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Tax Controversies

Tax Controversy Lawyer in Walnut Creek

Tax matters can easily get very complicated. If you are struggling to make sense of your taxes or need assistance in paying off back taxes, I may be able to help. I limit my practice to federal and state tax law.

All income employment or sales tax issues:

  • Innocent spouse
  • Collection due process
  • Employment status
  • Appeals division

I may get to the end of the audit with significant disagreed issues. The auditor does not have the final word. This is when you enter the world of tax controversies, in which you need to make full use of your ability to speak with the auditor’s management, to seek audit reconsideration, to go to Appeals Division (which takes a fresh look at the matter in light of the “hazards of litigation”) and then to Tax Court.

As with tax collection, all the way along there are deadlines that must be adhered to to preserve your rights. For example, going to Tax Court is reasonably inexpensive and provides a prepayment judicial determination of the propriety of the auditor’s (and Appeals’) determinations. However, ignoring a statutory notice of deficiency can result in losing that right, and requiring payment of the full liability before filing a refund claim and action in U.S. District Court.

Never assume that any certified mail letter from the IRS or the Tax Court is a scam or may otherwise be ignored. If there is any question as to the validity of that letter, check with your representative immediately.

Our Office
  • Walnut Creek Office
    1255 Treat Boulevard
    Suite 300
    Walnut Creek, California 94597
    Phone: 925-472-6800
    Fax: 925-472-6801