Overpaying Taxes?


Welcome to The Barzin Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation. Law practice limited to tax return preparation, civil and criminal tax controversies, business formation, and business services.


S Corporations, C Corporations, Professional Corporations
Limited Liability Companies
Limited Partnerships, General Partnerships
Real Estate Investments
Decedents, Estates, and Trusts
International Taxation of Individuals and Businesses
Non Profits and Exempt Organizations

If you are doing business in California, contact The Barzin Law Firm for a free tax return review. Use your limited resources to invest in your business and become more competitive rather than overpay taxes.


Guiding principles of pursuing the most favorable results and placing the client's interests above all else

At The Barzin Law Firm, you will work directly with tax attorney Abtin Barzin. You will not be handed off or delegated to a junior or associate attorney


With prudent tax planning, you may be able to avoid unnecessary taxes. Depending on your circumstances, there may be opportunities available to reduce your tax bills. Effective tax planning will help you earn and spend your hard-earned money in the most tax advantaged of ways. 


Have your prior years tax returns reviewed for shortcomings and missed opportunities. Put the Internal Revenue Code to work for you. Attorney experienced in amending federal and state income tax returns for individuals and businesses.


If your vehicles are not included in your tax return, if the expense burden used to generate your income is not documented in your tax return, or if you are not getting savings for the expenses associated with maintaining your home via the business use of home deduction, you may be able to amend your tax returns and get money back.


Are you behind in filing or paying your taxes? IRS letters with outrageous sums owed? Wages garnished? Bank accounts levied? Liens on your house or other real property? Get an experienced tax attorney to represent you before the IRS. Negotiate alternative collections methods and minimize taxes owed to the fullest extent of the law.  Experienced attorney to help you:

Negotiate installment agreements
Secure the removal of wage garnishments
Release of real property liens and bank levies
Return of proceeds
Penalty Abatements
Prepare appropriate tax returns for prior years


Have you been selected for an audit or examination by the IRS or California FTB? Experienced legal representation to pursue early settlement at the audit stage and avoid needless litigation where possible.

Correspondence Exams, Office Exams, and Field Exams

Schedule A
Schedule C
Schedule E
Form 1120 Corporation
Form 1120S S Corporation
Form 1065 Partnership

The audit process can be intimidating and burdensome

Your representative should help focus your efforts in gathering your records and substantiating the positions in the return, as well as representing you at the exam in a manner that cooperates with the IRS and does not prejudice the taxpayer's case.

If the revenue agent as well as appeals officer do not come to fair agreement on issues, the taxpayer is given a notice of deficiency and 90 days to petition the US Tax Court.


Do you have a tax court case coming up? Tax attorney with a record of success to help you prepare for and make your case.

Tax Court Petitions
Pretrial Memoranda
Answers, Replies
Settlement Conferences
Stipulations, Discovery
Setting Cases for Trial
Opening Statements
Direct and Cross Examinations
Post Trial Briefs


Representation for taxpayers with criminal tax problems, or claims of tax fraud.

Are you not reporting some or all of your income? Are you overstating your deductions, credits, or exemptions?  

Tax Evasion
Willful Failure to Pay Tax
Failure to File, Supply Information or Pay Tax
Fraudulent Withholding Exemption or Failure to Supply Information
Fraud and False Statements
Fraudulent Returns, Statements, or Other Documents
Attempts to Interfere with Administration of Internal Revenue Laws
Aiding and Abetting
Conspiracy to Defraud the Government with respect to Claims
False, Fictitious, or Fraudulent Claims
Conspiracy to Commit Offense or to Defraud the United States


There may be tax and non-tax reasons to incorporate your business. Attorney experienced in the formation of new businesses including:

Guidance selecting the appropriate entity and jurisdiction based on your activities with tax and cost considerations
Preparation and filing of articles of incorporation/articles of organization
Corporate bylaws, meeting minutes of organizational meeting of shareholders, board of directors, resolutions of initial meeting of board of directors (including banking and S election)
Stock certificates and stock transfer ledger, corporate book, corporate seal, dividers for recordkeeping
Federal employer identification number, initial and one subsequent statement of information filing
Annual shareholder meeting minutes and annual board of director meeting minutes included for initial and one subsequent year
Corporate headquarters lease agreement. Business asset purchase agreement including promissory note and loan amortization schedule. Custodial vehicle agreement
Local and City licensure and permit requirements, preparation and filing of limited offering exemption notice with state securities regulators


Set up of Quickbooks Online or Quickbooks Desktop
Creation of chart of accounts tailored to your industry and entity
Link up of bank and credit card accounts of the business
Posting of transactions to revenue, expense, asset, liability, and equity accounts
Maintenance of accurate financial records


Set up and administered through Quickbooks Online or Quickbooks Desktop

Preparation of Quarterly tax return forms and withholdings
IRS-Form 941 Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return (federal income tax withheld, social security tax, medicare tax)
EDD-Form DE 9 and DE 9C Quarterly Contribution Return and Report of Wages (unemployment insurance, employment training tax, state disability insurance, CA personal income tax)
Make the federal payments as required with the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, with the appropriate withholding schedules.
Make the California Employment Development Department payments with the appropriate payroll tax deposit slips DE 88 or with payments through the Electronic Funds Transfer of the EDD.

Preparation of Annual tax return forms and withholdings
Preparation of IRS-Form 940 Employer’s Annual Federal Unemployment Tax Return (FUTA)—can have quarterly deposit requirements if above thresholds, payments made with Electronic Federal Tax Payment System
Preparation of Forms W-2 W-3 and 1099-MISC
Payroll tax filing recordkeeping for income tax purposes of the corporation and shareholders


Contributions to businesses, including tax free transfers to corporations and partnerships
Distributions of cash, from corporations to shareholders, partnerships to partners, or LLCs to members
Distributions of property, from corporations to shareholders, partnerships to partners, or LLC to members
Redemptions, Partial Liquidations, Complete Liquidations, Winding Down, and Dissolution
Corporate Suspensions Franchise Tax Board and Secretary of State
Tax Account Analysis for Stockholder's Basis in Shares of S Corporation
Tax Account Analysis for Partner's Capital Account and Outside Basis in Partnerships and Members in LLCs


Tax Collections Resource Center
What you should do when you get an IRS bill
Applying for an Installment Agreement
How long the IRS has to collect taxes
Understanding collection actions
What to do if a Notice of Federal Tax Lien is filed against you
Reasons the IRS will release a Federal Tax Lien
Reasons the IRS may withdraw a Federal Tax Lien
How to apply for a discharge of a Federal Tax Lien from property
How to make the Federal Tax Lien secondary to other creditors
Levy - a seizure of property
Reasons the IRS may seize (levy) your property or rights to property
Examples of property the IRS can and can't seize (levy)
How to appeal a proposed seizure (levy)
Reasons the IRS will release a seizure (levy)
Reasons the IRS may return seized (levied) property
How to recover seized (levied) property that's been sold
If your property has been seized (levied) to collect tax owed by someone else
How to recover economic damages
Summons - used to secure information

Retirement Planning Resource Center
401(K) Plan
Roth IRA
Net Investment Income Tax

Child Resource Center
Child Tax Credit
Child and Dependent Care Credit
Kiddie Tax
Costs of Higher Education



In a seminal tax case in the US Court of Appeals, Justice Learned Hand wrote "Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one's taxes. Over and over again the Courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does it, rich and poor alike and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands."