Ira A. Lipstet

Ira A. Lipstet

DuBois Bryant & Campbell LLP
700 Lavaca, Suite 1300
Austin, TX 78701

Main Office Phone: 512.457.8000
Direct Work Phone: 512.381.8040
FAX: 512.457.8008
Cell Phone: 512.636.7053

Professional Experience:

Ira focuses his practice primarily on tax law matters, as well as related corporate and business law issues. Tax controversy work is a substantial part of his practice. He also provides federal, state and local tax planning and structuring advice for private and public companies, as well as individuals.

Practice Focus:

Specific practice areas include:

• Tax Litigation in State District Court, U.S. Tax Court, State and Federal Appellate Courts
• Representation in contested tax controversy proceedings before the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Internal Revenue Service and other government agencies
• Ad valorem property tax controversy work from appraisal review board proceedings through litigation
• Negotiations with taxing authorities
• Federal and state tax planning and structuring activities, especially involving Texas franchise, sales and use, property tax and multi-state corporate tax issues
• Tax exempt organization issues, including planning and structuring considerations for federal income and state franchise, income, sales and property tax purposes; qualification for and maintenance of federal exempt status and unrelated business taxable income issues; merger and acquisition issues including exempt entities


• University of Houston, School of Law, J.D. (1981)
• University of Texas at Austin, M.B.A. (1975)
• University of Texas at Austin, B.A. (1971)
• Certified Public Accountant, Texas (1984)
• Board Certified, Tax Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1995)


• Author, “Franchise Tax Reformed: The New Margin Tax Including 2007 Legislative Changes and Final Comptroller Rules,” Texas Journal of Business Law, Volume 42:1 (Spring 2007)
• Co-Author, “Texas Margin Tax: Good for Business? Good for CPAs?,” Today’s CPA, TSCPA, September/October 2006 and November/December 2006
• Co-Author, “Taxation of Tort Damages,” Texas Torts and Remedies, Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. (1991)

Selected Presentations:
• Speaker, “Surviving the Texas State Tax Audit and Beyond,” TSCPA Texas State Taxation Conference, Houston, Texas, August 16, 2010 (scheduled)
• Speaker (Co-Panelist), “Limited Liability Company vs. Limited Partnership: Where are We Today with Choice of Entity?” University of Texas Law School, Partnership Conference, Austin, Texas, July 22, 2010 (scheduled)
• Speaker, “Service Business and Total Revenue: Getting to Net,” 2010 Texas Margin Tax Conference, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, February 11, 2010; Houston, Texas, February 18, 2010; Dallas, Texas, February 23, 2010
• Speaker, “Texas Franchise Tax Update,” National CPE Expo, San Antonio, Texas, September 21, 2009
• Speaker, “Combined Reporting and Unitary Taxation – Texas Style,” TSCPA Texas State Taxation Conference, Houston, Texas, August 20, 2009
• Speaker, “Franchise Tax Reformed: The Texas Margin Tax 2009 – Update on Strategies, Structures and Leases,” Real Estate Conference, University of Houston Law Foundation, Houston, Texas, February 5, 3009; Dallas, Texas, February 12, 2009

Professional and Community Activities:

Professional Affiliations:
• Austin Bar Association (Business, Corporate and Taxation Section – Section Chair, 1996-1997)
• State Bar of Texas, Section of Taxation (Vice Chair – State and Local Tax Section);
• American Bar Association (Tax Section, Member Court Procedure Committee, State Tax Committee)
• Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Taxpayer Advisory Group
• Texas Society of CPAs (State Tax Committee (Chair 1998-2001), State Taxation Conference Committee, Board of Directors 2001-2009)
• Austin Chapter, Texas Society of CPAs (Tax Committee – Co-Chair 1997, Chair 1998, Executive Board 2003-2004, Oversight Council 2003-Present)
• TSCPA HB3 Margin Tax Task Force Committee
• Independent State and Local Tax Alliance

Professional Recognition:
• The Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law 2007-2010
• Rated AV, Martindale-Hubbell

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