Legal Help For State Tax Collection Matters
At the Law Offices of Robert T. Leonard, we remain on the forefront of emerging issues that impact California taxes and affect individual and business taxpayers. This includes remaining aware that recent budgetary issues have led to an ever-increasing pursuit of tax collection efforts by the State Board of Equalization (SBE or BOE), Employment Development Department (EDD) and Franchise Tax Board (FTB).
Due to these increased efforts, it is imperative that you have an accomplished tax attorney working for you. When you work with us, you work directly with attorney Rob Leonard. As both a lawyer and CPA (inactive), Mr. Leonard has the education and practical experience necessary to put you on even footing with state taxing authorities and help you fight their collection efforts.
How Does California Collect Tax Debts?
State authorities do not hesitate to use all tools available to them to collect on state tax debt from income, payroll, sales or use taxes. These tools include:
Property levies: Also known as seizures, levies allow these agencies to seize and sell your property. The proceeds are then applied against the amount of tax debt the state and its taxing authorities claim you owe. California’s collection statute grants the SBE, EDD and FTB broad levy authority, and there are only a select few exceptions to the type of property they cannot seize. As such, you need an accomplished tax lawyer who knows how to combat proposed levies and protect your vehicle, financial accounts, your home and all other property that is subject to levy.
Wage garnishment/bank levies: California tax authorities also possess the ability to apply a levy against your income and “garnish” a portion of your hard-earned wages. They then apply the amount they garnish against your tax debt.
If you have received a notice of a levy from any California taxing authority, you need to act now. Prompt action — namely, contacting a tax attorney — can mean the difference between saving your property while reducing your tax and having your property and wages taken by the state.
Contact The Law Offices Of Robert T. Leonard For A Free Consultation
If you have questions regarding California state tax collection matters, contact us at 818-485-2115 to schedule an initial consultation with attorney and CPA (inactive) Rob Leonard. You may also contact us online. We are located in Woodland Hills, and also serve the tax collection defense needs of clients in Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley and nationwide.