Directed towards CPAs, accountants, non-tax lawyers and high-wealth individuals, Texas Tax Talk is a resource for developments, commentary and analysis relating to state and federal tax issues. Whether it is tax loop holes, deadlines or repercussions, Texas Tax Talk will be guiding you through the choppy waters of paying taxes and dealing with the IRS on tax controversies.

David Gair

Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and Leader of the Tax Controversy Practice Group, David Gair focuses his practice on guiding businesses, high-net-worth individuals and tax professionals through all types of complex civil and criminal tax controversies, everything from audits and litigation to investigations and collection matters. Whether his client is an international corporation involved in multi-million-dollar tax litigation or a domestic partnership battling an audit for the first time, David’s goal is to find the most effective way to protect them and minimize taxes to the full extent of the law.

In addition to his controversy practice, David helps businesses and entrepreneurs develop proactive tax and estate planning strategies to avoid future disputes and minimize all taxes, including income, estate, gift, GST, franchise and sales/use tax.

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Joshua Smeltzer

Joshua Smeltzer is a tax lawyer focused on defending individuals and all types of businesses in a variety of challenging tax controversies before the IRS, federal district courts, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Tax Court and federal bankruptcy courts. As a former litigator for the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division, Joshua has first-hand knowledge of how government lawyers evaluate, build and litigate complex tax cases. He uses this strong background to provide strategic guidance to avoid or prepare for a dispute, guide clients through the IRS examination process and support tax positions at IRS appeals or in federal court so the case has its best chance at a positive outcome.

In addition, clients rely on Joshua to handle individual, corporate and partnership tax disputes involving variety of tax issues including tax credits and deductions, reporting and disclosure of foreign bank accounts, individual and corporate tax audits and collection actions, cryptocurrency tax issues, and summons enforcement. He is often consulted on tax issues arising from significant financial events, such as large litigation settlements or judgments or sales of business assets or stock.


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About Gray Reed

A full-service Texas law firm with offices in Dallas, Houston and Waco, Gray Reed provides legal services to companies ranging from start-up to Fortune 500 as well as high net worth individuals. Gray Reed attorneys assist clients with a myriad of legal issues including commercial litigation, corporate transactions, oil and gas, tax planning and litigation, real estate, construction, healthcare, trusts and estates, employment law, family law, intellectual property and bankruptcy. For more information, visit