Our Objectives, Statement of Purpose, Limitations
Our objective is to provide you with superior, responsive, service in both business valuation work and with regard to compliance and contested matters. Your obligation to us is to speak with candor about your objectives, to provide us with a complete and unedited statement of the facts, and to provide us with all the historical and financial information we need. We do not play games, not with you, not with the government, not with your shareholders. When we speak, we will always speak the truth no matter how blunt the statement. In business valuation and compliance work, we must be objective. We must be independent. We must be honest, disclosing all the facts and all the relevant law. We will never be less than truthful to you. We will never be less than truthful to the government or to your shareholders and/or clients. Please understand when we appear to blunt, rigid, or demanding.
Gibbs: With regard to contested matters (Internal Revenue Service examinations, Tax Court litigation, shareholder claims, business and peer-to-peer accusations), I am governed by the following rules: Those in a contest who are equally qualified, who are objective and open-minded, who consider all the relevant facts, and who know, comprehend, and will apply all the applicable law, should come close to the same conclusion. Contests are bourne from ignorance, advocacy, and, sometimes, greed. There are those who care not about the truth, honest and wise outcomes, and a consideration of all applicable law, all relevant facts, and all applicable procedures. These folk are advocates. These advocates exist within the Internal Revenue Service and within the legal profession. Everyone wants a bull-dog as their representative in a contested matter. In our service as an expert witness or consulting witness, in our service in any contest or litigated proceeding, and/or in our service as a mediator/referee, we refuse to be an advocate. We will only advocate, and insist upon, a full disclosure of all relevant facts, the disclosure and consideration of all relevant law, and a utilization of all procedures required to produce a wise outcome, a wise recommendation, a wise selection of procedures to be used in a dispute resolution. In all cases, we insist on a full disclosure of all facts and objectivity. You need to know that I can barely tolerate dishonesty, rigidity, self-righteousness and gamesmanship.
All work that constitutes the practice of law will be provided by Gibbs or by a licensed and qualified attorney associated with or by Gibbs. It is important that we avoid any potential conflict of interest and to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest.
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