Bringing Peace of Minds to Our Clients for over 35 Years
E. Martin Davidoff, CPA, Esq., founded the Firm on December 1, 1981 with the vision of providing the highest level of tax expertise in a warm, friendly environment. Our law firm is a comprised of a prestigious team of Attorneys, Enrolled Agents, and Tax Controversy Specialists who work hand-in hand with our clients to bring resolution to their complex tax controversy issues. Our staff goes to great lengths, within the client's budget, to get the best possible outcome, using innovative approaches to assist our clients to resolve even the most complex tax problems.
We Know How to Navigate the Complex Tax Maze
Representing clients before federal and state tax authorities to resolve disputes has become the mainstay of our successful firm. While serving thousands of clients for over three decades, we have developed essential working relationships with representatives from the IRS and State Tax Departments who have the authority to make decisions and ultimately settle cases for our clients.
An Offer in Compromise is a resolution made between a taxpayer and the IRS wherein the agency agrees to accept payment of only a percentage of the debt owed in order to settle the case. This situation occurs most frequently when it is unlikely that the taxpayer will ever be capable of paying off the entire liability, or when there is question about the validity of the amount owed.
Although only about one percent of tax returns are audited by the Internal Revenue Service, receiving an audit notice or any letter about taxes can be a frightening experience for even the most financially savvy individual. We deal directly with the IRS and state tax agencies on your behalf. The most important advice we offer is to never ignore an audit notice from the IRS or State Tax Agency.
When a taxpayer fails to pay back taxes, the IRS may issue a Notice of Federal Tax Lien or a Notice of Intent to Levy against the taxpayer's property (car, home, bank account, cash value of life insurance policy, etc.). If one of these notices is received, we can uncover opportunities to have the lien or levy released, and negotiate on your behalf to have IRS representatives re-evaluate the situation.
Many people who find themselves with a tax liability they cannot afford to pay aren't sure what to do. The IRS may assess penalties to taxpayers for failing to file a tax return and for failing to pay taxes they owe by the deadline. We can assist you in submitting an Installment Agreement, wherein you make make manageable monthly payments to the IRS over a period of time to pay off your tax obligation and avoid further penalities and interest.
Federal law requires U.S. taxpayers to annually file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) if they own or are signatories to foreign financial accounts with a collective total value exceeding $10,000. Federal law has extablished severe penalties for failure to file an FBAR. Our Firm can assist you in resolving any outstanding FBAR issues as well as minimize penalities.
Our dedicated and experience staff members work tenaciously to bring about equitable resolution to your tax problems.
Marty is a Past President of the American Academy of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants. Using his extensive knowledge base as the impetus, he founded and chairs the group's IRS Tax Liaison Committee, which enables him to work side-by-side with high level officials at the IRS and other tax agencies, as well as with state and federal lawmakers.
Robbin is a Certified Public Accountant for the firm of E. Martin Davidoff, Attorney at Law. She is integrally involved in assisting clients in obtaining installment payment agreements and Offers in Compromise; and in the preparation of income tax returns for individuals and businesses in conjunction with the handling of various federal and state tax controversy matters.
Michael A. Raiken is an Associate of E. Martin Davidoff, Attorney at Law. Michael has over 28 years of experience in the accounting industry and has worked in the legal profession since 1999. Prior to obtaining his law degree, Michael Raiken worked for a regional CPA firm in Virginia assisting in yellow book and regular audits, as well as tax preparation.
Sarah joined us in January 2008. In March 2012 Sarah became an Enrolled Agent, licensed to practice before the Internal Revenue Service. She also represents clients with regards to state tax issues.
What Our Clients Say
I contacted Martin Davidoff after being referred by my local accountant since I was told he is the best. Between Marty and Alison they unraveled years of tax problems. Although the hourly rate seemed high, his price was more than fair due to their efficiency. Results were much better than expected considering the years of trouble I hid them. I would highly recommend Marty and ask for Alison. Working out problems is better than hiding them! If you are considering an OIC, this is the firm for you. You will not be disappointed. You will feel like a 2 ton weight is off your shoulder as Marty helps negotiate the problems.
(Anonymous, April 7, 2018)
The story begins with the classic mistake of turning your family business over to the children with hopes of retiring. You know the rest! Finally, at wits ends dealing with the State regarding back taxes owed and a lien on a vehicle, we hired Davidoff tax attorney. Marty and associate Amy Marder, jumped right in with very useful knowledge, various plans, and a general "make you feel comfortable" approach to our mess. They were able to negotiate a reduction in interest and penalties and subsequently cut our tax obligation to 1/3 of what was owed. That also assured a release of the vehicle lien and a successful title transfer out of the business to our personal account. Yes, their fee is high but I'd rather pay them than give any more money to the State for their ridiculous, mixed up, drawn out, complicated system. Thank you Marty and Amy for all your time and effort. It was a real pleasure working with you. We almost feel like part of your family.
