Kelly Phillips Erb
Kelly Phillips Erb is an attorney and shareholder with the Erb Law Firm, PC. She has both her JD and LL.M. in Taxation from Temple University School of Law. Her primary practice area is tax law including: tax planning for corporations; domestic and international tax planning; formation and administration of nonprofit and charitable organizations; tax compliance work and tax controversy matters such as delinquencies, offers in compromise and audits.
Kelly authors the popular Taxgirl blog for Forbes.com; the blog has been recognized by the ABA Journal as one of the top 100 blogs written by lawyers for the past four years running. Kelly has also written about taxes for Reuters, Time, and AOL’s WalletPop, and has been tapped for her ability to explain taxes in plain English by Esquire, National Public Radio, CBS Radio’s Marketwatch, and the BBC.
Kelly has also published Ask the TaxGirl: Everything Parents Should Know About Filing Taxes (Including Child Care Expenses, Medical Costs, and the Earned Income Tax Credit) together with Forbes.
Most recently, Kelly was named as a Philadelphia “40 Under 40″ by the Philadelphia Business Journal. The 40 Under 40 award, now in its 22nd year, recognizes young professionals in the Delaware Valley for outstanding success and contributions to their community.
Kelly graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, NC, before heading to Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. While at law school, Kelly interned at the estates attorney division of the Internal Revenue Service. At the IRS, she participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns, even leading in a successful audit.
Kelly is a member of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association (Treasurer, Solo and Small Firms Section Council; Women in the Profession and Charitable Organizations Committees) and Tax Supper Club of Philadelphia. Kelly is a participating attorney with Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, where she was recognized as a 2005 Outstanding Volunteer. Kelly has also assisted with Senior Law Project and Philly VIP, as well as serving as a site coordinator for IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Kelly presents regularly on a wide range of topics before local and national organizations, including several courses for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the American Institute of CPAs and the National Business Institute. She previously served as adjunct faculty for Community College of Philadelphia teaching the Wills and Trust course for CCP’s ABA-approved Paralegal Studies program.
Kelly is a member of the bars of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is licensed to practice in front of the U.S. Tax Court.
Kelly is also a mom to three children, so she can add “dinosaur expert”, “cupcake baker” and “princess dress designer” to her resume.