Dennis Brager is a nationally known tax litigation attorney, who handles all types of tax litigation and tax controversy matters. Before founding the Brager Tax Law Group, a Los Angeles-based tax litigation and tax controversy law firm, he was a senior trial attorney for the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Chief Counsel. In addition to representing the IRS in court, he advised the Service on complex civil and criminal tax issues.
Dennis has been named as a Super Lawyer in the field of Tax Litigation for the past seven years, and he holds an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell and a “superb” rating from Avvo.
Dennis’ presentations have been well received at national conferences, including the American Bar Association, the Consumer Rights Litigation Conference and the National Association of Enrolled Agents. He regularly speaks at the California Continuing Education of the Bar, the California Society of CPAs, the UCLA Tax Controversy Institute, the California State Bar Association and the Warner Center Estate and Tax Planning Council. He also taught at the Golden Gate University's Masters in Taxation Program and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California on many occasions.
Dennis is frequently quoted in national publications and has been consulted as a tax expert by Business Week, Accounting Today, the BNA Daily Tax Report, the Daily Journal, the National Law Journal, The Daily Beast, USA Today, Palm Beach Daily News, Money Laundering, and Tax Analyst. A number of Dennis’ articles have appeared in industry publications and journals, and he has appeared on ABC Television’s Good Morning America, ABC Television's Eyewitness News, Fox Business News, TV One Access and KFWB Money 101.
Having worked for the IRS, Dennis has valuable insight into the inner workings of the Service. His practice is limited to clients who have disputes with the IRS, the Franchise Tax Board, the State Board of Equalization and the Employment Development Department—both at trial and administrative levels. He represents clients in a variety of issues, including criminal and civil tax fraud, payroll and sales tax problems, tax preparer penalties, audits, appeals, innocent spouse defenses, offers in compromise, installment payment agreements, Office of Professional Responsibility (“OPR”) defenses and more. He has testified as an expert witness on Federal tax matters. Dennis can speak on any of these topics.