The Florida Bar

Tax Law Certification

Tax Law Board Certification logoDefinition

Certified tax law lawyers deal with legal issues pertaining to federal, state or local income, estate, gift, ad valorem, excise or other taxes.

Summary of Requirements

Minimum standards for tax law certification, provided in Rule 6-5.3, include:

  • Practice of law for at least five years, or four years with an LL.M. in tax law or a related field;
  • Substantial involvement in the specialty of tax law — defined as 500 hours or more per year — during the three years immediately preceding application;
  • 90 hours of approved tax law certification continuing legal education in the three years immediately preceding application;
  • Peer review; and,
  • A written examination.

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Board Certification Applications for Lawyers

All applicants for board certification or recertification should carefully read the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Rules) and be sure you have met each of the requirements prior to filing your application. Unless the Rules provide for a waiver of a specific requirement, each of the requirements must be met by the dates indicated in the rule.

Currently Certified?  Recertification Information for 2020

If you were originally certified in 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, or 2015 you are due to file your recertification application in 2020. The application for recertification must be postmarked by November 30, 2020. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by this date.

Get Certified – Seeking Certification

The filing period for the initial application opens July 1, 2020. Applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2020. You must apply in this filing period to be considered for eligibility for the 2021 exam. If you’re eligible from a previous application, you may file the short application. Carefully read the rules for initial certification to determine if you will meet the requirements.


Resources

Pre-Approved CLE Sponsors and Courses

CLE Forms

Exam Specifications

Exam Sample Questions

Exam Information

Standards for Certification Of A Board Certified Tax Law Lawyer – Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-5

Tax Law Certification Committee Policies

Standing Policies of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education

Tax Law Certification Committee Members

Staff Liaison

Chyra Reynolds
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850-561-5736

Tax Law Certification Field Established 1983