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Brager Tax Law Group, A P.C.

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We are a four attorney boutique tax litigation and tax controversy law firm. Our tax controversy attorneys only represent clients with tax problems or tax disputes; whether those tax problems are with the IRS, the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB), the State Board of Equalization (SBE) or the Employment Development Department (EDD). All of our tax lawyers have formerly practiced as trial attorneys with the Internal Revenue Service's Office of Chief Counsel.

Our goal is to provide customized solutions for difficult tax problems. When it comes to taxes one size doesn't fit all. The first step is to meet with our clients, whether they are individuals, business or estates, to discuss their situation, and to determine a possible course of action. When the client is ready to proceed we begin a partnership in which the client is involved at every important step in the decision making process.

We understand that dealing with the IRS, the FTB, SBE or EDD can be a very stressful experience. Our goal is not only to minimize the taxes our clients owe, but also to reduce their stress by taking the weight of dealing with the taxing agencies on a day-to-day basis off their shoulders.

Our California tax lawyers solve tax problems for individuals, businesses and estates. We handle all types of Tax Litigation and Tax Controversy matters including, IRS Payroll Tax Problems, California Payroll Tax Problems, Tax Fraud, Tax Preparer Penalties, California Sales Tax Problems, Tax Audits, Tax Appeals, Innocent Spouse Defenses, Offers in Compromise, Installment Payment Agreements, Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR)Defense and more.

Dennis Brager also provides expert witness services on issues of federal and state tax procedure.
Bio
Dennis Brager is a California State Bar Certified Tax Specialist and a former Senior Trial Attorney for the Internal Revenue Service's Office of Chief Counsel. In addition to representing the IRS in court, he advised the Service on complex civil and criminal tax issues. He now has his own four attorney firm in Westwood, and has been named as a Super Lawyer in the field of Tax Litigation by Los Angeles Magazine. He has been quoted as a tax expert, by Business Week, the Daily Journal, the National Law Journal, The Daily Beast, USA Today, Palm Beach Daily News, Money Laundering, the Los Angeles Daily Journal and Tax Analyst.

Having worked for the IRS for six years, he gained valuable insight into the inner workings of that organization. This not only helps in developing the right strategies, but facilitates working with the system quickly and efficiently. Mr. Brager has limited his practice to representing clients having disputes with the IRS, the Franchise Tax Board, the State Board of Equalization and the Employment Development Department--both at trial and administrative levels.

He has appeared on ABC Television’s Good Morning America show, Fox Business News, and TV One Access. He has also spoken before the California Continuing Education of the Bar, the California Society of CPAs, the UCLA Tax Controversy Institute, the California State Bar Tax Section, the Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, the California Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the Warner Center Estate and Tax Planning Council, and the National Association of Enrolled Agents. Dennis Brager has been an instructor at Golden Gate University's Masters in Taxation Program and a guest speaker at the University of Southern California. Mr. Brager has testified as an expert witness on Federal tax matters.
Practice Areas
 Legal Services  Online / Video Legal Consultation
 Contract Disputes  Personal Injury
 COVID-19-Related Legal Help  Taxes
 Negligence
Certifications
 Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Education/Training
Mr. Brager received his undergraduate degree from Pace University (B.B.A., magna cum laude, 1975, Accounting/Finance), and his law degree from New York University (J.D., 1978).

Mr. Brager has articles that appeared in the California Lawyer, Daily Journal, Taxation for Lawyers, Los Angeles Lawyer, The Consumer Advocate, Family Law News, California Tax Lawyer, Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure, and Journal of Taxation of Investments. They include “Offshore Voluntary Disclosure – The Next Generation,” “Partial Offshore Tax Amnesty – Voluntary Disclosure 2.0,” Anatomy of an OPR Case (Definitely Not R.I.P.),” “FBAR and Voluntary Disclosure,” “The Tax Gap and Voluntary Disclosure,” “Circular 230: An Overview,” “Recent Developments in Tax Procedure,” “Damages, Rescission and Debt Cancellation as Client Income,” “Ponzi Scheme Victims May Be Able to Mitigate Losses with Tax Deduction,” “Prevailing Party-Recovering Attorneys Fees From the IRS,” “The Taxpayer Bill of Rights--A Small Step Toward Reining in the IRS,” “Challenging the IRS Requires a Cohesive Strategy,” “The Innocent Spouse Defense,” “IRS Guidelines for Installment-Payment Agreements,” “Expert Advice: New Rules on 1099 Forms,” “Tax Brakes: The Taxpayer Bill of Rights 2,” and “Expert Advice: Avoiding Payroll Taxes.”
Memberships
Former chair of both the Tax Compliance, Procedure and Litigation Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the California State Bar, Tax Procedure and Litigation Committee. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Claims Court, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. District Court and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Other Languages
Spanish and Tagalog
Bar Admissions
California State Bar
Location
10880 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 880
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