All of our engagements start with the initial strategy session. Sam or one of our senior attorneys will sit down with you and your team, business or family, to go through your situation and to talk about your goals. We like to characterize our firm as goal-oriented instead of solutions focused meaning that your resolution needed in these situations requires more than just a band-aid. We are not just shooting for stability, we want to make sure that our resolution is one that is going to set you up for success, even in the face of the toughest collection agencies in California.
By the end of the meeting, you will have a strategy and a step-by-step game plan for moving through the audit as quickly and cleanly as possible. These sessions, and the plan that comes out of them, are delivered to you without any further obligation to our firm, regardless of whether you retain us going forward.
California is tough and can be overly aggressive in the collection of tax debts that the state feels you owe. As a result, our first action is to stop collections and provide you with the necessary room to breathe. After all, decisions are best made when the threat is neutralized, even in the short term. Once the immediate problem is stopped, we then work on putting into place a long-term resolution that is on your terms and not the state's terms.
The process is made more difficult because of the way tax collections is set up in California. The playing field is not tilted in your favor. Does that mean you are at a disadvantage? Absolutely not. What it does mean, however, is that our team needs to be strategic in how we combat the state and to take the sting out of any permanent effects.
We gather all the data and build your long term plan for dealing with these issues once and for all. We then sit with you to go over the plan and pick the path that we are going to execute on.
Fortune favors the bold. Although we will protect you every step of the way and the vast majority of our clients do not even feel the bumps in the road, our attorneys and team are in for a fight with California. You can count on the state being as aggressive as possible and can count on us to deliver an equal, opposing response. Our approach is not about aggression though, as we strategically move you through the process as quickly and as painlessly as possible.
When you work with California state tax collections, they will tell you "no" ten times before they will tell you "yes." Our collections practice is defined by our mental toughness on behalf of our clients for their benefit and best interest.
Eventually, we always get to the end. The journey is always different, but the destination for our clients is one of peace in knowing that we have fully and finally handled their California state tax collection issue.
As we have stated in the overview, we have personally seen, up close and personal, and how difficult the state can be when they believe they are owed money. While many people have no concept of how impossible they are to deal with – until they are going through this process – we understand the seriousness of this issue and therefore, do everything we can to intervene.
The state will attempt to use a lot of very aggressive tactics in order to steer taxpayers into paying more than they can afford, so our focus is on evening the playing field by introducing ways to preserve a reasonable quality of life for our clients who owe state taxes. Our focus is to create a real avenue of relief for taxpayers – something that is lacking at the state level.