Tyson R. Smith

Attorney at Law
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Tyson R. Smith
Tyson R. Smith


  • Golden Gate University School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation with Honors
  • Golden Gate University School of Law, J.D. with distinction in tax law
  • University of San Diego, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Federal Court of Claims
  • Northern District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • Central District of California
  • Southern District of California

Practice Areas

  • U.S. Tax Court Litigation
  • Federal District Court Litigation
  • International Tax
  • Civil Litigation
  • State of California Tax Disputes
  • Partnership Tax Audits


Tyson is a former IRS litigation attorney with extensive understanding of tax law: he brings a valuable combination of compassion and sharp advocacy to his work with clients facing federal and State tax difficulties. He has also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, advised the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and worked to establish a family business.

During his time at the Office of Chief Counsel for the IRS, Tyson handled numerous investigations, trials, and settlement negotiations related to federal tax matters involving small businesses, partnerships, and individual taxpayers. He also advised IRS appeals officers on offers in compromise, installment agreements, and tax appeals. He appreciates the distress taxpayers experience when facing IRS challenges, and is committed to helping clients understand their options and secure good outcomes despite difficult circumstances.

Tyson spent six years in the U.S. Navy working in various leadership and operational roles. While stationed at the Naval Aviation Schools Command at NAS Pensacola, his responsibilities included training and supervising 500 students at the aviation school and assisting in conducting JAGMAN criminal investigations.

At the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Tyson served as an employee and labor relations specialist, assisting in investigations, responding to congressional inquiries, and providing guidance to management.

In addition to his law degree, Tyson earned a master’s degree in taxation. He is admitted to practice in California, the Federal District Courts of California, Federal Court of Claims, and before the U.S. Tax Court.


Tyson’s tax law experience includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • United States Tax Court litigation
  • Federal district court litigation
  • Federal tax law for small businesses, partnerships, and individual taxpayers
  • Internal Revenue Service civil investigations
  • Offers in compromise, including approving or disapproving on behalf of the IRS
  • Installment agreements
  • Internal Revenue Service tax appeals

Awards & Affiliations

U.S. Navy Active Reserve (1999-2005)

  • Officer at Naval Aviation Schools Command - Pensacola
  • Assistant to U.S. Navy JAGMAN criminal investigations

Licensed private helicopter pilot