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Dennis N. Brager

Tax Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

5.0   12 reviews

Licensed for 44 years

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Dennis Brager is a California State Bar Certified Tax Specialist and a former Senior Trial Attorney for the Internal Revenue Service's Office of Chief Counsel. In addition to representing the IRS in the United States Tax Court, he advised the Service on complex civil and criminal tax issues.

He now has his own five-attorney firm in West Los Angeles, and has been featured every year from 2008-2021 as a Super Lawyer in the field of Tax by Los Angeles Magazine. Dennis Brager has filed cases in the United States Tax Court on behalf of over 320 taxpayers.

Mr. Brager has limited his practice to representing clients having criminal and civil tax disputes with the IRS, the Franchise Tax Board, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (formerly the State Board of Equalization), and the Employment Development Department--both at trial and administrative levels.

He has been quoted as a tax expert by US News and World Report, Business Week, Fox News, CMDA, National Journal, Fox Business, Trusts & Estates, New York Daily News, Bloomberg Politics, the Daily Journal, The Daily Beast, USA Today, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Tax Analyst, The Chicago Tribune, CNN Money, Bloomberg BNA, Cannabis Daily, Morning Star, Accounting Today, Sputnik, Tax Notes Today, Tech Times, and The National Law Journal.

He has appeared on ABC Television’s Good Morning America, and ABC 7’s Eyewitness News, Fox Business News, TV One Access, and radio stations KFGO, KGSN, KFNX’s A Call to Rights with Steven Kates, KFWB Money 101, and KABC’s The Larry Elder Show.

Mr. Brager has also spoken and given webinars before the IRS sponsored Nationwide Tax Forum, the California Continuing Education of the Bar, the California Society of CPAs, the UCLA Tax Controversy Institute, the California State Bar Tax Section, the Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, the California Trial Lawyers Association, the National Association of Consumer Advocates, the American Bar Association, the Warner Center Estate and Tax Planning Council, the National Association of Enrolled Agents, and the Orange County Tax Bar Association.

Dennis Brager has been an instructor at Golden Gate University's Masters in Taxation Program and a guest speaker at the University of Southern California. Mr. Brager has also testified as an expert witness on Federal tax matters.

His articles have appeared in the California Lawyer, Marijuana Venture, Daily Journal, Taxation for Lawyers, Los Angeles Lawyer, The Consumer Advocate, Family Law News, California Tax Lawyer, Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure, Journal of Taxation of Investments, and Accounting Today.

They include “Offshore Voluntary Disclosure – The Next Generation,” “Partial Offshore Tax Amnesty – Voluntary Disclosure 2.0,” “Anatomy of an OPR Case (Definitely Not R.I.P.),” “FBAR and Voluntary Disclosure,” “The Tax Gap and Voluntary Disclosure,” “Circular 230: An Overview,” “Recent Developments in Tax Procedure,” “Damages, Rescission and Debt Cancellation as Client Income,” “The Taxpayer Bill of Rights--A Small Step Toward Reining in the IRS,” “Challenging the IRS Requires a Cohesive Strategy,” “The Innocent Spouse Defense,” “IRS Guidelines for Installment-Payment Agreements,” “IRS Tightens Inventory Rules for Marijuana Businesses,” “What a Practitioner Needs to Know About Tax Assessment Dates,” “IRS Collection Issues: The Consequences of California Community Property,” and “How Your Clients Can Lose Their Passports by Falling Behind on Their Taxes”.

Mr. Brager received his undergraduate degree from Pace University (B.B.A., magna cum laude, 1975, Accounting/Finance), and his law degree from New York University (J.D., 1978). He is a former chair of both the Tax Compliance, Procedure and Litigation Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the California State Bar Tax Procedure and Litigation Committee.

