Vivian Hoard, Tax Litigation/Controversy Attorney

Vivian D. Hoard

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Vivian Hoard is a tax attorney based in Atlanta, Georgia. She helps solve complex tax controversy issues for both individual and business clients. By focusing her practice on civil and criminal tax controversy, tax litigation, whistleblower claims and voluntary offshore disclosures, Ms. Hoard has become a leader in the tax field. She has successfully represented individuals, small and mid-sized businesses and their owners, publicly traded companies, professional athletes and their agents, entertainers, doctors, lawyers and accountants. Frequently selected as one of Georgia Trend's Legal Elite and ranked AV Preeminent, she writes and presents on current issues and changes within tax law.

Ms. Hoard regularly consults with accounting firms during audits to help them and their clients understand their procedural options for resolving tax disputes at the lowest level possible. If the accountant is unable to resolve the matter, Ms. Hoard will assist the taxpayer and accountant with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) appeals and at the U.S. Tax Court or U.S. District Court. Most tax cases are successfully settled. Occasionally a case presenting a unique legal issue or an unresolved fact pattern must be tried.

Ms. Hoard has successfully settled or tried civil tax controversies involving many varied tax issues, including tax shelter/sham transactions, conservation easements, family limited partnerships, excise taxes, passive loss issues, the civil fraud penalty, hobby loss issues, worker classification, trust fund liability, innocent spouse claims and much more. Ms. Hoard also has successfully represented taxpayers voluntarily disclosing offshore accounts and taxpayers targeted for criminal prosecution.

With limited exceptions, no taxpayer may be prosecuted for a tax crime until the U.S. Justice Department approves the prosecution. Until that time, the investigation remains confidential. Ms. Hoard focuses on resolving criminal tax cases before they are referred for indictment and become public.

Author of The Business Owners' Guide to Handling Tax Issues and the IRS: How to Avoid Getting into Trouble with the IRS, Ms. Hoard provides guidance for business owners in addressing common disputes with the Internal Revenue Service. Published in 2016, the book can be found on


State Bar of Georgia

Atlanta Bar Association

State Bar of Georgia, Taxation Law Section, Past Chair

Atlanta Bar Association, Tax Law Section, Past Chair

American Bar Association

State Bar of Georgia, Children and the Courts Committee

Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

Community Involvement

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Participant

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, TNT Participant, four endurance events

Girl Scout Leader, 2007-2011

Northwest Presbyterian Church, Member

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The University of Georgia School of Law, JD

Emory University School of Law, LLM, Taxation

The University of Georgia, BA

Bar Admissions


Courts & Adjudicative Bodies

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court


The Best Lawyers in America®, 2020

Chambers USA: Leading Business Lawyers – Tax, 2019

Martindale-Hubbell® "AV-Preeminent," Taxation

Georgia Trend's Legal Elite, Taxes/Trusts and Estates 2010, 2013-2014, 2016, 2018

Georgia Super Lawyers, 2014-2019

"Five Star Award" for wealth management 2013, 2015