Lawyers have an obligation, among many others, to help the legal system function more effectively. That obligation, going beyond their direct obligations to clients, can include many things: pro bono assistance to those who can't afford legal representation; providing input and suggestions to the courts or government agencies with which we deal; supporting activities of the bar and other professional organizations; working with our colleagues to improve our collective understanding; and helping the general public better understand the changing legal landscape.
I am starting this blog for those last two purposes. I hope it will be a dialogue with the general public and also with other tax professionals -- a give-and-take that can benefit us all. We'll talk about recent developments, of course. I'll likely also discuss some general aspects of the tax system, which may be more beneficial to those with less experience. I'm a "tax controversy" lawyer (as discussed here, perhaps a better way to think of my job is as a "tax bodyguard" as opposed to a "tour guide"), and that will probably color my choice of topics to discuss. There will be more emphasis on how to deal with the IRS after a problem arises than how to avoid problems in the first place. But I may invite a few colleagues and friends to "guest blog" from time to time, to expand the discussion.
And of course I invite your participation as well. Comments to any of the blog posts are welcome. If you have any questions or would like to suggest topics, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.