Joel Swearingen is an Associate in the Tax Strategy & Benefits Group in Washington DC. Joel’s practice focuses primarily on tax-advantaged obligations described in Section 103 of the Code including tax-advantaged state and local obligations and qualified 501(c)(3) financings. He also has substantial experience in the field of tax withholding and information reporting both internationally (including Sections 1441, 1471-1474) and domestically (including Sections 3406, 6041). Joel also has experience in tax controversy matters.

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  • Assisted state and local government organizations to issue tax-favored obligations.
  • Helped multiple clients participate in and obtain closing agreements in the IRS’ tax-exempt bond voluntary closing agreement program (VCAP).
  • Assisted Section 501(c)(3) organizations to accurately update and prepare their annual Schedule K (Supplemental Information on Tax-Exempt Bonds) to the Form 990.
  • Assisted clients in remediating more than US$3 million of tax-exposure attributable to the taxpayer’s failure to obtain proper tax documentation to warrant a reduced rate of withholding tax.
  • Worked with multiple clients to receive abatement from proposed or assessed IRS penalties in excess of US$1 million.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., Taxation
  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D.
  • The Ohio State University, B.S.


  • District of Columbia, 2013
  • Maryland, 2010

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  • “Complex Path Ahead in Post-Deadline FATCA Universe,” Bloomberg/BNA.

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