(Bob and Nancy, March 29, 2018)
My husband and I have been dogged with tax issues as a result of the downturn in the economy back in 2008. Due to penalties, interest, ACA subsidy rescission and IRA liquidation; our debt to the IRS had become higher than our annual income. Finally after years of trying to work it out, a lien was put on our home. In desperation I Googled tax attorneys in NJ and Marty's name was among the results. The moment I spoke to the office I knew we were in the right hands. Marty is involved at the outset and, given all the relevant information, is a brilliant judge of what's possible. Marty's team of professionals and para-professionals were at once completely dedicated to our case and immensely kind. We worked with Amy whom I cannot praise highly enough for her ability to keep us on track. We thought there was no way we could afford to work with an attorney, but it became clear we could not afford to work without one. Through his understanding of our situation, Marty was able to get our offer through in record time with a result we could not have dreamed possible. We are immensely grateful and cannot recommend Marty highly enough.
(Pam, January 23, 2018)
I was referred to Marty by a friend and was in need of a tax attorney and cpa for a $28K IRS issue which I could not afford to pay. I consulted over 5 Tax attorneys and CPAs who advised that the IRS would only slightly abate the taxes owed, penalties & interest, and requested huge retainers to assist me. Marty was the only attorney who consulted with my daughter as a courtesy. He advised me that I could negotiate a fair settlement for the debt. He took the time to guide me thru the process and even called me and my daughter on weekends to see how we were making out. I followed his instruction, and the $28K debt was settled for $2,900. Every situation is different, but the tax debt was a result of picking a bad accountant, and needless to say I'm now a client of E Martin Davidoff. He and his staff are amazing. I can't thank Marty and his staff enough.
(Willie Hill, October 13, 2017
I had a NY State Tax issue. Mr. Davidoff's colleague Andrew Paradis, Esq. handled it beautifully. He is smart, tough and determined. He gave great advice, prepared our presentation to the taxing authorities carefully and effectively, and got an outstanding result. I would recommend him and the Davidoff firm to anyone. They are first rate.
(Anonymous, September 4, 2017)
After engaging well meaning but inexperienced professionals over 4 years, the IRS painted an image of us that was far from the truth. They froze and emptied our bank accounts, contacted our employer by summons, and filed a levy on our income. We were paralyzed and shocked yet somehow managed to hold on to our conviction that none of this made sense. Our professionals were not advocating for us or connecting the dots to help the IRS understand what led us to the awful position we were in. We needed someone who could analyze our situation and understand there was nothing nefarious, we had just fallen on hard times and mistakes were made. We needed someone with skill, wisdom and compassion and that is what we found in the office of E. Martin Davidoff. Marty quickly assessed the situation and formed a SWAT team with Andrew and Sarah. They accomplished more in 3 days than what was done for us in 4 years. They put in long hours and weekends, held conference calls, strategized and at the same time provided reassurance to us that everything would fall into place. They had the levy removed immediately and confirmed to our employer that the situation was under control. In 90 days they brought the matter to conclusion. We have an installment agreement in place and can continue to repair and rebuild without fear of the unknown.     (Anonymous, September 3, 2017)
My husband was out of work for a time and we went through bankruptcy. That does not deter the IRS from coming after money they think is owed to them. We borrowed from a 401K and the government looked at that as income. We wanted to handle the issue on our own, however, with time the fees that the government charges continued to mount. We were concerned that legal fees would compound our debt even further. We called the office of E. Martin Davidoff. We got an appointment quickly and we really didn't wait long for answers. Many family members and friends try to give you advice. Their advice, although well meaning, is not enough. You need real advice even though the advice might not be what you want to hear. The honesty and integrity that was given that day was really was hard to hear, however, it was necessary to develop a plan to solve our very nerve-racking IRS problems. The associate Andrew G, Paradis' knowledge was powerful! I felt very comfortable with his expertise, and I feel that our problems will soon be a distant memory. Thank you for all of your advise and assistance in our very personal tax issues. We are on our way to recovery.     (Michael, August 27, 2017)
E. Martin Davidoff provides highly customized advice and solutions to individuals and businesses. Their entire team is uniquely responsive and committed to going above and beyond satisfying their clients' needs. This boutique firm provides world class service.;
(Anonymous, August 23, 2017)
I hired Martin Davidoff to help clear up my sonís delinquent tax issues with the IRS and States of NY & NJ. Through the process Martin Davidoff, Alison Cook and his team were clear and accurate on what they could save for me and they did. I worked mainly with Alison whom I found to be an expert in her field of advice and they were able to get my son's taxes reduced and penalties eliminated all in a timely fashion. His Staff was polite, assuring and their best quality was in their communications with me throughout the process. I would recommend Martin Davidoff and his staff to anyone who needs to resolve any tax issues.
