Minimize Your Tax Danger. Maximize Your Wealth.
If you are dealing with a California or IRS tax issue, an experienced tax attorney can provide insight into the tax implications of your situation, as well as the tax assessment and collection process.
My name is Thomas J. Fernandez. I am a former IRS senior trial attorney, and I have an advanced law degree in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. I provide Orange County and Southern California businesses and individuals with aggressive, detail-oriented representation in tax audits, tax litigation, tax appeals, tax liens, tax levies, and tax fraud cases.
If you need the services of an experienced tax lawyer in your California or federal case, the Law Offices of Thomas J. Fernandez is here for you.
California And Federal Tax Audit Defense, Tax Collection Defense & Tax Litigation Defense
I handle a broad range of tax law matters, including:
Tax litigation and appeals: Clients who receive notices of proposed tax liabilities and tax debts from the IRS or California tax authorities have a limited time to dispute the claims before they waive their rights to do so.
I help clients minimize or eliminate tax liabilities alleged by the government. I represent clients as we dispute such claims before the taxing authorities or file appeals to the appropriate courts. I am experienced in dealing with the IRS, as well as the Franchise Tax Board, the Employment Development Department and the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA, formerly Board of Equalization). I can handle tax appeals before the IRS, administrative agencies, state courts, the federal courts, the U.S. Tax Court, the Federal Court of Claims and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Tax liens and levies: I have the skills to negotiate with the appropriate tax authorities and help businesses continue to operate while I resolve their tax debts. I handle the entire spectrum of tax law, including but not limited to ad valorem property taxes, income taxes, sales and use taxes, employment taxes, payroll taxes and self-employment taxes. I can also negotiate with the IRS or California tax authorities to release individuals from wage garnishments, bank levies and to help them resolve their tax debts.
Civil tax fraud and penalty cases: I defend clients in both state and federal courts against civil tax fraud allegations and penalties involving:
- Tax evasion
- Unfiled tax returns
- Improper tax returns
- Failure to file penalties
- Failure to pay penalties
- Accuracy-related negligence
- Substantial understatement of income
- Trust fund recovery penalties