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Robert H. Wellen

Robert H. Wellen

Internal Revenue Service
Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate)
Washington, DC, USA


Bob Wellen is Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate) of the Internal Revenue Service. 

Before joining IRS, Bob practiced tax law for more than 40 years. His practice included planning and negotiating corporate acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, equity offerings and spin-offs and developing corporate structures. He obtained IRS advance rulings; represented taxpayers in administrative tax controversies and litigation and advocated policy positions before the Treasury Department and IRS. He also served as an arbitrator in commercial cases involving tax issues, such as tax sharing agreements, and as an expert witness on tax issues.

Bob received his B.A. from Yale College (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in 1968, his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1971 and his LLM (Taxation) from Georgetown University Law Center in 1974.

Bob served on active duty in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Thereafter, he joined Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton Rose Fulbright) in 1975 and became a partner in that firm in 1979. He joined Ivins, Phillips & Barker as a partner in 1993. He joined the IRS Office Chief Counsel in May 2015.

He has written numerous articles for tax publications, including the Practising Law Institute proceedings, TAXES, Tax Notes and The Journal of Taxation. He lectures frequently at professional education programs, including programs sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Practising Law Institute, the American Law Institute, the Tax Executives Institute, the Federal Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar, the New York State Bar Association, New York University, University of Chicago, Penn State University/Dickinson College of Law, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Miami, William & Mary Law School and the Southern Federal Tax Institute.

He is a member of the American Bar Association Tax Section, in which he served as chair of the Corporate Tax Committee. He is also a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and a member of the District of Columbia Bar Tax Section and the Federal Bar Association.

Robert H. Wellen is associated with the following items:
Treatise Chapters  Treatise Chapters Contingent Consideration, Contingent Liabilities and Indemnities in Acquisitions - The Corporate Tax Practice Series, Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Acquisition and Separation Issues in Consolidation - Consolidated Tax Return Regulations 2017, Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Taxable Transaction Alternatives - Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings 2017, Friday, October 27, 2017
Current Issues in Divisive Strategies – Spin-Offs - Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings 2017, Friday, October 27, 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Acquisition and Separation Issues in Consolidation (PowerPoint slides) - Consolidated Tax Return Regulations 2017, Wednesday, February 15, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Acquisition and Separation Issues in Consolidation - Acquisition and Separation Issues in Consolidation, Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Taxable Transaction Alternatives - Taxable Transaction Alternatives, Friday, October 27, 2017
Current Issues in Divisive Strategies – Spin-Offs - Current Issues in Divisive Strategies – Spin-Offs, Friday, October 27, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Acquisition and Separation Issues in Consolidation - Acquisition and Separation Issues in Consolidation, Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Current Issues in Divisive Strategies – Spin-Offs - Current Issues in Divisive Strategies – Spin-Offs, Friday, October 27, 2017
Taxable Transaction Alternatives - Taxable Transaction Alternatives, Friday, October 27, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Consolidated Tax Return Regulations 2017, Tuesday, February 21, 2017, New York, NY
Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings 2017, Wednesday, November 01, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Consolidated Tax Return Regulations 2018, Tuesday, February 20, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Consolidated Tax Return Regulations 2018, Tuesday, February 20, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Consolidated Tax Return Regulations 2018, Tuesday, February 20, 2018, Mechanicsburg, PA
Consolidated Tax Return Regulations 2018, Tuesday, February 20, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Consolidated Tax Return Regulations 2018, Tuesday, February 20, 2018, Cleveland, OH
Consolidated Tax Return Regulations 2018, Tuesday, February 20, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
Consolidated Tax Return Regulations 2018, Tuesday, February 20, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
Consolidated Tax Return Regulations 2018, Tuesday, February 20, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
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