Ms. Shields has represented taxpayers regarding many issues and is a frequent speaker at educational programs on many tax topics, including, but not limited to the following: filing delinquent and amended returns, offshore voluntary disclosure, defending taxpayers during a civil audit or criminal investigation, filing innocent spouse claims, requesting waiver of penalties, the taxability of settlement agreements, abusive tax avoidance claims by the IRS, requesting IRS private letter rulings, contesting tax penalties, including fraud and return preparer penalties, and Circular 230 requirements for accountants and lawyers. As an invitee to the 2003 United States Tax Court Judicial Conference, Ms. Shields participated alongside the Honorable Judges, counsel of the Department of Justice, attorneys with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel and other select tax lawyers who defend taxpayers from across the nation.
Ms. Shields also devotes part of her practice to estate planning and estate administration throughout Tennessee. She is a graduate of The Webb School, Emory University and The University of Tennessee School of Law. She is currently a member of the Knoxville Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association (Tax and Probate Sections), the American Bar Association (Tax Section) and the Knoxville Estate Planning Council.
•Invitee, United States Tax Court Judicial Conference, 2003
Honors and Awards
•2010 Top Attorney award for Tax Law, CityView
•Knoxville's Top Attorney in Tax Law and Income Tax IRS Resolutions, City View Magazine
•fellow, Knoxville Bar Foundation Read less
Admitted in 1978, Tennessee
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Associations and Memberships
•Tax Executive Council of the Tax Section of the TBA
•Tax Liaison Committee
•Knoxville Bar Association , Member
•Tennessee Bar Association, Tax and Probate Sections , Member
•American Bar Association, Tax Section , Member
•Knoxville Estate Planning Council , Member
•Executive Committee of the Tax Section of the Tennessee Bar Association , Member, 2009 - 2011
•Executive Committee of the Tax Section of the Tennessee Bar Association , Chair, 2011 - Present
•Internal Revenue Service for the Tennessee Bar Association , Liaison, 2009 - 2010
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