Kunal Patel, JD is a Houston tax lawyer representing individuals and small businesses before the Internal Revenue Service in tax controversies and foreign compliance matters. Mr. Patel’s practice focuses exclusively in tax matters.
Mr. Patel graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, recognized on the University Honors list. Subsequently he graduated from the University of Houston Law Center where he was invited to the Houston Business and Tax Journal after successfully competing in the write-on competition. While he has sufficient accounting hours to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam, he has no interest in public accounting.
After law school, Mr. Patel pursued his interest in tax by working at the IRS for several years. His experience at the IRS provided him with a unique perspective of IRS procedures and policies. He has initiated and represented in IRS audits on both sides of the table. For his clients he approaches tax problems with a practical and results-oriented approach.
After the IRS, Mr. Patel worked at KPMG LLP. where he provided expat tax services and worked on cross-border tax issues involving expatriates and foreign nationals. At KPMG he gained experience in reporting of foreign assets and foreign income, and is knowledgeable of issues such as:
- Interpreting and applying tax treaties
- Classification and reporting of investments in passive foreign investment companies
- Foreign income sourcing rules
- Tax residency issues
- Section 911 Foreign earned income exclusions
- Section 901 Foreign tax credits
- Interpretation and application of totalization agreements
- And other taxation issues involving expatriates and immigrants
With over a decade of experience in tax, he has successfully represented clients with tax problems, including undisclosed offshore account and income through the streamlined filing compliance procedures.
Mr. Patel has been a Houstonian for 16 years, where he resides with his wife, who is a CPA, and two children.
State Bar of Texas, Taxation Section
American Bar Association
Co-authored with Dunn, Stephen, Foreign Accounts Compliance (2018), Thomson Reuters.