215 West Franklin Street, Monterey, California 93940

Experienced Monterey Attorney Manages California Tax Disputes

Representing your interests before the California Franchise Tax Board

Most serious tax controversies involve federal income taxes and the IRS, but California has become increasingly aggressive in pursuing individuals and companies who might be delinquent in their state tax payments. The Law Offices of William A. Brandwein provides the same high-quality, personalized service for state tax issues as we do for federal controversies. Our services include:

  • Audits, tax appeals and litigation. Though most tax disputes focus on income and property tax, state taxes also involve sales and use taxes, estate and gift taxes, fuel tax, and excise taxes. Our tax litigation lawyer negotiates to obtain your best determination of the amount owed; manageable installment plans and reasonable offers in compromise (in excess of $7,500).
  • Business tax planning. We represent small businesses, LLCs, S Corporations and partnerships.
  • Guidance on tax returns. Sound advice on complying with all Franchise Tax Board requirements.
  • California residency and domicile issues. Disputes often arise when the Franchise Tax Board challenges your claim of residency in another state, such as Nevada, Texas, or Florida.
  • Guidance on transactions involving California real estate. California property tax rates can be confusing when transferring real estate among family members. With prudent planning, you can reduce your tax burden on the property you acquire. California has neither an inheritance tax nor an estate tax, but you should consult a tax disputes lawyer about the property tax burden if you are planning to transfer real estate to your heirs.

Reliable guidance regarding California’s Voluntary Disclosure Program

California’s Voluntary Disclosure Program allows qualified filers who have incurred an unpaid state tax liability or have failed to meet a filing requirement to disclose their noncompliance voluntarily. Those who participate must reveal any California tax liability for the previous six years. The Franchise Tax Board waives filing penalties for those years and grants amnesty for additional taxes, fees or penalties that go back more than six years. The Law Offices of William A. Brandwein can assess your tax history to determine if the Voluntary Disclosure Program is the best way to resolve your state tax controversy, and represent you throughout the process that determines the appropriate amount of back taxes you owe.

Contact a knowledgeable state tax attorney in Monterey, California

The Law Offices of William A. Brandwein represents clients on a wide array of California tax issues, including disputes with the Franchise Tax Board. To schedule an appointment, call our Monterey office at 831-372-3266 or contact us online.


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