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Lara R. Chwat, Partner

Lara R. Chwat is a Partner of Katz, Bernstein & Katz, LLP.  Lara has been with the firm since 2000 and has played a key role in the growth and development of many of the firm’s areas of practice.  Lara’s technical skill and knowledge along with her ability to interact with clients and other professionals makes her a vital part of the firm.

Lara’s areas of practice include Federal and State tax matters, Estate Administration and Business Transactions.  In addition to New York, she is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Florida.

Lara’s tax expertise includes the handling of income, estate and gift and sales tax matters.  In this regard she handles Federal, New York State and New York City tax examinations, and represents clients before the Appeals Office of the Internal Revenue Service and the New York State Bureau of Conciliation and Mediation Services.  Lara is also experienced in handling tax collection matters, including Offers In Compromise and Innocent Spouse cases.

Lara is also principally responsible for handling all aspects of the firm’s Estate Administration matters; from Probate and Administration of the estate, through the preparation of the estate tax returns and marshalling of the assets; to accounting and final distribution.

Lara is also actively involved with the firm’s business clients, who often seek her counsel regarding the ramifications of their business transactions.  She devotes a great deal of her time to the preparation of sophisticated business agreements and integrates her tax knowledge to provide the best results for the clients.

Lara’s knowledge has been recognized by her peers and other professionals.  She has been called on to present at the Long Island Tax Practitioner Symposium regarding New York State residency and domicile and was a lecturer for the Women’s Focus Group of the Nassau County Chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants where she spoke about the Innocent Spouse rules.

New York University School of Law - LL.M. in Taxation (2000)
New York University School of Law - J.D. (1999)
Sy Syms School of Business; Yeshiva University - B.S.. in Accounting (1996)

Professional/Civic/Philanthropic Affiliations:

  • Member, American and New York State Bar Associations
  • Member, Nassau County and Suffolk County Bar Associations
  • Member, NYS Tax Department Commissioner’s Liaison Committee

Lara resides in Cedarhurst, New York with her husband and her son and daughter.

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