If you are involved in a dispute with a California taxing authority, it takes a skilled state tax attorney to protect your interests. Regal Tax & Law Group, PC provides comprehensive tax services to individuals and businesses, from filing state income tax returns to tax audit representation to negotiating tax settlements.
From our offices in San Diego and San Francisco, we represent clients throughout California on all aspects of tax law, including:
- Income tax audits
- Offers in compromise
- Tax liens
- Bank levies
- Tax appeals
- Employment tax audits
- Sales tax audits
- Trust fund taxes
- Tax in bankruptcy
We are keenly aware that the state of California is reputed to be even more aggressive than the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in enforcing tax laws. Our legal team can help protect you against its collection tactics and avoid consequences such as tax liens, levies and garnishments.
If you are involved in a dispute with a state taxing authority, you need the informed representation Regal Tax and Law Group, PC provides. Please contact our office today for a complimentary consultation.
Comprehensive Representation For State Tax Matters
Well-versed in the California Revenue Code, we regularly represent taxpayers before The Franchise Tax Board (FTB), the Employment Development Department (EDD) and the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA).
Franchise Tax Board (FTB) Matters
The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) enforces the state income tax laws and is tasked with collecting income taxes. In doing so, the FTB often relies on the results of IRS tax audits to conduct audits of California taxpayers, which puts you at a significant disadvantage. Our state tax attorneys have the skills and experience to negotiate tax solutions for both FTB tax audits and tax debts.
We also represent clients in FTB audits involving tax issues unique to California income tax law. If you moved to or from California, for example, the FTB may conduct a residency audit to determine how much tax you owe. Our California tax lawyers can represent you throughout the process, advocate for your tax position, and help you avoid tax penalties.
If we determine that you owe back taxes to the FTB, we will explore all your options, such as negotiating an installment payment agreement or filing an Offer in Compromise on your behalf. Above all, we will always put your best interests first and find a solution that suits your needs and the demands of the FTB.
Employment Development Department (EDD) Matters
The Employment Development Department (EDD) is responsible for collecting payroll taxes in California. One common payroll tax problem arises when an EDD audit finds that a business improperly classified its employees as independent contractors. The EDD relies on the same complicated 20 factor test as the IRS to evaluate a worker’s status, although the law is always changing.
Our California tax attorneys have in-depth knowledge of the worker classification test and will help you gather evidence demonstrating that your workers were properly classified as independent contractors. If the audit finds that you owe payroll taxes, our attorneys may be able to resolve your tax debts through an Offer in Compromise or installment agreement.
California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) State Tax Matters
The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) enforces and collects sales, use, fuel, and other excise taxes. Our state tax attorneys regularly handle a wide range of CDFTA matters, including sales and use tax audits.
If you are facing a sales tax audit, we can help you gather the necessary information and records that will likely be requested by CDTFA auditor, including:
- Books of account (e.g. income statements, balance sheets, general ledgers), summary records of the business operations, state and federal income tax returns.
- Original documents support book entries (e.g. sales and purchase invoices, purchase orders, contracts, bank statements)
- Resale certificates, exemption certificates, bills of lading, or other documents supporting claimed sales tax exemptions.
- Copies of the sales tax returns filed with the CDTFA and other documents used to prepare the sales tax returns.
Our California sales tax lawyers can help to determine if your records are adequate and advise you on the reconstruction of records if necessary. We will also represent you during the audit and act as your advocate and intermediary before the CDFTA. Our objective is to minimize your sales tax problem and work to settle the case. If you disagree with the results of the sales tax audit, we may recommend filing an appeal.
Contact Our Experienced California State Tax Attorneys
At Regal Tax and Law Group, PC, each client receives powerful representation and individualized attention. When you consult with us, we will take the time to help you understand all the options available to you so that you can make informed decisions about your tax matter. We have a well-earned reputation as trusted California tax attorneys with the know-how to resolve the most complex tax controversies. Please contact our office today for a complimentary consultation.