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.

Select 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 over 20 years.
  • Prepared voluntary disclosures for clients with undisclosed off-shore bank account to avoid criminal prosecution.
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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 over 20 years.
  • Prepared voluntary disclosures for clients with undisclosed off-shore bank account to avoid criminal prosecution.

Recognitions

  • Colorado Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2012 to 2014)

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)

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

In The Blogs

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Global Tax Enforcement
Brazil Signs Reciprocal Model 1 FATCA IGA
September 25, 2014
On September 23, 2014, Brazil signed a FATCA IGA. The agreement is a Model 1 agreement, meaning that Brazilian financial institutions will report information about U.S. customers’ accounts to the Secretariat of the Federal Revenue of...
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Global Tax Enforcement
American Pleads Guilty to Hiding Money in Swiss Bank, Moving Money to Israeli Bank after UBS Scandal
August 25, 2014
On August 19, 2014, Bernard Kramer pleaded guilty in the Southern District of New York to conspiracy to defraud the United States and filing a false income tax return relating to his concealment of “at least $1.1 million” in bank accounts...
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Global Tax Enforcement
Treasury’s FinCEN Proposes Rules Forcing U.S. Financial Institutions to Collect Data for FATCA Reciprocity
July 31, 2014
On July 30, 2014, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) proposed rules requiring U.S. financial institutions to collect “Customer Due Diligence” information, including identifying the true beneficial...
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Global Tax Enforcement
China and U.S. Conclude FATCA IGA In Substance
June 27, 2014
On June 26, 2014, China and the United States agreed on a Model 1 FATCA IGA.  The Treasury did not say whether the agreement would be reciprocal.  The IGA comes just in time for the July 1 start of 30 percent withholding on FDAP payments...
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Global Tax Enforcement
Former Head of DOJ Tax Division Warns Taxpayers to Think Twice Before Choosing New Streamlined Procedures
June 25, 2014
Former DOJ Tax Division AAG Kathy Keneally warned on June 24, 2014, that taxpayers should think carefully before signing a certification of non-willfulness and entering the IRS’s new Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures.  The...
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