Tax Audit and Examination Defense: Tax Controversy

If you have been selected for an IRS, California Franchise Tax Board (CA FTB) or California Employment Development Department (CA EDD) audit, or if you have received a letter or notice from the same which you disagree with, aggressive and efficient negotiation legal representation of your issues before the IRS, CA FTB and/or CA EDD is vital to protecting your legal interests, your financial interests and/or your business and, most importantly, your peace of mind.

If you are not adequately represented by skilled legal counsel, you may be subjected to civil and/or criminal penalties, which may include garnishments on your wages, levies on your bank accounts, and jail time.

Our firm focuses on representing individuals and businesses that have a dispute or require a resolution with the IRS, CA FTB and/or CA EDD.

The following are examples of the types of tax controversy matters we defend and negotiate for our clients:

  • Innocent Spouse or Injured Spouse claims
  • Liens
  • Levies
  • Wage Garnishments
  • Seizures
  • Representation in IRS Appeals or U.S. Tax Court
  • Trust Fund Recovery Penalty Defense
  • FATCA and FBAR matters: Offshore Account Enforcement
  • Abatements of Penalties
  • Payroll Tax Defense
  • Independent Contractor versus Employee Classification matters
  • Offers in Compromise
  • Installment Agreements
  • Identity Theft matters
  • Appeals for Adverse Determinations
  • Tax Strategies to help you and/or your business obtain the best possible outcome for your situation
  • Collection Due Process

Contact us for a free 15 minute initial evaluation of your tax case.

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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 Counsel,TM 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 Counsel,TM 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 Counsel,TM 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 Counsel,TM 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 Counsel,TM 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.

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