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Thank you for the FBAR reminder. I won't forget!  -- How can I forget? I received the file package yesterday from your office.  Thanks! I also thank you for guiding me [in] making the  right decision and putting the horrible time all behind!!!! I will have you in a special place in my heart and hope you the best and only the good things!
- SY

Dennis, Thank you very much for everything that you have done to bring this ordeal to an end.  I am very pleased that I contacted your exceptional law firm in January 2010 and that subsequently I was represented by the very best tax attorneys in California. If I ever need legal tax advice in the future, I hope that your firm will represent me again.
- HV

You, are THE MAN!!  Where do I send your cape? I can't thank you enough! I promise you that I will do whatever it takes to fulfill my obligations & them keep myself on the straight & narrow from there on out.
– RG

Dennis, Roger and Meredith, thank you again for all of your kind efforts on my behalf. Your firm's tremendous expertise and exemplary professionalism in handling my offshore voluntary disclosure case far exceeded my expectations. Dennis, thank you for providing the wisdom from your many years of experience to develop the most effective strategy for my defense and significantly lower my penalty owed to the IRS. Roger, I deeply appreciate your presenting the facts of my case in the most thoughtful, compelling and convincing manner. And Meredith, thank you for your patience in clarifying for me the unfamiliar proceedings and keeping me informed every step of the way. Knowing that I was in good hands did wonders to put my mind at ease. As a client, I simply could not have been more pleased with the process and outcome. I have no reservations in providing my highest recommendation of your outstanding firm to anyone with an offshore issue or any other tax matter.
- An Offshore Tax Client

Roger, You know I was really scared when I was looking for a law firm to take my case. I had to trust someone and that's pretty hard to do when you have such  complex problems. When I found your firm, I will never forget the day I called. I called on the day some tax laws changed two years ago and I think your office was totally swamped because of the new laws. Dennis still agreed to speak with me (even though I heard he was very swamped) and he assured me that there was indeed some kind of resolve for my problems and agreed to take my case in the middle of what I am sure was an exceptionally busy time for all ofyou. I have always been grateful to Dennis for giving me that peace of mind and giving me hope that day because it was that very same hope that has kept me going for the last two years while my case was being worked on. Roger, I don't believe that there are words strong enough to convey to you how happy I am and how eternally grateful I will always be. I thank you from the bottom of my heart and I hope your future will be as happy as mine.
- WC
P.S. Please thank Dennis and John for me. If I ever get down to LA, I fully plan on
stopping in some day to meet all of you.

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Success Stories

Successfully defended clients against FTB income tax assessment of $716,221, with liability reduced to zero; also prevented clients’ names from appearing on FTB published list of largest tax liabilities in California.

Our tax lawyers obtained abatements and refunds of IRS and FTB penalties for failure to timely file tax returns, failure to timely pay tax, and failure to make estimated tax payments for clients due to physical and emotional illnesses, death in family and burden of caring for autistic child; total of $365,243 in penalties and interest refunded to clients.

The California State Board of Equalization (SBE or BOE) issued a Notice of Determination to our client, a gentlemen’s club, claiming it failed to report over 4.5 million dollars in drinks, and billed it over $400,000 in California sales tax, penalties and interest. Over a three year period our tax litigation attorneys were able to convince the BOE that all of the sales had been reported, and all of the sales tax had been paid, resulting in the BOE dropping all claims. Our client paid nothing to the BOE.

Our client filed a joint return with her spouse, a successful lawyer earning over $500,000 per year. Although he promised her he would pay the $150,000 tax due, he never did. After they were divorced he refused to pay, and when she applied to receive innocent spouse treatment he fought “tooth and nail” to make sure she remained liable for the taxes. Nevertheless, our tax lawyers prevailed, and the Internal Revenue Service granted innocent spouse status.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had assessed a Trust Fund Recovery Penalty (TFRP) against our client for unpaid payroll taxes Our California tax attorneys filed a request for a collection due process hearing and convinced the IRS Appeals Officer that its determination that the client was liable for the TFRP was erroneous in its entirety saving our client almost 1million dollars.

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