Stephen J. McFarlane

Bredemann & McFarlane, PLC
  • Business Law, Elder Law, Estate Planning...
  • Arizona, Washington, Federal District Ct (Ariz), Federal District Ct (Colo)
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Boston University School of Law
LL.M. / Tax Law; Tax Controversy (1990)
mastery of tax laws and IRS procedures; representation of taxpayers before the US Tax Court
Honors: Master's Degree in Tax Law
Activities: BU Journal of Tax Law; US Tax Court Taxpayer Representation Program
Thunderbird, The International Graduate School of Business Management
MBA, Int'l Finance / Int'l Bsn Management
Honors: Master's Degree in International Management & Business Administration
Marquette University
BA (PolSci); BA (Fren); Minor (Phil) / Politcal Science; Philosophy; French Civilization (1978)
Honors: National Politcal Science Honor Society; National French Honor Society
Activities: President, French Club
Univ of Strasbourg, France
other / Science Politique; French
Professional Experience
Bredemann & McFarlane, PLC
- Current
FORMER IRS TRIAL ATTORNEY. TAX CONTROVERSY: Represents taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR), and local and city taxing agencies. PROPERTY TAX CONTROVERSY: Represents commercial and residential property owners before the County Assessor's Offices, the State Board of Equalization, the Arizona Tax Court and all administrative agencies and the Attorney General's Office. BUSINESS FORMATION: Assists in selecting the proper form of entity and in the formation and filing of that entity with the state. Negotiates and drafts operating agreements, contracts, buy-sell provisions. Assists in preparing past due tax returns and negotiating payment plans with the IRS and ADOR. BUSINESS SALES AND PURCHASES: We counsel our clients in the optimal sales or purchase structure - from both a tax and business perspective. We draft the necessary documentation to memorialize the transaction, including: purchase and sale agreement; buy-sell agreements; employment agreements; non-compete, non-solicitation, non-disclosure, and other restrictive agreements. We also file needed tax return information and statements. TATE PLANNING: We draft revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, ILITS, powers of attorney, and pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. GUARDIANSHIPS and CONSERVATORSHIPS: We represent persons needing the protection and oversight of the state through a court appointed guardian and conservator. We practice elder law. PROBATE: Our firm assists surviving family members and relatives with the probate of a deceased person's will, either in a formal court setting or informally. We represent interested parties in their probate controversies and probate litigation. TRUST ADMINISTRATION: Often times the survivng spouse and family members need an attorney to assist them through the comlexities of trust administration. We assist our clients in understanding the trust and other estate planning documentation and direct them efficiently through the complex processes.
Tax & Probate Attorney
The Law Office of Stephen J. McFarlane, PLC
Tax controversy: IRS, Az Dept of Revenue, property tax appeals, Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Probate, Guardianship Conservatorship, LLC Partnership, contracts and agreements
Associate Attorney
Beus, Gilbert & Morrill, PLLC
Practice specialized in business & LLC formation; partnership and corporate tax transactions; federal, state and local tax controversy; and tax planning; estate planning; asset protection; US Tax Court; Arizona Tax Court; Arizona property tax before the Maricopa County Assessor's Office, the State Board of Equalization, and administrative agencies and the Attorney General's Office. Assistant Editor, Journal of Arizona Taxation, a publication by Morrill & Aronson, PLC.
Corporate Counsel/President/CEO
McFarlane Brewing Company, LLC
Start-up operations
Assistant District Counsel Litigation Attorney
Department of the Treasury
Represented the government, and primarily the Internal Revenue Service, in its day to day activities; litigated federal individual income tax, corporate tax, partnership tax, employment tax, estate tax, and other fiduciary tax cases before the US Tax Court; represented IRS agents in their legal issues; reviewed audited cases for purposes of applying civil fraud or criminal fraud penalties; reviewed CID cases for appropriate seizure and forfeiture action; analyzed and drafted position memorandums for various legal issues; interacted with revenue agents, supervisors, revenue officers, appeals officers, the District Director, the Regional Director, and all levels of administration; interacted with US Tax Court judges.
Professional Associations
Arizona State Bar
- Current
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Federal District Ct (Ariz)
Federal District Ct (Colo)
US Tax Court
Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Tax Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Corporate and Limited Liability Company Law
  • Guardianship Conservatorship
  • IRS & Arizona Tax Controversy
  • Probate & Trust Admin
  • Purchase and Sale of Assets
  • Tax Return Preparation
  • Trusts & Powers of Attorney
Contact & Map
8655 E Via de Ventura
Ste. F-100
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Telephone: (480) 998-0999 Ext. 101
Fax: (480) 483-6673