James Joseph, the head of the Tax Group, represents clients on tax planning and litigation matters. Mr. Joseph represents tax-exempt organizations (including public charities, private foundations, and international nongovernmental organizations) in structuring and implementing complex charitable programs and business ventures. He provides advice to corporations and individual donors on charitable, advocacy-related, and political giving. On tax controversy matters, he has represented corporations, partnerships, tax-exempt organizations, and individuals in Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits, proceedings before the IRS Appeals Office, state-level audits and administrative hearings, and litigations in the US Tax Court and in federal district and appellate courts.

Mr. Joseph also works with corporate and tax-exempt clients on governance, executive compensation, employment tax, and other general tax matters. He assists tax-exempt organizations in structuring, funding and implementing lobbying, advocacy, and political activities. Mr. Joseph is the Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the former Co-Chair of its Voting Rights Project Support Committee and Investment Committee. He served on the IRS's Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT) from 2009-2012. Appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury, ACT members advise the IRS on operational policies and procedures. Mr. Joseph also was Chair of the Tax Section of the District of Columbia Bar and is currently Chair of the American Bar Association's Section of Taxation, Exempt Organizations Committee, Subcommittee on Unrelated Business Income Tax. In 2013 and 2014, he was named a Washington, DC Super Lawyer for nonprofit organizations and tax law. In 2003, Mr. Joseph was a recipient of the Ally of Justice Award for his work for the Human Rights Campaign.

Experience

  • The ONE Campaign
  • Smithsonian Institution, Independent Review Committee
  • American University
  • United Nations Foundation
  • The George Washington University
  • League of Women Voters
  • Kraft Foundation
  • Nonprofit Mergers (Points of Light Foundation/Hands On Network and The ONE Campaign/DATA Foundation)

Perspectives

“Don’t Get Trumped this Election Year: Know What a Tax-Exempt Can and Cannot Do”
Arnold & Porter LLP
Don't Get Trumped this Election Year: Know What a Tax-Exempt Can and Cannot Do
Arnold & Porter Inisghts for Nonprofit Organizations Breakfast Series, Washington, DC
What's Keeping You Up at Night? Hot Topics in Non-Profit Governance

WMACCA Corporate Governance Conference: Driving Excellence in Corporate Governance, McLean, VA

Non-Profits and Associations Forum: Non-Profit Conflicts of Interest Policies - An Interactive Workshop

ACC National Capital Region, Arnold & Porter LLP, Washington, DC

The Tensions at the Frontiers of Charitability: Education, Agriculture, Energy and Social Entrepreneurship

The University of Texas School of Law, 32nd Annual Nonprofit Organizations Institute

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Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America 2013-2016 for Tax Law
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2012-2015 for Tax (DC)
Washington, DC Super Lawyers 2007-2010, 2013-2014 for Non-Profit Organizations and Tax
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Credentials

Education
  • BA, Georgetown University, 1984
  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 1989, magna cum laude
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • US Tax Court
Activities
  • Co-Chair, Lawyers’ Committee’s for Civil Rights Under Law, Executive Committee

  • Co-Chair, American Bar Association's Section of Taxation, Exempt Organizations Committee, Subcommittee on Unrelated Business Income Tax

  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Regional Vice Chair of the Lawyers Committee, Serves on the Board of Trustees, Co-Chair, Voting Rights Project Support Committee)

  • Serves on the Corporate Advisory Council of the League of Women Voters

  • Serves on the Advisory Board of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good

  • Internal Revenue Service's Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities 2009-2012

  • Member, Tahirih Justice Center’s Public Policy Council

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