He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Second, Fifth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Claims Court, U.S. Tax Court, the District Court, and the Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

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Licensed for 44 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1978
Updated 09/18/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Brager Tax Law Group A Professional Corporation
12121 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA, 90025

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Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2009
After running & hiding from the IRS & FTB for YEARS, I thought there was no way out for me.
After a business failure and accompanying divorce that drained me of my significant net worth, accompanied by the death of my father, I checked-out of life for 2 decades. I had given up, both on myself, and on my situation. However, upon my sister's advice, who feared for my well-being, I decided that I had nothing to lose by seeing an attorney, even though I didn't expect any real help, either. In a few short months of working together with Brager Tax Law, we swept away many years of horrible tax neglect, literally giving me a new lease on life. They were VERY expert and inventive, and where I spent each day before I linked up with them by wondering if each today was going to be THE day that I was clapped into irons and taken away, in my first meeting with Dennis I learned that I might NOT go to jail, and begain to get my enthusiasm back. I actually had gotten a knock on the door (that I hid from very quietly in the house) from an IRS agent (one who didn't buy my "return to sender, no such person, no one home" response to their correspondence). That, plus my sister's entreaties made the decision to go see Brager. Now, just a few months later, my FICO scores are above 700, and all of my tax liens are released. It took a lot of my remaining net worth, but still left me enough to rebuild from. Where I had expected to be penniless, in jail, and up to my ears in debts to the IRS/FTB, I am once again a productive citizen, working hard to overcome the decades of being "checked-out of life", with a good chance to rebuild my financial life like I have my personal life. Brager Tax Law is the GREATEST!
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Posted by Joan | April 29, 2011
Dennis N. Brager will be our attorney when ever we are in need. Hire him he is the best!
On our very first meeting with Dennis, we knew that we had made the correct choice of person to deal with our situation. He explained everything in understandable language. We are so grateful for his professionalism and his complete understanding of the situation we found ourselves in. It was a very anxious time for us but because he kept us updated, we came through with flying colors. We are so grateful to him and would absolutely recommend him to family and friends. In our case we knew what the cost was going to be upfront and there were no "add ons" in our situation. He and his staff met all of our expectations throughout all of this time. WE THANK YOU.
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Posted by DAN | May 21, 2020
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Great Representation
Brager Tax Law did a great job representing us in a dispute with the IRS. They understand the process and personalities involved and are aware how much stress these disputes cause. There is no winning with the IRS but Dennis and his team negotiated a settlement that allowed us to move on. I highly recommend Brager Tax Law
Posted by roy | March 16, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Dennis Brager is a exceptional tax attorney
I had some different tax issue’s that I needed to resolve concerning the IRS. Reporting of foreign bank accounts, additional forms that I had no idea I needed to submit. After reading about the consequences of not reporting this to the IRS and the numerous recommendations to use a Tax Attorney that specialize in these matters, I knew I had to retain one to help me work through all the tax issue’s I was facing. I contacted Dennis Brager from Brager Tax Law Group and after my first phone call with him, I knew I had found the attorney I needed to help me with my tax issue’s. His in-depth knowledge of tax law having previously worked with the IRS was invaluable. Whenever I wanted to talk with him, he always made time for me. I had the pleasure of working with Meredith Vincent from his office, who was available whenever I had a question. I commend Mr. Brager for having someone like her as part of his legal team. When I needed a CPA to file amended returns, they helped me find one as well. Mr. Brager, I cannot begin thank you enough for all you did for me, for that I will always be grateful. I found Dennis Brager and Brager Tax Law Group exceptional and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a tax attorney and law firm that specializes in tax issue’s.
