Daniel G. Baucum

Dan represents clients with tax and business planning and federal and state tax controversies including high-stakes audits, appeals, IRS practice issues and in court.

Dan began his legal career in Dallas after law school. After almost nine years of practice Dan was offered the opportunity to work as Special Assistant to the IRS Associate Chief Counsel (Passthroughs and Special Industries) in Washington, D.C. Dan jumped at the chance. He then spent the next decade of his legal career in Washington, first working for the IRS and then in private practice as the Director of IRS Practice in the National Tax Office of the international tax and advisory firm, PwC LLP. This experience gives Dan a unique perspective on the inner workings of the IRS and Treasury and other federal agencies that he uses to represent clients in federal tax matters, controversies and in court.

Dan is a highly credentialed attorney, having received his law degree from the SMU’s Dedman School of Law while serving as Editor of the Law Review. After three years of practice Dan returned to law school and receive the coveted Master of Laws in Taxation (LL.M. Tax) from New York University School of Law. He is also a noted counselor, speaker, and law professor on business and tax planning issues and tax controversies. Throughout his career, which spans almost 40 years, Dan has represented clients in both tax and business planning issues and federal tax disputes. His practice includes federal tax audits, IRS appeals, IRS private letter ruling requests (including 9100 relief) along with civil and criminal judicial hearings and trials including appeals to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

As a counselor, Dan works with high net-worth individuals in estate and wealth preservation planning. He also works with and advises clients regarding acquiring or selling their business, entity planning for business and real estate private equity investments and funds, real estate like-kind exchanges, cross border business transactions, and advising charitable organizations. In representing charities Dan gives counsel to their board of directors and executives and, when needed, represents the charity in matters before the Texas Attorney General’s office or in matters with the IRS.

While practicing in Washington, D.C., Dan was an Adjunct Professor of Law in the Graduate Tax Law Program at Georgetown University’s Law Center where he taught IRS Practice and Procedure. For more than a decade since his return to Dallas, Dan has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching business and tax law, at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. Dan regularly speaks before legal and accounting professionals and serves as Co-Chair of the State Bar of Texas Tax Section’s continuing legal education committee where each Spring he produces and hosts the Texas Bar Tax Section’s Federal Tax Workshop.

  • New York University, LL.M (Taxation)
  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, J.D.
    • Southwestern Law Journal (Editor)
  • Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business, B.B.A.