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Karen Tenenbaum, Esq.
Karen Tenenbaum New York Tax Attorney

“We’re Dedicated to Helping Remove the Fear Associated with IRS (or New York State) Tax Problems – So You Can Sleep Again At Night!”

Karen Tenenbaum, Esq.
Managing Partner
Tenenbaum Law, P.C.

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Thank you Jake and Karen for assisting us in resolving a tax fine that we received. You helped us argue the case and correct a previous mistake from another accountant and we were able to save thousands!
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Great Resource! They are highly professional and helpful! Karen & her Team totally know their stuff!
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Riva Schwartz
Relative had a difficult divorce and consequential tax problems with IRS. I referred them to Karen's office. The attorney assigned by Karen jumped right in, got to the right people at IRS and was able to get it resolved with no... amount owed. He did all this within a month's time. My relative and her family were very grateful for the quality, responsiveness and professionalism of Tenenbaum Law, PC.read more
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Larry Lioz
Karen is an amazing personable professional and her team are awesome.
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rwschwetz
Tenenbaum Law Firm was recommended to us for a sales tax liability incurred from a family-owned business and we had the pleasure to work with Moshe Zupnick. He always responded to our questions and concerns and was efficient and... professional in presenting our Offer in Compromise to the state. He was easy to work with, very helpful and someone I highly recommend.read more
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Joanne G.
What a great law firm as they were professional, helpful and courteous. They did what they said they would X10. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a law firm to help them with a tax issue.
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John Bohata
I highly recommend Tenenbaum Law for individuals and businesses facing IRS and New York State tax issues. Karen Tenenbaum is very knowledgeable when it comes to the ever-changing tax laws, and a frequent speaker and educator on... tax matters in her community. I admire Karen and her firm for their professionalism and expertise in the field.read more
Jennifer Cona
Jennifer Cona
The team at LI Tax Attorneys handled my issue with the IRS quickly and completely...great technical advice delivered in a professional , caring manner.
Jeff Stern
Jeff Stern
I had a great consultation with an attorney from this firm who took time to understand my legal and personal concerns and consulted with other professional in order to give me thorough advice on how to proceed. They are human... and they care!read more
Eric and Laura Bruce
Eric and Laura Bruce
In all of my dealings with Karen and her firm I know them to be the very best at what they do. From sales tax resolution services to handling IRS audits, you are in very good hands with Karen and her team. Super responsive,... friendly and effective results-- you simply can't beat that combo! Thank you Karen for being a powerful resource in my corner and to any of my clients who may require your services. I will not keep you a secret! =)read more
Rob Pecha
Rob Pecha
I highly recommend Tenenbaum Law. After a difficult divorce and overwhelming medical bills I reached out to Tenenbaum Law for assistance with my case. I worked with Hannah Boruchov and Moshe Zupnick, both of whom were kind,... knowledgeable, diligent and ethical. My case was resolved swiftly and to my complete satisfaction and I am grateful to them both and Tenenbaum law. I can recommend them without hesitation.read more
danielle roberts
danielle roberts
After paying a lot of money too 2 different law firms to help me with a huge 7 figure NYS sales tax balance and getting no relief, I came across Tenenbaum Law from researching the top tax attorneys online, and I called them, as a... last ditch attempt to see If anyone could help me. I spoke with Karen Tenenbaum, and after only 15 minutes, I felt very comfortable they not only understood the stress i was under, but they also understood the urgency of my situation. Soon after, they had a strategy meeting with me, and went through a pile of documentation I had provided. Karen and her team got to work. Her team went above and beyond, in search of any and all documentation to help prove our case. After 5 months of hard work, and never giving up, they were successful in getting NYS to re-examine my situation and the NYS agreed. Today there is a zero balance, and I can’t put into words the appreciation I have for the entire team, Karen, Kelly, Moshe, Keith, and Renee.Thank you for really caring about the people you represent. You have allowed me to smile again.God Bless All Of You!JPSuffolk Ctyread more
