The Law Offices of A. Lavar Taylor LLP specialize in handling civil and criminal tax controversies, involving the IRS, the Department of Justice, and state tax agencies such as the Franchise Tax Board, California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (formerly State Board of Equalization), and the Employment Development Department.

The firm’s practice includes representation of business and individual taxpayers during civil audits, criminal investigations, administrative appeals, all phases of collection, and judicial proceedings in all trial and appellate courts. The firm also provides advice regarding tax-related issues in bankruptcy and receivership proceedings and counsels clients on the use of the bankruptcy laws to facilitate the handling of existing and potential tax problems. We are pleased to offer professionals who can converse in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Inside Experience
Our tax lawyers in Orange County, have extensive experience in handling tax disputes with all federal and state taxing agencies, and litigating cases in all federal and state courts. Combined, our professionals have over 200 years of experience handling tax disputes including over 80 years of government experience. Their prior government experience as federal prosecutors and trial attorneys (including the Internal Revenue Service, US Attorney’s Office, and the US Department of Justice) enables them to see the “big picture” and resolve disputes in the most pragmatic and cost effective ways. They offer a unique blend of experience necessary for resolving tax controversies, in and out of court. Because we handle tax controversies administratively and in court, and because we litigate in virtually every type of court in which tax controversies can be litigated, we offer a unique perspective when it comes to representing clients in tax controversies. We offer valuable advice on when it makes sense to settle and when it makes sense to fight. Many times a “win” can be achieved without the need for litigation. But if litigation becomes necessary, we litigate in all courts and offer valuable advice on which court offers the best opportunity for achieving the client’s objective.

Recognition by Our Peers
Founded in 1993, our firm has been recognized as one of the top tax law firms in Southern California. The attorneys of Law Offices of A. Lavar Taylor LLP have been awarded Super Lawyers; “The Best Lawyers in America®” in the area of Tax Law (2006-2015); U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” (2013-2018); Avvo rating of 10.0 (the highest rating possible); The Honorable Peter M. Elliott Memorial Award, for Outstanding Scholarship, Ethics and Service to the Orange County Bankruptcy Community” presented jointly by the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum and the Orange County Bar Association; and the V. Judson Klein Award from the Tax Section of the California State Bar, given annually to a tax attorney in California who exemplifies the qualities of a high level of legal professionalism and zest for life.

Leadership & Service
We are committed to providing leadership through service within the legal community, including serving on the Executive Committee of the Tax Section of the California State Bar. Our Orange County-based tax attorneys are frequent speakers at the programs sponsored by the Tax Section of the California State Bar and programs for Certified Public Accountants and Enrolled Agents. We also are committed to giving back to the community, including support of various non-profits and leadership with the Center for Fair & Equal Administration of Taxes.

Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association, Tax Section

California State Bar

  • Washington, D.C. Delegate, Taxation Section, 2011-2012
  • Sacramento Delegate, Taxation Section, May 2013
  • Past Chair, Tax Procedure and Litigation Committee – A. Lavar Taylor