Firm Profile

The Tax CounselTM is a tax law firm located in Orange County, California in the United States. We specialize in the following areas of law.

tax controversy


If you or your business owes back taxes, we can help you settle your debt and save your business.

We rehabilitate people's lives and businesses one tax case at a time.TM

pre immigration tax planning

Tax Planning

Are you planning on immigrating to the United States?

We can help you plan for the tax consequences of immigration to minimize your U.S. tax liability.

business formations and planning

Business Formations
and Planning

Do you have a great idea for a business?

We can help you select a tax-efficient entity structure for your business and work with you to form your business quickly and easily.


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.

Our Philosophy

It is not necessarily true that the larger the law firm, the better the quality of services. While your initial meeting may be with a partner or senior counsel at a large law firm, much of the work is typically shifted to associates, some of whom may be first year associates fresh out of law school. At The Tax CounselTM, we never shift your work to a first year associate fresh out of law school to handle the bulk of your case. The experienced attorney that you met during your first meeting will be your sole point of contact throughout your case and will be the main attorney working on your case. In addition, our firm has a large network of legal experts who team with us to provide you with large firm resources at small firm prices and greater efficiency.