Duct Tape Johnny
Duct Tape Johnny
You want a knowledgeable intelligent advocate to argue your case to the tax agencies. Karen and her team understand that applying the tax code to your specific situation is how the agencies will establish your credibility and... make the tax agents want to work with you to resolve your problem.First rate!read more
M L
M L
Karen and her team are top notch. Anyone that I referred to her firm was happy with their outcome and the professionalism and expertise extended. I would not hesitate to recommend Tenenbaum Law for anyone facing IRS or New York... State tax problems.read more
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Carolyn Kersch
We found the Tenenbaum Law firm to be efficient, highly competent and very professional. They are a pleasure to work with, and instill confidence in their abilities.
Joseph Mevorah
Joseph Mevorah
Tenenbaum Law is the go-to solution for all things tax-related when you are facing an IRS issue. Their attorneys have years of experience successfully negotiating with the IRS on behalf of their clients. I’ve referred clients to... Tenenbaum Law who rave about their professionalism and helpfulness. I highly recommend them. Founder and CEO, Karen Tenenbaum, is not only knowledgeable regarding tax matters but also a leader in her community. She provides mentorship and expertise on a variety of topics including how to successfully meet one’s goals. This is an all-around great firm!read more
Belinda DiGiambattista
Belinda DiGiambattista
On two occassions I reach out to this Law firm to explain my concerns and tax issue. On both occasions a highly skilled Attorney promptly answered my questions and gave their best recommendations. I ended up not listening to them... and did not do anything. The results were not in my favor and will now pay substantially more. I highly recommend this firm for their courteous manner in trying to help. I made a very big mistake by not retaining services.read more
Robert Horowitz
Robert Horowitz
I attended the Tenenbaum Law firm 2016 TNT summer BBQ. I had a great time and met a great group of people. Karen and her team hosted an awesome event and are a wonderful group to work with. Looking forward to next years event.
Stephanie Moore
Stephanie Moore
Karen has always been a pleasure to work with. She is very active in the tax law community and is extremely professional, honest and always willing to help.
Pat B
Pat B
In addition to being among the region's top attorneys in her field, Karen is a pleasure to work with and know. She is professional and experienced, and I never hesitate to recommend her to taxpayers who need assistance with... federal or state tax disputes.read more
Lawrence Israeloff
Lawrence Israeloff
The folks are Tenebaum are very professional, efficient, and perhaps more important, very friendly. I would recommend them heartily.
Larry Liquori
Larry Liquori
A wonderful group of people and Karen Tenenbaum is a tax ROCK STAR!
Diana Brobmann
Diana Brobmann
As the owner of an accounting firm on Long Island, Tenenbaum Law PC hasworked with my firm to suggest, advise & research solutions to tax problems and issues concerning some of my clients.Karen's guidance and knowledge has... proved to be very valuable.Working with them has been an asset to me . I certainly would recommend them to anyone that asks.read more
M Leone
M Leone
This law firm worked with removing the IRS from my life and negotiated a settlement with the IRS for amounts of money that I just did not believe possible.They are the best, hands down.
Louis DeSantis
Louis DeSantis
I have been working with this law firm for more than 10 years. As a CPA I refer difficult cases to them and I also call for assistance with some of my in house cases. They are extremely good at negotiating with the IRS & NYS. I... have and will continue to recommend them for tax resolution.read more
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Aaron Futterman

