Is it possible to get to grips with tax litigation, gain an in-depth understanding of what is at the base of taxation disputes and proceedings and find a way out of the phobia that surrounds taxation litigation in general?
That’s right. It’s a phobia - dictionary meaning: fear which is unreal or irrational.
And it’s quite widespread. Not just law students, but most practicing lawyers who are looking to develop a full-service practice and chartered accountants who work in the area of taxation compliance also stay away from tax litigation believing it to be a domain of only specialists.
However, consider this: if something is considered to be extremely complex and technical, it has few takers. Tax litigation services therefore, tend to be in short supply.
Now let’s look at the demand: companies which earn thousands of crores have to pay taxes in hundreds of crores. They will go to great lengths to legally reduce their tax burden, which straight on adds to their profits. Naturally, they are looking out for good tax lawyers. Let alone large companies, even high networth individuals or medium to large sized businesses are looking to find their way out of the maze of tax legislations.
Taxation is actually a service that every business requires. Therefore, the sheer quantity of work in tax litigation is worth considering. From matters like refunds which are stuck, right up to dealing with imminent arrests (GST provides for non-bailable offences), you can find cases at all levels in this domain. Chartered Accountants, Company Secretaries and Lawyers with good understanding of litigation aspects and functioning of courts are highly demanded in the industry due to the plethora of pending litigation before various Courts and tribunals.
When you’re not helping businesses with their existing taxation proceedings, which in itself is likely to be on rare occasions, you can be challenging new laws or amendments and their applicability on these businesses.
Certainly therefore, a foray in tax litigation, if keenly pursued, can not only be highly rewarding, but can often be a key differentiator specially for the practitioners who have recently started or who are looking to develop a full-service practice for their clients. This is also demonstrable as some of India’s most famous lawyers such as Nani Palkhivala, Harish Salve, Arvind Datar, etc. started as tax lawyers, and eventually became the most illustrious constitutional lawyers.
What do you need to get there?
Unlike compliances and drafting legal opinions, a lot of success in tax litigation is a matter of good strategy and your understanding of how courts work and appeals and replies are drafted. It takes immense skill and sound understanding of procedure to corner your opponents who are generally panel lawyers with taxation departments having decades of experience. A mistake in drafting scope of appeal or grounds can lead to loss in an easily winnable case.
To be a good taxation lawyer and arguing counsel, you have to learn a lot of basic ground work, from drafting reply to notices, to drafting plaints, written statements, applications, appeals and even how to handle the court clerks. Regardless of the forums, these are the skills that lawyers always have upper hands on and other professionals thus struggle to get their foothold irrespective of the breadth of knowledge.
These skills are highly valuable, but they are either not taught or taught in a very limited manner in law school, or indeed, in chartered accountancy or company secretaryship courses.
Although we have a course focusing on corporate taxation dealing specifically with the conceptual clarity and discussion that is imperative for a tax lawyer to understand the proceedings, over the past few years many learners have asked us for inclusion of litigation & drafting aspects in the courses which enables them to start practicing before various courts and tribunals.
We have decided to launch this course keeping in mind such requests.
Learning how to draft grounds of appeals, prayers, reply to notices, compile paper books, writing statements of facts etc. will be the main focus of this course. This will enable you to have a preliminary sense of how to provide a service to a client and appear before courts and tribunals.
How long will it take to learn these skills?
Many tax lawyers currently spend several years working under a Senior Lawyer to understand the practical aspects and legal drafting, not taught in any law school. Often, it seems to be the only available way to gain these skills.
With our unique methodology, we are going to bet that you can learn them in six weeks.
It’s not that you’ll never find a matter not taught in this course - of course, you will. No course in the world can claim that it will teach you all that you will encounter with the businesses. But what it will do is that it will prepare you to deal with whatever comes your way. It will help you build the necessary muscle with your drafting skills - just so that thereafter, you will be able to find your way out in various litigation matters.
You just need to give us approximately an hour of study per day at your own time, and 2 hours of online classes with us per week.
If you take this course, follow it diligently for a month, do all the exercises but still do not find value in it, or not able to understand or follow it or not find it good for any reason, we will refund the entire course fee to you. It is a 100% money-back guarantee with only one condition, you must pursue it properly for a month. If you don’t find it valuable after that, get your entire money back. Refer to our refund policy here.
- Printed study material (by courier)
- 1 online live class/ week (6 weeks)
- 2 practical or drafting exercises per week (5 weeks)
- 1 writing assignment (1 week)
- Get digital access to entire study material
- Access on LMS, Android & iOS app
- Instructor feedback on assignments
- Doubt clearing on WhatsApp, LMS & classes
- Instructor led course with online live classes
- Online exams (give exams as per your convenience on given time slots)
- Certificate (by courier)
- CV enhancement
- Coaching for professional networking
- Training for writing and publishing articles
- Internship & Job Support
- Interview preparation guidance
- Networking with other students & alumni
- Access to updated content online for 3 years
- Doubt clearing within 24 hours
- Top students are recommended to law firms and companies
- Internship and job support available
-Access to all of Lawsikho.com's courses for 5 years (including new courses launched in this period)
- Immunity from future price increases for 5 years
- Complimentary access to members-only paid Facebook group for exclusive career opportunities and content
- Inclusion of templates and lessons on your request on a priority basis
- Priority pass for personal coaching, doubt-clearing, customer-support
- Free passes and invitations to all Lawsikho events and meet-ups across India
- Direct mentorship from Ramanuj and Abhyuday
- Personal feedback on as many assignments as you want
- Access to Lawsikho alumni network
- Priority processing for articles submitted to iPleaders blog and Superlawyer interview recommendations
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