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Howard S. Levy

Howard S. Levy

I am a former IRS trial attorney with over 20 years of experience representing individuals and companies with tax problems. My expertise includes unpaid taxes, IRS audits, Tax Court litigation, payroll tax investigations, and the use of bankruptcy as a method of resolving IRS tax problems.
Voorhees & Levy LLC
(2 Attorneys)

Bankruptcy, Debt and Consumer Law

11159 Kenwood Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242
Blue Ash

29 years



What experiences (work and personal) help you to be a better attorney?

As a former IRS attorney, I have an appreciation of how the IRS works, how they think, and the best strategies to negotiate with them.  When it comes to negotiating with the IRS, when your head is inside the bear, you say nice bear.

I spend most of my work day talking to the IRS, and I understand their job demands, work flow, and internal criteria to close a case.  My IRS experience and has helped me to bridge the gap between my clients and the IRS by having a better understanding for both sides. 

I am also very active in writing and speaking about solutions to IRS problems, which keeps me on top of developments in IRS tax, collection, audit and bankruptcy laws. 

What made you choose your primary specialty focus of law?

While in law school at Northern Kentucky University, I met a professor who helped me realize that tax law was the perfect link between my undergraduate studies in finance and my law studies.  

After completing law school, I continued my education at Boston University for my master’s in tax law. Although I was offered positions at accounting firms in New York, I accepted an offer from the IRS to be a trial attorney in their Los Angeles office. I primarily represented the government in tax court, with many interesting cases against high profile names in the entertainment industry.

After working for the IRS, I wanted to use that experience to help clients who struggle with our complex sytem of tax laws.  

I enjoy solving tax problems as it puts all of my experience and background to work in a manner that permits me to help others.

Describe your ideal client.

You may have been hurt by the economy, a change in income or just bad choices, or may have found yourself – unintentionally – in the cross-hairs of the IRS.

It may be unfiled tax returns, an IRS audit, an IRS levy on your wages, or an announced visit to your home or officer by an IRS Revenue Officer. Sometimes, there is a need to file bankruptcy, and determine if, and how, the IRS can be included in the discharge.  

I find it rewarding to guide you, protect you and help you find the light at the end of the tunnel.

Describe your personal interest and hobbies.

When I am not battling the IRS, I like to unwind with live theater and music. I am a life-long Cincinnati Reds fan and enjoy collecting vinyl records. During the warm weather I enjoy letting the top down and taking the old convertible out for a spin.

My 20 years of practicing law have been balanced by raising three children, ranging in age from 16 to 21. My wife and I were college sweethearts, and I am fortunate to be able to work side-by-side with her at my office.

Bankruptcy, Debt and Consumer Law
  • Chapter 13
  • Chapter 7
  • Debt Settlement
  • Garnishments
  • Personal Bankruptcy
  • Tax Resolution
  • Audit Representations
  • Bankruptcy on Taxes
  • Income tax
  • Interest and Penalties
  • Payroll tax issues
  • Tax Court
  • Tax issues
  • Tax Liens
  • Tax Returns

Boston University
Masters of Law in Taxation (LLM), 1990

Northern Kentucky University
Law Degree (JD), 1989

Ohio State University
B.S in Finance, 1986

Bar Association Membership

Cincinnati Bar Association


Named as one of Cincinnati’s Leading Lawyers in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 by Cincy Magazine.

Included in The Cincinnati Business Courier list of “Who’s Who in Greater Cincinnati Law” for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Interviewed and quoted about the IRS in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today and NPR radio

Speaker on the IRS for Tax Talk Today, National Tax Practice Institute (NTPI), Ohio State Society of Enrolled Agents, and Cincinnati Bar Association.

Contributor for articles on the IRS for the Cincinnati Business Courier, Cincinnati Bar Report, EA Journal and Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure.

