Practice Areas

Tax Controversy

Our expertise and knowledge in representing high-net-worth individuals and closely-held businesses before local, state, and federal taxing authorities is unmatched. We combine top-notch tax expertise with tenacious negotiating skills to successfully defend individuals and entities facing IRS audits and tax disputes. We provide advice and advocacy in the following tax controversy areas: 

  • Deficiency Assessments
  • Innocent Spouse Claims
  • Overdue Returns
  • Partnership Audits
  • Employment Taxes
  • Fraud
  • Offshore Tax Compliance
  • Collections (installment agreements, offering compromises, and bankruptcy)

Tax Collection Matters

If you have received a collection notice from the IRS or a state taxing agency, it is important to retain a qualified and experienced tax collection defense attorney who can defend your rights as a debtor, find the best resolution for your specific situation, and make sure creditors follow the law. At Buckley Tax Law, we represent clients in collection actions where the government is pursuing individuals or businesses for unpaid federal and state taxes. Through various strategies and when possible, we are able to:

  • Obtain tax penalty abatements
  • Discharge taxes in bankruptcy
  • Negotiate Offers in Compromise and Installment Agreements
  • Resolve liens and levies filed by taxing authorities

Property Taxes

At Buckley Tax Law, we provide skilled legal counsel for a wide range of property tax issues and disputes with the County Assessor's Office and before the Assessment Appeals Board. We help you navigate the complex and time-consuming property tax process from out-of-court settlements to courtroom litigation. 

  • Our property tax lawyers help property owners with a variety of issues, including:
  • Property Tax Reassessments and Proposition 13
  • Property tax appeal representation
  • Compliance
  • Special and direct assessments
  • Change in ownership issues
  • Transfers of base value issues
  • Acquiring property tax exemptions

Taxes in Bankruptcy

Prior to going into private practice, Principal attorney Laura Buckley was a Special Assistant United States Attorney representing the IRS in bankruptcy matters in the Central and Southern Districts of California. For over a decade we have worked with individuals and businesses of all sizes to assist them with filing for bankruptcy, including determining which taxes, if any, are dischargeable in a bankruptcy proceeding. We also guide clients towards reaching a fair and equitable solution for all parties involved, and we make sure they are taking advantage of the protections the law provides. Before filing bankruptcy, we will help clients:

  • Determine if bankruptcy is a viable option
  • Determine what, if any, taxes are dischargeable
  • Analyze the optimum time to file bankruptcy to discharge the taxes

Tax Advice & Planning

Regardless of the size or type of your business, it is crucial to create and implement a strategic tax plan that will not only optimize your revenue, but also minimize your tax liability. Our tax strategy and planning services include, but are not limited to:

  • Help clients form new business entities and negotiate the tax acquisition and sale of businesses
  • Tax Strategy
  • Tax Planning
  • Tax return review and tax opinions
  • Private Letter Rulings

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