Our Origin and Evolution

While working at an international accounting firm, our founder, tax attorney Steve Moskowitz, became increasingly upset with the injustices he saw in every corner of the tax arena. Big corporations could afford to hire expensive accountants and attorneys to help them navigate complex tax codes, but smaller businesses and individuals were left to fend for themselves. Everywhere Steve looked, he saw people wasting their hard-earned money because they didn’t have someone in their corner, helping them make sensible tax decisions.

Convinced that he could make a critical difference in the lives of small business and taxpayers in the Bay Area, Steve packed up his desk at that big accounting house so he could hang his own shingle in San Francisco. He took with him his CPA license, his JD degree, and his extensive knowledge of the corporate world. He then assembled a team of attorneys and accountants who were as committed as he was to protecting business owners and taxpayers from powerful government bodies that could destroy their livelihoods in one fell swoop.

That mission is as relevant today is it was the day we launched, over three decades ago, but the reach of our practice and the scope of our services have expanded significantly since our inception. We’re still based in San Francisco, but we represent clients across the country and around the globe now. And while we started as a tax law firm, we now offer so many more services than just a legal defense against actions brought by the IRS, the Department of Justice, and state tax regulators. We’re a firm with many facets.

At Moskowitz LLP, we take a team approach to meeting the business and personal needs of our clients. Our firm is comprised of attorneys, accountants, enrolled agents, paralegals, bookkeepers, and other assorted professionals. We also partner with engineers, private investigators, appraisers, and fiduciaries. If we can’t help you solve your business problem, then chances are that we have a partner who can.

Tax disputes, pre-litigation tax matters, tax litigation, international tax planning, tax return and tax opinion preparation, collections representation, business and taxation, criminal tax defense — the list of our services goes on and on. We have been saying for decades that we’re in the business of keeping businesses in business. Because our wheelhouse has grown ever bigger over the decades, that’s truer now than ever.

Why Choose Moskowitz LLP as Your Tax Attorneys?

Many tax cases are highly complex and difficult to navigate, so it is crucial that you select the right firm for your needs.

Here is why both individuals and companies choose Moskowitz:

If you are facing an audit...
Government investigations and audits are becoming more aggressive, intrusive and invasive. Having a full-service tax firm representing you is invaluable to ensure that your rights are protected and that you obtain the best result possible in your case. The team at Moskowitz comprises the tax attorneys, paralegals, CPAs, tax processors, enrolled agents, and support staff that you need to give yourself the best possible chance in this situation. Over the past 30 years, our team of legal and accounting professionals has handled tens of thousands of tax matters on both the federal and state tax levels.

If you are the subject of a criminal tax investigation...
A criminal tax investigation has the potential to ruin your business, your career, and your personal relationships. Our legal representation generally begins with trying to stop the investigation. If the investigator persists, we do everything in our power to convince the government to drop your case. If the government refuses to drop the case, we use our unique and extensive experience in both tax law and criminal law to provide you with the best possible representation in court – all while preparing for the civil case which is sure to follow.

If you are being pursued in a tax collection matter …
Our lawyers are as aggressive as they can be within the bounds of the law. We want you to maintain your livelihood and personal life while we work to help resolve the tax problem. We know when and how to go over an auditor’s head to obtain a due process hearing or go to Tax Court; we also know when it is in the best interests of our clients to move forward through the tax collection process. For clients that owe money to the tax authorities, we are highly skilled at structuring payments that are minimal and manageable over a period of many years. Remember, our goal is to keep you in the business of living your life.

If you are facing penalties in connection with your foreign accounts …
The failure to file an FBAR (Foreign Bank Account Report) can result in some of the most unfair penalties in the tax system – as much as one-half of the balance of your foreign account. The Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) may or may not be right for you: these cases vary and it is crucial to get prompt, aggressive legal representation from tax attorneys who know how to develop a strategy that will work in your particular circumstances.

Getting the best possible outcome for you …
Whether you are totally innocent or, upon reflection, realize that you’ve done some things you wish you hadn’t, we can help you. Moskowitz LLP prides itself on providing personalized, realistic, and practical solutions for individuals and companies worldwide – working diligently to keep our client’s costs to a minimum.

Don’t delay …
Keep in mind that many of your rights have an expiration date, and it is important to act quickly. Contact our office today for a consultation. 888.829.3325 | 415.394.7200.