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    Client Reviews, Testimonials & Case Studies

    Foreign Bank Account and Asset Cases

    Testimonial
    Rating of 5 out of 5 - 16 Vote - Excellent

    “Hi Vic. Thanks for the great outcome! I will be forever grateful.”

    Client came to Abajian Law with an undisclosed Swiss bank account that contained over $1 million. It was determined that an OVDP was the proper way to resolve the issues with the IRS. After meeting with the client several times and getting to really know every intricate detail of his life, Vic was able to craft a very persuasive memo for why the taxpayer’s behavior was non willful and thus, they should only be subject to the 5% penalty instead of the 27.5% minimum. The IRS OVDP auditor agreed and the client saved hundreds of thousands of dollars

    Testimonial
    Rating of 5 out of 5 - 16 Vote - Excellent

    “This is great news! Am very pleased and relieved. Thanks for this Vic.”

    Taxpayers had undisclosed foreign accounts (including those in Russia) that contained over $ 1 million. At the time, the only option was an OVDP and thus, the taxpayers decided to proceed on that basis. Vic worked with the taxpayers and their CPA and conducted an extensive investigation into the facts, including interviews with the prior tax return preparers and financial advisors. Vic crafted a detailed and persuasive nonwillful penalty memo which was accepted by the IRS so that the penalty on high balance was reduced from 27.5% to 5%. Vic, however, recommended that the taxpayer “opt out” of the OVDP and pursue a 0% penalty, executed a well-reasoned strategy and was successful. Vic convinced the IRS to accept a 0% penalty which saved the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    Testimonial
    Rating of 5 out of 5 - 16 Vote - Excellent

    “Vic, Thanks for everything.  It was a pleasure working with you.  I can always provide a good reference if you need one.  Please find the final payment attached.  Thank you, Yours sincerely, client.”

    In 2017, we assisted client with a streamlined disclosure for unreported accounts/asset in India. Client had approximately $500,000 in foreign assets.

    Testimonial
    Rating of 5 out of 5 - 16 Vote - Excellent

    “Thanks Vic.  I truly appreciate your time, effort and responsiveness on this whole process.”

    In 2017, we assisted client with a streamlined disclosure for unreported account in India.  Client had approximately $1 million in foreign assets.

    IRS Audits, Appeals and Tax Court

    Testimonial
    Rating of 5 out of 5 - 16 Vote - Excellent

    “Abajian Law know exactly what they are doing with IRS tax laws.”

    The IRS thought one of my businesses was a hobby, however, Vic Abajian’s stellar reputation with the IRS, know-how as a former IRS attorney and very technical understanding of the Tax Code got me an amazing result. They are 100% results driven. I even paid them a bonus for outstanding results.”

    Working with a prior tax resolution firm, Taxpayer received proposed tax assessments and penalties totaling $402,433. Abajian Law protested the case to IRS Appeals and settled the case for a no-change ($0) after a face-to-face meeting with Appeals. Taxpayer’s final resolution also allowed a net operating loss to apply towards future years and for his business to not be limited by the hobby loss rules of I.R.C. section 183.

    Case Study
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    Lowering IRS Tax Penalty

    Taxpayer walked into Abajian Law with proposed tax penalty of $514,807 after going through an audit defended by two prior power of attorneys. After petitioning the United States Tax Court and working in conjunction with IRS Counsel and an IRS Examiner, Taxpayer stipulated to pay only $52,456.

    The original IRS examiner proposed assessments for passive activity loss limitations for rental properties and additional K-1 income from a flow through entity. Abajian Law was able to reduce the proposed assessment substantially and request other adjustments in Taxpayers favor which were missed on the original filed tax return.

    Testimonial
    Rating of 5 out of 5 - 16 Vote - Excellent

    “Vic and his team did an amazing job and saved me substantial amounts of money.”

    Taxpayer’s audit handled by another power of attorney resulted in $179,640 of tax and penalty after an extensive audit. Taxpayer came to Abajian Law who petitioned the United States Tax Court; stipulation was entered for the case and all issues were resolved for $15,239.

    Taxpayer was disallowed ordinary and necessary business expenses stemming from a pass through entity and Taxpayer was not able to substantiate basis in the pass through entity during audit. Abajian Law became involved and helped Taxpayer substantiate expenses and prove up basis.

    Testimonial
    Rating of 5 out of 5 - 16 Vote - Excellent

    “Vic and Aksel were like family to me through the years including several issues with the IRS and FTB. They continue to bail me out of bad tax situations.”

    Taxpayer received a notice of proposed deficiency from the Franchise Tax Board stating that Taxpayer could not take the Qualified Small Business Stock Gain exclusion after selling his corporation. Taxpayer went through audit, a protest, a settlement hearing trying to fight the proposed assessment. Abajian Law requested a hearing with the Board of Equalization and drafted briefs in preparation for the hearing. Weeks before the hearing, Abajian Law was cc’d a memorandum written to the BOE stating, “after further review of the arguments raised by appellants in their supplemental briefing, the Franchise Tax Board is now prepared to withdraw the $93,007 proposed deficiency assessment for the taxable year.” The appeal was dismissed before the hearing.

    Testimonial
    Rating of 5 out of 5 - 16 Vote - Excellent

    “Vic, I am thrilled that this nightmare is over. I cannot thank you enough. I knew that I was being cornered and not heard by the IRS.”

