Fixing the Attorney Tax Fee Problem: Practical, Litigation, and Legislative Strategies

December 9, 2020, 2:15 p.m. ET–3:15 p.m. ET
| Skill areas: 
Business Development
Client Management
Combating Common Defense Themes
Strategy: Structuring and Plotting the Case

Members: Free of Charge

One of NACA's top priorities continues to be changing the tax law so that consumer law attorneys’ fees are not taxable to your clients. We are always exploring new and practical ways to avoid this problem and continue our efforts to find a permanent solution through litigation and/or legislation. To that end, NACA has recently commissioned a survey about the public’s understanding of consumer protection law and the ability of consumers to obtain affordable legal help. The results of that research should not only help us in educating our clients, the public, and our courts about the tax issue, but also help us pass our Congressional tax legislation. 

What You Will Learn

•    How to advise your clients to makes sure they are not taxed on your fees
•    How to find a case that will help with NACA’s litigation strategy on this issue
•    How to talk to potential clients, juries, and legislators about the work we do 
•    What you can do to help finally change the tax law of consumer attorney legal fees 


Christine Hines is NACA’s legislative director, and she advocates before Congress and federal administrative agencies on consumer protection policy, including financial services and access to justice. Before joining NACA, she was consumer and civil justice counsel at Public Citizen's Congress Watch, where she worked to improve consumer product safety and access to justice. Christine received her B.A. in political science at American University and her J.D. at University of Virginia.

Ira Rheingold is the executive director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA). At NACA, Ira has testified before both Houses of Congress, offered commentary before federal and state regulatory agencies, and helped draft amicus briefs before the nation’s highest courts. Ira created and managed the Institute for Foreclosure Legal Assistance. Currently, Ira serves as co-chair of the Financial Services Committee of the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD). Previously, Ira worked at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago where he ran its Foreclosure Prevention and Senior Housing Projects. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.

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