Practice Limited to Taxation

Robert S. Steinberg

Title: Attorney At Law
Phone: (305) 253-2557
Fax: (305) 253-4170


Practice Areas: Taxation; Tax Advice; Tax Audits; Tax Litigation; Tax Collection; Tax Fraud; Complex, Delinquent or Amended Tax Filings,  Tax preparation, Divorce tax matters, Blocked currency, Whistleblower claims, Employment tax classifications, IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program Submissions, 2014 OVDP, Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures..

Admitted: 1972, New York; 1975, Florida and U.S. Tax Court; 1976, U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1977, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; 1986, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

Peer review: AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell (Preeminent -Hightest rating in legal ability and ethical standards). Rated excellent by AVVO. Note: Martindale-Hubbell is the oldest private legal rating company but these ratings do not imply state or bar stamp of approval beyond bar admission and licensure. Martindale Hubbell states of its AV rating, "This rating signifies that the lawyer's reviewed peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge communication skills and ethical standards."  It is said that only 5% of attorneys nationwide hold the AV rating from Martindale Hubbell.

American Registry: Top 1% of America's Most Honored Professionals Award for 2016. Those awarded the Top 1% designation have received multiple honors by recognized trade or professional groups, and/or acclaimed recgonitions by peers, clients and/or the press. The award is given to not only lawyers but to CEOs, doctors and other professiionals. Nationally, very few lawyers are awared the Top 1% award. Note: The American Registry Top 1% Most Honored Professional rating does not imply state or bar stamp of approval beyond bar admission and licensure.  The American Registry states that the Top 1% Award is deemed to be one of the most dignified of any indivudual professiional recognition.

Law School: Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1971, Law Review, American Jurisprudence Award, Property.

College:  Colgate University (Sigma Nu Fraternity-1962), Long Island University, B.S., Accounting, 1967 (Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society), Division of Business Administration Honor Society).

Member: The Florida Bar; American Bar Association; ABA and Florida Bar Tax Sections & Family Law Sections.  (Served on numerous Section Committees); Floirda Institute of CPAs (former Chairman of Federal Tax Committee).

Community:  Put Something Back multiple Pro Bono Service Awards, Former Board member Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged, Former Board member Adopt A Pet, Former Board member American Friends of Bar-Ilan University, Former Tax Committtee member Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies, Knights of Pythias, Founding Charter member (1974) Tzedakah lodge B'nai B'rith.

Biography: Certified Public Accountant: New York, 1971, Florida, 1973; Attorney (New York, 1972, Florida, 1975; Former Certified Valuation Analyst, Business Valuation, (1996 - 2014); Mediator, Family Law;  Author and lecturer:

Published articles and professional lectures:

When Is a Tax Lawyer Needed in a Divorce Case?” ABA Section of Family Law Family Law Advocate, “Hot Tips,” Winter 2008, Vol 30, No 3.

“Controlling Forensic Accounting Costs,” ABA Section of Family Law, Family Law Advocate, Spring 2007, Vol. 29, No. 4.


"Three at Bats Against Joint and Several Tax Liability: (1) Innocent Spouse (2) The Election to Limit Liability and (3) Equitable Relief."  Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Volume 17, Number 2 (2001).


"Classification, Valuation, Distribution and Taxation of Stock Options: Selection, Preparation and Direct Examination of Stock Options Expert Witness."  ABA CLE Family Division Spring 2002 CLE Program Providence RI (April 19, 2002).


Co author and lecturer, Florida Divorce Taxation Made Easy", Melvyn B. Frumkes and Robert S. Steinberg, Professional Education Systems, Inc. (1993);


"Expert Fees, How to Reduce the Costs", presented to Family Law Committee, February 9, 1995


"Business Valuations in Divorce", presented to Concerned Matrimonial Lawyers of Dade County, May 29, 1996.


"What is the Taxpayer's Last Known Address for Purposes of Sending a Notice of Deficiency?" Taxation for Lawyers, July/August, 1988;


"Tax Aspects of Bankruptcy", presented before the Greater Miami Tax Institute, (1979);


"Analyzing Economic and Valuation Issues," Chapter 59, Florida Family Law, Mathew Bender & Company, 2000.


"Domestic Relations Provisions of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998", Florida Bar Journal, December 1998.


"New Law Expands Innocent Spouse Relief and Creates Election", Practical Tax Strategies, November 1998.


"Innocent Spouse Relief Provisions Get Interpreted By the Courts and IRS," Practical Tax Strategies, June 2002.


