Amanda Traphagan is a Texas tax attorney whose entire career has centered on assisting taxpayers with their tax issues. Amanda’s career has focused on Texas state tax matters, particularly contested tax matters against the Texas Comptroller. Amanda has also assisted taxpayers against the Internal Revenue Service and the tax authorities of other states in administrative proceedings, as well as state and federal trial and appellate courts. Amanda is admitted to practice law in the State of Texas and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Amanda’s published state tax cases include the Texas Supreme Court cases Combs v. Roark Amusement & Vending, L.P. and In re Allcat Claims Service, L.P. and John Weakly. Amanda’s published federal tax cases include C.I.R. v. UTAM, Ltd. and C.I.R. v. DSDBL, Ltd.
Amanda writes and speaks regularly on tax matters. Amanda has authored and co-authored articles appearing in publications such as the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal and the Journal of State Taxation, and has been interviewed for publications such as Tax Notes, Law360, and the Texas Tribune. Amanda served as co-director of the State Bar of Texas’ Advanced Tax Law Course and the vice-chair of the Continuing Legal Education committee for the Taxation Section of the State Bar of Texas. Amanda also serves on the planning committee for the UT CLE Taxation Conference. Amanda has taught tax courses for groups such as the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Society of CPAs, the Oklahoma Society of CPAs, and various private seminars companies. Along with Michael Seay, Amanda also regularly updates this website’s blog, which provides in-depth news and analysis regarding Texas tax law.
Amanda received a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, with honors. During law school, Amanda served as the Writ Editor for the Student Bar Association and Executive Editor of the Texas Journal of Women and the Law. Amanda also received undergraduate degrees in journalism and government from The University of Texas at Austin, both with highest honors.
Amanda serves as the President-Elect for the Austin Cosmopolitan Rotary Club. Outside the law, Amanda enjoys weightlifting, martial arts, and creative writing.