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Christopher L. Young

"I am dedicated to providing my clients the effective and efficient legal services that they desire. I strive to be straightforward with clients when taking on the Internal Revenue Service or a state tax authority, providing an honest assessment on potential outcomes and inherent risks. It’s my job to be an advocate for my clients, to represent their best interests no matter the circumstances and to ensure that they are advised of their rights and all of their options."

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Overview

Christopher (Chris) Young is a business and tax attorney who works with companies and individuals with their business and tax needs throughout the Washington, D.C. area.

Being born and raised in the area (he is from Northern Virginia), Chris is keenly aware of the unique circumstances that businesses face and must consider or take into account when operating in and around our nation’s capital, and he has successfully helped numerous businesses with navigating (and avoiding) unnecessary risks and difficulties.  Chris likes to tell his clients that the old saying of “failing to plan, is planning to fail,” is more relevant and appropriate for the area of business and tax law than perhaps any other part of their business and personal lives.  However, as a lawyer, Chris is more of a realist than an idealist, and he understands that problems and controversies occur and, perhaps, may be unavoidable; and, given his background and experience, the advice that he gives and the strategies that he designs for his clients have assisted them with reaching successful outcomes.

As part of Chris’ tax practice, he represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service and state agencies. Chris advises his clients on all areas of federal and state tax law, including, audit investigations, offers in compromise and installment agreements (the IRS’ “fresh start” program), trust fund recovery penalty and officer liability matters, foreign bank account reporting and compliance, collection due process or equivalent hearings and other IRS Appeals matters, penalty abatement requests, innocent spouse relief, applications for tax-exempt status, and federal tax lien releases, discharges and subordinations.

He works with corporate clients on issues related to corporate sales and purchases, disputes, governance, formations and restructurings, as well as drafting and reviewing corporate documents such as contracts and purchase agreements, shareholder agreements, bylaws,  operating agreements and partnership agreements.

Prior to joining Miller, Miller & Canby, Chris was an Associate at JDKatz, P.C., where he focused his practice in tax controversies and issues related to corporate disputes. He began his career as a State Tax Law Editor at Bloomberg BNA. While in law school, he worked as a law clerk with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, in the Financial Litigation Unit.  For his achievements at the Department of Justice, he was honored with a special commendation for his work on Fidelity International v. United States and Fidelity High Tech v. United States.

For his achievements, Chris has been named to the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list for the state of Maryland for both 2019 and 2020. He is admitted to practice law in the states of Maryland and Virginia.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Virginia Tech, and earned his Juris Doctorate from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and two young boys.  Chris is also passionate about the Washington Nationals and the Washington Football Team, and enjoys unwinding and relaxing by catching a game from either team.


Practice Areas


Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • United States Tax Court

Professional Affiliations

  • Bar Association of Montgomery County
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar Association

Education

  • The Catholic University of America, J.D., 2012
  • Virginia Tech, B.A., 2005

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, “Rising Star” in Maryland, 2019-2020
  • U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division, Special Commendation

Case Studies

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    Business Transactions & Tax

    Buying and Selling a Business

    Issue: Selling a business can be an intimidating and stressful undertaking. A business typically represents an owner’s entire career of commitment and dedication,...read more →

  • mmc
    Business Transactions & Tax

    Tax Return Mistakes

    Issue: Taxes can be daunting and confusing to most.  Taxpayers hire CPAs or tax professionals to handle tax return preparations for no...read more →

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