When we have encountered clients that have had tax controversies, federal and state, Karen Tenenbaum is our go-to firm. She and her staff are awesome. I can’t recommend them highly enough.

Aaron Futterman, Esq., Futterman Lanza & Pasculli LLP
Lawrence Israeloff

In addition to being among the region’s top attorneys in her field, Karen is a pleasure to work with and know. She is professional and experienced, and I never hesitate to recommend her to taxpayers who need assistance with federal or state tax disputes

Lawrence Israeloff, Esq., JD, LLM, CPA, CFP
Pamela Spencer

I know Karen, she has a wonderful reputation as being a tax attorney. She was an achiever for the Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women.

Pamela Spencer, CrossCountry Mortgage

I have been working with this law firm for more than 10 years. As a CPA I refer difficult cases to them and I also call for assistance with some of my in house cases. They are extremely good at negotiating with the IRS & NYS. I have and will continue to recommend them for tax resolution.

Harlan Kahn, CPA
Henry Montag

I’ve done business with Karen for the last 15, 20 years. She’s really one of the pillars of this community, in terms of her skills, her talent, her contacts, and her relationships. I highly recommend her to anyone that’s doing business in the financial services community.

Henry Montag, TOLI Center East
Leslie Faifer

I absolutely recommend Karen Tenenbaum for tax attorney services. I recommend her to all of my clients. She is the right person helping my clients with their tax issues.

Leslie Fajfer, CPA, Outsourcing Your Books LLC

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Our experienced New York tax attorneys have focused on the resolution of tax issues for over 25 years. Our firm offers comprehensive services to businesses and individuals with respect to their Federal and New York State tax matters…

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These are some of the most common tax problems we help to resolve.

If you cannot afford to pay your taxes, one solution may be an IRS Offer in Compromise (“OIC”). An OIC is an agreement between a taxpayer and the IRS to settle the taxpayer’s liability for less than the full amount owed. The chief benefit of an OIC is that your tax debt is reduced to an amount you can pay while the rest of the liability is essentially forgiven enabling you to get a fresh start without worrying about the IRS coming after you.

Unfortunately, it is not easy to qualify for an Offer in Compromise. There are only three grounds: (1) doubt as to liability, (2) doubt as to collectability and (3) effective tax administration. However, most taxpayers base their OIC on “doubt as to the collectability” of the tax debt. It requires proving that your assets and income are less than the full amount of your tax liability. Generally, the IRS will not accept an OIC unless the amount offered is equal to or greater than the reasonable collection potential (RCP) of the taxpayer. The RCP factors in amounts that can be realized from the liquidation of your assets, money that could be collected from third-parties, and your current and future income less specified amounts allowed for reasonable living expenses.

In determining your future ability to pay, the IRS must consider your overall general situation including such factors as age, health, marital status, number and age of dependents, education or occupational training, work experience, and present and future employment status.
The OIC approval process can be time-consuming and complicated with the IRS usually conducting an intensive review of a taxpayer’s finances. We have extensive experience with Offers in Compromise and only submit one when a taxpayer’s financial information appears to support it. We do not waste a taxpayer’s time and money if we do not believe an offer will be accepted.

If you owe taxes and want to find out if an OIC is an option for you, contact us for a free consultation.

New York sales tax applies to retail sales of certain tangible personal property and services when delivered in the state. Typical examples of sales where tax must be paid include clothing, furniture, appliances, restaurant food and drinks and hotel rooms. If your business is obligated to collect and pay sales tax to the state, you may be subject to an audit to verify your tax return or because you failed to file a return.

NYS sales tax audits can be stressful. New York law requires that you keep certain records of business transactions. If your recordkeeping doesn’t meet government standards, there are significant consequences. First, you may be hit with a penalty for failure to maintain adequate records. Next, the auditor is allowed to estimate what you owe based on “reasonable” indirect methods. That could leave you with a higher tax bill than what you reported plus you’ll owe additional penalties and interest on any unpaid amount. Poor recordkeeping also makes it difficult for you to challenge the results of an audit.

If you don’t pay your taxes, New York has the power to collect the money by levying your bank account, garnishing your wages and seizing and selling your business and its assets. You could also be subject to criminal penalties and have your Certificate of Authority revoked. Sales taxes are also trust fund taxes. This means owners, operators, and even investors can be held personally liable for the sales tax debts of the business. The state could go after your personal bank accounts and property. You could also lose your driver’s license if you owe more than $10,000 or more, including penalties and interest.

We represent taxpayers with New York State sales tax problems. If you are not already being audited, we may be able to assist you in qualifying for New York’s Voluntary Disclosure and Compliance Program. If you have received notice of an audit or the State is taking collection action against you, we can help you reach a reasonable resolution with the State as efficiently as possible.

Contact us for a free consultation.

If you have a home in New York and another outside of it, it is essential that you understand New York residency rules to avoid a potential residency audit and a big tax bill. New York conducts residency audits to establish whether a taxpayer accurately filed a New York personal income tax return as a nonresident, part-year resident, or resident. Your residency is important because it affects how much you owe New York in taxes.

