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Robert G. Nath, Esq.

Robert G. NathRobert G. Nath has concentrated for over 30 years in IRS and other tax matters. After clerking for a federal judge, Mr. Nath joined the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where for over 8 years he litigated civil tax cases, many of national impact. Since 1984, in private practice, he has represented individual and entity taxpayers before the IRS, state tax agencies,and in court in tax collection, audit and tax litigation matters. He advises corporations and individuals on corporate and tax controversy matters, and accountants and attorneys on tax procedure and tax controversy matters.

Mr. Nath is a frequent author and lecturer for professional and lay audiences. His book, “The Unofficial Guide to Dealing with the IRS” (Macmillan), was first published in 1997. His views have been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Business Week, Money, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and other national business periodicals on tax procedure topics. He has also appeared on CNN and other radio and television programs. His latest work is the eBook "The Essential Guide to the IRS" which is available for the first time in the Member's Only section of his website.

Mr. Nath has also edited professional journals in the field of tax controversies. His articles have appeared in law reviews and other legal periodicals. Mr. Nath is a former Green Beret in the United States Army Reserve.

Practice Areas

  • Tax Controversy, Practice, Procedure and Litigation
  • Bankruptcy Tax Issues
  • Negotiations with Federal, State taxing agencies
  • Corporations: Tax issues, Outside General Counsel Services
  • State and federal tax audits and appeals

Education & Background

  • B.A., cum laude, with Departmental Honors, Yale College , 1970
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School , 1974
  • Master of Laws in Taxation, Georgetown University , 1980


  • "The Unofficial Guide to Dealing with the IRS," (Macmillan, 1997 (published as Face to Face with the IRS), 1999)
  • Former Editor-in-Chief, Vol. 10 (Procedure and Administration)
    • (32 Chapters), CCH Federal Tax Service
  • Author, CCH Tax Practice Guides, a series of monographs on tax procedure topics
    • Offers in Compromise
    • Installment Agreements
    • Trust Fund Recovery Penalty Cases
    • IRS Levies
    • The Nonfiler
    • Preparer Penalties
    • Discharging Taxes in Bankruptcy
    • Independent Contractor/Employee
    • Investigation
    • Problem Resolution Office Can Help You
    • Net Worth Method Audit Reconsideration
    • Refinancings and Workouts to Pay Federal
    • Tax Debts
    • IRS Seizures and Sales
    • The IRS Criminal Investigation Division
    • Tax Considerations in Divorce and Separation

Professional Periodicals

  • Contributor and Legal Editor, "Tax Practice and Controversies" (pub. Tax Analysts; 1994-1995), a weekly newsletter on tax procedure and tax controversy issues.
  • Author and Editor-in-Chief, "The IRS Tax Practice Insider," pub. Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a monthly eight-page tax procedure newsletter, June 1991-December, 1993.

Law Review Articles

  • " Upjohn: A New Prescription for the Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Defenses in Administrative Investigations," 30 Buff. L. Rev. 11-94 (1981).
  • “Internal Revenue Service Summonses for ‘Sensitive’ Accountants’ Papers,” 34:6 Vand. L. Rev. 1561 (1981), reprinted in 1983 Corporate Counsel’s Annual.

Professional Articles

  • "Nonfiling of Federal Income Tax Returns," October, 1991, Journal of Accountancy
  • "A Day in Tax Court," New Accountant, Oct. 1990.
  • "Avoiding Return Preparation Penalties: A Four-Step Approach," September, 1987, The Practical Accountant

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Virginia State Courts
  • Maryland State Courts
  • District of Columbia Courts
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Carolina

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FAQs on IRS Procedures

Tips on IRS Procedures - 2006

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