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Claude Wilson, Jr.

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Education
  • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • B.B.A., Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business
Bar Admission
  • Texas

Board Certified - Tax Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Claude Wilson is a highly experienced tax lawyer. During his career, he has tried significant cases in courts throughout Texas and across the United States.

Claude represents all forms of business entities and individuals in both tax planning and tax controversy matters. This includes civil and criminal tax litigation, as well as administrative practice matters before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He also has expertise in accountant malpractice issues and representation of CPA's before the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

Earlier in his career, Claude was the chief trial attorney for the IRS in Washington, D.C. In this position, he tried the IRS's largest tax cases wherever they were located in the United States. In addition to large dollar cases, Claude handled cases involving organized crime figures and other high profile individuals. He tried the tax case against the Communist Party of the United States in New York City and was successful in getting the CPA from the Communist Party of the USA to defect.

In 1987, when The People's Republic of China was moving toward capitalism, they decided to study the tax systems of the United States, Switzerland and France. The Chinese government requested the American Bar Association's Section on Taxation to send representatives to their country. The ABA selected Claude as its ABA Tax Section Tax Controversy Specialist.

Claude is both a Certified Public Accountant as well as an attorney. As a CPA, he served as President of the Dallas CPA Society, President of the Texas Society of CPAs and as a member of the Tax Executive Committee of the American Institute of CPAs. As an attorney, he served as President of the Section of Taxation of the Dallas Bar Association. He also served as Chairman of the Appropriations and Taxes Committee of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, as well as having served as Chairman of the Dallas District Directors IRS Advisory Staff. Claude is active in various charitable and civic organizations, having served as a Trustee of St. Michael and All Angels Foundation, Treasurer of the St. Phillips School, as well as a member of its Board of Directors, Chairman of the Dallas Historical Society, a member of the Board of Governors of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, member of the Finance Committee of the City of University Park, a member of the Finance Committee of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society, and as a member of the Board of Trustees for Utley Foundation.

Claude is Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He received a J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and a B.B.A. from Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business.

Representative Experience

  • Texas State Tax – Successful in having Texas admission tax to movie theaters declared unconstitutional and recovering a refund of $62,000,000, which at the time was the largest refund ever paid.
  • Arkansas State Tax – Successful in having sales tax on film rental repealed.
  • Federal excise tax on diesel fuel successfully exempted for Texas RR.
  • Successful in reducing ad valorem tax on large groups of car dealers in Dallas County.
  • Successful in getting federal criminal indictment against oil man in Mississippi dismissed by proving to the IRS that their key witness was a tax cheat.
  • Succeeded in federal estate tax case for Texas rancher in proving that his land could not be partitioned.
  • Succeeded in California employment tax case by proving that public company was not liable for penalties for employing 360 illegal immigrants.
  • Succeeded in getting an acquittal of the president of a Texas bank who was charged with income tax fraud.
  • Succeeded in blocking a criminal customs case for a Texas wholesaler and in getting the civil case for fraud penalties reduced from $5,500,000 to $50,000.
  • While working for the IRS, never settled a case nor lost a case while representing the government in their largest and most sensitive cases.
  • Succeeded in a number of cases which I had won in the U.S. Tax Court in getting the court to require the IRS to pay attorney fees of the taxpayer.
  • Succeeded in blocking a potential criminal case by the IRS by proving that the money on which tax had not been paid had been embezzled by the company’s CFO.

Honors

  • AV Preeminent® rated, by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest peer reviewing rating Martindale-Hubbell offers)