Joseph R Viola PC

Joseph R. Viola, P.C., focuses on tax law and the litigation of tax controversies federal, state and local because no other area of law has such a profound and pervasive impact upon the lives and livelihoods of average Americans on an everyday basis.

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At Joseph R. Viola, P.C., we understand the challenges many individuals and businesses face in maintaining compliance with federal, state and local tax laws and in successfully resolving tax controversies. When complex tax matters arise, it can act as a tremendous stumbling block to the continued success of a business, and it can create substantial costs and anxiety for individuals.

We know how important it is to our clients to have an attorney who has a comprehensive understanding of federal, state and local tax laws and the procedures the IRS and state tax agencies utilize in administering those laws. Tax law is a complex and ever-evolving area of the law, and it is critical that the lawyer you choose is able to help you navigate those complexities so as to avoid unnecessary disputes and secure resolutions in an efficient and effective manner.

Attorney Joseph R. Viola holds a Masters of Law degree in Taxation. His knowledge of tax law is supported by more than 30 years of trial and appellate experience. That combination of depth of knowledge and extensive practical experience allows Joseph Viola to provide exceptional guidance and dispute resolution on tax-related issues.

When you are confronted by IRS, state or local tax issues, you need to be well-prepared to defend yourself against overmatched odds. Having the right attorney by your side can help ensure that your rights are protected and that your best interests are given a voice. Turn to Philadelphia tax lawyer Joseph R. Viola for the help you need. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 215-253-7491 or toll free at 866-974-8841, or simply contact us online.
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Main Office
150 S. Independence Mall West, Suite 940
Philadelphia  PA  19106

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  • 215-825-5080
Tax
At Joseph R. Viola, P.C., we understand the challenges many individuals and businesses face in maintaining compliance with federal, state and local tax laws and in successfully resolving tax controversies.
IRS Collection Matters
Unfiled Tax Returns
Offers in Compromise
Wage Garnishment
IRS Liens & Levies
Installment Agreements
Innocent Spouse Relief
IRS Audits & Examinations
Relief From IRS Penalties & Interest
International Taxation
FBAR, FATCA and Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program
IRS Administrative Appeals
Federal Civil Tax Litigation
Criminal Tax Matters
Tax Evasion
Tax Fraud
Federal & State Tax Appeals
Federal Excise Taxes
State & Local Tax Audits
State & Local Tax Collection
State Sales & Use Taxes
State Tax Litigation
State Tax Appeals
Business & Employment Tax Planning
Payroll Taxes
Payroll Tax Audit

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Joseph R. Viola, P.C., focuses on tax law and the litigation of tax controversies federal, state and local because no other area of law has such a profound and pervasive impact upon the lives and livelihoods of average Americans on an everyday basis.

At Joseph R. Viola, P.C., we understand the challenges many individuals and businesses face in maintaining compliance with federal, state and local tax laws and in successfully resolving tax controversies. When complex tax matters arise, it can act as a tremendous stumbling block to the continued success of a business, and it can create substantial costs and anxiety for individuals.

We know how important it is to our clients to have an attorney who has a comprehensive understanding of federal, state and local tax laws and the procedures the IRS and state tax agencies utilize in administering those laws. Tax law is a complex and ever-evolving area of the law, and it is critical that the lawyer you choose is able to help you navigate those complexities so as to avoid unnecessary disputes and secure resolutions in an efficient and effective manner.

Attorney Joseph R. Viola holds a Masters of Law degree in Taxation. His knowledge of tax law is supported by more than 30 years of trial and appellate experience. That combination of depth of knowledge and extensive practical experience allows Joseph Viola to provide exceptional guidance and dispute resolution on tax-related issues.

Contact Philadelphia Tax Lawyer Joseph R. Viola

When you are confronted by IRS, state or local tax issues, you need to be well-prepared to defend yourself against overmatched odds. Having the right attorney by your side can help ensure that your rights are protected and that your best interests are given a voice. Turn to Philadelphia tax lawyer Joseph R. Viola for the help you need. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 215-253-7491 or toll free at 866-974-8841, or simply contact us online.

