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Joseph L. Perera

Senior Associate,Detroit

T 313-393-7563F 313-393-7579313-393-7563

competitive drive
Practices & Industries
Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, L.L.M. in Taxation, Employee Benefits Certificate
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Dallas, B.A., magna cum laude
Admissions
  • State Bar of Texas
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Tax Ct.
    U.S. District Ct., W.D. Texas
    U.S. Ct. of Fed. Cl.
Professional Affiliations
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
Overview

Mr. Perera represents corporate and individual clients during all stages of federal and state tax controversies including audits, IRS appeals, and Tax Court litigation.

He provides clients with tax planning advice and strategy and has advised domestic and foreign clients on international tax issues and on compliance with Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act obligations. His practice also encompasses general corporate law including the drafting and negotiation of partnership agreements, limited liability company agreements, merger agreements, and asset purchase agreements.  

Before joining Bodman, Mr. Perera practiced for more than five years as a tax attorney with a business law firm in San Antonio, Texas, where he handled general tax matters for a variety of clients. He began his legal career as an attorney in the Tax Exempt & Government Entities Division of the Office of Chief Counsel at the United States Internal Revenue Service. At the IRS, he worked as lead docket attorney on published guidance including notices, revenue rulings, and regulations.

While practicing in Texas, Mr. Perera served as an elected Council Member of the State Bar of Texas Tax Section and on the Tax Section’s Pro Bono Committee.

Mr. Perera earned a Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, where he received the CALI Award for Best Grade in Retirement Plan Design and Taxation.  At Southern Methodist University School of Law, he was a member of the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition Moot Court Team and the Hispanic Law Student Association. He served as Associate Casenote/Comment Editor on the SMU Science and Technology Law Review.

Professional Activities
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Tax Section
      • Elected Council Member
      • Pro Bono Committee, Vice Chair
  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Taxation
Publications
  • Author, It’s a Wonderful Life—Or is It? The Taxation of Crowdfunding, Strasburger Tax Strategies (July 2016)
  • Author, Congress Makes Significant Changes to Partnership Audit Rules, Today’s CPA (July 2016)
  • Author, How New Independent Contractor Standards Affect Your Business, The Business Journals (July 2015)
  • Author, Alert: Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad (BE-10 Report) Due May 29, 2015, Strasburger Tax Strategies, (May 2015)
  • Author, College Athletes Ruling May Be a Game-Changer for Foundation Scholarship Programs, Family Foundation Advisor (May/June 2014)
  • Author, United States v. Gourde: Curtailing Privacy in the Technological World, 11 SMU Sci. & Tech. L. Rev. 89 (2007)
Speaking Engagements
  • Presenter, "Manufacturing Industry Tax Benefits & Incentives," San Antonio CPA Society (November 2016)
  • Presenter, "Employee Gifts & Fringe Benefits," San Antonio CPA Society Symposium (October 2016)
  • Presenter, "Changes to Partnership Audits under the Bipartisan Budget Act," State Bar of Texas Advanced Tax Law Course (October 2016)
  • Presenter, "Employment Taxes & Criminal Prosecutions," American Bar Association Tax Section Fall Meeting (September 2016)
  • Presenter, "R&D Credit and FICA Taxes," American Bar Association Tax Section Annual Meeting (May 2016)
  • Presenter, "Employment Tax Primer for Small Businesses," American Bar Association Tax Section Fall Meeting (September 2015)
  • Presenter, "Employee Gifts and Fringe Benefits: Tax Consequences and Reporting Obligations Live Webinar," Lorman Education Services (September 2015)
  • Presenter, "U.S. Immigration & Federal Tax Implications of Investments by Foreign Nationals," Private Wealth Mexico Forum (June 2015)
  • Presenter, "Understanding the Impact of FATCA and Other Regulatory Issues Confronting Family Offices and Private Banks," Private Wealth Mexico Forum (June 2015)
  • Presenter, "IRS Employment Tax Refund Procedures," American Bar Association Tax Section Annual Meeting (May 2015)
  • Presenter, "Developments from DC," National Association of Public Pension Attorneys 2015 Winter Seminar (February 2015)
  • Presenter, "Common Employment Tax Mistakes," American Bar Association Tax Section Midyear Meeting (January 2015)
  • Presenter, "Affordable Care Act Changes," Strasburger’s Tax Symposium (August 2014)
  • Presenter, "Introduction to FATCA," Strasburger’s Tax Symposium (August 2014)
  • Presenter, "Current Developments in Civil and Criminal Controversies," Strasburger’s Tax Symposium (August 2014)
  • Presenter, "Don’t Get an “F”! The Latest on FATCA and FBAR Compliance," San Antonio CPA Society Symposium (August 2014)
  • Presenter, "Collecting Federal Employment Taxes," American Bar Association Tax Section Annual Meeting (May 2014)
  • Presenter, "Independent Contractors – Yeah, Right!," Strasburger’s Employment Law Breakfast Series (September 2013)
  • Presenter, "Worker Classification and Employee Benefits – Tax Law 101," State Bar of Texas (August 2013)

 

Practices & Industries Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, L.L.M. in Taxation, Employee Benefits Certificate
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Dallas, B.A., magna cum laude
Admissions
  • State Bar of Texas
Professional Affiliations
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association