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As the 2016 Tax “Lawyer of the Year,” Litigation and Controversy, Los Angeles (Best Lawyers in America), Chuck Rettig specializes in tax controversies as well as tax, business, charitable and estate planning, and family wealth transfers. He routinely represents and advises U.S. taxpayers in foreign and domestic voluntary disclosures, sensitive issue civil tax examinations where substantial civil penalty issues or possible assertions of fraudulent conduct may arise, and in defending criminal tax fraud investigations and prosecutions. He is internationally respected for his expertise and judgment in handling matters arising from the U.S. government’s ongoing enforcement efforts regarding undeclared interests foreign financial accounts and assets, including various methods of participating in a timely voluntary disclosure to minimize potential exposure to civil tax penalties and avoiding a criminal tax prosecution referral.


As stated in the Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, “According to peers, Charles Rettig of Hochman Salkin Rettig Toscher & Perez is ‘phenomenal, just phenomenal.’ Further, he “is regarded by market sources as a ‘brilliant and gifted lawyer . . . a real star and a national leader’” who “enjoys a superb reputation and benefits from ‘great presence.’” Chambers USA has further stated “Fantastic controversy tax lawyer” Charles Rettig is “knowledgeable and very intelligent . . .a force to be reckoned with . . .a driving force in policy making at the national level with great client skills when it comes to sensitive matters.”


Chuck Rettig is listed by Chambers USA as the only Eminent Practitioner in the Chambers Category “Tax: Fraud – Nationwide.” He was recently selected by his peers as the 2016 Tax “Lawyer of the Year” (Litigation and Controversy, Los Angeles) for Best Lawyers’ and was included Nationwide in both “Litigation and Controversy – Tax” and “Tax Law” by Best Lawyers in America.


Throughout his career, Mr. Rettig has represented thousands of individual, business and corporate taxpayers involved in civil examinations and tax collection matters as well as criminal tax investigations at every administrative level within the IRS. He continues to provide tax advice to taxpayer’s and their advisors throughout the world.



Practice areas


  1. Tax Fraud & Tax Evasion: 40%
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  2. Estate Planning: 20%
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  3. Tax: 20%
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  4. Wills & Living Wills: 10%
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  5. Business: 10%
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Hochman Salkin Rettig Toscher & Perez Pc

