About Us

Taxing Authority Consulting Services, P.C. is a Virginia law firm with the singular focus in its practice to serve only government entities in managing accounts receivable and the general revenue cycle. Our firm’s extensive experience in collection, bankruptcy and assessment matters affords our clients full service representation related to their receivables. We draw on this experience to ensure our clients obtain their maximum recovery in general account matters and bankruptcy proceedings.

TACS can tailor its services to the needs of a particular locality and provide collection and bankruptcy services and legal advice to enhance a locality’s ability to collect what it is due. TACS acts as a direct collector, often at no cost to the locality, or can provide collection consulting to help a locality operate an efficient and effective collections program.

Our clients benefit from the fact that our services are solely offered to governmental entities. We represent only governmental entities, drawing no clients from the general public. This highly specific concentration of practice permits our services to be tailored to better serve our clients’ needs. Concentrating our practice also ensures that we fully appreciate the balance of pressures expressed by our clients to expediently collect their revenue, but to do so with a great deal of respect to the citizens paying the bills.

Governmental Collections

  • Real Estate Taxes, including Judicial Sales
  • Tangible Personal Property Taxes
  • Business License Taxes/Merchant’s Capital
  • Parking Tickets and Other Charges
  • Court Fines and Fees

Legal Services

  • Litigation Services
  • Administrative Collection Programs
  • Bankruptcy Representation
  • Tax Assessment Challenges
  • Legislative Amendments and Ordinance Drafting
  • Comprehensive Client Performance Review and Assessments

Legal Services

  • Litigation Services
  • Administrative Collection Programs
  • Bankruptcy Representation
  • Tax Assessment Challenges
  • Legislative Amendments and Ordinance Drafting
  • Comprehensive Client Performance Review and Assessments

Jeffrey Scharf

Jeffrey Scharf has extensive experience in government tax collection and bankruptcy issues having represented governmental taxing entities for more than 20 years.

Jeff has worked for the Virginia Department of Taxation; the Arlington County, Virginia Treasurer’s Office; the Arlington County Commissioner of Revenue and has been counsel to the Treasurers’ Association of Virginia (TAV).

Jeff developed and has taught training courses for the TAV Career Development Program on “The Collection of Local Taxes and Other Charges” and “Bankruptcy: The Treatment of Local Government Debt.” He is also the lead author of “Brass Tax: The Compendium of Local Government Collection Powers and Practices.”

Mark K. Ames

Mark began his practice representing banks, credit unions and private concerns in commercial and business litigation. In 1994, Mark joined the Compliance Division of the Virginia Department of Taxation where he represented the Department in bankruptcy proceedings in litigation in state and federal court.

He later joined the Department of Taxation, Office of Tax Policy, where, in addition to his work with sales and income tax appeals, he had a major role in the creation of an administrative appeals process for local tax assessments and the drafting of the 1997 Guidelines for the Business, Professional and Occupational License Tax.

John A. Rife

John offers extensive experience in collecting delinquent accounts for local governments to the firm’s clients. He obtained his B.A. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 1996 and his J.D. from the Appalachian School of Law in 2000.

John has aided numerous local governments revive dormant accounts receivable through the sale of real estate subject to delinquent tax, distress sales, levies and seizures. He has garnered extensive experience in tax litigation related to real property, business property, personal property, and license taxes.

Prior to joining TACS, John managed mass delinquent tax collection programs for a number of Virginia localities. He has also represented local governments in general matters as County Attorney for the County of Craig, Assistant City Attorney for the City of Radford and served as special counsel for a number of jurisdictions in collecting delinquent receivables.

Andrew Neville

Andrew Neville is a graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law and of Wake Forest University. During his three years with TACS, Andy has been actively involved in litigation regarding the collection of outstanding accounts of various types, including real estate taxes, special tax assessments, personal property taxes, meals taxes, business license taxes, and grant funds.  He currently leads the Firm’s Legal Group for general district court matters.

Andy has appeared in numerous Circuit Courts and General District Courts throughout the Commonwealth, and has handled all aspects of the judicial sale process for a number of clients.

Paul LaBarr

As a successful senior organization executive, Paul has an exemplary proven record of building high-performance operations for non-profits and leading organizations to substantial growth year over year.  Paul parlays his prior experience in assisting organizations to achieve their missions through effective fundraising, development of new revenue streams, and meeting expense and meeting revenue targets into TACS’ practice in benefiting client’s revenue streams.

Following early retirement, Paul earned his Juris Doctor degree in 2016 from Appalachian School of Law. Paul is based in our Martinsville, Virginia office.  Paul assists in representing TACS clients in general collection matters and judicial tax sale cases before the various Virginia courts.

 

 

Phillip Lecky

Phillip Lecky graduated from the University of Virginia in 2012 and law school from William & Mary in 2015, where he served as a member of the Business Law Review and Parliamentarian for the Black Law Students Association.  Phillip is based in our Martinsville Office and handles many of our clients’ general district cases and circuit court judicial sale matters.

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