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31October 2009TAXES—THE TAX MAGAZINE®Sheldon I. Banoff, P.C., is a Partner in the law fi rm of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Chicago, specializing in federal income tax matters. From the Thoughtful Tax AdvisorBy Sheldon I. BanoffThe Tax Lawyer As Sumo Wrestler: Sayonara, or See You in 2019?Thirty years ago (February 1979), this writer, who was then a slim, young (age 30) overworked se-nior associate in a young but growing Chicago law fi rm, brashly commented in this magazine upon the state of the practice of tax law.1 We likened the modern-day (1979 version) tax practitioner to a sumo wrestler (for reasons described below). Every 10 years since 1979, we have revisited the state of the practice, and have commented on its evolution (as well as its ongoing similarities).2 This column marks our fourth decade of pontifi cating on the profession, through the auspices of TAXES—THE TAX MAGAZINE’S Thoughtful Tax Advisor column, and we think the analogy of tax lawyers to sumo wrestlers has never been...