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Chaya Kundra

Rockville, MD

Chaya Kundra, Esq. is a tax litigator and advisor who works aggressively to solve current tax issues and prevent future controversies for a wide range of clients: U.S. and international businesses, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and individuals seeking legal tax relief.

Ms. Kundra has practiced tax law for more than 25 years. Known for her impressive track record, she has successfully litigated and settled a wide variety of civil and criminal tax cases and resolved hundreds of legal tax audits, tax controversy matters, and divorce tax issues. Skilled in writing tax legislation, Ms. Kundra recently crafted an emergency bill for the Maryland state legislature – that passed with bipartisan support – to more narrowly define the scope of sales and use tax for telephone answering services to exclude virtual office companies. Her prior experience includes private defense work and service with the federal government on money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act matters.

A dynamic speaker, Ms. Kundra regularly presents recent changes in tax legislation and enforcement – and winning tax strategies – to the American Bar Association’s Tax Section and leads seminars for the Advanced Tax Institute, attended by tax attorneys and CPAs. For the past ten years, she has been consistently recognized as one of the top tax lawyers in the area.

Ms. Kundra has been admitted to the Maryland State Bar Association, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, District of Columbia Bar Association, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, and U.S. Tax Court. She received her juris doctor from the Washington College of Law at the American University and her bachelor’s degree in finance at Loyola College.

Areas of Practice

  • Taxation Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Asset Protection
  • Business Organizations
  • Civil and Criminal Tax Litigation
  • Closely Held Business Taxation
  • Corporate Tax Issues
  • Divorce Tax
  • Employment Law -- Employee
  • Employment Law -- Employer
  • Estate Planning
  • International Tax Law
  • IRS Audits
  • Tax Litigation & Appeals
  • Tax Controversies and Collections
  • Tax Fraud

Litigation Percentage

  • 70% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D.

Published Works

  • Article, Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure, June, 2010
  • IRS Fails to Nab Payroll Cheats,, August 25, 2008
  • Life Cycle of a Federal Tax Controversy - JOURNAL OF TAX PRACTICE & PROCEDURE, December 2006 - January 2007
  • Taxation Section Monthly Newsletter for the Montgomery County Bar Association, 2006
  • Life Cycle of a Federal Tax Controversy - Maryland Bar Journal, November, 2006


  • Federal Tax Practice and Procedure, Maryland Advanced Tax Institute - Panelist, 11/03/2008 - Present
  • Preparer Penalties, Maryland Advanced Tax Institute - Panelist, 11/03/2008 - Present
  • Important Income Tax Aspects of Bankruptcy & Foreclosure, Montgomery County, MD Bar Foundation - Panelist and Moderator, 09/17/2008 - Present
  • Seminar, The Update on Employment Taxes - ABA CLE Seminar, 2009 - Present
  • Collection Due Process; Why, When and Taking it to Court District of Columbia Bar, 2009 - Present
  • Panelist, Preparer Penalties, Maryland Advanced Tax Institute, 2008 - Present
  • Panelist, Federal Tax Practice and Procedure Update, Maryland Advanced Tax Institute, 2008 - Present
  • Panelist and Moderator, Taxation on Discharge of Indebtedness, Montgomery County Bar Foundation, 2008 - Present
  • Worker Classification/Responsible Party, MD State Bar Annual Meeting, 2008 - Present
  • Important Income Tax Aspects of Bankruptcy & Foreclosure, Montgomery County Bar, 2008 - Present
  • Ethical Considerations in a Buy/Sell Business, 2008 - Present
  • Preparer Penalties 2008 Montgomery County Bar Spring, 2008 - Present
  • Important Income Tax Aspects of Marriage & Divorce, 2007 - Present
  • The Nuts & Bolts of Payroll Taxes, 2006 - Present
  • Pass-through Entities, 2006 - Present
  • Tax Increase and Reconciliation Action of 2005 HR 4297
  • Seminar, Federal Tax Practice and Worker Classification, 2005 - Present
  • The IRS Dirty Dozen Tax Schemes , 2005 - Present
  • Annual Program on Tax Updates for MD State Bar Annual Meeting, 2005 to 2008
  • How to Stay out of the IRS Frying Pan, 2004 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Named in SuperLawyers, 2009
  • National Association of Entrepreneurship 2011 First Generation Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Circle of Excellence, 2011
  • Washington DC’s Women Leaders in the Law 2012
  • Named NAPEW Woman of the Year
  • Best Lawyers Award, 2013
  • Fortune Women Leaders in the Law, 2013
  • Top Lawyers in Maryland, 2013
  • Best Lawyers Award, 2014
  • Best Law Firms, 2014
  • Acquisition International Finance Awards Tax Law Firm of the Year – Maryland, 2014
  • Fortune Women Leaders in the Law, 2014
  • Best Lawyers Award, 2015
  • Best Law Firm, 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Alan J. Goldstein American Inns of Court, Member
  • American Bar Association, Civil and Criminal Penalties, Member
  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, Member
  • Federal Bar Association
  • U.S. Tax Court’s Inns of Court
  • Fee Dispute Committee for Montgomery County, Co-Chairperson
  • Indian American Bar Association, Member
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Co-chair for Membership of the Tax Section
  • Maryland State Bar Tax Section: Tax Controversy Study Group, Member
  • Montgomery County Bar Association, Chairperson of the Tax Section
  • Montgomery/Prince George's County Tax Study Group, Member
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Section of Taxation
  • Women's Bar Association of Maryland, Member
  • Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • National Association of Professional Women, Present
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Present