Joshua D. Smeltzer is a tax attorney with over sixteen years of experience representing individuals, corporations, receiverships and formerly the U.S. Government in a variety of tax matters in U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Tax Court, and U.S. Bankruptcy Courts. Mr. Smeltzer uses the first-hand knowledge gained inside the government to both advise and represent clients before and during IRS examinations and when defending tax positions at IRS Appeals or in federal court. He has experience handling individual, corporate and partnership tax disputes involving various tax credits and deductions, reporting and disclosure of foreign bank accounts, individual and corporate tax audits and collection, partnership audits and collection, estate and gift tax audits and collection, cryptocurrency tax issues, summons enforcement and many other tax topics. Joshua prides himself on his ability to clearly explain complex tax issues in an understandable way so that clients can make effective decisions. Mr. Smeltzer also has extensive litigation experience in federal court, both as a government and private attorney, involving a variety of discovery, evidentiary, and procedural issues. That experience includes twelve federal court trials. Although his experience and practice are focused on tax disputes, he has also advised on non-tax governmental investigations and litigated non-tax disputes in federal court.
After earning a long list of honors in law school, Mr. Smeltzer was hired by the Department of Justice Tax Division through the Attorney General’s honors program. At the Department of Justice, he was a specialist in large and complex tax cases pending in federal courts throughout the country. This included tax disputes where the amount at issue totaled hundreds of millions of dollars and, in one case, over a billion dollars. The Department of Justice awarded Mr. Smeltzer its Outstanding Trial Attorney award seven times during his tenure. As a private attorney he publishes and speaks regularly regarding a variety of tax topics and has been retained as an expert witness in tax law.
Joshua did a fabulous job and the final resolution was more favorable than I expected.- Insurance Company Executive
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Growing up near the mountains and numerous hiking trails created a love for the quiet spaces of the wilderness. Although I enjoy the energy of a city, I also appreciate the quiet of nature to focus the mind.
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A Utah native, Mr. Smeltzer calls the Dallas area home with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he can usually be found camping, hiking, backpacking, or kayaking with his family or friends. Mr. Smeltzer is also actively involved as an Assistant Scout Master and Merit Badge Counselor in both his son’s and daughter’s scout troops.