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
U.S. Signs FATCA IGA with Luxembourg
March 31, 2014
On March 28, 2014, the U.S. signed a FATCA IGA with Luxembourg.  Under the IGA, banks and other financial institutions in Luxembourg will report information about eligible U.S. customers’ offshore accounts to the Luxembourg tax...
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Global Tax Enforcement
Levin and McCain Urge DOJ to Seek Extradition of Fugitive Swiss Bankers
March 27, 2014
Bloomberg news reports that on March 18, 2014, U.S. Senators Carl Levin and John McCain wrote a letter urging the Justice Department to seek extradition of about 30 Swiss bankers and others who are charged with enabling offshore tax...
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Global Tax Enforcement
IRS Report Announces Major Increase in Criminal Investigations for 2013
March 3, 2014
On February 24, 2014, IRS Criminal Investigation (“CI”) announced the release of its 2013 annual report, which reflected a significant increase in criminal investigations and prosecution recommendations in the past year.  According to the...
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Global Tax Enforcement
OECD Publishes Standard for International Automatic Tax Information Exchange
February 17, 2014
On February 13, 2014, the OECD published a standard for the automatic exchange of tax information among governments, intended to help fight cross-border tax evasion. Under the standard, governments would collect information from their...
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Global Tax Enforcement
IRS Fighting Hard to Avoid Tea Party Class Action Claims
February 15, 2014
The IRS recently filed a motion to dismiss class action claims brought by Tea Party groups.  In NorCal Tea Party Patriots, et. al. v. IRS, et. al., S.D. Ohio, Case No. 1:13-cv-00341, Tea Party groups asserted that the IRS singled out their...
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