As federal tax codes become increasingly complex, businesses and individuals must be that much more diligent in ensuring their compliance. In addition to accounting and tax oriented legal malpractice litigation, Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney's tax group also specializes in tax controversies and avoidance.  We represent clients before the Internal Revenue Service, California Franchise Tax Board, Employment Development Department, and Board of Equalization.   

Because the process can often seem intimidating, our tax group ensures our clients are well informed and confident about their taxpayer rights. Our experience has taught us the level of preparation necessary to producing positive results. We leverage this information to offer a speedy assessment of the situation and advice regarding available options. Over the years, we have found that negotiations with the tax authorities can frequently yield results that are faster and more desirable than administrative or judicial litigation.

Timely analysis of tax issues and modeling of various options provide our clients with the kind of broad vision that eases decision-making and makes choices clearer. This same process can be used for planning purposes before controversies occur. Seeking IRS sanction proactively to treat transactions in a certain way by means of a Private Letter Ruling is just one service we can provide in the planning area.

Our Practice

  • We work closely with our business lawyers to structure and execute complex transactions from a tax perspective, so that our clients are well positioned to achieve their business objectives.
  • We represent public and private business entities (corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies), private clients and tax-exempt organizations, in resolving federal, state and local tax controversy matters.
  • Our tax group provides services in all aspects of tax planning, including comprehensive estate planning services to preserve family wealth and minimize tax exposure.
  • We have in-depth experience in client representation before U.S. Tax and Federal Appellate Courts and State Trial and Appellate Courts; at state and local tax examinations and administrative proceedings; at federal tax examinations and IRS appeals offices; and in administrative and grand jury criminal tax investigations.

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