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Daniel J. Pilla

For over three decades, Dan Pilla has been the nation’s leader in taxpayers’ rights defense and IRS abuse prevention and cure. Regarded as one of the country’s premiere experts in IRS procedures and general financial problems resolution techniques, he has helped hundreds of thousands of citizens solve personal and business tax and financial problems they thought might never be solved. His articles provide needed, insightful guidance to tax professionals and individual citizens alike.

As the author of eleven books, dozens of research reports and hundreds of articles in his newsletter The Associated Press once commented that “Dan Pilla probably knows more about the IRS than the commissioner.”

In January 2006, The Wall Street Journal ranked his book, The IRS Problem Solver, as the number one tax book in America. Dan’s hard hitting, down to earth style has offered citizens the practical, useful information they need to navigate the dangerous waters of the tax code.

Dan was a consultant to the National Commission on Restructuring the IRS. He works with numerous public policy research institutes and presented testimony to both congressional and Senate committees as well as congressional policy commissions. His testimony to the Senate Finance Committee in 1997 blew the lid off IRS abuse and led to many new taxpayers’ rights and protections.

Dan sat on the Editorial Board of the highly respected Institute for Policy Innovation’s “Road Map to Tax Reform Series.” Dan served with thirteen of America’s top free-market economists and tax policy advisors. Dan’s contribution to the Road Map project, entitled A Monument of Deficient Wisdom, is a landmark analysis of the problems with income tax law enforcement.

Dan’s policy report, Why You Can’t Trust the IRS, written for the Cato Institute, did more to rock the tax establishment than anything that hit Washington in two decades.

Dan is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court.


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Beware of Hidden Consequences

In the 2013 Taxpayers Defense Conference, I talked about the IRS’s Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP). This is a program that allows companies to “voluntarily” reclassify their mischaracterized independent contractors as employees. Under the program, the company agrees to treat the workers as W-2 employees going forward, in exchange for lower penalties and a waiver on retroactive assessments. By participating in the program, the employer does not admit any wrongdoing but gains closure as to potential delinquency assessments and obtains certainty going forward. For details, see my outline for Session 6 of the 2013 Taxpayers Defense Conference.

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