Samuel L. Braunstein

Samuel L. Braunstein

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Tax Attorney in Fairfield, CT

Braunstein and Todisco PC
 | One Eliot Place, Fairfield, CT 06824
Phone: 203-254-1118
Fax: 203-254-2453
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2012
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Tax (50%),
  • Closely Held Business (30%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%)
    Attorney Profile
    Sam practices primarily in the areas of federal taxation and business matters, including closely held businesses, ownership transition planning, estate planning and asset preservation, business mergers and acquisitions, and exempt organizations. Sam is a member of the Connecticut and Texas bars; lectures and publishes on taxation and related topics; and is active in various professional organizations, including serving as President, Greater Bridgeport Bar Association; Vice Chair, Professional Services, and IRS SB/SE Division Coordinator, Section of Taxation, American Bar Association; Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel; and Fellow, American Bar Foundation; and belonging to American Institute of CPAs; Texas Society of CPAs; and Connecticut Society of CPAs.

    About Samuel Braunstein

    Admitted: 1982, Connecticut

    Professional Webpage: http://www.btlawfirm.com/

    Honors/Awards:

    • The Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity Scholarship Key Award

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Bar Association (Section of Taxation: Vice Chair, Professional Services, 2007-2009; Tax Section IRS Small Business/Self Employed Division Coordinator, 2004-2009; Tax Section Council Director, 2004-2007; Chair, 2000-2001, Closely Held Businesses Committee and Chair, 2001-2003, Professional Services Committee; Member, Nominating Committee, 2000-2004, Tax Section; Member, Government Relations Committee, 2004-2006; Member, Committee on Committees, 2005-2008; Member – Section Officers Conference – 2007 – 2009); the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association(Member, Board of Directors, 2004; Treasurer, 2005; Secretary, 2006; Vice President, 2007, President Elect – 2008, President - 2009; Chair - Nominating Committee, 2012 - present); the Connecticut Bar Association (Member, Executive Committees of the Sections on: Professionalism, Business Law (Member of Connecticut Limited Liability Company Act Revision Committee) and Taxation and Member Professionalism and CLE Committee); the Texas Bar Association; the AmericanInstitute of Certified Public Accountants; the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants.

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Some of Sam's community activities have included being: a member and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Park City Hospital; a member of the Board of Directors of United Health Care, Inc.; a member of the Board of Directors of Family Services‑Woodfield; a member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greater Bridgeport Area Foundation; a Founder and Co‑Chair of the Board of Directors of the Trumbull Community Trust Fund; and, a member of the Trumbull, Connecticut Town Council. Additionally, Sam served as a Member of the Editorial Board of The Practical Tax Lawyer; is Senior Editor - Taxation on the Board of Editors of The Connecticut Bar Journal; a Fellow of The International Society for Philosophical Enquiry; a Fellow of American College of Tax Counsel; a Fellow of American Bar Foundation; is a Member of the Connecticut Chapter, National Society Sons of the American Revolution; is a Life Sponsor of the American Tax Policy Institute; and has served as Special Tax counsel to the Office of the city Attorney, Bridgeport, Connecticut.

