Through Skalski Law Firm, LLC, Joseph C. Skalski, CPA, JD, serves private clients in the following ways:
- Advising on sophisticated real estate transactions, including forward and reverse 1031 exchanges, land conservation, charitable contributions of real estate, capital gain structuring, and loan forgiveness issues.
- Counseling with respect to utilization of income tax reduction techniques.
- Optimizing entity structures and interrelationships with respect to corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, trusts, and available tax elections.
- Planning for estate and business succession in a manner that minimizes transfer taxes and protects assets against waste while maintaining peace in the family.
- Helping with the formation and maintenance of tax-exempt entities such as family foundations and other not-for-profits.
- Advocating for clients who encounter Internal Revenue Service challenges to their tax return positions by employing suitable tax defense strategies.
In all of these areas, clients benefit from Joe’s dual expertise in both the legal and tax systems. Joe is a Certified Public Accountant in Georgia (2004), Florida (1987), and Maryland (1984), and has been admitted to practice law in Georgia (2015), Florida (1989), Maryland (1984), New Jersey (1983), and the U.S. Tax Court (1990). Accordingly, he is uniquely able to view client needs through both lenses, and he offers solutions that consider both perspectives.
Joe received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Seton Hall University and his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University; in addition, he participated in the VIP program of NYU Stern. Before coming to Georgia in 2005, Joe practiced for fifteen years in Clearwater, Florida, as an attorney with Joseph C. Skalski, P.A., and a principal of Skalski & Clark, CPAs. Prior to that, he was a Tax Manager for a CPA firm in St. Petersburg, Florida, as well as PWC in New York and Baltimore. He also worked for 10 years with the CPA firm of Large & Gilbert P.C., where he was Shareholder and Tax Director. Additionally, he is a founding member of Conservation Pays, LLC, where he assisted clients with the conservation of over 30,000 acres of land.
His publications include, among others, articles and contributions to the ABA Technology and Practice Guide, The Practical Accountant, The Maryland Bar Journal, and The Tax Advisor, as well as chapters in the book Federal Tax Aspects of Bankruptcy. He is a frequent public speaker on a variety of professional topics, including engagements with the Land Trust Alliance, National Business Institute, and Lorman.
Joe is a member of the board of directors of the Atlantic Coast Conservancy, Inc., and has also served as Treasurer for Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia. He is also past Board Chair of Family Service, Inc., a social service organization with two affiliates: Family Service Centers and Family Service Home Health, where he served for 12 years. He has also taught for a number of years as an adjunct instructor with St. Petersburg College and Tampa College. Joe is a member of the Georgia Bar, the Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, the American Academy of Attorneys/CPAs, the American Institute of CPAs, the Georgia Society of CPAs, and the Land Trust Alliance.
At home, Joe is married to the CEO of Kimberly A. Skalski, CPA, PLLC, an accounting and tax firm that does business throughout the Southeast. His hobbies include traveling, hiking, bowling, playing chess, and raising a calico and two pugs.