Courts Reject Kovel - No Attorney-Client Privilege for the Accountant (Golding & Golding)

Courts Reject Kovel – No Attorney-Client Privilege for the Accountant (Golding & Golding)

Courts Reject Kovel – No Attorney-Client Privilege for the Accountant

Offshore Disclosure is a Tax & Legal Submission

When a person decides to submit an offshore tax disclosure (aka Offshore Disclosure, Voluntary Disclosure or Tax Amnesty) to the IRS, it is a tax submission facilitated through legal representation — in order to protect your rights under the Attorney-Client Privilege.

Case: Cavallaro vs. United States

Cavallaro shows the limitation of Kovel.

In Cavallaro, the attorneys tried to expand the Kovel protection beyond its very limited application by claiming the Accountant was necessary.

The Court’s Holding in Cavallaro Rejects Kovel since the CPA was not Necessary

Kovel requires that to sustain a privilege an accountant must be “necessary, or at least highly useful, for the effective consultation between the client and the lawyer which the privilege is designed to permit.” 296 F.2d at 922.

As provided in Cavallaro:

 “[B]ecause Ernst & Young was providing accounting services and so the Kovel extension of the privilege is inapplicable…

Golding & Golding: About our International Tax Law Firm

Golding & Golding specializes exclusively in international tax, and specifically IRS offshore disclosure

We are the “go-to” firm for other Attorneys, CPAs, Enrolled Agents, Accountants, and Financial Professionals across the globe. Our attorneys have worked with thousands of clients on offshore disclosure matters, including FATCA & FBAR.

Each case is led by a Board-Certified Tax Law Specialist with 20-years experience, and the entire matter (tax and legal) is handled by our team, in-house.

*Please beware of copycat tax and law firms misleading the public about their credentials and experience.

Less than 1% of Tax Attorneys Nationwide Are Certified Specialists

Sean M. Golding is one of less than 350 Attorneys (out of more than 200,000 practicing California Attorneys) to earn the Certified Tax Law Specialist credential. The credential is awarded to less than 1% of Attorneys.

Recent Golding & Golding Case Highlights

  • We represented a client in an 8-figure disclosure that spanned 7 countries.
  • We represented a high-net-worth client to facilitate a complex expatriation with offshore disclosure.
  • We represented an overseas family with bringing multiple businesses & personal investments into U.S. tax and offshore compliance.
  • We took over a case from a small firm that unsuccessfully submitted multiple clients to IRS Offshore Disclosure.
  • We successfully completed several recent disclosures for clients with assets ranging from $50,000 – $7,000,000+.

How to Hire Experienced Offshore Counsel?

Generally, experienced attorneys in this field will have the following credentials/experience:

  • 20-years experience as a practicing attorney
  • Extensive litigation, high-stakes audit and trial experience
  • Board Certified Tax Law Specialist credential
  • Master’s of Tax Law (LL.M.)
  • Dually Licensed as an EA (Enrolled Agent) or CPA

Interested in Learning More about Golding & Golding?

No matter where in the world you reside, our international tax team can get you IRS offshore compliant. 

Golding & Golding specializes in FBAR and FATCA. Contact our firm today for assistance with getting compliant.

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