Joseph Viola


Joseph R. Viola, a Penn Law graduate who also holds a Master of Laws degree in Taxation from Temple, brings a breadth and depth of knowledge, skill and judgment, developed over 30 years of successful trial and appellate litigation experience in the federal and state courts and administrative agencies, to the representation of individuals, small businesses and non-profit organizations in Federal Tax disputes of all types and at all levels.

Viola has chosen this area of focus in the belief that every Federal Tax dispute boils down to investigating and proving facts and applying the applicable law to those particular facts in a just and reasonable manner. That territory ultimately belongs to the litigator, not the tax "specialist." Being able to navigate through the maze of federal tax laws, regulations and other pronouncements remains an important skill -- but it is not enough.

Every Federal Tax dispute requires effectively advocating for the taxpayer's position. Developing a compelling case at an early stage may leave the Government reluctant to take a chance in the courtroom. A seasoned litigator with broad tax law expertise will often be in a better position than a former "insider" with narrower training and experience to bring about a quick, cost-effective and fair resolution of the tax dispute. Of course, if resolution cannot be achieved at the administrative level, Viola stands ready willing and able to file an action in the most advantageous court and to proceed as far as is necessary and appropriate to obtain the optimal result.

Viola believes the key to effective representation - in federal tax and any other matters -is developing a cordial relationship of mutually respect and trust with each client. This can only be achieve through personal attention, responsiveness and accessibility on the attorney's part and openness and cooperation on the part of the client. The process works best when the client is kept informed and regularly consulted.

Viola also maintains an active estate planning practice, and, with the benefit of a Certificate in Estate Planning from the Graduate Tax Program of Temple University, can advise clients on a full range of wealth preservation and transmission techniques. In addition, Viola frequently represents parties to disputes involving Wills and Trusts and their administration.


Areas of Practice
Tax and Estate Planning
IRS Audits & Examinations
IRS Liens, Levies & Seizures
IRS Administrative Appeals
Federal Tax Litigation
Tax Planning / Business & Personal
Comprehensive Estate Planning
Estate & Trust Litigation
Federal & State Appeals
Tax Law


Litigation Percentage
70% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


Bar Admissions
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1989
U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1989
U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1989
U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2008
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1981
Supreme Court of New Jersey, 1989
Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1994
U.S. Tax Court, 2008


Education
Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaLL.M. - January, 2010
Honors: Graduate Tax Program Estate Planning Certificate May 2009
Major: Taxation

University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaJ.D. - May, 1981
Honors: Top Quarter of Class

City University of New York Graduate School, New York, New YorkDoctoral Program in Comparative Literature

Hunter College, New York, New YorkB.A. (Summa Cum Laude) - June, 1976
Major: English



Professional Associations and Memberships
American Bar Association, Sections on Taxation, Real Property, Probate and Trust and Appellate Practice, Member
American Bar Association Section of International Law and International Tax Law Committee, Member
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Sections on Tax Law, Real Property, Probate, Trust and Civil Litigation, Member
Philadelphia Bar Association Sections on Tax, Probate, Trust, Member, Appellate Courts Committee
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
National Association of Consumer Advocates


Past Employment Positions
Feder, Della Guardia & Viola - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Partner, 2003 - 2005
Murphy & Viola - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Partner, 1999 - 2001
Lewis M. Levin & Associates - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Senior Associate, 1989 - 1999
The Hon. Robert N.C. Nix, Jr., Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, Chief Staff Attorney, 1984 - 1988
The Hon. Robert N.C. Nix, Jr. Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Chief/Senior Law Clerk, 1983 - 1984
The Hon. Henry X. O'Brien, Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, Law Clerk and Administrative Assistant for Philadelphia Office, 1981 - 1982


Pro Bono Activities
Judge Pro Tem, Philadelphia Dispute Resolution Center, 2008 - Present
Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP), 2009 - Present

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