    Taxpayer (a top commercial broker in Orange Country) received a revenue agent’s report assessing tax penalty and interest totaling $247,924 for taxable years and a letter stating that the examiner was going to open two more subsequent tax years which would also be audited. Auditor was sending the taxpayer endless requests for information. The proposed assessments included proposed additional unreported income, passive activity loss limitations, and disallowances of ordinary and necessary business expenses. Taxpayer retained Abajian Law who quickly had the case reassigned and obtained a $43,077 refund for all four tax years and an apology from a new auditor.

    IRS Collection Cases – Offer in Compromise/Installment Agreement/Liens/Levy/Penalties

    Testimonial
    Rating of 5 out of 5 - 16 Vote - Excellent

    “We worked with prior power of attorney in a failed attempt to reduce IRS liabilities.

    Our past liabilities from tax years 2008 through 2012 totaled $602,276.94. We met with Vic Abajian and Aksel Bagheri of Abajian Law and were impressed. Vic is a former IRS attorney. Aksel is a very smart lawyer with an advanced tax degree from Loyola Law School. They interviewed us in detail and crafted a well thought out position. After they submitted an Offer In Compromise Doubt as to Liability and an Offer In Compromise Doubt as to Collectability, Abajian Law settled our liability for $1,470 during the course of an eight month period. Most of that time was spent waiting on the IRS.We ended up paying less than half a percent of our total liabilities and the fees paid to Abajian Law were very reasonable. We can’t say enough good things about them.”

    Testimonial
    Rating of 5 out of 5 - 16 Vote - Excellent

    “Vic and Aksel at Abajian Law did an amazing job resolving our case. They are true tax lawyers that practice on a very high level. Thank you!”

    Father and Mother of United States Marine fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan owed $133,000 of overdue taxes. Taxpayer received hefty severance after leaving his employment, however Abajian Law demonstrated that taxpayer had spent the entire severance on necessary living expenses and would have to continue using the rest of the severance money; the IRS agreed and excluded the severance from the offer amount. Abajian Law submitted an Offer In Compromise Doubt as to Collectability and IRS accepted the offer for $800.

    Testimonial
    Rating of 5 out of 5 - 16 Vote - Excellent

    “Vic and Aksel are top notch tax attorneys that came through with an amazing result with the IRS collection group. They were quick, efficient and very well priced. The withdrawal of liens and resolution of the tax liability also preserved my law license. Thanks guys.”

    A practicing attorney, Taxpayer with liability of $398,864 walked into Abajian Law with years of unsuccessful negotiation with the IRS and a defaulted installment agreement. IRS accepted an Offer in Compromise Doubt as to Collectability for $85,000. IRS withdrew all tax liens.

    Testimonial
    Rating of 5 out of 5 - 16 Vote - Excellent

    “Our prior tax resolution firm did a poor job, and Vic Abajian and Aksel Bagheri came highly recommended. Vic’s former IRS experience was invaluable to us.

    They quickly went over boxes of documents that we had and put together an Offer in Compromise on a complex fact pattern that was quickly accepted by the IRS. We can’t thank them enough. They worked on our case throughout the entire process and were very responsive.”

    Client worked with prior power of attorney in a failed Offer in Compromise Doubt as to Collectability to settle $391,655 of federal tax liabilities. IRS claimed Taxpayer transferred a property with significant equity away from its reach claiming that the transferee was a nominee and that the transfer constituted a dissipation of assets. Abajian Law appealed examinations’ conclusions to the IRS Office of Appeals demonstrating that transferee was true owner of the property. Abajian Law demonstrated why the quitclaim of property to another taxpayer was not a dissipation of assets in this particular case.

    Testimonial
    Rating of 5 out of 5 - 16 Vote - Excellent

    “Thank you Abajian Law for getting me to the point where I could buy my first house! This firm is very smart and very respectful; they even charged me less than usual because of my veteran status.”

    Vietnam Vet and United States Marine with a $65,000 tax liability compromised his liability for $17,660 with the help of Abajian Law who was able to claim fiancé as a “qualified relative” and a member of the household for offer purposes in order to claim enough expense to make offer work. IRS also agreed that contested inheritance was not a dissipated asset. Tax liens were withdrawn allowing client to take out a VA loan to buy his first property in the country he fought for.

    Testimonial
    Rating of 5 out of 5 - 16 Vote - Excellent

    “I really appreciate all of your hard work.  You were very patient, attentive, and went above and beyond.  Thank you for everything.”

    Helped client get lien discharges to sell two properties and obtain an Offer In Compromise Doubt as to Collectability.

    Testimonial
    Rating of 5 out of 5 - 16 Vote - Excellent

    “You are the best, I can’t believe you were able to get this done, you really saved me from a lot of worry.”

    Reduced tax liability, helped client get a lien withdrawn so that client could sell a house and get all of the proceeds from the sale.

    Testimonial
    Rating of 5 out of 5 - 16 Vote - Excellent

    “Thanks for advising us, you really saved us from a bad deal.”

    Client received advice from a tax resolution firm to file an Offer In Compromise which would have cost $8,000.  Advised client not to file an offer because the statute of limitations on collection was close to expiration.  Statutes expired without any collection action whereas an Offer In Compromise would have extended statute period.  In addition, our strategy saved the client unnecessary fees.