Ira Stechel is a partner in the Tax Practice Group of Ackerman LLP. His practice is focused on tax planning, tax controversy, and employee benefits. With over 40 years of experience handling a broad range of tax issues, Ira represents a wide range of clients including, corporations, partnerships, and individuals. He has significant experience in connection with the structuring of transactions in the most tax efficient way possible and in representing taxpayers with regard to tax disputes and controversies before the appropriate taxing authorities. Ira is an Advisory Board member of Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Inc. and is the author of “Entertainment, Meals, Gifts and Lodging - Deduction and Recordkeeping Requirements and “Travel and Transportation Expenses - Deduction and Recordkeeping Requirements,” both of which are portfolios within the Tax Management U.S. Income Tax series. Ira has continued numerous articles to the Journal of Taxation, the Tax Management Real Estate Journal, and other leading professional publications. He is a frequent lecturer on tax-related topics. He has degrees from New York University, Cornell Law School, and the City College of New York.