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
IRS Publishes Proposed Regulations for Hedge Fund Reinsurance Arrangements
April 29, 2015
In April 24’s Federal Register, the IRS released proposed regulations (REG-108214-15) to restrict when a foreign insurance company’s income can be excluded as passive income by giving a more strict definition for the “active conduct of an...
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Global Tax Enforcement
Appeal of Tax Court Decision Focuses on Foreign Tax Credit, Tests Scope of U.S.-France Totalization Agreement
April 23, 2015
Briefing is underway in an appeal by two taxpayers—a married couple with dual citizenship in the United States and France—of a U.S. Tax Court decision denying them foreign tax credits for money they contributed to social security payments...
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Global Tax Enforcement
Julius Baer Likely Next to Settle U.S. Tax Allegations
April 21, 2015
During a meeting with shareholders on April 15, Daniel Sauter, Chairman of Julius Baer Group Ltd., said the bank was at “an advanced stage of talks” with U.S. authorities. The U.S. Department of Justice has been investigating Julius Baer...
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Global Tax Enforcement
Taxpayer Advocate Recommends Ways for IRS to Simplify Foreign Asset Reporting
April 20, 2015
The National Taxpayer Advocate made three specific recommendations to the IRS last week to try to simplify the process for reporting foreign assets. For several years the National Taxpayer Advocate has complained that the disclosure...
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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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