Katrina Wessbecker
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Katrina Wessbecker

Senior Attorney
wessbecker.katrina@dorsey.com

Overview

KATRINA USES HER EXPERTISE IN TAX LAW TO HELP CLIENTS SUCCESSFULLY RESOLVE TAX CONTROVERSIES AND TO ADVISE CLIENTS ON A WIDE VARIETY OF TAX AND BUSINESS MATTERS.

Katrina Wessbecker is an associate in Dorsey's Tax, Trusts and Estates department. Katrina represents individuals and entities in all stages of federal and state tax controversies, including audits, administrative appeals, litigation, collections, and refund or abatement requests.

Katrina also provides federal and state tax planning and advice to businesses and individuals.  She regularly counsels clients on formation and structure of business and investment entities, federal and state income tax withholding and reporting requirements, and residency planning.  Katrina also assists non-profit and other tax-exempt organizations with securing exemption from certain federal and state taxes.

Prior to joining Dorsey, Katrina clerked for the Honorable Mark V. Holmes at the United States Tax Court in Washington, D.C. 

Education & Admissions

University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 2011), magna cum laude, Business Law Concentration, Order of the Coif, National Moot Court Competition Team, Legal Writing Instructor

University of Wisconsin - Madison (B.A., 2008), with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Minnesota

U.S. Tax Court

Clerkships

  • United States Tax Court, Honorable Mark V. Holmes, 2011-2012

Experience

Tax Controversy.  Katrina represents clients in all types of federal, state, and local tax disputes.  She has successfully resolved disputes at the audit, administrative, and federal and state court levels.  Her experience includes the following types of matters:

  • Federal and state individual income tax
  • State corporate income and franchise tax
  • Residency
  • State sales and use tax
  • Successor liability
  • Federal and state criminal tax
  • Civil penalties
  • Income reconstruction
  • Innocent spouse claims
  • Collections, including lien or levy release

Tax Advice and Planning.  Katrina counsels clients on a wide variety of federal, state, and local tax matters.  Her particular areas of expertise include:

  • Residency
  • State and local sales and use tax
  • State corporate income and franchise tax
  • Federal and state income and employment tax withholding and reporting
  • Federal and state income, property, and sales tax exemptions for non-profit, government, and other tax-exempt organizations
  • Settlement reporting
  • Successor and transferee liability

Business Structuring and Advice.  Katrina advises clients on formation, structuring, equity, and governance issues related to LLCs, partnerships, and other pass-through entities.  In particular, she regularly assists clients with the following business structures:

  • Real estate partnerships, LLCs, and joint ventures
  • Family partnerships and LLCs
  • Investment partnerships and LLCs

Industries & Practices

Nonprofit & Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Closely Held Businesses
  • Electric Power
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Indian & Alaska Native
  • Mining
  • Nonprofit & Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Oil & Gas
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Tax
  • Tax Controversy & Litigation

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • American Bar Association, Tax Section
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Tax Section
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • AchieveMpls, Graduation Coach, 2014-2015

Accolades

  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2013
Katrina Wessbecker