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Anatomy of A Civil Tax Controversy

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Produced on December 14, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h 5m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Tax International

Course Description

Join seasoned tax attorney Michael Deblis III as he walks through the anatomy of a civil tax controversy from A through Z. This program will cover each step in the process, and will take a closer look at what to do during an eggshell audit. Other topics to be discussed include cases typically recommended for prosecution, attorney-client privilege in the tax realm, Kovel Agreements, IRS Appeals, and more.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain an in-depth overview of the anatomy of a civil tax controversy from A through Z
  2. Develop best practices for walking your client through an eggshell audit
  3. Review attorney-client privilege in the tax realm
  4. Discuss the use of a Kovel Accountant and drafting an airtight Kovel Agreement
  5. Comprehend the IRS Appeals Process
  6. Evaluate the hazards of litigation

Credit Information

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Michael J. DeBlis, III

DeBlis & DeBlis Law Firm

Michael J. Deblis, III is a passionate trial lawyer. He puts his heart and soul into fighting for his clients. Michael is a living example of the tremendous power that comes from combining passion, preparation, persuasion, and positive communication in the courtroom.


As a former public defender, Michael has defended the poor, the forgotten, and the damned against a government that has seemingly unlimited resources to investigate and prosecute criminal allegations. He has spent the last six years cutting his teeth on some of the most serious felony cases, obtaining results that have proven favorable for his clients. He knows what it’s like to go toe to toe with the government. In an adversarial environment that is akin to trench warfare, Michael has developed a reputation as a fearless litigator.


Michael graduated – cum laude – from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He then earned his LL.M. in International Tax and Financial Services at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, graduating summa cum laude. Michael’s unique background in tax law puts him into an elite category of criminal defense attorneys who specialize in criminal tax defense. His extensive trial experience and solid grounding in all major areas of federal taxation make him uniquely qualified to handle any white-collar case, no matter how sophisticated it might be.


Michael is known for his creativity, his charismatic personality, and his unyielding dedication to his clients. As a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College, Michael has trained under some of the best known criminal defense attorneys in the country. That experience has taught him that justice for a person accused of a crime is only won through a full understanding of the client and the case. To that end, Michael attempts to understand each client’s case as a convincing narrative, not just as a set of innocuous facts and arcane legal rules.


Michael has been featured on the media affiliates of several major media networks, including NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, and CNN.


Michael is a prolific writer in the area of foreign asset reporting and voluntary disclosure. He has written articles that have been featured in leading tax journals such as CCH Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure, Global Tax Weekly, and ABA News Quarterly.


A passionate blogger, Michael's blogs have appeared on TaxConnections' "Worldwide Tax Blogs" and most recently, on the About.com "Tax Planning" blog.


Michael is committed to understanding the needs of each client and tailoring a litigation plan to meet those needs. His courage and relentless work ethic have earned him a reputation as a zealous advocate and one of New Jersey’s rising stars of the legal profession.


John O.

This guy was very good.

Mark W.

Good CLE. Very helpful.

Lawrence M.

very informative and practical

William P.

Good income tax presentation

Keith B.

Very excellent. Well presented by knowledgeable and experienced attorney.

David P.

the best program ever

Carla K.

He could have had more experience

Russell B.

The presentation of this program was truly OUTSTANDING.

Shana B.

Great information, easy to understand

Don K.

met my objectives

Cheryl Q.

very good practice tips

Stephen E.

Spectacular synopsis of Tax Court Procedure...best I've ever seen.

Marguerite D.

Nice Overview

Khristine M.

This might be favorite class so far. The information was fun and was a terrific overview.

Kay H.

Very well presented

Thomas E. K.

Practical information for anyone who practices in the field. I may even watch it again.

Joshua R.

Great course

Lawrence L.

he did a great job

Antoine M.

Good, solid information from daily practitioner

Dwight B.


Kevin S.

Thank you

george h.

In my opinion the presenter was well-prepared, and concise. Thank you.

Tom H.

solid presentation

Maureen R.

Michael was extremely knowledgeable, and he helped answer all my baseline questions. Very well presented, too.

Clarence S.

Excellent and clear presentation of technically complex material.

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