Tax Controversies

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When you’re audited, it’s best to have a strong tax lawyer by your side.  In times of tight budgets, the state and federal taxing authorities are taking tough stances against taxpayers in an attempt to bring in more revenue.  Having an experienced tax attorney on your side can help you both navigate the often complicated procedural and technical hurdles involved in an audit, but can also bring to bear persuasive authority on your behalf.

To give you an example of my work, I have previously represented a property owner to win a nearly 50% reduction in his San Francisco property tax assessment.  I defended another client in a California audit and successfully preserved a $5 million deduction which the state intended to disallow.

Tax controversies arise for both individual and business taxpayers. With complex state and federal tax regulations, it is important to engage legal representation immediately when a tax dispute arises.  For individuals, trust and estates, and corporations and partnerships, I assist clients with federal, state and local tax matters resulting in reduced taxes for business or real estate transactions.

Some sample issues that I handle:

  • -Collection matters
  • -Appeals and collection due process involving tax levies, liens and seizures
  • -Assessed tax penalties
  • -Offers in compromise and tax debt payment plans
  • -Innocent spouse, separation from liability and equitable relief from tax debt
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