W. Curtis Elliott , Jr. - Culp Elliott & Carpenter P.L.L.P.

W. Curtis Elliott , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008

Curtis Elliott has practiced tax law for more than 25 years.  He helps entrepreneurs and family business owners address their tax, estate planning, trusts and estates and business succession planning goals. 


Mr. Elliott has deep experience helping business owners develop estate planning structures for their family businesses.  His clients range from closely held companies to large industrial enterprises owned and actively managed by multiple family generations.  His work involves the use of shareholder trusts, buy-sell agreements and corporate recapitalizations.  Mr. Elliott and the Corporate Department of Culp Elliott & Carpenter also represent their business owner clients in mergers and acquisitions and corporate matters.    


Mr. Elliott also represents taxpayers facing major tax litigation.  His tax controversy and litigation advocacy has resolved challenging tax problems for many taxpayers.  His tax controversy clients have ranged from Fortune 500 corporations to large private companies, to individuals and descedent's estates.  Mr. Elliott has successfully litigated a wide variety of tax cases in the U.S. Tax Court.  Examples include his successful defense of write-offs from the sale and leaseback of a fleet of Boeing 727 jet aircraft, his upholding of deductions of a securities firm CEO's salary and bonuses as reasonable compensation, his multi-million dollar defense of income tax loss carrybacks by a national real estate development company, his successful defense in the U.S. Tax Court of write-offs of stock investments as ordinary losses by a major textile manufacturer and his reduction of a regional bank's IRS tax assessment.  Mr Elliott defends innocent spouses against tax claims lodged against their ex-spouse arising from illegal or abusive tax activity of the ex-spouse.  Mr. Elliott also has won numerous tax trials including a multi-million dollar estate tax victory in U.S. Tax Court, in the case of Disanto v. Commissioner.  The issue in dispute was the valuation for federal estate tax purposes of a private corporation's stock value, and the attempted re-appraisal of company value at a higher amount by the IRS.


Mr. Elliott handles all types of civil and criminal tax cases, including IRS audits, IRS administrative appeals, CID criminal tax investigations, grand jury proceedings and tax trials in the state and federal courts including the U.S. Tax Court.  He also represents taxpayers seeking to come into tax law compliance by making voluntary disclosures of offshore financial accounts, including the IRS' most recent OVDI program in 2011.  Mr. Elliott has been asked to speak at numerous tax controversy and litigation panels across the country, including the ABA Section of Taxation, the Georgetown University School of Law Graduate Program in Taxation, and the U.S. Tax Court Judicial Conference.  He is a past Chair of the ABA Tax Section's Committee on Court Procedure and Practice, and a past Chair of its Committee on Appointments to the U.S. Tax Court.  Additionally, Mr. Elliott is a co-author of the treatise entitled Valuation Practice in Estate Planning and Litigation, which was nationally published by Clark Boardman and Callahan in 1994.  Mr. Elliott also has served as an expert witness in taxation in complex trust and estate cases in state court.


In addition to tax litigation, Mr. Elliott represents fiduciaries, heirs and trust beneficiaries in trust and estate disputes.  He represents heirs seeking to challenge or defend the validity of a will, and he represents family members, executors and trustees in will caveats, estate disputes and trust litigation.  Mr. Elliott confronts these issues on behalf of clients in Clerk of Court hearings, North Carolina Superior Court litigation or through mediation.

University of South CarolinaBS 1977University of South CarolinaJ.D. 1980George Washington University Law School
ABA Section of Taxation

Case History

Representative Tax, Trusts and Estates Litigaton — Recently won full concession from the IRS in an innocent spouse case involving the wife of a well know personal injury lawyer who had inherited family investments.

With co-counsel, won a recentNorth Carolina income tax case before the NC Office of Administrative Hearings following 6 day trial involving a business owner in NC who claimed he had changed residence to Florida; over 8 figures in dispute.

Represented a business owner in one of the largest criminal tax fraud conspiracy prosecutions in North Carolina, in the Western District.

Favorably settled income tax case before Office of Administrative Hearings involving the taxation of personal goodwill in a dental practice which was a C corporation over NCDOR's claim that double tax resulted.

Won the Disanto trial in U.S. Tax Court following 2 day company valuation trial and reducing the estate's tax bill asserted by the IRS by over $8 million.

Representing a pending claimed innocent spouse in a TEFRA proceeding involving a Son of Boss tax shelter of husband's with over $50 in taxes and penalties at stake.

Litigated claim of embezzlement by sister against executor of another sister's estate, resulting in removal of executor and favorable settlement damages to aggrieved sister.

Office Location

4401 Barclay Downs Drive, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28209
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Tax Law of the Charlotte Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation and Controversy - Tax of the Charlotte Metro Area
W. Curtis Elliott, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!W. Curtis Elliott, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Corporate Law
Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Tax Law (Business and Succession Planning, Tax Disputes, Trusts and Estates, Wealth Management)
Trusts and Estates (Estate Planning, Planning for Closely Held Businesses, Probate, Tax)

Other Information

Gender: Male