The O.C. Metro (September 2014 issue) has named David W. Klasing as one of its Top Attorneys in Orange County for 2014 in Tax Law.
When Klasing began his professional tax career over 18 years ago, he was working as a CPA, or Certified Public Accountant, for other firms. But after two encounters with clients who requested (and were denied) unethical tax services, he decided to earn a law degree and set up his own practice instead.
Today, supported by a Master’s degree in taxation, Klasing is one of the very few who can say they are certified to practice as both a CPA and an attorney.
How unique? The ABA (American Bar Association) reports a total of 1,143,358 attorneys practicing in the United States, while the AAA-CPA (American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants) estimates a maximum of 20,000 combination attorney-CPAs. This means Klasing is part of a group which accounts for only about 1% of all practicing lawyers in the country.
Klasing’s dual status as both a lawyer and an accountant — an encyclopedic “one-stop-shop” for the full spectrum of tax issues — gives his clients a unique advantage. Where CPAs or attorneys might balk at the complexities the other discipline, Klasing has a firm grasp on both.
“No matter what type of business you own,” stresses Klasing, “there are two outside professionals you need on your external management team: a business attorney and a CPA. Every major business decision you make must include their input. The problem,” he adds, “is that sometimes they have opposing opinions. With me, you get two professionals in one who always agree on the best way to handle potential tax controversies and business decisions.”
“My main job,” Klasing summarizes, “is to use the law as a sword and a shield to keep clients facing criminal prosecution for tax crimes (or the mere threat of it) out of jail. I’m an amateur sleep therapist,” he jokes, “I help people with the kinds of serious tax problems that keep them up at night.”
Those “serious tax problems” run an impressively broad gamut. If you’re in the Orange County area, The Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing is prepared to assist you with matters ranging from filing an FBAR to participating in the 2014 OVDP, IRS audits to criminal tax evasion charges, international estate planning to setting up a business, and more.
While tax code is constantly evolving, one factor remains constant: non-compliance, as Klasing puts it, is a “game-ender.” If you’re concerned about an IRS criminal investigation, allegations of tax fraud, or other individual or business matters, don’t gamble with prison time: call The Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing at (800) 681-1295 today or contact us online, before a critical deadline passes you by forever.