Fran Obeid is the founder of MFO LAW, P.C. She represents individual and corporate clients in civil and criminal matters involving the Internal Revenue Service, state and city tax agencies, the tax division of the Department of Justice, the United States Attorney’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, the New York State Attorney General as well as other government agencies.
Ms. Obeid has represented numerous clients residing throughout the world with undisclosed offshore accounts advising on disclosure and compliance alternatives and guiding them through the process. She defends clients in federal and state audits, including residency and sales tax audits and advises on how to prevent such audits.
Ms. Obeid represents non-filers; alleged responsible persons and has successfully obtained significant abatements of penalties. Ms. Obeid has represented individual witnesses and accounting firms before the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Criminal Investigation unit of the IRS as well as before the New York State Attorney General. She regularly interacts with revenue officers and agents, IRS Appeals officers, IRS Counsel, criminal investigators, Assistant United States Attorneys and Assistant Attorney Generals, taking the right approach to best meet the client’s needs, whether it be defending a civil examination, criminal investigation or indictment, or subpoena demand.
New York University School of Law, L.L.M. Taxation
CardozoSchool of Law, J.D.
University of Michigan, Bachelors of Arts
Admitted to Practice
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States Tax Court
New York State Courts
Southern District of New York
Eastern District of New York
Member, American College of Tax Counsel
Chair, Personal Income Tax Committee, New York City Bar (2015 – 2018)
Member, American Bar Association, Tax Section
Master, Federal Bar Council, Inn of Court
Presentations and Publications
Panelist: New IRS Tax Collection and Audit Guidance for Taxpayers in Response to COVID-19: Relief for Complex Collection Cases, Strategies for Individuals and Small Businesses, Securing Abatements of Penalties and Interest (Strafford Webinar May 19, 2020)
Panelist: IRS Collection & Enforcement Update (ABA Tax Section mid-year meeting, Boca Raton, Florida, January 31, 2020)
Panelist: Offers in Compromise and Installment Agreements (IRS Representation Conference, Uncasville, Connecticut, November 22, 2019)
Panelist: Taxpayers First Act (IRS Representation Conference, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut, November 21, 2019)
Quoted: Ins and Outs of Settling With the IRS (Wall Street Journal Sept. 11, 2019)
Panelist: FBAR 2019 Update: FinCen Form 114, Deadlines, Extension, Penalty Resolution and Waiver Provisions (Strafford Webinar August 6, 2019)
Panelist: Avoiding, Reducing and Mitigating Payroll Tax Penalties (Lorman Webinar July 16, 2019)
Panelist: Liens and Levies (American Bar Association Tax Section Webinar June 27, 2019)
Panelist: Offers in Compromise (New York University 11th Annual Tax Controversy Forum, New York, New York, June 21, 2019)
Panelist: Navigating the IRS Penalty Abatement Procedures for Foreign Information Reporting Noncompliance (Strafford Webinar March 13, 2019)
Panelist: IRS Collection and Enforcement Update (Fifth Annual New England IRS Representation Conference, Uncasville, Connecticut, November 30, 2018)
Panelist: Optimizing Client Intake and the Initial Client Relationship (New York City Bar, November 19, 2018)
Panelist: Collecting More with Less: The Government’s Use of Private Agencies and Passport Revocations to Collect Tax Debts (New York University 10th Annual Tax Controversy Forum, New York, New York, June 21, 2018)