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Thomas A. Cullinan

Thomas A. Cullinan

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Atlanta, GA, USA

Tom Cullinan counsels clients in tax controversies against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Tom represents corporations, partnerships, and high net-worth individuals in all phases of tax controversy, including IRS audits, appeals and tax litigation. Tom has extensive experience settling tax cases and is well-versed in tax litigation when the parties cannot agree to an administrative resolution. Tom litigates tax cases in the U.S. district courts, the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and appellate courts.

Clients describe Tom as having “great knowledge of the procedure and internal workings of the IRS,” (Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2009), and say he “has a fantastic knowledge of tax procedure.” (Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2010). They say he "is particularly well versed in tax controversy issues," (Chambers 2013) and is "a strong tax litigator" who is "very good in serious tax litigation." (Chambers 2015).

In 2015, the IRS appointed Tom to its Advisory Committee (IRSAC) for a three-year term, where he chaired its Large Business & International (LB&I) subcommittee. The IRSAC suggests operational improvements, offers constructive observations regarding current or proposed IRS policies, programs, and procedures, and advises the Commissioner with respect to issues having substantive effect on federal tax administration.

Prior to joining Eversheds Sutherland (US), Tom served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jerome Turner, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee. Tom started his career as a CPA working with clients in the retail, manufacturing and real estate industries.

Tom received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, his M.S. from State University of New York at Albany and his B.A. from State University of New York at Geneseo.

Thomas A. Cullinan is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Exploring the Limits of the Evolving Economic Substance and Business Purpose Doctrines and Related Penalty and Ethics Issues (Chicago PowerPoint slides) - Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings 2018 , Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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