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L.B. Carpenter is a CPA Member of the Bar United States Tax Court and Certified U.S. Tax Court Litigator. He was admitted to the U.S. Tax Court Bar in 2017. Initially, he partnered with a local attorney to provide pretrial tax litigation support but soon discovered that he had increased billable hours due to inquiring attorneys who sought consultation or true expert witness testimony. Because of his training at TLI, he understands both the litigation and accounting side of a federal tax case. During the 2018 Testing Cycle, he lectured Tax Court bar applicants at TLI. In April 2017, after receiving his "pass letter" from the Tax Court, L.B. wrote the following to Professor Emeritus Stuart, a TLI faculty member: "Good news came in the mail today. They say I passed. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Without your help and diligence in feeding this information to our brains, I just don't know... Please thank the Judge as well. I really appreciated his help as well as yours." Mr. Carpenter earned the 2017 Judicial Certificate of Merit.
"They worked methodically through the Joni Larson book until we all knew Tax Evidence... It was a wonderful feeling to finally understand how to apply the Federal Rules of Evidence to tax evidence questions in the Non-attorney Exam. Because of my training at TLI my Federal Tax Practice has really grown and I am confident to take on most Tax Court cases..."
- "Most classes were moderated by an U.S. Tax Court Judge who had worked in both the domestic and international offices of the Chief Counsel Internal Revenue Service."
- "Because the group was small I got a lot of attention paid to me, which probably made all the difference."
- "A dedicated law professor guided me through Joni Larson's book in Tax Evidence. Then the Judge reinforced the principles while going over questions in prior years' Evidence sections."
- "CPA Charles Read, then-recently-admitted Member of the U.S. Tax Court Bar, explained his "first big case."
- "Throughout the training I learned everything I could about the Tax Court Exam and trial practice in the U.S. Tax Court."
- "The Faculty worked with us to practice answering old exam questions. They continued right up to the day before the Exam."
- "The Judge and Law Professor followed-up with us just one week after the Exam."
- "The Faculty was always available by phone to discuss any learning issues we had. Often, they spent several extra hours each week helping just about everyone in our group."
- "The virtual classes met just about every Saturday for 2-3 hours and that made it very convenient to study."
- "I learned that during Tax Court trials it is the factual evidence admitted into the record that determines the outcome."
- "The Judge and Faculty made us realize just how important it is to memorize the U.S. Tax Court Rules of Practice and Procedure."
- "By reading important published Opinions and the underlying cases I learned all about legal reasoning and how decisions are reached."
- "During the Exam I was really confident when I wrote my answers."
- "The Judge and Law Professor had meticulously explained pleadings, motions, pretrial and trial proceedings. They left no stone unturned."
- "The Judge and Law Professor stressed time management so I wrote my answers unhurriedly within the 4 hour-time limit."
- "During the entire training I wrote notes in long-hand so my hands didn't cramp after 4 hours when I took the Test."
- "They told us to practice writing answers to old exam questions, which I did religiously, and it made all the difference in my performance."
- "They made us read all the assigned materials several times. The repetition proved to be extremely helpful. I didn't get brain-freeze when I had to recall key information to answer difficult questions."
- "By attending every class session I learned early on how much I really didn't know."
- "The best part of the entire program was that we were coached by an US Tax Court Judge who knew everything!"
- "After I took the Exam I felt extremely good about my decision to prepare with TLI."
- "If you want to know more about my experience then contact TLI and they'll put us in touch with each other."
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