Tax Controversies

Scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service or international taxing authorities is a fact of doing business. Tax laws are complex and continuously changing, and it is highly likely for any company to face a tax controversy. Because of the significant penalties that can result from a tax controversy, it is critical to have comprehensive and sound financial data available to make your company's case.

Stout experts have provided tax controversy testimony and consulting services for U.S. and foreign taxpayers and their attorneys for decades. We have been involved in numerous cases involving transfer pricing issues, debt/equity issues, as well as other complex tax issues. Our success stems from our ability to assemble and analyze the largest transactional, operational, financial, and accounting data sets quickly, accurately and cost effectively along with our ability to present complex accounting and economic concepts to all levels of management, outside counsel and the courts.

Stout’s tax controversy team is comprised of experienced testifiers, consulting and accounting experts, and structured data practitioners who have helped resolve tax controversies on behalf of some of the most recognized companies in the world across a wide range of industries. Our team focuses on effective resolution using creative approaches and cost-effective resources.

Our competencies include

Accounting & Economics

We appreciate that any accounting, financial, economic or valuation analysis is only as good as the foundation (“the facts”) upon which it has been built. Stout’s expert consultants compile and present complex financial and accounting data with the necessary rigor to maximize the probability that foundational data is stipulated. Our expert accountants also comment on taxpayers’ accounting practices and any related authoritative accounting pronouncements.

Structured Data

Much of our success stems from our ability to rapidly acquire, assemble and summarize the largest financial, operational, accounting and transactional data sets. Key attributes of our data handling competencies include:

  • Consultants skilled with database applications including SQL, Access, SAS and STATA
  • Secure FTP data transfer capabilities
  • Secure data centers capable of handling the largest data sets
  • Professionals skilled in communicating with client accounting and information technology personnel to effectively and efficiently acquire the data necessary to prepare the appropriate analyses

Who We Serve 

  • Tax litigation counsel
  • In-house counsel
  • Tax directors
  • Government tax authorities

Our industry experience includes

  • Banking
  • Consumer products
  • Transportation / freight shipping services
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing & distribution
  • Medical devices & pharmaceuticals
  • Publishing
  • Retail
  • Technology