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Crystal Howard


Spencer Fane attorney Krystal Howard square

T 913.327.5154
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Crystal Howard helps businesses and individuals structure business plans and transactions to resolve tax problems. She also represents clients in tax controversies before the IRS and state agencies. Crystal advises partnerships and corporations on all aspects of federal income taxation, including entity formation, reorganization, and dissolution. She counsels tax-exempt organizations on a variety of legal issues, including qualification for exempt status and general corporate governance.

In one recent matter, Crystal negotiated the tax component of a business reorganization, helping her client to minimize taxes, shed unwanted assets, and grow the remaining business.

For every client, Crystal takes a holistic approach by listening to them to determine what they need and want; researching and analyzing potential business structures to accomplish their goals and minimize taxes, presenting the best structure for the business or transaction; and implementing the new tax strategy.

With a decade of experience in tax law and an LL.M., Crystal can relate to business owners and use her experience as an in-house lawyer and as a tax research specialist at an international financial services company to help clients grow their businesses and resolve tax controversy matters. Clients know they can rely on Crystal to be patient, responsive and creative.

Crystal received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, and her Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, where she served as a Case Note and Review Editor for The Urban Lawyer and was a member of the UMKC Law Review.

Contact Crystal Howard at 913.327.5154 or choward@spencerfane.com.