Understanding Tax Controversies

A tax controversy refers to any dispute between an individual or business taxpayer and a state or federal tax agency concerning the determination and collection of taxes. The dispute may begin with a notice requesting payment of taxes, additional information or an audit. Perhaps you have already completed an audit and desire to administratively appeal an unsatisfactory result. Regardless of where you are in your tax controversy, we can advocate on your behalf and represent you in any administrative proceedings.

Our Approach Sets Us Apart

Our flexible and comprehensive approach to tax controversies sets us apart. To be sure, we have aggressively protected clients in Tax Court and in various U.S. District Courts. A court filing may be necessary to preserve a taxpayer's rights. Yet there are often opportunities to pursue administrative negotiations with tax agencies before a matter has escalated into a court case. We also examine a controversy from multiple tax disciplines. Tax implications may overlap. A settlement offer regarding a sales tax matter may have ramifications to an individual's income tax liability.

We look for favorable resolutions at each step in the administrative process. Since we focus on the entire process, there is no tax controversy issue beyond our scope. We do it all, regardless of the type of tax or dispute. To name just a few examples, our tax controversy practice includes audits, collections, tax appeals, the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, and settlement negotiations with tax officials regarding payroll, income, estate, sales and employment taxes.

Contact A Skilled Tax Controversy Attorney

Even if you have received only a tax notice, it is never too early to seek legal counsel. We can communicate on your behalf with the tax agency. Together, we can develop the appropriate strategy, whether it is defending the information on your tax return or presenting a different argument to challenge the proposed tax assessment. To schedule a consultation regarding your tax issue or controversy, call our Los Angeles office at 310-551-1400 or contact us online.