Kenneth J. Vacovec, the founding partner of the firm, practices in all areas of tax law including tax planning for businesses and individuals, estate planning, representation before the Internal Revenue Service and state tax authorities, international tax planning for individuals and businesses, international estate planning and tax compliance. The representational work before the Internal Revenue Service and State Tax Authorities includes tax audits, appeals, tax court litigation and other related administrative proceedings including requests for innocent spouse protection.
Mr. Vacovec has developed the firm's practice, which includes large publicly held corporations, high net worth individuals and their families, closely held businesses and corporate executives. The firm is also special tax counsel to other law firms and accounting firms by providing specialized tax services to those firms' clients. Mr. Vacovec graduated from Tufts University (B.A. 1969), Suffolk University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1975) and Boston University Law School (LL.M. in Taxation, 1976).
Mr. Vacovec is a member of the International Fiscal Association (1986 to Present), Member of the Council, United States Branch (1999 to present), recently elected to the Executive Committee United States Branch (2006 to present) and named President of the 66th Annual Congress of the International Fiscal Association to be held in Boston in 2012.
Mr. Vacovec is Vice President, Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (1994 to present) a member of the Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities; President (2008) and Director of Crossroads Community Foundation Inc., (2001 to present), and has served on the Board of Directors of the British American Business Council of New England (1993-1997). He was named by The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to a second three-year term as a member of the Massachusetts IOLTA Committee (2004–2006; 2007-2009). Mr. Vacovec was also the Chairman of the Massachusetts Legal Needs Study (2002 - 2004) conducted by Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation that reported on the unmet legal need of low-income citizens of the Commonwealth.
Mr. Vacovec is the past President (2002-2004), Trustee (1998 to 2007) and Chairman of the Philanthropy Committee (2005 to 2007) of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. He was President (2000-2002) and Trustee (1998–2003) of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, Inc., and President (1996-1997), President Elect (1995-1996), Vice President (1994-1995), Treasurer (1993-1994), Vice President (1992-1993), member of the Board of Delegates (1990-1999), Tax Section Chair (1988-1990), and Law Practice Section Chair (1986-1988) of the Massachusetts Bar Association. He was also a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association (1995-2001). In addition to the Massachusetts Bar Association, Mr. Vacovec is a member of the Boston Bar Association, the American Bar Association, a Holmes Fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Mr. Vacovec is admitted to the Federal Courts and the United States Tax Court.
Mr. Vacovec speaks frequently on tax topics before both business and professional groups. Recent presentations include “Individual Investment in the United States and Germany”, International Fiscal Association, Cologne, Germany, September 2006; “Transfers to the United States-Immigration and Tax Issues”, International Fiscal Association, Annual Meeting, February 2006; “International Tax Planning for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens”, Boston Tax Institute, Boston, Massachusetts (bi-yearly, latest 2007); “International Corporate Taxation”, Boston Tax Institute (bi-yearly, latest June 2008); “Divorce Taxation”, Massachusetts Association of Public Accountants (yearly, latest 2005); “Divorce Tax – Common Mistakes, Successful Strategies”, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (yearly, latest October 2008); “The U.S. Foreign Tax Credit for Corporate Taxpayers”, Bulletin for International Fiscal Documentation (September/October 2001); The United States Reporter to the 56th Congress of the International Fiscal Association on “The Tax Treatment of Transfer of Residence by Individuals” (Oslo, Norway, 2002), “International Income and Estate Planning”, Massachusetts Association of Financial Planners (February 2005); Panel Chair and Presenter, “International Estate Planning”, Boston Bar Association (June 2005), co-author, “Taxation in the United States”, International Taxation of Employment Manual, F.T. Law and Tax (UK), 1995.