS just wants to collect taxes owed. Whether through an offer-in-compromise or through an installment agreement, taxpayers can resolve their outstanding tax obligations without future fears of IRS levies, IRS liens, or foreclosures.

  • Tax Planning
    Our team of attorneys has decades of experience advising clients on most tax-advantageous strategies for reducing their income and estate tax liabilities. Our experience litigating tax cases, for and against IRS, places us in a unique position of more accurately assessing the risks of any given strategy. While one can never eliminate the change that the IRS will disagree, one should always strive to minimize the chance for disagreement.
  • Civil Litigation and Appeals
    Our team of attorneys has decades of experience representing individuals and businesses in state and federal courts. We have extensive experience in the following areas of commercial litigation: employment, real estate and zoning, intellectual property, probate, and contracts.
  • Business Organization and Transactions
  • Chapter 11 Debtor Bankruptcy
  • Creditor Bankruptcy
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Construction Law and Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate Administration
  • Trust Administration
  • Health Law
  • Commercial Real Estate and Condominium
  • Business and Real Estate Litigation
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Real Estate Development and Zoning
  • Contracts
  • Employment Law
  • Business Succession
  • Business Sales