Flowers and Manning, LLP

45 years of combined experience practicing taxation law

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Firm Overview

Are you frustrated by vexing tax questions at your business or home? Is your corporation in need of legal representation concerning a tax controversy or other financial matter?

The law firm of Flowers and Manning, LLP, located in the heart of downtown Boston, represents individuals and business entities across a broad spectrum of tax and financial concerns. Our mission is to provide the highest quality professional services to suit our clients' unique circumstances and personal requirements. We feel that the personal touch of our small firm contributes to its success as evidenced by returning clients and a continuous stream of referral business from satisfied individuals and businesses alike.

With decades of experience, our attorneys provide tax solutions that:

-Maximize your tax benefits
-Ensure tax compliance
-Help you with or help you avoid potential tax controversy

We purposefully remain a small law firm to provide timely, individualized attention. This approach to tax law benefits you and contributes greatly to our successful representation of our clients.

Your Boston tax law attorneys:

Our main practice area is taxation law. When appropriate, we protect your interests before federal, state, and local authorities in civil tax controversies. Our law firm helps you through a wide variety of tax controversy and tax compliance matters.

Committed to your personal, estate, business, and real estate tax law needs:

Through the years we have learned that tax law representation touches many areas of our lives. To best serve our clients, we provide legal services in:

Business law:
-Evaluation and formation of businesses
-For-profit entities
-Non-profit or tax-exempt organizations
-Allocation of assets
-Employee withholding compliance

Real estate:
-Real estate transactions
-Residential and commercial property
-Purchase and sale agreements

Estate planning:
-Estate planning and administration
-Powers of attorney

At Flowers and Manning, LLP, we can advise clients with regard to the tax consequences of alternative investment structures. Real estate and other general industry investments often have far-reaching tax consequences and therefore require diligent long-term planning. We proudly serve:

Business clients:
-Large and small corporations
-Sole proprietorships
-Small businesses
-Charitable foundations

Individual clients:
-Investors of high net worth
Main Office

Main Office
15 Court Square, Suite 340
Boston  MA  02108

  • 617-589-0601
  • 617-589-0602
Tax matters are serious issues that require the assistance of a highly skilled attorney.
Consequences of poor decisions can have a lasting effect. At Flowers and Manning, LLP, we listen carefully to your needs before considering the correct approach to your unique situation. By closely working with you, we can address your immediate tax issues and help structure and create effective strategies for the future. Our small firm is responsive, personal, and successful.

Settling your tax controversy in Boston:

Tax controversies arise from seemingly infinite sets of circumstances. However, once you are involved in a dispute, there are few places to turn. There may be tax attorneys by the score, but relatively few are experienced tax controversy lawyers. Our attorneys focus their law practice on tax controversy and tax litigation issues, including:

-Tax collection
-IRS disputes
-State tax agency disputes
-Audit appeals
-Audit representation

If necessary we can argue your case as tax counsel before tax court, bankruptcy court, district court, or the Court of Federal Claims.

Tax disputes require knowledgeable attorneys:

Tax litigation lawyers have in-depth tax knowledge plus the ability to effectively argue your case in court following the procedures that govern Internal Revenue Service (IRS) actions and limitations on enforcement. That knowledge generates an advantage for you. Tax collection and enforcement issues can include:

-Abatement of tax penalties
-Compromise agreements
-Installment agreement
-IRS enforcement proceedings
-Violations of Circular 230
-Summons enforcement actions
-Wrongful levy actions

Gain credibility before the court:

Although not a guarantee of success, retaining a skilled tax litigation or tax controversy attorney creates possibilities for positive outcomes in tax disputes. The United States Tax Court, U.S. District Court, and the Court of Federal Claims all follow certain rules and procedures that can influence litigation leverage in these courts. A reputable tax controversy attorney improves your credibility.

Walter Flowers

Admitted to Massachusetts in 1979, Walter Flowers has been practicing law for more than 30 years with a special concentration in taxation law. Prior to his admission to the bar, Walter served as an Internal Revenue Agent in Boston, Massachusetts for eight years, where he worked on a great variety of individual and business tax matters. In conjunction with this experience and his tax law knowledge, he imports a wealth of experience from the accounting world, where he served as a tax manager with the accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand (now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers). His uniquely blended background enables Walter to serve his clients from a perspective few other attorneys can offer.

Practice areas:
Mr. Flowers' main areas of practice include
-Tax planning
-Tax compliance
-Tax representation
-Real estate
-Business law
-Private charitable foundations

-Suffolk University Law School (JD, 1979)
-Salem State College (BS, 1972)

Bar admission:
Massachusetts, 1979
  • Suffolk University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1979

Jennifer Manning

Attorney Jennifer Manning has been practicing law since her admission to the Massachusetts Bar in 1995, and she has been a partner in the law firm of Flowers and Manning, LLP since its inception in 2000. She has worked with a variety of individual and business clients to resolve many types of federal and state tax controversies. She has also assisted charitable foundations with planning, compliance, and representation with regard to federal and state tax matters. In addition to working on tax-related matters, Jennifer has an extensive background with drafting wills and trusts and with the administration of estates. This background along with her other legal skills enables her to provide well-rounded assistance to her clients.

Practice areas:
Jennifer's areas of practice include:
-Tax planning
-Tax compliance
-Tax representation
-Real estate
-Business law
-Private charitable foundations

-Suffolk University Law School (JD cum laude, 1995)
-University of Massachusetts, Amherst (BA, 1992)

Bar admission:
Massachusetts, 1995
  • Suffolk University Law School
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 1995