"New Bankruptcy Act Eliminates Some, But Not All Conflicts with Internal Revenue Code", Taxation for Lawyers, March/April, 1979;


"When is the Obligation of a Purchaser Considered "Cash' For Tax Purposes?" Taxation for Accountants, July, 1979;


Tax Laws and the Doctor,” Monthly Column, "Legal Aspects of Medical Practice";


Former Editor, "Tax Notes" FICPA monthly column, (1980).


 Publisher of newsletter, "Steinberg Talks Tax"(TM).


"The IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998", NBI Seminar, Tax Aspects of Divorce, August, 27, 1998;


"Tax Aspects of Retirement Plans in Divorce", NBI Seminar, Tax Aspects of Divorce, August, 27, 1998;


"Innocent Spouse Rules and Joint Returns", PESI Seminar, Tax Consequences of Divorce", Miami and Palm Beach, June 8 & June 9, 1999.


“Innocent Spouse Rules and Joint Returns", Minimizing the Tax Consequences of Divorce, Lorman Education Services, Miami, September

"The Family Lawyer's Guide to Stock Options" included in materials for presentation by Melvyn B. Frumkes, "Using Stock Options and Other Forms of Executve Compensation to Pay Alimony," ABA Section of Family Law meeting, Ft. Worth, Texas, October 21.2010.

"Tax Crimes, Kicking the Hornet's Nest" ABA Section of Family Law Family Advocate, Spring 2011, Vol. 33, No. 4, page 38 (discusses tax crimes in context of divorce case). Also published in Family Lawyer Magazine online edition..

"Tax: That Three Letter Four Letter Word" ABA Section of Taxation News Quarterly, Vol. 30 No. 3, Spring 2011, Tax Bites, page 28.

"Where Tax Accounting Ends and Tax Law Begins: No Bright Red Line but Great Risk to CPA Crossing," October, 2011, presented to Miami-Dade and South Dade Chapters of Florida Institute of CPAs. 

"Representing the Divorcing Client: Tax and Ethical Considerations," April 2012, presented to Miami-Dade and South Dade Chapters of Floida Institute of CPAs.

"Where Tax Accounting Ends and Tax Law Begins," Practical Tax Strategies, December 2012).

"Can and Should a State Court Order an Unwilling Spouse to File a Joint Federal Income Tax Return?" Melvyn B. Frumkes, co-author, Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Vol. 25, No. 1, November 2012). 

Frequent contributor to American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, NewsQuarterly, "Tax Bites" column.

"OVDP - Opt-outs, Opt-ins and Other Oddities." Speaker at FICPA, South-Dade Chapter meeting, September 18, 2013.

"Tax Effects of Dissolution of Marriage," Abrams Florida Family Law, Ch. 38 (Mathew Bender 2017). 

Publisher of The Tax Wars Blog at (features serious commentary on various tax issues).

Publisher of blog: (features tax and political parody song lyrics).

"When the Court Orders an Unwilling Spouse to Filing Jointly," ABA Secton of Family Law  Family Advocate, Fall 2014, Vol. 37, No. 2, page16.

"The Dependency Exemption for Minor Children: When Following the Rules Pays Off," Florida Bar Journal, Vol. No. 89, No. 1, January 2015, page 38.

"Limitations Periods and Streamlined Filings Strategies," Practical Tax Strategies, November 2015, page 202.

"OVDP & Streamlined Filings Update," presented before South Dade Chapter of Florida Institute of CPAs, May 18, 2016.

"Features that Distinquish the OVDP and the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedure," Practical Tax Strategies, August 2016, page 72.

"OVDP and Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures - Comparison," presented before Miami Dade Chapter, Florida Institute of CPAs, October 25, 2016.

"Alimony: Still Relevant After The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," Presented to Miami Dade Chaper of Florida Institute of CPAs, January 23, 2018

"Joint Return vs. Separate Return: The Importance of Avoiding Tax Headaches for Divorching Spouses," The Florida Bar Family Law Section Commentator, Vol. XXXI, No. 2, Winter, page 23.

"Effects of U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Dissolution of Marriage Proceedings," Family Law Reporter, Lexis Nexis Mathew Bender, June 2018, Vol 2018, No. 6.

Languages: Russian (not fluent), Spanish (not fluent).

Reported Cases: Manuel Frenandez v. Commissioner, 54 TCM 1036, TC Memo, 1987-557.

Born: Brooklyn, New York, May 30, 1943

ISLN: 903444512

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