Jennifer E. Benda

Counsel

Denver
T 303.764.4025  |  F 303.861.7805

Jennifer Benda focuses her practice on tax controversy and income tax planning and compliance. She advocates for her clients by developing relationships with IRS personnel, IRS appeals, and state examiners, and these relationships bring her clients successful resolution of their tax matters. When necessary, Jennifer is prepared to take her cases to court so that her clients are treated fairly. Prior to becoming an attorney, Jennifer was a Certified Public Accountant for 10 years, a background which serves as an added benefit in cases involving valuation issues and enables Jennifer to effectively solve unique and complicated tax situations.

Jennifer is a regular contributor to BakerHostetler’s Global Tax Enforcement blog and presenter on tax issues.

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  • Resolved large estate tax audit for client with significant oil and gas holdings. Addressed valuation issues and used specific case details to reach effective resolution.
  • Achieved compliance without prosecution or collection action for client who failed to file tax returns for more than 20 years.
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Experience

  • Resolved large estate tax audit for client with significant oil and gas holdings. Addressed valuation issues and used specific case details to reach effective resolution. 
  • Achieved compliance without prosecution or collection action for client who failed to file tax returns for more than 20 years.
  • Prepared voluntary disclosures for clients with undisclosed off-shore bank account to avoid criminal prosecution.
  • IRS appeals recommendation of non-assertion of trust fund recovery penalty covering ten quarters. 
  • Successful settlement of Colorado residency case covering eight tax years.

Recognitions

  • Colorado Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2012 to 2015)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association: Section of Taxation
    • Committee on Administrative Practice, Civil & Criminal Tax Penalties
    • Court Procedure & Practice
  • Colorado Bar Association: Tax Section Executive Counsel ABA Liaison
  • Law360: Tax Editorial Advisory Board (2014)

Pro Bono

  • Military VITA Instructor

Services

Admissions

  • U.S. Tax Court, 2005
  • Colorado, 2008
  • District of Columbia, 2006
  • Virginia [Inactive], 2005

Education

  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2005, with honors
  • M.S., Accounting, Texas A&M University, 1995
  • B.B.A., Accounting, Texas A&M University, 1994

Blog

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Global Tax Enforcement
Tax Day – Don’t forget your Offshore Disclosure Requirements
April 15, 2015
On Tax Day it is a helpful reminder that a variety of income tax reporting obligations are associated with offshore assets. Any ownership of an asset that gives rise to income when those assets are located outside of the United States may...
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Global Tax Enforcement
BSI Is First Bank to Reach Resolution in DOJ’s Program for Swiss Banks
March 31, 2015
BSI of Lugano, Switzerland, became the first bank to earn a non-prosecution agreement under the U.S. DOJ’s Program for Swiss Banks, paying a penalty of $211 million. First announced on August 29, 2013, the program offered Switzerland-based...
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Global Tax Enforcement
Ex-Credit Suisse Bankers Sentenced to Probation in Exchange for Cooperation
March 30, 2015
On March 27, 2015, a judge in the Eastern District of Virginia sentenced former Credit Suisse bankers Josef Doerig and Andreas Bachmann to five years of probation.  Their sentences were the result of their cooperation with the U.S...
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Global Tax Enforcement
Update: Spanish Arm of Banca Privada d'Andorra Succumbs After FinCEN Action
March 18, 2015
On March 16, 2015, the Spanish subsidiary of Banca Privada d’Andorra, Banco de Madrid, sought bankruptcy protection in the midst of a run on the bank by depositors. The run and bankruptcy were the result of FinCEN’s March 10, 2015...
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Global Tax Enforcement
FinCEN Blacklists Banca Privada d’Andorra
March 12, 2015
On March 10, 2015, FinCEN designated Banca Privada d’Andorra, based in the Principality of Andorra, as a foreign financial institution of primary money-laundering concern pursuant to Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Section 311). FinCEN...
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