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
New York Restaurateur Pleads Guilty to Hiding Money in Swiss Accounts
February 20, 2015
On February 19, 2015, Georges Briguet, the owner of New York restaurant Le Perigord, pleaded guilty to one count of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the IRS by concealing the existence of his Swiss bank accounts.  According to the...
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Global Tax Enforcement
Former Wegelin Banker Reportedly Arrested on U.S. Warrant in Germany
February 9, 2015
Multiple outlets are reporting that on February 2, 2015, three years after his indictment in the Southern District of New York, Swiss banker Roger Keller was arrested at the Frankfurt airport. On January 3, 2012, the U.S. Attorney for the...
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Global Tax Enforcement
California Physician Pleads Guilty to Failing to File FBAR for Bank Leumi Account
February 3, 2015
On February 2, 2015, Baruch Fogel, a California doctor, pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to one count of willful failure to report the existence of a foreign bank account on a FBAR.  He...
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Global Tax Enforcement
Bank Leumi Enters Into DPA with U.S. Department of Justice
December 23, 2014
On December 22, 2014, the Department of Justice announced its agreement with Bank Leumi:  Bank Leumi Admits to Assisting U.S. Taxpayers in Hiding Assets in Offshore Bank Accounts  A major Israeli international bank admitted that it...
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Global Tax Enforcement
Singapore Signs FATCA IGA
December 10, 2014
On December 9, 2014, Singapore’s Inland Revenue Authority announced that Singapore and the United States had on that day entered into a Model 1 FATCA IGA.  This means that Singaporean financial institutions will report information on...
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