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Mark H. Howard

Mark H. Howard

  • Tax Law, Bankruptcy
  • Utah
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Summary

I am transitioning into full retirement and I am not accepting new clients at this time. I have worked as a tax attorney since 1981 when I went to work for the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service and began litigating cases in the United States Tax Court. Over the next 34 years I prepared hundreds of cases for trial, settled many and built a winning record in those I litigated. From 1985 through 2014, I represented the Internal Revenue Service in bankruptcy court after receiving appointment as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. I worked with the Department of Justice Tax Division as agency counsel or co-counsel on cases involving: collection, bankruptcy, trust fund, refund, criminal tax, FBAR penalties, and injunctions and penalties against tax promoters and professionals involved in abusive tax schemes. I provided tax advice and training to IRS employees all over the United States who worked in Examination, Collection and Insolvency Units, the Ogden Service Center, the Reporting Agent Unit, and various special projects. On many occasions I presented seminars on tax, bankruptcy, receivership and Circular 230 issues. Now I hope to return to my roots. I grew up on a dairy farm in southeastern Idaho where I learned to work and enjoy the beauty of nature. I helped my family in operating a farming business and a farm equipment and dairy equipment dealership. This taught me to admire men and women of business who take the risks to provide for their families and help their communities grow as they provide jobs for others. I can help you negotiate the often complicated and extensive tax issues that you face whether as individuals, in public service or in business. If you have a tax matter and wonder where to go, I can help.

Practice Areas
  • Tax Law
  • Bankruptcy
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Any use of contingent fee arrangement would have to comply with Circular 230 and would require approval by the firm.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Utah
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Senior Counsel
Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
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Special Assistant U.S. Attorney
United States Attorney, District of Utah
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Attorney, Special Litigation Assistant
Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
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Assistant District Counsel
Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
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Attorney
Officer of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
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Law clerk
Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
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Education
Brigham Young University
J.D. (1981) | Law
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Honors: Cum Laude, Academic Scholarship
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Brigham Young University
B.S. (1978) | Accounting
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Honors: Magna Cum Laude
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Brigham Young University
Master of Accountancy (1978) | Accounting
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Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Activities: Internship with Touche Ross in Los Angeles during spring term 1976.
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Brigham Young University-Idaho
A.S. (1974) | Business Management
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Honors: High Honors
Activities: New Freedom Singers
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Awards
Chief Counsel K. Martin Worthy Award for Legal Opinions
Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Award
Internal Revenue Service
Silver Beaver
Boy Scouts of America, Great Salt Lake Council
Tax Practitioner of the Year
Tax Section, Utah Bar Association
Office of Chief Counsel Attorney Excellence Award -- Chief Counsel Fred Goldberg, Jr. Award
Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Servic
Attorney of the Year
Division Counsel, Small Business/Self-Employed, Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
Advisory Attorney of the Year
Western Region, Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
National Advisory Opinions Award
Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
Professional Associations
Utah State Bar # 01549
Member
- Current
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Utah State Bar, Tax Section
Program Director, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice Chair, Chair
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Taxation in Domestic Relations
BYU Journal of Legal Studies, Summary of Utah Family Law
Speaking Engagements
Understanding Civil, Criminal and Administrative Sanctions Against Return Preparers, Understanding Civil, Criminal and Administrative Sanctions Against Return Preparers, Teleconference
ABA-CLE, TeleConference
Examination Techniques for Agency Counsel, Examination Techniques for Agency Counsel, Columbia, South Carolina
Department of Justice
Bankruptcy Issues and Strategies, Bankruptcy Issues and Strategies, Columbia, South Carolina
Department of Justice
Ethical Practice Before the Treasury Department -- Circular 230, Estate Planning Section Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah
Estate Planning Section, Utah Bar Association
Abusive Schemes, Division Counsel Samll Business/Self-Employed Symposium 2006, New Orleans, Louisiana
Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
Promoter and Preparer Injunctions, Division Counsel Samll Business/Self-Employed Symposium 2006, New Orleans, Louisiana
Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
Informal Claims and Disclosure Issues in Exams, IRS, Large and Medium Sized Business Continuing Professional Education, Salt Lake City, Utah
IRS, Large and Medium Sized Business Group
Fraud Development Procedures: Case Development, IRS, Campus Exam Fraud Training, Holtsville, New York
Internal Revenue Service
Recent Changes in Penalties, I.R.C. ยงยง 6702, 6694 and 6676, Tax Section Luncheon, Salt Lake City, Utah
IRS, Employment Tax
Preparer Penalties and Circular 230, IRS, Employment Tax Continuing Professional Education, Denver, Colorado
IRS, Employment Tax
Statutes of Limitation, IRS, Large and Medium Sized Business Group Continuing Professional Education, Salt Lake City, Utah
IRS, Large and Medium Sized Business Group
Payroll Legislation and New Developments, National Association of Tax Reporting and Payroll Management (NATRPM, National Meeting, Snowbird, Utah
National Associaton of Tax Reporting and Payroll Management (NATRPM)
Receivers: The Consummate Problem Solvers, Litigation Section Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah
Litigation Section, Utah Bar Association
Fraud Development Procedures: Case Development, IRS, Campus Exam Fraud Training, San Diego, California
Internal Revenue Service
Schemes and Schemers, Tax Section Luncheon, Salt Lake City, Utah
Tax Section, Utah Bar Association
Advanced Promoter and Preparer Injunctions, Division Counsel, Small Business/Self-Employed CLE, Chicago, Illinois
Division Counsel, Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
Chief Counsel Update, Osborne Tax Luncheon, Salt Lake City, Utah
Osborne, Robbins & Buhler, P.L.L.C.
Ethics Update: Circular 230 Final Regulations and Preparer Penalties from an IRS and Practitioner Point of View, Tax Section Luncheon, Salt Lake City, Utah
Tax Section, Utah Bar Association
Schems and Schemers -- From Cradle To Grave On Abusive Tax Schemes, Chief Counsel Lecture Series, Washington, D.C.
Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
Chief Counsel Update, Osborne Tax Luncheon, Salt Lake City, Utah
Osborne, Robbins & Buhler, P.L.L.C.
Circular 230 -- What Do I Have To Do Now, 36th Annual Tax Practitioner's Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah
Westminster College
Utah Standards of Civility, A Panel Discussion, Meeting of Tax Section of Utah Bar Association, Salt Lake City, Utah
Tax Section, Utah Bar Association
Contact & Map
Strong & Hanni
102 South 200 East
Suite 800
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
USA
Telephone: (801) 532-7080
Fax: (801) 596-1508