Troy Olsen resolves tax controversy matters and represents tax-exempt organizations. His tax controversy practice includes representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in audit, appeals, collection and other administrative matters and in tax litigation. He has represented clients in the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. District and Appellate Courts, and U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Troy's exempt-organization practice includes assisting organizations with obtaining, maintaining and reinstating tax-exempt status with the IRS; corporate philanthropy planning; and issues relating to exempt status, charitable contributions and giving and employment tax matters. Before joining Sutherland, he worked for the IRS in Washington, D.C., as an attorney-advisor for the Taxpayer Advocate Service where he advised the National Taxpayer Advocate on legal and procedural issues, with particular emphasis on issues relating to business taxpayers, tax-exempt organizations and the IRS Office of Appeals.
Troy also has worked in the tax groups of other Washington, D.C., law firms where he focused on IRS administrative matters and tax litigation..
Sutherland represents State Farm in case involving two questions of first impression.
Sutherland argued the appeal for State Farm in a case with two questions of first impression--concerning the tax treatment of damages awarded to an insured and whether a nonlife operating loss is to be considered in calculating adjusted current earnings for purposes of the corporate alternative minimum tax.
Sutherland represents a major credit counselor in negotiations with the IRS to retain its tax-exempt status.
Sutherland advised a major credit counseling organization in an IRS-proposed revocation of its tax-exempt status and in negotiating an administrative resolution to preserve such exempt status.
Sutherland secures partial summary judgment in research tax credit case.
Sutherland represented a national transportation company in a research tax credit case involving computer software development. The court ordered a partial summary judgment in our client's favor with respect to the legal standard applicable to internal use software.
Awards and Rankings
Named to the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll (2012)
Member, Taxation Section, American Bar Association
Member, Tax Section, District of Columbia Bar