Experience at Work
A tax litigator, and Chair of Capes Sokol’s Criminal and Civil Tax Controversy and Litigation Practice Group, Sara represents individuals and businesses in civil and criminal federal and state tax matters involving the Internal Revenue Service and Missouri Department of Revenue.
She defends individuals under IRS investigation for tax and other white collar crimes, and litigates cases against the U.S. Department of Justice when tax charges are brought. Sara frequently advises individuals who have failed to file tax returns and/or disclose offshore assets and financial accounts. She defends clients in federal tax audits and has handled dozens of tax appeals before the IRS’s appellate division. Sara also has extensive experience litigating cases before the U.S. Tax Court, taking several cases to trial.
Sara has defended several lawyers and accountants in IRS preparer/promoter investigations and appeals, and has represented tax return preparers in injunctive proceedings brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and in criminal tax investigations. She frequently advises tax professionals with respect to matters involving Circular 230 and the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility.
In the Community
Sara is actively involved in the local and national legal communities. She currently serves as the President-Elect of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, as well as the Co-Chair of its St. Louis Attorneys Against Hunger Committee. Sara regularly attends and lectures at meetings of the American Bar Association’s Taxation Section, and currently serves on its Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties Committee as Co-Chair of the Sub-Committee on Important Civil Developments.
Sara is an adjunct professor of law in Washington University Law School’s Tax LL.M. program where she teaches Tax Fraud Prosecutions. She serves on the advisory Board for the University of Missouri—Columbia School of Law’s Tax and Transactional Law Society, and previously taught a course in Federal Tax Procedure for the law school.
In 2016, Sara and the other members of her practice group started the Capes Sokol Federal Tax Controversy Symposium. This annual event provides free CPE credit to Certified Public Accountants in the St. Louis metropolitan area and covers topics relevant to their practices including ethics in tax representation before the IRS.
Since Washington University Law School opened its Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic in 2014, Sara has routinely lectured to law students on issues of federal tax controversy. She has volunteered her time and assisted students in their representation of low-income taxpayers during the U.S. Tax Court’s Calendar Call in St. Louis.
Sara belongs to and is an active volunteer at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in University City.