Court Admissions

U.S. Tax Court
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Continuing Education

Published in the Journal of Enrolled Agents:  

Going Beyond IRS Form 433A:  Protecting Assets in an Offer in  Compromise (2014)

IRS Investigations of Unpaid Employee Withholding Taxes:  A Step by Step Guide (2014)

10 Ways Bankruptcy Can Solve Tough IRS Problems (2013) 

Collection Due Process Appeals: Right Time, Right Place for Successful Negotiations with IRS (2012)

Winning an IRS Collection Case in Tax Court (2012)

When the IRS Strikes with a Wage or Bank Levy: How to Get Out of a Bind (2011)

IRS Statute of Limitations on Collection:  Are You Unwittingly Giving the IRS More Time to Collect? (2011)

Myths vs. Reality:  IRS Collection Threats (2010)

IRS Trust Fund Investigations:  The Best Defense is a Good Offense (2009)

Eliminating Taxes in Bankruptcy (2008))

All the Things the IRS Can Take...Even Retirement Accounts (2008)

Representing Non-Filers (2007)

Published in the Cincinnati Bar Association Report:

5 Things You Should Know About the IRS (2010)

An Inside Look at the IRS Collection Division (2006)

The IRS Trust Fund Recovery Penalty (2006)

Published in the Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure:

IRS Collections in Troubled Times (2010)

Recent Presentations

National Association of Enrolled Agents (2011-2014) Advanced Collections and IRS Bankruptcy; IRS Trust Fund Recovery Penalty; Proving Economic Hardship to the IRS; Offers in Compromise and Form 433A

Tax Talk Today (October, 2013)Advocating for Clients with IRS Exam or Collection Issues – Things That Go Bump in the Night

Indiana Society of Enrolled Agents (August, 2013): IRS Collections:  Myths v. Realities; IRS Trust Fund Recovery Penalty Investigations; IRS Collection Due Process Appeals; Bankruptcy and the IRS

Utah Society of Enrolled Agents (May, 2013): IRS Collections: Myths v. Realities; IRS Trust Fund Recovery Penalty Investigations; Handling IRS Collection Due Process Appeals; Bankruptcy and the IRS

Ohio State Society of Enrolled Agents (September, 2014): IRS Trust Fund Recovery Penalty Intestigations; IRS Collections:  Myths vs. Realties

Ohio Society of Enrolled Agents, Columbus Chapter (2012-2013):  Trust Fund Recovery Penalty ; IRS Collection Due Process Appeals

Ohio Society of Enrolled Agents, Dayton Chapter (2014)IRS Problems:  When Bankruptcy is the Best Answer

Ohio Society of CPAs (2013):  Defending Against IRS Trust Fund Recovery Penalty Investigations

Lawyers’ Club of Cincinnati (2013):  Getting to Yes with the IRS

Cincinnati Eastside Lawyers’ Club (2012):  What to Expect When the IRS Comes Calling

Cincinnati Bar Association (2011): How to Resolve IRS Collection Issues

MyLawCLE webinar (2014):  When the IRS Comes Calling:  Settling with the Tax Man

American Society of Tax Problem Solvers (2012):  Winning a Collection Due Process Case; Handling Difficult IRS Collection Cases (Advanced)




Bar Admission Date


Licensed In

Ohio (1989), #0042641
Kentucky (1992), #86799

Significant Cases

Representation in securing IRS offer in compromise settlements, financial hardship agreements, installment agreements, releases of levy and property seizures, and innocent spouse claims.  Numerous cases tried before the U.S. Tax Court in IRS collection and audit disputes, both as a former IRS trial attorney and on behalf of clients.  Defense of IRS payroll tax investigations and Department of Justice tax foreclosure lawsuits.     

Summary of Firm

I was born and raised in Cincinnati, graduating from Walnut Hills High School before heading off to study finance at The Ohio State University.  I atttend law school locally, at Northern Kentucky University, before continuing my education at Boston Univeristy for my masters in tax law.

After completing my education, I accepted an offer from the IRS to be a trial attorney in their Los Angeles office. I primarily represented the government in tax court, with many interesting cases against high profile names in the entertainment industry. It was a great experience and has helped me to bridge the gap between my clients and the IRS by having a better understanding for both sides.

Returning to Cincinnati, I started a family, and eventually opened my own law firm, Voorhees & Levy, LLC. My practice is dedicated to the defense and resolution of IRS actions – responding to the revenue officer who just made an unannounced visit to your home or business, taking on audits or releasing your property from levies and seizures. I also use the bankruptcy code for results that are often better than direct negotiations with the IRS.

Free Initial Consultation?

One hour consultation is $200.

Typical Retainer Fees

Varies based on nature of the dispute and case complexity.  

Fixed-Price Services and Fees

Varies based on nature of the dispute and case complexity.

Fees by Hourly Rate



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