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
Hong Kong Signs FATCA IGA
November 17, 2014
On November 13, 2014, Hong Kong announced that it had signed a Model 2 FATCA IGA.  Under the agreement Hong Kong financial institutions will enter into separate FFI agreements with the IRS and will report information on U.S. account...
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Global Tax Enforcement
FinCEN Strikes at Virtual Currency Anonymity, Rules that Virtual Currency Converter is a Money Services Business Under Bank Secrecy Act
October 31, 2014
On October 27, 2014, FinCEN ruled in response to a Request for Administrative Ruling that a company that converts traditional currencies into Bitcoin to facilitate payments must comply with regulations that govern Money Services Businesses...
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Global Tax Enforcement
New Hampshire Man Pleads Guilty Regarding Accounts in Switzerland, Israel, and Jersey
October 21, 2014
On October 20, 2014, Menashe Cohen pleaded guilty in New Hampshire federal court to one count of filing a false income tax return for failing to report the existence of his Swiss and Israeli bank accounts on his 2009 tax return.  He did...
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Global Tax Enforcement
Switzerland Announces Intention to Change from Model 2 IGA to Model 1
October 9, 2014
On October 8, 2014, Swiss officials announced that they intend to negotiate a reciprocal Model 1 FATCA IGA to replace the Model 2 IGA that they signed in 2013.  The motivation for the change is unknown, but the automatic exchange of...
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Global Tax Enforcement
Forensic Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner Pleads Guilty to Concealing UBS Account
October 7, 2014
On October 3, 2014, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release and court records, Howard Bloomberg, a forensic accountant and certified fraud examiner, pleaded guilty to one count of failure to file an FBAR reporting his interest...
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