Why Do You Need a Tax Attorney and What Makes The Tax CounselTM Unique?

  • A tax attorney gives you the benefit of attorney-client privilege whereas an accountant can only offer attorney-client privilege if acting at the direction of a lawyer to give client information regarding the case.
  • A tax attorney specializes in resolving legal concerns regarding tax planning while a CPA or accountant may focus more on managing finances and filing tax returns.
  • A tax attorney is trained to defend you in legal actions if the IRS files a lawsuit against you, starts a tax fraud or criminal investigation against you, and can be your legal advocate if you want to file a lawsuit against the IRS.
  • At The Tax CounselTM, we also help you to discover the tax implications of your choice of business entity and can help you review your contracts for legal as well as tax implications.
  • At The Tax CounselTM, approximately 70 to 80% of our business comes from referrals from CPAs and other lawyers. We work hand-in-hand with accountants, CPAs, and other lawyers to serve the best interests of our clients.
  • Not every tax attorney specializes in defending clients against the IRS and California Franchise Tax Board. At The Tax CounselTM, that's our focus.
  • Mrs. Dawson-Man is a tax lawyer with over 15 years of unique well-rounded legal experience. Please see more about her experience below and CLICK HERE to read the testimonials.
  • At The Tax CounselTM, because we see the triggers that start IRS audits nearly every day, we are in a unique position to help you plan to avoid those triggers.
  • At The Tax CounselTM, we can help you analyze your investments in acquisition of businesses and in the sale of your business from a tax law perspective. Mrs. Dawson-Man was named a top attorney in Mergers & Acquisitions by Los Angeles magazine in its Super Lawyers edition. Getting into a partnership is akin to getting married in many respects. One would be wise to have the transaction analyzed from a tax law perspective from an attorney who is experienced in defending IRS tax audits BEFORE one invests in a business partnership.

Mrs. Dawson-Man

Principal, Tax Attorney

Phone: (949) 260-2078

Email: Marianne@TheTaxCounsel.com

Education

UCLA (B.A., Economics), Dean's Honor List
Loyola Law School (J.D. and Tax LL.M. with Distinction)

Mrs. Dawson-Man is tax lawyer with over 15 years of experience, and an LL.M. in Tax from a top ten graduate tax law program. She was the Chair of the Tax Section of the Orange County Bar Association in 2014 and Chair-Elect of the Tax Section in 2013. Her practice focuses on all aspects of taxation, particularly tax controversy (e.g., tax audits, U.S. Tax Court litigation, tax settlements with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and California Franchise Tax Board), tax aspects of buying and selling businesses, pre-immigration tax planning (California Franchise Tax Board), and tax aspects of business transactions.

About Mrs. Dawson-Man

Mrs. Dawson-Man is tax lawyer with over 15 years of experience, and an LL.M. in Tax from a top ten graduate tax law program. She was the Chair of the Tax Section of the Orange County Bar Association in 2014 and Chair-Elect of the Tax Section in 2013. Her practice focuses on all aspects of taxation, particularly tax controversy (e.g., tax audits, U.S. Tax Court litigation, tax settlements with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and California Franchise Tax Board), tax aspects of buying and selling businesses, and tax aspects of business transactions.

She has devoted the bulk of her 15+ year legal career to addressing the needs of entrepreneurs, emerging growth as well as seasoned businesses. Unlike many tax attorneys, Mrs. Dawson-Man has well-rounded experience in three sectors of the tax community: U.S. Attorney's Office - Tax Division, tax law firm, and Big Five CPA firm. It is because of Mrs. Dawson-Man's unique well-rounded experience that Mrs. Dawson-Man has become a "one-stop legal resource" for many of her clients who have tax and business tax planning needs.

Mrs. Dawson-Man graduated with Distinction from a top ten LL.M. in Taxation law program in the United States, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court, the Supreme Court of the State of California and the United Stated Central District Court of California.

Mrs. Dawson-Man was named a "Rising Star" in Mergers & Acquisitions by Los Angeles magazine in its Super Lawyers edition, and she was chosen by OC Register Metro magazine as a top tax attorney in 2013 and in 2014. Mrs. Dawson-Man has been rated as a top attorney by avvo.com since 2013 with an Avvo rating of 10/10 (Superb). See the Profile.

Mrs. Dawson-Man is a frequent writer and speaker on current tax and business issues, and regularly publishes on such topics.

Presentations

Lecturer/Faculty Member on Formations of Partnerships and LLCs

Lecturer/Faculty Member for Business Law Section of State Bar of California on "Formations of Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies". Fall 2011 How To Series for Lawyers Sponsored by the State Bar of California CLE Program.


Lecturer for an intensive eight week course on drafting and designing revocable trusts in California.

I will be teaching a class in an intensive eight week course on drafting and designing revocable trusts in California. The program begins on October 24, 2011 and ends on December 12, 2011, and is sponsored by First Foundation Bank in Irvine, California. It is approved for 15.5 general credits, including 1.0 ethics credit. For more information, please send me a private message.


Lecturer on Tax Law Updates for 2011 - 2012

Lecturer for CalCPA on the topic of "Tax Law Updates" for 2011 - 2012.


Lecturer/Faculty Member on Hot Topics In Business Tax and Mergers & Acquisitions

Lecturer/Faculty Member for Business Law Section of the State Bar of California on "Hot Topics in Business Tax and Mergers & Acquisitions".


Presenter on the implications of the new California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The presentation was sponsored by the Real Property Section of the CA State Bar.

I have been invited to be a presenter on the implications of the new California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, which will take effect on January 1, 2014. The presentation is sponsored by the Real Property Section of the CA State Bar.

Community Activities

  • Member of the Board of Directors for the Saddleback Memorial Foundation in Laguna Hills, California, which serves the Saddleback Memorial Hospital and the MemorialCare Health System
  • Founder and Co-Leader of Troop #468 for Girl Scouts of Orange County, California