Robert M. Kane, Jr. – Retired

Bob Kane devoted his practice exclusively to resolving disputes with the Internal Revenue Service. He is a veteran of numerous tax controversies, particularly audits and administrative appeals. He also has handled tax litigation at all levels including appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

As a trial attorney with the Tax Division of the U.S. Justice Department in the late 70’s, Mr. Kane handled a wide variety of tax trials and received a special commendation for outstanding service from the Attorney General.
Mr. Kane taught federal tax procedure to CPA’s at the Golden Gate University Graduate School of Taxation in Seattle for over twenty years.  He is a past president of the Tax Section of the Washington State Bar Association. He has served on several Internal Revenue Service liaison committees and speaks regularly to various practitioner and industry groups on IRS audits, appeals, collection and litigation. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America and his peers voted him one of Washington’s “Super Lawyers.”

A resident of West Seattle, Mr. Kane’s life outside the office revolves around his wife, Ginny, and their children Shannon, Matt, Colleen and Joey.  He particularly enjoys sports with his family, especially skiing, biking and tennis.  He commutes to the office by bicycle and travels whenever possible.


  • New York University, LL.M. (Taxation), 1982
  • Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1977
  • University of Washington, B.A., cum laude, 1973


  • Special Commendation for Outstanding Service from the U.S. Attorney General
  • Golden Gate University Faculty Member of the Year Award
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Super Lawyers
  • Seattle Magazine: Best Lawyers, Tax Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Rating

Recent Publications

  • Washington Law Practice Manual, Tax Procedures: Contesting an IRS Audit Determination
  • Insights, How to Approach Federal Estate and Gift Tax Valuation Disputes

Presentation & Publications

  • Mr. Kane regularly speaks to various professional groups about IRS civil tax controversy matters. Topics include the following:
    • IRS Audits and Appeals
    • Strategies in Handling an IRS Audit
    • Contesting an IRS Audit Determination
    • Dealing with the IRS Appeals Office
    • But My Neighbor Paid Only 5 Cents on the Dollar – IRS Offer in Compromise Practice Tips
    • Representing the Client with an IRS Collection Problem
    • Pitfalls in Representing a Client Before the IRS
    • Voluntary Disclosures to the IRS – No Time Like the Present
    • Procedures and Strategies on How to Approach Estate/Gift Tax Litigation with the IRS
    • Representing the Delinquent Tax Filer
    • In the Midst of Reorganization – What’s Really Happening with IRS Enforcement Today
    • Getting Your Client a Better Result When the IRS Estate Tax Examiner Proposes a Deficiency
    • What is the IRS Examination Division Up To Today?
    • Strategies in Submitting an Offer in Compromise
    • How to Handle an IRS Employee/Independent Contractor Audit
    • The Trust Fund Recovery Penalty
    • IRS Delinquency Penalties
    • Basic Return Position Taxpayer Penalties
    • New Return Preparer Standards
    • Handling an IRS Estate/Gift Tax Audit Dispute
    • Dealing with the IRS – An Update on IRS Practice and Procedure
    • Negotiating with the IRS
    • Coping with an IRS Audit – What Corporate Counsel Needs to Know
    • What’s New at the IRS
    • What the Preparer Needs to Consider Before Writing Off the Hot Tub
    • Tangling with the IRS – Does it Pay to Fight?


  • American Bar Association, Tax Section, Regional IRS Liaison Committee, Past Chairperson
  • Washington State Bar Association, Taxation Law Section, Past President
  • Seattle Tax Group, Past President
  • Attorney-CPA Tax Clinic, Board of Directors

Bar Admissions

  • Washington
  • District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington