Seattle Area Tax Planning and Controversy Lawyer

Serving Nationwide from the Seattle area, Cobb Merriam helps businesses and individuals get the most advantageous tax advantage in business transactions.  Our tax lawyers advise and protect our clients nationwide as well as in Washington and Oregon from offices in the Seattle area and Portland.
Our firm also obtains private letter rulings from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to ensure the positions our clients take on tax returns will be given favorable treatment.
We also provide strategic advice and counsel to businesses regarding the tax implications of business formation, termination, ongoing distributions of income and the purchase and sale of business interests.

Tax Controversy Litigation and Dealing with the IRS


Cobb Merriam helps businesses and individuals resolve tax controversies and reduce their tax liabilities Cobb Merriam represents clients during all stages of their tax controversy. From initial notices of audit to appeals to litigation, our attorneys' knowledge and advice help clients resolve their tax disputes in the most effective and efficient manner possible.
Attorney Terri Merriam knows how the IRS works. As a former IRS attorney, Ms. Merriam litigated hundreds of tax controversy cases. She understands the inner workings of the IRS, how best to communicate with officials there and the types of arguments and evidence the IRS cannot ignore.

Our firm has successfully helped clients resolve a diverse array of tax controversies, including:

Attribution issues
Qualified dividends
Innocent spouse Claims
Complex partnership Issues
Tax collection actions, including tax liens and levies and wage levies
Obtaining offers in compromise
Arranging installment agreements
Employment/payroll tax disputes
Reinsurance issues

If your dispute involves more than $30,000 in tax, interest, or penalties, contact the Seattle area tax planning attorneys at Cobb Merriam. Call our Portland office at 503-625-5888 or our Seattle area office at 206-829-2500.