9150 Wilshire Boulevard., Suite 300

Beverly Hills, CA, 90212-3430


AZInactive 198205/26/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Tax “Lawyer of the Year” (Tax Controversy, Los Angeles)Best Lawyers in America2016
2009 Tax Person of the Year (Top 10)Tax Notes / Tax Analysts2010
The Best Lawyers in America (12th Edition)The Best Lawyers in America (12th Edition)2010
Top 50 IRS Representation Practitioners for 2008CPA Magazine2008
Presidents Award for Outstanding ContributionsHawaii Society of CPA's2003
Award for Outstanding Achievements in TaxationState Bar of California, Taxation Section2003
District Director's AwardInternal Revenue Service1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Taxation SectionVice-Chair, Administration2015 - Present
American Bar Association, Taxation SectionCouncil Director2012 - 2015
IRS Advisory CouncilChairperson2010 - 2011
American College of Tax CounselRegent2009 - Present
Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties Committee, ABA Taxation SectionVice-Chair2007 - Present
United States Court of Federal Claims Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Board of Trustees, California CPA Education FoundationTrustee2007 - Present
Committee on Appointments to the U.S. Tax Court, ABA Taxation SectionMember2005 - Present
Standards of Tax Practice Committee, ABA Taxation SectionMember2003 - Present
USC Tax Institute -Subcommittee on Ethics, Compliance & EnforcementSub-Committee Chair2003 - Present
Advisor, California State Bar, Taxation Section Executive CommitteeExecutive Committee2002 - Present
Committee of Past-Chairs, State Bar of California Taxation SectionChair2001 - 2002
Beverly Hills Bar Association, Taxation SectionChair2001 - 2003
Tax Procedure Committee, Los Angeles Country Bar AssociationChair2000 - 2001
CCH Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure, National Board of AdvisorsMember1999 - Present
NYU School of Lax, Graduate Tax Program, National Board of AdvisorsMember1999 - Present
California State Bar Taxation SectionChair1999 - 2000
Estate and Gift Tax Committee, State Bar of California Taxation SectionMember1998 - Present
State and Local Tax Committee, State Bar of California Taxation SectionChair1998 - 1999
Advisory Board, CA Franchise Tax BoardMember1998 - Present
UCLA Extension, Annual Tax Controversy InstituteChair1997 - Present
Taxation Section Executive CommitteeVice-Chair1995 - 1997
Taxation SectionExecutive Committee1995 - 1999
Publication nameTitleDate
Commerce Clearing House (CCH) Journal of Tax Practice and ProcedureExpedited Fraud Examinations: A Call for the Return to the Rack and Screw2007
Tax Analysts - Tax PracticeTax Practitioners Guidebook: Picking Up Scraps From the Table"2007
Commerce Clearing House (CCH) Journal of Tax Practice and ProcedureFederal Prosecutions of Business Organizations - Comparing McNulty to Thompson2006
Commerce Clearing House (CCH) Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure"Non-Filers Beware: Who’s That Knocking at Your Door?"2006
Commerce Clearing House (CCH) Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure"Throwing Peanuts From The Bleachers: Federal Prosecutions of Business Organizations."2006
California State Bar, Tax Procedure & Litigation Subcomittee NewsletterTargeting the Representative2006
Commerce Clearing House (CCH) Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure"Back to the Future! Tax Practice Suggestions"2006
Commerce Clearing House (CCH) Journal of Tax Practice and ProcedureCCH Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure2006
California Tax Lawyer"Strategic Options for Taxpayers - California Tax Procedure 101,"2006
Commerce Clearing House (CCH) Journal of Tax Practice and ProcedureStructuring Transactions and Currency Violations,"2005
Commerce Clearing House (CCH) Journal of Tax Practice and ProcedureResponsible Tax Enforcement and the Uncertainties of Litigation,"2005
California Tax LawyerA Temporary and Transitory Visit With California Residency,2005
Commerce Clearing House (CCH) Journal of Tax Practice and ProcedureWhere’s the Beef ? Evaluation of a Recent IRS Settlement Initiative,"2004
Commerce Clearing House (CCH) Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure"Technical Tax Shelters - From the Trenches: Enhanced IRS Enforcement and the Uncertainties of Litigation2003
Commerce Clearing House (CCH) Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure;"IRS Revised Voluntary Disclosure Policy: Feel Lucky ?,"2003
LA Lawyer"IRS Revised Voluntary Disclosure Policy: A Charge to Offshore Credit Cards,"2003
LA Lawyer;"The Life and Death of Estate Taxes,"2001
Los Angeles Daily Journal;"Audit Overhaul: IRS Examiners Become Experts in Industry Sectors to Reduce Noncompliance,"2001
Commerce Clearing House"Surviving an Income Tax Audit",2000
Commerce Clearing House (CCH) Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure"Strategic Options for Taxpayers - Federal Tax Procedure 101N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York UniversityTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws1982
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of California - Los AngelesEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
IRSInnocent Spouse: Untying the Tax Knot2007
IRSEffective Representation of Taxpayers & Current IRS Enforcement Priorities2007
IRSHot Audit Issues: Taxes, Currency Violations, and California Residency2006
IRSMinimizing Exposure to Scrutiny in Your Client’s Wealth Transfer Strategies - Views From the Tax Court and the IRS2006
IRSEthical Issues that Arise in a Transactional Tax Practice2006
IRSTax Controversy Update2006
IRSMoney Laundering, Structuring Violations and Tax Evasion2005
IRSStructuring Transactions and Currency Violations: The ‘Tax Crime’ of the Future2005
IRSLife Beyond the Audit and Collections: New Developments in IRS Appeals and Tax Litigation2005
IRSNew IRS Initiatives in Audits/Examinations and Collections2005
IRSCircular 230 - What Every Tax Practitioner should Know2005
IRSTax Enforcement in the Trenches: From the Government and Private Practitioner Perspectives !2004
IRSCalifornia Abusive Tax Avoidance Transaction Legislation2004
IRSCurrent Issues Involving Tax Shelters2004
IRSEnforcement Tools and Techniques of the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board2004
IRSStates Abusive Tax Shelter Symposium: Techniques Being Used by Different States to Address Tax Shelters2004
IRSStrategic Options for Taxpayers: Audits, Settlements and Litigation2004
IRSTechnical Tax Shelter Enforcement2003
IRSTrends in IRS Enforcement2003
IRSTechnical Tax Shelters: Cutting Edge Techniques and the IRS Response2003