Los Angeles Combo Tax Attorney & CPA for Business Consultants
More than most taxpayers, business consultants understand the value and importance of professional financial advice. Competent guidance is especially crucial when it comes to tax compliance, as failure to follow state or federal laws can lead to a tax audit, a civil penalty, or even a criminal tax charge.
At the Tax Law Office of David W. Klasing, we are Los Angeles Tax Attorneys, CPAs, and EAs who combine more than 20 years of experience representing business consultants and consultancy firms throughout California, the United States, and abroad. In addition to ensuring that you and your business are compliant with tax regulations, we can also prepare your individual or corporate tax returns; represent you in a California or IRS tax audit; help you appeal the results of an audit; sue the IRS on your behalf; defend you against criminal tax charges; or identify areas where your current accounting and bookkeeping methods could be improved. We even provide international tax services, enabling us to meet your business’ needs whether they are local or global in scale.
We also offer Entity Selection, Business Purchase or Sale, Online Business, International Business and Domestic and International Tax Controversy, Planning and Compliance Services.
L.A. Tax Audit Attorneys for Business Consulting Firms (IRS, CDTFA, FTB, EDD)
Our founding attorney, David W. Klasing, has more than a decade of public accounting auditing experience. We understand what happens as part of the business consulting tax audit process; your legal rights during an audit; how to prepare before an audit; how far back in time the IRS may audit your returns; and how to appeal the results of an audit that you disagree with. No matter what aspect of a state or federal tax audit you need assistance with, our Los Angeles audit lawyers CPAs and EAs can provide clear and comprehensive guidance, advising you of your rights and negotiating with the government on your behalf. Our objective is to help you reduce or avoid additional tax, penalties and interest resulting from an audit – and, in cases where criminal charges could become an issue, to take effective measures to avoid /prevent criminal tax prosecution.
We represent consultancy firms and freelance business consultants in all types of tax audits, including audits involving state, federal, international, civil, and criminal tax matters. Our audit tax and consulting services in Los Angeles include:
- California state tax audits
- CDTFA tax audits (California Department of Tax and Fee Administration)
- EDD tax audits (Employment Development Department)
- FTB tax audits (Franchise Tax Board)
- Eggshell audits and reverse eggshell audits
- FBAR and related foreign account tax audits
- Employment tax audits
- Income tax audits
- IRS federal tax audits
- Sales tax audits
- Small, midsize, and large business tax audits
- Worker classification audits
See our 2011 OVDI Q and A Library
See our FBAR Compliance and Disclosure Q and A Library
See our Foreign Audit Q and A Library
See our Employment Tax Law Q and A Library
See our Sales Tax Q and A library
State + Federal Tax Audit Appeals Representation for Consultants
Auditors often make subtle yet serious errors, leading to inaccurate findings of law or fact that predictably result in a taxpayer erroneously owing additional tax, interest, and/or penalties. If you believe that your auditor made an error and you do not agree with his or her findings, you may request an appeals conference with the IRS, or, if the dispute involves a California audit, the Office of Tax Appeals (OTA). To start the tax appeals process, you must submit an IRS protest letter outlining your position in detail, supported by factual evidence and information. An IRS appeals attorney can assist you with your submission, or represent you against the government in the event tax litigation becomes necessary.
Criminal Tax Representation in L.A.
There are various ways that the IRS can receive information about potential tax crimes. To provide a few examples, the IRS can:
- Coordinate with state taxing authorities, like the FTB, and/or foreign governments
- Discover indicators of fraud during a tax audit, which is a common trigger for a tax fraud investigation
- Receive tips from tax whistleblowers, who stand to receive substantial IRS rewards
- Use data analytics
- View public information
There are numerous felonies or misdemeanor offenses a taxpayer can be charged with committing. Distinct from tax evasion (26 U.S. Code § 7201, attempt to evade or defeat tax), other, lesser known examples of tax crimes include:
- 26 U.S. Code § 7202 – Willful failure to collect or pay over tax
- 26 U.S. Code § 7203 – Willful failure to file return, supply information, or pay tax
- 26 U.S. Code § 7206(1) – Willfully making and subscribing a false return
- 26 U.S. Code § 7212 – Attempts to interfere with administration of internal revenue laws (tax obstruction)
A conviction of these or related offenses can result in prison or jail time, considerable fines, and/or supervised release, in addition to IRS restitution. Other consequences may include career ending professional sanctions / loss of licensure, civil fraud penalties, and other civil or criminal tax penalties.
Los Angeles Tax Lawyer + Accountant for Business Consultants
As tax and business consultants, we know the challenges – and the benefits – of strategic financial tax planning. We also know the dangers of failing to comply with the law, which exposes your business to fines, an increased risk of auditing, and other consequences.
Serving corporations, LLCs, partnerships, and self-employed consultants such as freelancers and sole proprietors, the Los Angeles IRS tax lawyers and CPAs at the Tax Law Office of David W. Klasing are here to provide the 24-hour support your business needs. Contact us online today to arrange a reduced rate consultation or call our Los Angeles office at (310) 492-5583. You can also reach our main office in Irvine by calling (800) 681-1295.
Please note meetings at our Los Angeles location are by appointment only.
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Will it cost me more to hire the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing, who’s main office and the vast majority of the firm’s staff is located in Irvine California, but an appointment only Satellite office is close to my location, as opposed to a local company? Absolutely not! See our policies that address this issue here