New York residents must pay state income tax on all income, regardless of where it is earned, while nonresidents pay tax only on New York source income, such as wages. Since New York has a high income tax rate, if you are found to be a resident of New York when you claimed to be a resident of a different state, you could end up owing significant back taxes, plus penalties and interest on the unpaid amount.

Residency audits most often arise when people move out of New York but decide to keep a residence in the State. Individuals underestimate what it takes to change their residency for tax purposes or they don’t realize that there are two tests for residency – the domicile test and the statutory residency test. Even if you pass one of them, the other one could land you in trouble.

The residency rules are complex and audits are difficult and personally intrusive. The State can look at your credit card and bank statements, cell phone and EZ Pass records, ATM receipts, passport records, and data from security or swipe cards to determine how much time you spent in New York.

We represent taxpayers who are subject to New York State and New York City residency audits helping them present a strong case to avoid liability or obtain the best settlement possible. 

If you have received a residency questionnaire or audit notice, contact us for a free consultation.

Finding out that you owe back taxes is hard enough, but discovering that substantial penalties have been added to your tax bill can be overwhelming. The IRS imposes penalties when taxpayers fail to pay taxes when due, fail to timely file a tax return, have substantial inaccuracies in tax filings or have otherwise not complied with tax laws. Fortunately, penalties may be eliminated or reduced. IRS penalty abatement allows for the forgiveness of penalties and penalty interest that you have accumulated on your tax debt. If you meet the requirements for penalty abatement, you are still obligated to pay the underlying tax liability and any accrued interest but you will be absolved of abated penalties.

IRS penalty abatement is available in the following situations:

  • Reasonable Cause. You must have a sound reason for failing to meet your tax obligation, such as natural disaster, inability to obtain records, death, serious illness, or other reason that would establish that you used all ordinary business care and prudence to meet your tax obligation but were unable to do so.
  • Administrative Waiver and First Time Penalty Abatement. Generally, this applies if you did not have a previous obligation to file or you have not been subject to a penalty for the three preceding tax years.
  • Statutory Exception. The tax law provides for specific exceptions including if the taxpayer received incorrect written advice from the IRS.

These reasons are not automatic and require that you submit specific documentation demonstrating that you have met the grounds for relief.

Penalties may be challenged at any stage of the penalty assessment process, so if you have been assessed significant penalties, it may not be too late to get help. We can evaluate whether an IRS penalty abatement request is appropriate for you and craft a persuasive submission to ensure that the IRS considers all of the facts and circumstances in your favor.

Contact us for a free consultation.

Once the IRS determines that you owe money, it will contact you to pay your bill. If you don’t pay up or enter into a settlement agreement, the agency will begin taking legal action to collect on your debt. The IRS has an arsenal of tools to use in collection efforts. These include liens, levies, wage garnishment and passport revocation.

A federal tax lien is the government’s legal claim against a taxpayer’s property. It attaches to real estate, personal property, financial assets and business property, including accounts receivable. A lien is public and shows up on your credit report for seven years even if the liability is paid in full. It can make it difficult for you to sell your property or obtain financing.

A levy permits the legal taking of the taxpayer’s property to satisfy a tax debt. The IRS can levy your bank account as well as seize and sell your real estate and personal property. The agency can also issue levies to third parties holding your property or owing you money, such as your customers. You could also have your wages garnished.

If you owe over $54,000, your passport can also be revoked.

These IRS collection tactics have serious consequences so you need to act quickly if you want to stop enforcement. You will receive notice before the IRS takes action so it is best to respond before a lien attaches or your property is seized. If enforcement has begun, there are several remedies available to qualified taxpayers. You may be able to appeal the filing of a lien or obtain a release, discharge, withdrawal or subordination. There are also ways to challenge a levy as well as grounds for obtaining a release of a levy. 

Unfortunately, it is not easy to eliminate a lien, levy, or other enforcement action. The rules are complex and it is crucial to present a compelling case. If you are facing collection action, we can help you avoid losing your property, reduce the impact of a seizure and resolve your tax matter.

Contact us for a free consultation.

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We draw on decades of combined legal experience to navigate complex legal matters and help you find a resolution to your tax issues.

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