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Posted by Fabian | January 12, 2017
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Factual and reasonable
Brager Tax Law dealt with the IRS for me. The process was smooth and the fee was reasonable. I feel confident that this issue has been now put to a rest. No grandiose promises were made, no over consumption of advice was ever proposed, just the facts.
Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2016
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They are a group of good people
Dennis and his colleagues Roger and Meredith handled resolved our tax issues in a professional yet warm way. We are glad we hired them to represent us. Thank you Brager Group!!
Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2016
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BEST L.A. TAX LAWYER
Past due sales and payroll taxes from an old business threatened everything we had, and our entire future. After a lot of nervous days and many sleepless nights we knew we needed expert legal help. We were referred to Brager Tax Law Group by a trusted family attorney, and they exceeded our expectations. His professionalism, and most importantly compassion and understanding, help guide us through this most difficult time. His knowledge of the law and experience negotiating our individual taxes that was unbelievably workable for us had an immediate impact on our future moving forward. In spite of the length and complexity of our case, you and Roger stayed with us and gave your very best consideration to it. You have our deepest gratitude for that!! While ALL of the staff have been extremely professional and friendly, Dennis and Roger especially have been thoughtful and sensitive to all our questions and concerns. We couldn’t have managed the IRS roller coaster ride without the both of you! My wife and I can't thank you enough for all you did for us and still doing. We don't know which was better, saving us an enormous amount of money or giving us our peace of mind back. Either way, we'll take both! Having respect and confidence in your attorney will make a tremendous difference in the emotional impact a debt to the IRS can have on an individual. I highly recommend Brager Tax Law Group to anyone in need of expert legal counsel concerning debt with the IRS. V&C
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Posted by Karen | January 23, 2013
We owed the government $2.3m that we could not paid, so I stopped filing taxes.
For the last 6 years I've been dealing with Mr. Brager on various tax issues, finalizing the worst one just last month. The resolution he negotiated for us was very fair given the overall situation (a $2.3 million dollar tax debt and unpredictable income). I found him and his staff to be very responsive (especially important to an hysterical woman) and I was always comfortable that the advice he gave us had our best interests in mind. For obvious reasons, I hope never to need him or his firm again, but if I did, I would, without hesitation, go back to Mr. Brager and his firm. I also very confidently recommend him to anyone who may think they have an "unsolvable" tax problem.
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Posted by David | December 14, 2010
Legal representation on sensitive tax matters
Mr. Brager advised, epresented and fully supported the issue of the double taxation act between South Africa and the USA with great applomb on the basis of dule residency whereby stuying the treaty thouroughly he was able to prove there was absolutely no liabilty on his client's side.
Posted by Sandra | October 20, 2010
Responsive, highly skilled tax attorney
Mr. Brager was responsive, helpful, and highly knowledgeable about the issues for which I retained him. He gave me clear, no-nonsense advice in a timely manner on individual tax matters that appeared somewhat complex to me, although I am an attorney myself.
Posted by Jeff | September 30, 2010
Excellent attorney, absolutely hire him!
I had an extremely difficult situation with the IRS and Dennis was able to handle it brilliantly, and shield me from the IRS. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2010
Excellent Tax Attorney
Mr. Brager is an excellent attorney, a pleasure to work with, and serves his clients well. Unbeknownst to me, my ex-husband had created a number of tax problems during the time we were married, and Mr. Brager was able to help me straighten everything out. It meant the world to me, and I will always be grateful to Dennis Brager.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Brager Tax Law Group
  • 1987 - Present
  • Senior Tax Attorney
  • Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel
  • 1978 - 1984