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    •   Author: "Criteria in Selection of a Tax Attorney," CLT Tax Law Supplement, May 10, 1993; "The Cabaret Tax and the Carpenteri Case," CLT Tax Law Supplement, February 13, 1995, p. 21; "Which is Better: To Give or To Receive?" CLT Trusts & Estates and Tax Planning Supplement, February 12, 1996, p. 11; "Timely Tax Issues for Practice and Home," 22 CLT 44, 19 (November 4, 1996); "Special IRS Treatments for Lawyers," 23 CLT 10, 20 (March 3, 1997); "IRA Deathtraps," 23 CLT 16, 20 (April 14, 1997); "Love, Marriage and Taxes," 23 CLT 35, 25 (August 25/September 1, 1997); "How Do You Spell Relief?" 23 CLT 44, 16 (November 3, 1997); "Roth IRA Provides a Valuable Planning Tool," 24 CLT 7, 16 (February 9, 1998); "Attorneys Singled Out for Special IRS Treatment," 24 CLT 13, 16 (March 23, 1998); "Are ‘Foreign Trusts’ Really Alien to Connecticut Estate Planners?" CLT Magazine, Trusts & Estates Supplement, p. 4 (June 22, 1998).       Co-Author: with Carol F. Burger: “Tax Law to the Rescue”, American Bar Association Journal, November, 2008, p. 48; “The IRS Gets Less Charitable”, American Bar Association Journal, December 2007, p. 50; "Taxing Consequences," American Bar Association Journal, November 2006, p. 50; "Current Developments in Tax Law," American Bar Association Journal, November 2005; "Current Developments in Tax Law-Older Clients," ABA Journal, November 2004; "Tax Issues From A Tough Year," ABA Journal, November 2002, p.44; "Good News in Tax Law," ABA Journal, November 2001; "Tax Outcomes You Didn't Expect," ABA Journal, November 2000; "Protecting the Wealth," ABA Journal, November 1999, p. 58; "What To Do When the IRS Calls," ABA Journal, November 1998. Co-Author, with C. Wells Hall, III, "These Taxing Times," ABA Journal, November 1997. Co-Author, with Robb A. Longman, “Tips For Representing Your Client Before The Appeals Division Of The Internal Revenue Service”, The Practical Tax Lawyer, Winter 2006, Volume 20/Number 2, p. 7; Contributing author, Careers In Tax Law – Perspectives on the Tax Profession and What It Holds for You, ABA Section of Taxation, 2009, p.52.       Moderator and Panelist: "Estate Planning Workshop for Closely-Held Businesses," ABA Section of Taxation, San Francisco, CA, August 2, 1997; "These Taxing Times," ABA Connection Teleconference, November 19, 1997; "A Business Divorce - The Demise of a Law Firm," ABA Section of Taxation, San Antonio, TX, January 25, 1998; "Passing the Torch," ABA Connection Teleconference, February 18, 1998; "Breaking Up is Hard to Do - A Business Law Primer: Section 355 Divisive Reorganizations," ABA Section of Taxation, Washington, DC, May 16, 1998; "What To Do When the IRS Calls," ABA Connection Teleconference, November 1998; Buying and Selling a Business - A Business Primer - Transactional Analysis of the Mechanics and Issues Involved in Buying or Selling a Business," ABA Section of Taxation, Orlando, Florida, January 16, 1999; "Tax Considerations in Buying and Selling a Business - A Tax Primer," ABA Section of Taxation, Washington, D.C., May 1, 1999; "Fringe Benefits Are Not the Only Hot Issues - Winning at the Appellate Level," ABA Section of Taxation, Washington D.C., May 1, 1999; "To Be Or Not To Be-How Is The Question (Taxable or Non-Taxable)-- A Tax Primer-- A Practical Analysis of Selected (Essential) Tax Issues Involved In Buying, Selling and Restructuring A Business," ABA Section of Taxation, Washington, D.C., May 13, 2000; "Tax Considerations in Buying or Selling a Business," ABA Section of Taxation Teleconference, September 16, 1999; "Tax Considerations in Buying or Selling a Business," ABA Section of Taxation Teleconference, March 21, 2000; "Protecting Wealth," ABA Connection Teleconference, November 18 and 19, 1999; "What To Do When The IRS Calls," ABA Connection Teleconference, November 18, 1998; "Tax Outcomes You Didn't Expect," ABA Connection Teleconference, November 15, 2000; "Good News in Tax Law," ABA Connection Teleconference, November 14, 2001; "Tough Issues From A Tough Year," ABA Connection Teleconference, November 20, 2002; "Current Developments In Tax Law," ABA Connection Teleconference, November 19, 2003; "Current Developments in Tax Law--Older Clients," ABA Connection Teleconference, November 17, 2004; "Current Developments in Tax Law," ABA Connection Teleconference, November 2005. "Taxing Consequences," ABA Connection Teleconference, November 15, 2006; “The IRS Gets Less Charitable”, ABA Connection Teleconference, December 19, 2007;“The 2011 IRS Voluntary Disclosure Program”, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, June 23, 2011; “The Death of a Business: the Mechanics of the Burial”, The Easton Connection, Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants, September 22, 2011. .      

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    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Sam was a Tax Attorney with the Office of the Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service and served in Viet Nam while on active duty with the U.S. Army (1964-1968). In addition to his current practice with Braunstein and Todisco, PC, since 2001, Sam also serves as Special Tax Counsel, Office of the City Attorney, Bridgeport, Connecticut.  
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    One Eliot Place
    Fairfield, CT 06824

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