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Scott A. Knott is an experienced tax whistleblower attorney in Florida who has focused his practice on handling these claims. He was instrumental in founding the tax group within The Ferraro Law Firm in 2007, and also filed the group's first tax whistleblower claim. These claims now total over $1 billion.

Over the course of his practice, Mr. Knott has represented hundreds of clients in whistleblower cases to the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the United States Tax Court. His awards from the IRS total in the tens of millions of dollars; he has handled cases involving tax refunds and tax deficiencies totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. His clients have included individuals of high net worth, foreign governments, multinational companies, and disadvantaged taxpayers. He has handled cases in federal court and tax courts.

Mr. Knott's broad range of experience encompasses both domestic and international tax issues. He has worked with cases from audit to appeals, representing some of the largest corporations in the world. He works directly with his clients, handling every aspect of the case from entering an initial submission with the IRS Whistleblower office to running communication throughout the duration of a claim to filing appeals with the tax court in regards to IRS award decisions. He has experience in alternative dispute resolution processes including Advanced Pricing Agreement plans and pre-filing agreements. He has also handled tax crime cases involving the criminal investigation division of the IRS as well as the United States Department of Justice.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 2003
    Major: Taxation
  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida, 1999
    Honors: Cum Laude
  • University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, 1994

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Member - Tax Section
  • District of Columbia Bar, Member - Tax Section
  • Florida Bar Association, Member - Tax Section

Results & Expertise

Mr. Knott has represented major corporations including Abbott Laboratories; Boeing Co.; SunAmerica, Inc.; and more in a wide range of tax controversies and other matters.

Community Involvement

Mr. Knott is a regularly requested speaker for tax conferences. He is often quoted on matters related to tax whistleblower claims in a wide range of publications and media sources, including:

  • Tax Analysts, Tax Notes Today
  • BNA, Daily Tax Report
  • CCH, Federal Tax Weekly
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Bloomberg News

Mr. Knott also served as the comments / articles editor of the University of Miami Business Law Review. He is a contributor in the 2001 and 2005 editions of the Baker & McKenzie Federal Income Tax Controversies Book, along with the monthly newsletter published by Baker & McKenzie's North American Tax Practice Group.

Scott A. Knott

Scott A. Knott

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