J.W. Chris Chitty
Senior Associate Attorney
Chris’ principal areas of practice are tax controversy and tax planning. He advises both businesses and individuals in tax controversy and tax planning matters. Chris has experience representing clients during tax audits, tax appeals and tax collection procedures before the Internal Revenue Service as well as various state tax authorities. Chris’ typical engagements include:
- Representing taxpayers currently under audit and filing audit reconsiderations for prior audits.
- Filing penalty abatement requests and requests for innocent spouse relief.
- Negotiating offers in compromise, installment agreements and “currently not collectible” status.
- Stopping collection action such as wage garnishments, bank levies and asset levies.
- Negotiating tax lien releases, lien withdrawals and tax lien discharges.
- Representing clients at appeals conferences and other administrative hearings.
- Representing business owners with payroll and employment tax issues.
- Defending clients with “trust fund” recovery penalty issues.
Prior to joining Gomel, Davis & Watson, Chris worked at Ernst & Young in the Tax Services Group where he gained experience dealing with tax controversy issues, numerous federal and state tax credits as well as performing multi-state sales and use tax nexus studies, among others. Chris also worked at the Georgia State University College of Law’s Phillip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic; there he assisted low-income taxpayers with federal tax controversy and collection issues.
Chris lives with his wife, Andi; they enjoy kayaking, fishing and traveling. Chris is also an avid offshore sport-fisherman but when unable to sneak off to the coast, he enjoys reading and playing rugby.