A Tax Attorney serving Orange County, Los Angeles, and the surrounding areas
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A Tax Attorney and CPA with over 20 years of experience
At the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing, I bring the combined skills of an attorney with a Master’s Degree in Taxation and a Certified Public Accountant with more than 20 years of experience to any problem you may have. No successful business or individual should ever be without the services of an attorney and a CPA. With me, you get the expertise of both for the price of one.
Our Clients Always Come First: Highly Personalized, Effective, and Comprehensive Tax Services
My first duty is always to my clients, period. I personally guarantee you will never receive anything but the most vigorous representation and that I will return your phone calls and messages in a prompt and timely manner. I work very closely with all my clients to ensure that they receive only the most personalized, highly effective solutions to their individual tax problems or needs.
Results That Bring Peace of Mind
Time and again our comprehensive tax services deliver results that bring peace of mind and satisfaction to our clients. This has earned us a rarely seen, but highly coveted Avvo rating of 10.0 as a “Top Tax Attorney.” -
Our Tax Lawyers, CPAs and Enrolled Agents are ready to help
Call me toll free at 800-681-1295 or contact my office at any time for help with your tax problems. My Orange County office is conveniently located next to John Wayne Airport. I also have an office in the Westwood area of Los Angeles, a short distance from the 405 freeway on Wilshire Boulevard. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and later evening appointments are available by pre-arrangements. The office is open Monday through Saturday during tax season (February through April).
When Do You Need a Tax Attorney?
When you have a tax problem, whether it is filing past due returns, defending against an IRS audit, or disputing the amount of tax owed, it can be quite a challenge figuring out what type of tax related professional is best qualified to handle your tax matter. Finding the right type of professional can mean all the difference in getting the best possible results for the least amount of money.
What can make this task so daunting for many people is the sheer number of different tax related professionals to choose from, such as tax attorneys, bookkeepers, tax preparers, enrolled agents, and Certified Public Accountants. So, what makes an attorney who specializes in tax uniquely qualified to help with your tax problem?
Although attorneys like Enrolled Agents and CPAs are also considered tax professionals, they are first and foremost lawyers who specialize in the area of taxation. Unlike other tax professionals, only an attorney is required to undergo a rigorous 3 year graduate program designed specifically to develop legal advocacy skills. The practice of law is also a strictly regulated profession, which holds attorneys to the highest ethical standards and ensures that minimum competency standards are met. So, while anyone licensed to practice before the IRS can represent taxpayers, including CPAs and Enrolled Agents, only an attorney possesses the requisite training to properly assess all of the relative strengths and weaknesses of a case from a litigation standpoint and to advocate effectively on your behalf.
This can be highly beneficial if you are seeking legal representation in the IRS appeals process. The IRS appeals process is the last chance for a taxpayer to resolve their dispute with the IRS before litigation; therefore it is imperative that a client be represented as advantageously as possible in what basically amounts to a negotiation with the IRS. IRS Appeals Officers are instructed to weigh the hazards of litigation before making a determination, so having an attorney on your side demonstrates to the IRS that you are serious about fully litigating the results of your appeal if necessary.
The IRS also knows that there are many alternative, neutral forums for the resolution of your tax case, such as Tax Court, Bankruptcy Court, U.S. District Court, or the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. With the exception of Tax Court, only tax lawyers are licensed to practice and represent taxpayers in federal court. If you are seeking redress of your tax problem in any of these courts, an attorney is not only the best choice of tax professional but the only choice. Similarly, if you are facing criminal tax prosecution or under criminal investigation by the IRS, only a lawyer is legally able to represent you in court and is the only professional with attorney client privilege so the information shared with the attorney cannot be used against you under the government’s subpoena power.
Furthermore, the services of a tax lawyer can be critical, if not absolutely necessary any time you are facing a complex business or tax planning situation. Not only are the laws and regulations regarding many tax matters incredibly complex, but they are also constantly changing year to year as courts hand down new decisions, the IRS changes or issues new regulations, or Congress itself acts to pass new legislation. Given all this, only an attorney trained in legal research and interpretation will be able to properly advise you.
Factors to consider when choosing a tax attorney:
- Admitted to the state bar?
- Advanced degrees in taxation?
- How many years of experience in tax?
- What areas of tax does the attorney specialize in?
- Has the attorney handled tax situations similar to yours?
- What are past clients saying about him or her?
- Do you feel comfortable working with the attorney?
- Does the attorney listen attentively to you and respond promptly to all of your inquiries?
Whether it involves tax planning for an estate, acquiring, purchasing, or starting a business, or structuring a transaction with significant tax implications, a skilled tax attorney will always be able to add value to any tax planning situation far and above whatever fees they charge. Be careful of comparing attorneys on the basis of fees alone. An attorney who charges a low hourly rate may not always provide the best value, as they make take longer to complete any given task or simply lack the expertise to secure the absolute most favorable tax position for you.