(Anthony, August 17, 2017)
My case was incredibly difficult....I couldn't see a light at the end of tunnel ever!!!! I want to tell you that I cannot thank Amy and Marty enough for all that they both have done for me....All the time, dedication and determination they both put into getting this case truly HEARD!!!! I would recommend their company to anyone that ever needs IRS help!!!! They didn't have to keep going but they did and I will be forever grateful!!!! When I was down and at my worst (which was several times throughout this journey) Amy was always there to keep me up!!!! Not like a person that was doing work for me but but like a friend!!!! She would make me laugh and keep me from getting discouraged....And Nicholas that answers the phones!!!! He is just wonderful. Always so pleasant and friendly, he made it a pleasure to call!!!! And Marty....who truly knows his business....He worked very hard to give me the end result that I am beyond pleased with....I couldn't have asked for more....He is a great man....The whole group are the best and I am so blessed to have found them all!!!! Thank you thank you thank you from the very bottom of my heart!!!!"
(Kym, August 16, 2017)
Marty and Amy did an incredible job on our IRS audit with great results. They are true professionals, and worked tirelessly to meet tight deadlines. Their expertise in tax matters is extraordinary, and they truly care about their clients. I could not be more pleased with the outstanding work they did on our case. "
(Anonymous, March 2017)
Marty and his enrolled agent, Sarah, have been nothing short of miracle workers. Super smart, super knowledgable, super responsive and extremely effective. They are also some of the nicest and caring legal advisors I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I highly, highly recommend them. "
(Antionette, January 2017)
The IRS sends notices to taxpayers for a variety of reasons: to notify you of changes to your account, to request additional information, to request payment of taxes, audit notification, etc. Each notice offers specific instructions as to how to satisfy the inquiry. If the IRS notice represents a more serious or complex issue, it is important you take immediate action. The consequences for ignoring an IRS notice may be dire and can include wage garnishment, asset seizure, arrest and jail time. Your best course of action is to contact a licensed tax professional who can advise you of your options and recommend your best course of action.
A tax attorney is a licensed professional who specializes in working with taxpayers to resolve problems with the IRS or State tax authorities. A tax attorney can help you navigate the maze of State and Federal tax laws to successfully settle an IRS audit, arrange installment payments for back taxes, reduce fines or interest charges, remove liens, or properly establish a new business.
Sometimes individuals and businesses have reasons for not filing tax returns, very often for multiple years. Maybe the business is losing money and you don't have the funds to pay the taxes owed, or there are other health or personal issues. Regardless of the reasons, the consequences for noncompliance can be severe. Even if you have not yet received a notice from the IRS, your account will still be assessed interest and penalties from the date your taxes were due. The longer you postpone filing, the higher the amount owed to the IRS will be. The best approach you can take is to contact a licensed tax professional to assist you in filing your late returns before you get contacted by the IRS. If it is determined that the amounts owed to the IRS are unaffordable after preparing your back returns, our tax professionals can give you advice as to payment plans and options you would qualify for.
The IRS offers multiple options to taxpayers who are not able to satisfy their balance due. Once submitted and approved by the IRS, an Installment Agreement allows the taxpayer to repay the IRS through a monthly payment plan. An Offer in Compromise can be made whereby the IRS may accept payment of only a portion of the debt owed in order to settle the case. Please contact our office to set up a consultation to discern which plans would be best suited to your individual situation.
When a married couple files a return jointly, both parties are legally responsible for the entire tax liability, even additional tax, interest and penalities that arise after they divorce. Even if your divorce decree states that your former spouse will be responsible for any amounts due on previously filed returns, the IRS will still look to you to satisfy the debt. In some cases, however, a spouse may qualify for relief as an Innocent Spouse, or for Equitable Relief or Separation of Liability Relief. Our tax professionals can assist you in determining your qualifications for the various programs and assist you in submitting your application for relief to the IRS.
A tax lien is a claim against your personal property that the government uses to protect its interests in tax debt. The IRS can place a lien against you and your property if you ignore notices that you owe taxes. It is important to note that the IRS may continue to hold a lien even if you declare bankruptcy. While the easiest way to have a Federal tax lien lifted is to pay the taxes that are owed, this is not always possible. Our tax professionals can assist you in determining your options in navigating the complex process of getting a Federal tax lien lifted.
Every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS. These are: