California Tax Controversy

If you need help with your California tax case, contact us.

California tax law is complicated. And it is difficult to navigate California's byzantine tax system to resolve your matter successfully. You need a specialist—someone who specializes in California tax matters. It isn’t enough to have a background in tax or to know tax law at the federal level or in other states. You need boots on the ground in California. You need a firm that has litigated California tax matters successfully. If you need to fight, you need a firm with a winning track record. If you want to negotiate, you must do so from a position of strength. At Dakessian Law, our attorneys have over 40 years of experience in the highly specialized area of California tax law. We have the knowledge, the experience, the strength and the determination to help our clients favorably resolve difficult matters. Our results speak for themselves.

Our firm can help you with matters relating to:

State Board of Equalization: Sales and Business Taxes

The State Board of Equalization is responsible for administering and collecting sales taxes, excise taxes, fuel taxes, environmental fees and myriad other taxes and fees. (It also hears Franchise Tax Board appeals, promulgates property tax regulations and sets the property tax values for public utilities.) Our lawyers can help with issues involving:

  • Audit defense
  • State Board of Equalization appeals
  • Petitions and appeals conferences
  • Resale, interstate commerce and other exemptions
  • Manufacturer’s exemption
  • Sampling issues
  • Regulations
  • Settlements
  • Refund claims
  • Litigation

Franchise Tax Board: Franchise and income taxes

Dakessian Law can handle Franchise Tax Board cases involving:

  • Corporate franchise tax
  • Corporate income tax
  • Personal income tax
  • Constitutional issues
  • Apportionment issues
  • Business/nonbusiness issues
  • Enterprise Zone credits
  • Research and development credits
  • Residency and sourcing
  • Basis issues
  • Refund claims
  • Audits
  • Protests
  • Closing agreements
  • Settlements
  • Appeals to the State Board of Equalization
  • Litigation
  • Regulations

Property Tax

Our firm can help if you have a case regarding any of the following:

  • Assessment Appeals
  • Reassessments
  • State Board of Equalization/central assessment
  • Change in ownership issues
  • Exemption issues
  • State Board of Equalization property tax regulations/rules
  • Refund claims
  • Litigation

Employment Development Department: Payroll Tax

Our firm can help you with payroll tax issues including, but not limited to:

  • Litigation
  • Petitions
  • Audits
  • Settlements
  • Refund claims
  • Administrative appeals

Local Taxes and Fees

For a number of individuals, local taxes and fees may not be easily understood. When issues arise, you may be unsure of where to turn next or what your course of action should be. When this happens, you should retain legal counsel as soon as possible to protect your rights. Our California local taxes and fees lawyers at Dakessian Law work hard to guide you through controversy and litigation matters so you can move forward in a positive, confident manner.

We can help you with cases involving:

  • Audit defense
  • Administrative appeals
  • Administrative protests
  • Settlements
  • Refund claims
  • Litigation
  • Apportionment
  • Constitutional issues

Purposeful and Inspired Advocacy

Our sole focus is vindicating the rights of our clients in disputes with California agencies. No matter the complexity of your issue, no matter the stakes, and no matter the odds, we will work hard to put you in the best possible position to succeed. We look forward to working with you to help you favorably resolve your California tax case.