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D. Mathew Blackburn

D. Mathew Blackburn

The Law Office of D. Mathew Blackburn
  • Tax Law, Estate Planning
  • Colorado
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D. Mathew Blackburn is a licensed Colorado attorney and practices before state and local taxation authorities, The Internal Revenue Service, The United States Tax Court, The United States District Court, The United States Bankruptcy Court and in Colorado State Courts. Mathew studied Business Administration at Mississippi State University focusing on management and accounting, he then obtained his Juris Doctorate Degree from Valparaiso University, and continued on to obtain a Masters in Taxation Degree (LL.M.) at the University of Denver where he represented taxpayers at the University of Denver's Low Income Tax Clinic and competed in the American Bar Association's Student Tax Challenge Writing Competition, all while running a fledgling law firm. Mathew has volunteered with many organizations such as the Volunteer Tax Assistance Program, YMCA, and Metro Area Lawyers and believes in giving back to the community.

Practice Areas
  • Tax Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Free Consultation
    15 or 30 Minute free phone consult.
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    We also accept payment plans when possible.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
U.S. Tax Court
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
The Law Office of D. Mathew Blackburn
- Current
Robinson and Henry P.C.
Law Office of D. Mathew Blackburn
University of Denver
LL.M. / Tax (2014)
Activities: Low Income Taxpayer Clinic
Valparaiso University
J.D. / Law (2011)
Activities: Civil Clinic, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Site Coordinator
Mississippi State University
B.B.A. / Management, Accounting, and Business Law (2007)
Professional Associations
Colorado Bar Association
- Current
Articles & Publications
Coalbed Methane Property Rights
Indiana Farm Bureau
Speaking Engagements
Colorado Fiduciary Access Act, Lone Tree
Colorado Professionals Network
Lead Counsel Certified Business, Family, & Tax Law
Lead Counsel
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
48 Questions Answered

Q. Can my for profit business make a tax deductable donation to my non profit?
A: The only business that can deduct a charitable donation is a corporation. LLCs, S-corps, sole-props, etc... all pass that deduction directly to the owners and is not deducted at the entity level. The next question is does this qualify as self-dealing. Given the details you've presented there's no way to know. This is a question for your attorney. if you're running a two businesses you need an attorney.
Q. We run an ecommerce site to sell products
A: File a lawsuit.
Q. Is the General Contractor in a breach of contract
A: Maybe. In a technical capacity yes it's a breach. The next question becomes is it material. is there a time clause? If the contract doesn't say time is of the essence then the times are more like guidelines and breaking them becomes an immaterial breach. A no harm no foul sort of situation. Which brings us to the next step: damages. Even where you have a breach there's little you can do without damages. Depending on the contract you may be able to rescind or cancel the contract, there may be liquidated damages, you'll have to read the contract. If you're looking to get money out the other party you'll need either damages, a clause granting damages, or a statute granting damages.
Q. Do I still pay property taxes if I'm currently appealing the assessment?
A: Yes. You pay and appeal to request a refund. Failure to pay may result in a lien and foreclosure.
Q. Does a retention agreement, where my company is moving locations (and I am not) and I am being retained for two months
A: Not automatically. Any deviation from prior contractual agreements should be included in the retention agreement.
Q. I have two questions concerning IRS treatment of Colorado maintenance.
A: Yes and yes.
Q. My father left his house to my sibling - but it's a part of the whole estate - do I have to pay taxes on it?
A: Property taxes will be paid by the estate until transferred to your brother after which he will be responsible for the property taxes. Estate taxes, if any, are paid by the estate and the recipient of a gift or inheritance is not taxed in Colorado or for federal purposes. The only way you individually would be required to pay tax would be if you distributed property as the Personal Representative prior to paying taxes owed by the estate and the IRS or CDOR came after you to collect those taxes from you.
Q. Is it legal to have people sign a non-compete when testing out a dating method? Please read more for details.
A: The non-competes would be very difficult to enforce under Colorado law. The "test run males" are not working for you they are the customers.Non-competes can't be enforced against customers, you can't stop someone from using another firms services. You could ask them to sing non-disclosure agreements but again they are difficult to enforce. I'm making an assumption you have a legitimate business method and we're not talking about prostitution. If it is a truly new and unique method you would need to file for a patent. I would suggest taking this idea to a patent attorney to discuss in confidentiality.
Q. Advice on a non resident of Colorado responding to a demand letter for payment of taxes for monies that did not exist
A: Get a tax attorney. The Colorado Dept. of Revenue tends to be a bit nasty and once they get an idea they don't let go.
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9800 Mount Pyramid Court
Ste 400
Englewood, CO 80112
Telephone: (720) 213-6204
Fax: (855) 297-3110