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Specialties

As a dually-licensed attorney and CPA at BrownWinick, my practice lies at the intersections of business law and taxation. This could be anything from advising you about the income tax implications of a complex business transaction, employment agreement, or investment; to analyzing sales tax implications for your business; representing you or your business in an audit or tax controversy; counseling you or your business regarding employee benefits; preparing federal and state tax returns for you, your business, or your nonprofit organization; structuring and setting up your new business; and so much more. 

My Approach  

I aim to build a relationship with you as your trusted advisor, not just your attorney, so that I am better able to assist you with proactive tax planning, rather than just reacting to taxable events. That being said, I also realize that taxable events are sometimes not planned. Regardless, my goal is always to provide you with concise and straightforward advice on complex issues. When audits and tax controversies arise, I understand they can be quite overwhelming. My role is to navigate you throughout the process, help you prepare, and communicate on your behalf making the situation much less stressful.  

More About Me

I received my B.B.A, with distinction, in Accounting and a Certificate in Spanish in 2010 from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I obtained by J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law and was admitted to the Iowa bar in 2014. While in law school, I received the Boyd Service Award with High Honors for volunteer service, studied abroad in Madrid, Spain with William & Mary Law School, and completed courses in the Master of Accountancy program at the University of Iowa Henry B. Tippie College of Business to meet CPA license requirements. In 2015, I received my CPA license. 

Prior to joining BrownWinick, I worked in public accounting. This experience allows me to see beyond the legal aspects of a transaction or agreement and work side-by-side with you and other tax and financial advisors.

I have been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers® - Ones to Watch in the area of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law. I am a member of the American Academy of Attorney-CPAs, Iowa State Bar Association, and the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants. 

My Specialties

  • Taxation Law
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Employment Law
  • Employee Benefits
  • Start-ups

Remote Worker Taxation Considerations: What Employers and Employees Should Understand

09-19-2022 Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work has become common in a variety of workplaces and fields. Working from home has become a necessity in some cases, with more and more employees switching to permanent or regular work-from-home arrangements. This unprecedented shift towards remote work has certainly created conveniences for...
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IRS Extends Deadline for Certain Required Amendments to Retirement Plans and IRAs

09-13-2022 On August 3rd, 2022, IRS Notice 2022-33 extended the remedial amendment periods for qualified plans, 403(b) plans, governmental plans, and 457(b) plans to adopt certain, but not all, required plan amendments relating to the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (the “SECURE Act”), the Bipartisan American Miners Act of...
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Dental Associate: Your First Employment Contract

09-6-2022 You’re getting ready to graduate dental school. Congratulations! After years of tests, labs, and working in the clinic, you are looking for the perfect job. Once you have secured a job offer, you are faced with a new challenge—the employment contract. Reviewing your employment contract can be intimidating and because you are so excited to have a...
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Considerations for Selling to an ESOP

08-18-2022 An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is an employee benefit plan that allows employees to share in the ownership of the company they work for. The shares are held in a trust, established by the company, for the benefit of participating employees. Generally, a company forms an ESOP which then purchases stock from the existing owner(s) at fair...
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IRS Issues Revised Revenue Procedure for Late Portability Elections

08-8-2022 On July 8, 2022, the IRS issued a revised Revenue Procedure, Rev. Proc. 2022-32, providing for a late portability election to qualifying estates. The new procedure extends the time period in which the simplified method to make a late portability election can be filed. Rev. Proc. 2022-32 allows the simplified method to be used on or before the...
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The EPA's Rule Withdrawal Impact on Environmental Due Diligence

07-12-2022 Since our last post, “New ASTM Standard for Commercial Real Estate Phase I Environmental Site Assessments”, the Environmental Protection Agency (the “EPA”) withdrew its direct final rule to adopt the new ASTM E1527-21 standard for the EPA’s “All Appropriate Inquiry” rules. The “All Appropriate Inquiry” rules provide a framework under which a...
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BrownWinick Attorneys Successfully Represent New Fashion Pork and BWT Holdings before the Iowa Supreme Court

06-30-2022 In a major development for the agricultural industry in Iowa, the Iowa Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal of a nuisance case and reversed a previous Supreme Court decision on constitutional grounds. BrownWinick attorneys James White, Jen Lindberg, and Jim Pray successfully represented New Fashion Pork and BWT Holdings before the Iowa Supreme...
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New ASTM Standard for Commercial Real Estate Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

05-17-2022 On November 1, 2021, the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) International released its revised standards for conducting an environmental site assessment of a parcel of commercial real estate. The new standard updates the previous standard released in 2013. Now referred to as ASTM E1527-21, the ASTM standard is widely used to satisfy...
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Assistant

Samantha Garner

515-248-6620

Undergraduate

University of Hawaii at Manoa

B.B.A., with distinction, Accounting,  

Certificate in Spanish, 2010

Legal

University of Iowa College of Law

J.D., 2014

Admitted

Iowa, 2014

Memberships & Associations

  • Iowa State Bar Association
    Member; Taxation Section
  • American Bar Association
    Member; Taxation Section
  • Iowa Society of CPAs Member
  • American Academy of Attorneys-CPAs Member
  • Iowa Supreme Court Grievance Commission (2022-2024)