Kacie Czapla - Tyler Tax & Bankruptcy Lawyer
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Member of Texas Bar, November 2011, member of the Texas Bar Tax Section
  • Licensed to practice in U.S.Tax Court
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law 2012, LL.M. Taxation, 
  • University of Wyoming, J.D. College of Law 2011
  • University of North Texas, 2006
    B.A. Economics with a Minor in English
  • State Bar Association of Texas Tax Section
  • Smith County Bar Association
  • National Association of
    Black Accounts faculty advisor
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site coordinator
  • Missions
    Committee at Pollard United Methodist Church
  • “The Essentials of Consolidated Returns,” CLE/CPE, PwC Houston, Texas (November 21, 2015)
  • “The Basics of the Foreign Tax Credit,” CLE/CPE, PwC Houston, Texas (March 27, 2014)
  • “Choice of Entity from a Tax Perspective,” CLE, Smith County Bar Association (November 10, 2017)
  • Stephen F Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
    Senior Lecturer (July 2018 to current)
    Professor of numerous graduate and undergraduate classes including accounting ethics,
    advanced taxation, and individual income taxation, both online and face-to- face
  • Gardner Firm PLLC, Tyler, Texas
    Associate Attorney (August 2015 to January 2017)
    Restructuring for small to mid-size companies; conducted tax planning for various federal and
    state income tax issues; drafted transaction documents and implemented mergers and
  • University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, Texas
    Adjunct Professor (August 2015 to May 2016)
    Adjunct professor of tax research, including taxation of business entities and business law
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers, Houston, Texas
    Tax Senior in Mergers & Acquisitions (July 2012 to July 2015)
    Conducted tax due diligence for various transactions, largely involving energy companies;
    provided planning and structuring with international and domestic components; conducted tax
    research and drafted opinions for issues related to both corporate and partnership tax
  • Bank of America, Corporate Monitoring and Compliance, Dallas, Texas
    Risk Analyst (August 2007 to August 2008)
    Assessed risk for outstanding large real estate loans, specifically those for REITs
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions, Washington D.C. Legislative Intern– paid (January 2007 to July 2007)
    Assisted staff in policy research and attended hearings, specific to Education legislation

Kacie Czapla, LL.M, CPA

My husband, Ty created TLC Law, PLLC to focus on family and criminal law. I have since expanded the firm’s practice to tax and business planning and estate planning. I consider myself a tax attorney in the broadest sense. A tax attorney must know more than just tax. A tax attorney aids the taxpayer in his pursuit to pay the government its just share…but nothing more and along the way understands and appreciates the non-tax aspects of running a business. This pursuit involves tedious interpretation of all state and federal governing laws, careful planning of all aspects of a transaction or controversy with due consideration for the tax and other general business or financial implications, and drafting all relevant documents to execute and legalize a taxpayer’s desired intent. These traits are not found in all attorneys or even all tax attorneys. I have been practicing as a tax attorney since 2012 in Texas, and I have gained invaluable experience as a tax and business planner for all types of businesses—from the small, one-man practice to the large, multi-national Exxon types. With so many small business clients, I also offer estate planning services to aid my clients with their business succession plans or other non-business estate planning desires. I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Texas, so I speak the financial language. Many of my clients really appreciate this aspect of my practice because I can effortlessly communicate with their accountant and work in conjunction with either their existing CPA or locate a new one, if needed.  

Prior to my move to Tyler, I worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Houston, Texas doing mergers and acquisitions. Through this experience I gained valuable exposure to an array of tax issues in the areas of corporate, partnership and international tax. Many of my clients were multinational energy companies, so I gained familiarity with even the most complicated structuring and planning engagements. Some of my engagements included the following: tax due diligence for stock and asset acquisitions; negotiation of stock/asset purchase agreements and accompanying documentation; corporate restructuring; tax free transaction planning; worthless stock and cancellation of debt planning; and Section 382 loss limitation modeling.

Prior to law school, I worked for Bank of America in Dallas as a risk assessor for corporate monitoring and compliance, and as a paid intern for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions.

Although I was raised in Louisiana, I have Texas roots and attended White Oak High School, near Longview. I attended the University of North Texas, where I graduated cum laude with a degree in economics in 2006. I attended the University of Wyoming for law school and graduated in 2011. People always ask me, “How did you end up in the North Pole?” Short story really—I worked for a Senate Committee and the chairman, Mike Enzi, was from Wyoming. Meeting him and so many other Wyoming staffers (including my husband) convinced me to enroll at UW for law school. Immediately after graduation, I obtained a Masters in Tax Law (LL.M) from the most prestigious and recognized tax school in the country, the University of Florida. Although I was born into a family of Tigers, I became a Gator. The horror!

I am involved in the East Texas community. I taught as a professor at Stephen F Austin State University, UT Tyler, and Tyler Junior College. I still teach at TJC in the paralegal program. I am on the Board at my church, Pollard United Methodist and am involved with the Tax Section of the State Bar; it was through the Tax Section that I volunteered at Fort Hood through the Adopt-a-Base program, where I taught tax preparation skills to soldiers. I also volunteered for many years for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) in multiple locations. In 2022 I was honored to receive a fellowship from the Texas Bar Foundation which is only given to a very small percentage of Texas attorneys for their service to the legal community. 

I have a 10 year-old son, Benny, and a 5 year-old daughter, Lily.  I also enjoy reading, particularly British literature and fantasy/sci-fi. I am an amateur chef and enjoy the occasional road trip—particularly if it involves good BBQ.