Benjamin S. Bolas
Benjamin S. Bolas is an Associate in the Tax and Corporate and Business Departments. He represents individuals, small and large businesses, public charities and private foundations in a broad range of tax and business areas, including tax planning, tax controversy, charitable giving, trusts and estates and corporate governance.
Ben previously worked as a student attorney at the Villanova Tax Clinic, where he received a fellowship to continue working in the Tax Clinic while he completed his LL.M. in taxation. He worked on a broad range of individual tax cases and controversies with issues pertaining to disallowed business expenses, foreign earned income exclusion, dissipated assets in the context of offer in compromise, and IRS levy action. His prior work experience also includes working as an Internal Audit Intern for Erie County Agricultural Society and working as a Summer Associate at Kavinoky Cook, a business law firm located in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. His legal pro bono experience includes annual participation in the IRS VITA program and working with low-income taxpayers through Philly VIP.
Ben is a cum laude graduate of Villanova University School of Law, where he received a Dean’s Merit Scholarship, Dorothy Day Award for Pro Bono Service, the Federal Tax Clinic Award for outstanding contributions to the Tax Clinic, and the Herman J. Obert Award for attaining the highest grade in the class of Business Organizations. During law school, he worked as a research assistant for tax law professors Joy Mullane and T. Keith Fogg.
Ben earned his undergraduate degree cum laude from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, with a dual major in accounting and finance. He also earned his M.B.A. with an accounting concentration from Canisius College. He passed all four parts of the CPA exam during law school, and he is currently accumulating the requisite experience to become a CPA.
- Represented individuals in U.S. Tax Court controversies and worked to settle cases with IRS Office of Chief Counsel and IRS Appeals.
- Assisted clients in obtaining tax collection alternatives, such as offer in compromises and installment agreements.
- Researched and prepared memoranda discussing successes and failures of various incentive-based and executive compensation structures.
- Edited Chapter 14: The Tax Collection Function: Tax Liens and Levies of Leslie Book & Michael Saltzman’s IRS PRACTICE & PROCEDURE.
- Researched and edited blog posts for ProcedurallyTaxing.com.
Professional & Community Activities
- VITA, Volunteer
- Philly VIP, Volunteer
- Philadelphia Bar Association, Member
- International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy, Member
- Planned Giving Counsel of Greater Philadelphia, Member
- Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, Member
- Philadelphia Estate Planning Counsel, Member
Speeches & Presentations
- Grantmaking and Fundraising in the Digital Age, The Neumann University Center for Leadership, April 21, 2016.
- Charitable Giving and Tax-Exempt Organization Changes Under the PATH Act of 2015, The International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy, February 16, 2016.
- Charitable Contribution of Philadelphia Newspapers to Newly Formed Institute for Journalism in New Media, Temple University School of Law Media & Communications Law Society, February 9, 2016.
- Tax Law Issues Relating to Memberships, Donations and Benefits and Other Nonprofit Concerns, Independence Foundation, March 24, 2015.
- Charities in Financial Distress: The Impact of Bankruptcy on Donor-Restricted Funds, Estate Planning Journal, January 2016.
- Who is Going to Pay the Bills: An Examination of the Financing and Lease Options Available to the Buffalo Bills and Ralph Wilson Stadium, 20 Moorad Sports Law Journal 663, 2013.
- Schaeffler v. United States: Second Circuit Rejects District Court's Limitations on Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine in the Context of Tax Advice, ProcedurallyTaxing.com, December 7, 2015.
- EA Sports: If It's In the Game, It's In the Courtroom, Moorad Sports Law Journal Blog, August 27, 2013.
- LL.M., Taxation, Villanova University School of Law, 2014
- J.D., cum laude, Villanova University School of Law, 2014
- Executive Editor of Moorad Sports Law Journal
- Dorothy Day Award for Pro Bono Service Work
- Federal Tax Clinic Award for outstanding contributions to the Villanova Tax Clinic
- Herman J. Obert Award for attaining highest grade in class of Business Organizations
- M.B.A., Accounting, Canisius College, 2011
- B.S., cum laude, Canisius College, 2010
- Pennsylvania, 2014
- United States Tax Court, 2016