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  • Tax Law
  • California, Central District of California
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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 the United States Tax Court, he advised the Service on complex civil and criminal tax issues.

He now has his own five-attorney firm in West Los Angeles, and has been featured every year from 2008-2021 as a Super Lawyer in the field of Tax by Los Angeles Magazine. Dennis Brager has filed cases in the United States Tax Court on behalf of over 320 taxpayers.

Mr. Brager has limited his practice to representing clients having criminal and civil tax disputes with the IRS, the Franchise Tax Board, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (formerly the State Board of Equalization), and the Employment Development Department--both at trial and administrative levels.

He has been quoted as a tax expert by US News and World Report, Business Week, Fox News, CMDA, National Journal, Fox Business, Trusts & Estates, New York Daily News, Bloomberg Politics, the Daily Journal, The Daily Beast, USA Today, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Tax Analyst, The Chicago Tribune, CNN Money, Bloomberg BNA, Cannabis Daily, Morning Star, Accounting Today, Sputnik, Tax Notes Today, Tech Times, and The National Law Journal.

He has appeared on ABC Television’s Good Morning America, and ABC 7’s Eyewitness News, Fox Business News, TV One Access, and radio stations KFGO, KGSN, KFNX’s A Call to Rights with Steven Kates, KFWB Money 101, and KABC’s The Larry Elder Show.

His articles have appeared in the California Lawyer, Marijuana Venture, Daily Journal, Taxation for Lawyers, Los Angeles Lawyer, The Consumer Advocate, Family Law News, California Tax Lawyer, Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure, Journal of Taxation of Investments, and Accounting Today.

Practice Area
    Tax Law
    Business Taxes, Criminal Tax Litigation, Income Taxes, International Taxes, Payroll Taxes, Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, Tax Appeals, Tax Audits
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
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Central District of California
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2nd Circuit
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5th Circuit
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9th Circuit
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11th Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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U.S. Tax Court
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United States Court of Claims
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Tax Litigation Attorney
Brager Tax Law Group
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IRS Senior Trial Attorney
Internal Revenue Service
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Office of District Counsel, Los Angeles, California
Education
Certified Tax Specialist, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
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New York University
J.D. | Law
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Pace University
B.B.A.
Honors: magna cum laude
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Awards
Super Lawyer
Los Angeles Magazine
Dennis Brager has been awarded the Super Lawyer award every year from 2008 to 2021.
Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 81559
Chair of Tax Litigation and Procedure Committee
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Los Angeles County Bar Association
Chair of the Tax Compliance, Procedure and Litigation Committee
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Publications
Articles & Publications
How Your Clients Can Lose Their Passports by Falling Behind on Their Taxes (and What to Do About It)
IRS Collection Issues: The Consequences of California Community Property
What a Practitioner Needs to Know About Tax Assessment Dates
Penalty Relief Available for Cash-Only Businesses
Marijuana Venture
IRS Tightens Inventory Rules for Marijuana Businesses
Marijuana Venture
FBAR is not Going Away--and the Filing Deadline is June 30
Association for Financial Professionals
Tax Tips for the Fledgling Indie Filmmaker to Keep the IRS Away
The Wrap
Opting out of the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP)—Five Things to Consider
If You Have a Bank Account in a Foreign Country, You May Need to File a Report with the IRS
Bridge USA
Third-Party Federal Tax Liens and Levies and How to Fight Them
Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure
New 'Streamlined' FBAR Filing
Los Angeles Daily Journal
Case Finds CFOs Liable for Payroll Taxes
CFO.com
OPR: Avoid possible suspension based on client returns
Spidell's California Taxletter
Offshore Voluntary Disclosure — The Next Generation
Taxes- The Tax Magazine
Partial Offshore Tax Amnesty - Voluntary Disclosure 2.0
The Los Angeles Daily Journal
Anatomy of an OPR Case (Definitely Not R.I.P.)
Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure
FBAR and Voluntary Disclosure
Presented to California CPA Society
The Tax Gap and Voluntary Disclosure
Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure
Tax Collection Techniques
Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure
Circular 230: An Overview
Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure
Tax Issues: Damages, Rescission and Debt Cancellations as Client Income
The Consumer Advocate
IRS' Innocent-Spouse Rules Have Been Liberalized
The Daily Journal
Prevailing Party - Recovering Attorneys Fees From the IRS
The Daily Journal
Expert Advice: New Rules on 1099 Forms
California Lawyer
Bankruptcy: The Silver Bullet of Tax Defense
California Tax Lawyer
Expert Advice: Avoiding Payroll Taxes
California Lawye
Tax Brakes: The Taxpayer Bill of Rights 2
Los Angeles Lawyer
IRS Guidelines for Installment-Payment Agreements
Los Angeles Lawyer
The Innocent Spouse Defense
Los Angeles Lawyer
The Innocent Spouse Defense
Family Law News
Challenging the IRS Requires a Cohesive Strategy
Taxation for Lawyers
The Taxpayer Bill of Rights--A Small Step Toward Reigning in the IRS
Los Angeles Lawyer
How to Handle Civil and Criminal Controversies with the Internal Revenue Service, Franchise Tax Board and in Court
California Continuing Education of the Bar, Tax Procedure Institute
Taxation of Capital Assets
Golden Gate University, Masters in Taxation Program
How to Handle Tax Shelter Registration Under the 1984 Tax Reform Act
Journal of Taxation of Investments
Speaking Engagements
Navigating the IRS Penalty Abatement Procedures for Foreign Information Reporting Noncompliance, Strafford, Webinar
Strafford Publications
The Tax Problems Caused by COVID-19 and the Best Practices to Handle Them, UCLA Tax Controversy Conference, Webinar
UCLA
Certifications
Tax Specialist
State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization
Contact & Map
Brager Tax Law Group
Los Angeles
11400 W Olympic Blvd
#750
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Telephone: (310) 208-6200
Fax: (310) 478-8030
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