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Emboldened by significant victories in three Tax Court cases involving micro-captive insurance companies, on Jan. 31, 2020, the IRS announced that it is establishing 12 new examination teams to assist in the audits of abusive micro-captive insurance transactions. The IRS expects the audit teams to immediately begin new examinations that will impact several thousand taxpayers involved in micro-captive insurance transactions. The IRS also announced that it expects to hire an executive to coordinate and oversee promoter and material advisor investigations, which include micro-captive insurance transactions.

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Photo of Michelle Ferreira Michelle Ferreira

G. Michelle Ferreira is Co-Managing Shareholder of the San Francisco Office and Co-Managing Shareholder of the Silicon Valley Office and counsels individuals, partnerships, estates and corporations in tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and state and local tax agencies, including the California

G. Michelle Ferreira is Co-Managing Shareholder of the San Francisco Office and Co-Managing Shareholder of the Silicon Valley Office and counsels individuals, partnerships, estates and corporations in tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and state and local tax agencies, including the California Franchise Tax Board, the State Board of Equalization, the Employment Development Department and county assessment appeals boards.

As a former tax litigator for the Internal Revenue Service, Michelle brings unique experience to clients who have complex and sensitive tax and penalty disputes. Michelle represents clients before the IRS, and state and local tax agencies at the audit, collection, appeals and litigation stages.

Michelle has 18 reported decisions in the U.S. Tax Court on issues such as unreported income, family limited partnerships, civil and criminal tax fraud, penalty assessments, statutes of limitation assertions, valuation disputes, controversies involving valuation discounts for lack of control and lack of marketability, tax shelters, hobby losses, complex real estate transactions, tax structured transactions, and unsubstantiated business expenses.

Photo of Scott E. Fink Scott E. Fink

Scott E. Fink focuses on civil and criminal federal and state tax controversies and litigation. He represents corporations, partnerships, estates and individuals before the Internal Revenue Service, and state and local tax authorities in examinations, collection problems, administrative appeals, and in court.

Photo of Shira Peleg Shira Peleg

Shira Peleg is an Associate in Greenberg Traurig’s Tax Practice. She represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service and state and local taxing authorities in examinations, appeals, court, and collections.