Education

  • New York University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Pace University
  • B.B.A.
  • 1975

Legal Cases

  • RI UNLIMITED, INC. v. Commissioner of IRS, TC Memo 2010-205
  • IRS Conceded. Tax Court Awarded Attorneys Fees

Associations

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • UCLA Tax Controversy Institute Planning Committee
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2016
  • Tax Litigation and Procedure Committee, CA State Bar
  • Chairman
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Tax Section, Tax Compliance, Procedure and Litigation Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Chairman
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Tax Section, Tax Compliance Procedure and Litigation Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Officer
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Small Firm and Sole Practitioner Section, LA County Bar Association
  • Chairman
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Small Firm and Sole Practitioner Section, Beverly Hills and LA County Tax Section
  • Chairman
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Tax Section, Tax Compliance Procedure and Litigation Committee
  • Officer
  • 1990 - 1990
  • Client Relations Committee, LA County Bar Association
  • Vice-Chairman
  • 1980 - 1984
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawer
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2006
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Publications

  • Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure
  • "Tax Collection Techniques"
  • 2006
  • Daily Journal
  • 'IRS' Innocent-Spouse Rules Have Been Liberalized
  • 1999
  • Daily Journal
  • Prevailing Party - Recovering Attorneys Fees From the IRS
  • 1998
  • California Lawyer Magazine
  • Expert Advice: New Rules on 1099 Forms
  • 1998
  • California Lawyer Magazine
  • Expert Advice: Avoiding Payroll Taxes
  • 1997
  • Los Angeles Lawyer
  • IRS Guidelines for Installment-Payment Agreements
  • 1996
  • Family Law News (California State Bar Family Law Section)
  • The Innocent Spouse Defense
  • 1993
  • Taxation for Lawyers
  • Challenging the IRS Requires a Cohesive Strategy
  • 1991
  • Journal of Taxation of Investments
  • How to Handle Tax Shelter Registration Under the 1984 Tax Reform Act
  • 1985
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Speaking Engagements

  • ABA Criminal Tax Fraud
  • Tune in for Dialing for Dollars: What You Need to Know to Advise Your Clients
  • 2014
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program
  • 2014
  • UCLA Tax Controversy Institute
  • DIALING FOR DOLLARS: THE IRS COLLECTION PROCESS
  • 2014
  • UCLA Tax Controversy Institute
  • Tax Collection Techniques: Money Still Talks!
  • 2013
  • 30th Annual ABA National Institute Criminal Tax Fraud
  • Innocent Spouse Relief
  • 2013
  • CA Society of CPAs, Hollywood/Beverly Hills Discussion Group
  • Offshore Voluntary Disclosure 2.0 Amnesty Part 2, Your Client's Last Chance?
  • 2011
  • Choi and Partners, LLC
  • Seminar on Foreign Bank Account Reporting
  • 2011
  • University of Southern California Tax Research
  • Tax Practice and Procedue: Working With (and Against) the IRS
  • 2010
  • UCLA Tax Controversy Institute
  • IRS Office of Professional Responsibility
  • 2010
  • Warner Center Estate and Tax Planning Council
  • Foreign Bank Account Reporting: It's Not Just for Tax Cheats
  • 2009
  • California Society of CPAs - Tax Section Meeting
  • Foreign Bank Account Reports and Voluntary Disclosure
  • 2009
  • California Society of CPAs: Beverly Hills/Hollywood CPA Discussion Group
  • Foreign Bank Accounts, the Global Economy and Voluntary Disclosure
  • 2009
  • Singer Lewak Accounting & Consulting
  • Foreign Bank Accounts and Voluntary Disclosure
  • 2009
  • California Society CPA 2007 Annual Income/Other Tax Seminar
  • Federal Tax Collection Update - The Rules Have Changed
  • 2007
  • Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar and California Tax Policy Conference
  • Transferee Liability
  • 2007
  • Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California
  • Innocent Spouse: Urband Legend or Viable Option
  • 2006
  • Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar and California Tax Policy Conference
  • Appeal of EDD Audits
  • 2006
  • Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar and California Tax Policy Conference
  • Handling a Sales Tax Audit by the California State Board of Equalization
  • 2004
  • Taxation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Recent Developments in Tax Procedure: What You Don't Know May be Malpractice
  • 2004
  • National Association of Enrolled Agents Tri-Chapter Year End Seminar
  • What to Do When the IRS Says No–Administrative Remedies
  • 1994
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar, Tax Procedure Institute
  • How to Handle Civil and Criminal Controversies with the Internal Revenue Service, Franchise Tax Board and in Court
  • 1987
  • Golden Gate University, Masters in Taxation Program
  • Taxation of Capital Assets
  • 1986
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
Tax Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This lawyer has handled some tough cases for my clients, and achieved great results"
Tax Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax fraud and tax evasion Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax fraud and tax evasion Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax fraud and tax evasion Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax fraud and tax evasion Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gave my extremely worried client extremely helpful advice about a complex, and potential disastrous, tax problem. A recognized expert among experts."
Tax Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Just take a look at his answers on Avvo and you'll see how knowledgeable he is on the law."
Tax Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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