Miami Tax Lawyer

Karen Lapekas

Miami Tax Attorney

Attorney at Law Magazine’s Miami Tax Local Legal Authority.

Karen Lapekas

Miami Tax Attorney

Miami Tax Lawyer

Karen Lapekas

As a Senior Attorney with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, she was the lead attorney for the IRS on over 170 cases in the United States Tax Court. These cases involved taxpayers who were entrepreneurs, couples, single parents, students, high-profile and high-income athletes and business persons, unemployed or retired individuals, estates, corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, trusts, and current and former partners or shareholders. Of the 170+ cases, several went to trial. She conducted trials before at least 6 different Tax Court judges. As a former Special Assistant United States Attorney, she also represented the United States’ interests in collection of tax liabilities in Bankruptcy Court. Through intense study of the Internal Revenue Code and years of working as an attorney for the IRS, she believes that many people are paying too much and the IRS often demands more money than people can afford to pay. She also knows that the Internal Revenue Code and the IRS offer relief to taxpayers in these situations and that countless people are needlessly burdened with the stress associated with tax audits and the IRS’ collection efforts.

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About Miami Tax Law

As the old saying goes, you can be sure of two things in life—death and taxes. Since you’ve been old enough to spend money, you have been exposed to taxes, even if only paying sales tax when buying a piece of candy at the store. As one ages, gets their first job, buys their first home, starts a business, plans their estate, and inherits money, they come into contact with additional requirements to send money to the government.

What Does a Miami Tax Attorney Do?

Simple income tax returns for businesses and individuals and other types of common transactions rarely require the services of a Miami tax lawyer. In fact, in some cases, you might not even have to rely on your accountant to prepare your taxes. Yet, simple transactions can turn complex, and the United States Internal Revenue Code (IRC) is notoriously long and challenging for the layperson to tackle. Tax attorneys in Miami exist to help you with those transactions and payments, which might be challenging for you, by helping you conform to U.S. tax code or defending you when you have clearly violated tax code.

When Should You Hire a Miami Tax Attorney?

A Miami tax attorney can help you through many tax-related challenges, and when in doubt, you should always schedule a consultation to let a licensed tax attorney in Miami evaluate your case. People often confuse the ways in which a tax attorney and an accountant can help them. Below you will find some common scenarios in which people enlist the help of a competent tax lawyer.


  • You haven’t filed taxes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and/or you owe back taxes. Failure to pay taxes is a federal crime that carries hefty penalties and even time in prison when large dollar amounts are involved, such as is the case with large businesses and corporations. A tax lawyer can help seek relief for penalties from late filing or not filing at all.
  • You are starting a business. You might take many different paths when starting a business depending on your location, your type of business, your sales, whether or not you have partners, and the size of your business. A Miami tax lawyer can help you choose the right path which fulfills all legal obligations, while at the same time advising on which business structure can legally save you the most money in tax liability.
  • You are selling or acquiring a business. The purchase and sale of a business include considerations such as the depreciation of assets and the way in which capital gains tax impacts your transaction, as well as other complicated issues. A tax attorney can guide you through either process and ensure you avoid costly tax-related mistakes.
  • You have committed or been charged with committing a tax-related crime. Skilled tax lawyers in Miami know how to negotiate and defend you in the event you have been charged with violating one or more tax laws. Most importantly, you have attorney-client privilege with your tax attorney, something you do not have with your certified public accountant (CPA). Typically, an audit precedes charges for tax code violations. You do not always need an attorney for an audit, but if charges emerge, you should call a tax attorney as soon as possible.

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What clients in Miami are saying about
Karen Lapekas

Lapekas Law, P.A.
Based on 4 reviews
We've been through a roller coaster of emotions with our case, until we hired Lapekas Law Firm. The process was smooth and very professional. We cannot thank them enough for bringing this situation to a close...and even more, for the successful outcome!
Nancy Beauduy-Antoine
Nancy Beauduy-Antoine
01:22 09 Dec 19
The work done was promptly completed and was comprehensive. Rates were excellent.
Stacey Nieder
Stacey Nieder
17:52 28 Jun 19
By far, the best Tax Attorney in town. Highly recommended.
javier montano
javier montano
18:46 12 Jun 19
I came to this firm with a humongous IRS debt with all of my & my husband's account levied and a terminally ill husband, who sadly passed away before these two incredibly talented and caring ladies got our debt completely absolved. Through the whole ordeal I can't recall the numerous times I called them with questions, doubts and terrible fear. As, I have already mentioned how incredibly talented these ladies Iliana & Karen are I'm compelled to say that their equally compassionate. You don't feel like you're just another client in a law firm. They always make themselves available to their clients & hold your hand throughout the process. I was really terrified of the consequences should we lose our case & throught out this ordeal they held my hands and treated me like I mattered. I cannot find the words to express my relief on not having big brother chasing me after all big brother is a monumental opponent but my team was better. Eternally grateful Maria Funt
Maria maria
Maria maria
01:14 08 May 19

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Karen Lapekas

Board-certified in tax law by the Florida Bar.

Was the lead attorney for the IRS on over 170 cases in the United States Tax Court.

She is Chair of the South Florida Tax Litigation Association.

Pro bono coordinator for the U.S. Tax Court Calendar Call Program for Miami


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