At Stiles Ewing Powers, we understand the complexities and challenges individuals and businesses face when dealing with tax matters and the fear and uncertainty that facing the IRS or Virginia Department of Taxation can cause. Our firm is dedicated to providing comprehensive and effective solutions to navigate through these intricate legal issues. 

Of Counsel attorney Dick Davis has served businesses and individuals in tax-related matters for more than forty years. Before joining Stiles Ewing Powers, his firm Tax Counsel Ltd. was recognized by US News Best Lawyers as a Tier 1 Tax Law Firm in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Dick individually was named by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year for Tax Litigation and Controversy in 2014, 2021, and 2024. With a focus on personalized attention and unwavering advocacy, Dick Davis and Stiles Ewing Powers are committed to protecting our client’s interests and providing peace of mind.

Representation and Advocacy

Our firm offers diverse services in tax controversy resolution, including representation of clients before various tax authorities such as the IRS, Virginia Department of Taxation, and the United States Tax Court. Whether a client is facing audits, appeals, or disputes related to income, estate, or sales taxes, we have the expertise and experience to manage the case effectively. We defend business owners who are assessed with responsible person penalties and clients accused of tax fraud or denied significant tax deductions. In the family law context, we are well versed in defending innocent spouses against tax liability claims, ensuring fair treatment and protection of their rights when their spouse violates their trust and the law in tax filings without their knowledge.

Negotiation and Resolution

Navigating tax disputes requires strategic negotiation and resolution tactics. Our team is adept at negotiating State and Federal offers in compromise and installment payment arrangements tailored to a client’s specific financial circumstances. In situations where IRS or State levy and lien actions are threatened or have occurred, we stand by our client’s side to safeguard their rights and interests.

Business Planning and Compliance

In addition to resolving tax disputes, we provide comprehensive guidance on day-to-day business planning matters. Our services include advising on choice of entity planning, drafting shareholder and membership agreements, and structuring executive compensation agreements. In the context of business acquisitions or sales, we can assist in drafting tax-oriented asset or stock purchase agreements to optimize tax efficiency and mitigate risks. We also assist with establishing, administering, and terminating IRS tax-qualified retirement plans, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.

Estate Planning and Administration

Estate planning often involves considering tax ramifications for the decedent and beneficiaries. Dick Davis and Stiles Ewing Powers assist our clients with consideration of these important tax ramifications in drafting estate documents such as wills and trusts. 

Additionally, Stiles Ewing Powers assists clients with administering estates through the probate or non-probate channels. We can assist clients in qualifying as executors, preparing the necessary filings needed by the court and Commissioner of Accounts within the probate process, and communicating with heirs and beneficiaries regarding the administration of the decedent’s estate. We also represent clients in handling disputes over rights of inheritance and other contested estate matters.

Client-Centered Approach

At Stiles Ewing Powers, our commitment to client satisfaction drives every aspect of our practice. We understand that each client’s unique situation requires personalized strategies and solutions. That’s why we take the time to listen to our client’s concerns, thoroughly analyze their case, and tailor our approach to best serve their needs. With clear communication, attention to detail, and a relentless pursuit of justice, we strive to exceed our client’s expectations and deliver results that matter. 

Our clients trust Stiles Ewing Powers to be their partner in navigating the complexities of tax law and securing a brighter financial future. For expert tax advice and dedicated representation, contact Dick Davis at (804) 747-0657.