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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.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Tagalog

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Practice areas


  1. Tax Fraud: 50%
  2. Tax: 50%


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Brager Tax Law Group A Professional Corporation

11400 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 750
Los Angeles, CA, 90064


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2015
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2014
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2013
Super LawerLos Angeles Magazine2012
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2011
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2010
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2009
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2008
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2007
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderBrager Tax Law Group1987 - Present
Senior Tax AttorneyInternal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel1978 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationMemberN/A
UCLA Tax Controversy Institute Planning CommitteeMember2003 - 2011
Tax Litigation and Procedure Committee, CA State BarChairman1999 - 2000
Tax Section, Tax Compliance, Procedure and Litigation Committee, Los Angeles County Bar AssociationChairman1997 - 1998
Tax Section, Tax Compliance Procedure and Litigation Committee, Los Angeles County Bar AssociationOfficer1995 - 1996
Small Firm and Sole Practitioner Section, LA County Bar AssociationChairman1993 - 1994
Small Firm and Sole Practitioner Section, Beverly Hills and LA County Tax SectionChairman1993 - 1994
Tax Section, Tax Compliance Procedure and Litigation CommitteeOfficer1990 - 1990
Client Relations Committee, LA County Bar AssociationVice-Chairman1980 - 1984
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
RI UNLIMITED, INC. v. Commissioner of IRS, TC Memo 2010-205IRS Conceded. Tax Court Awarded Attorneys Fees
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Publication nameTitleDate
Journal of Tax Practice & ProcedureWhat a Practitioner Needs to Know About Tax Assessment Dates2016
Association for Financial ProfessionalsFBAR Is Not Going Away--and the Filing Deadline is June 302015
Marijuana VentureIRS Tightens Inventory Rules for Marijuana Businesses2015
Marijuana VenturePenalty Relief Available for Cash-Only Businesses2015
The WrapTax Tips for the Fledgling Indie Filmmaker to Keep the IRS Away2014
Bridge USAIf You Have a Bank Account in a Foreign Country, You May Need to File a Report with the IRS2013
Journal of Tax Practice & ProcedureThird-Party Federal Tax Liens and Levies and How to Fight Them2013
CFO.comCase Finds CFOs Liable for Payroll Taxes2012
Los Angeles Daily JournalNew 'streamlined' FBAR filing2012
Taxes - The Tax Magazine (CCH)Offshore Voluntary Disclosure — The Next Generation2011
Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure“Anatomy of an OPR Case (Definitely Not R.I.P.)"2011
The Los Angeles Daily Journal“Partial Offshore Tax Amnesty – Voluntary Disclosure 2.0"2011
Spidell's California TaxletterOPR: Avoid Possible Suspension Based on Client Returns2011
Journal of Tax Practice & ProcedureThe Tax Gap and Voluntary Disclosure2007
Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure"Tax Collection Techniques"2006
Journal of Tax Practice & ProcedureCircular 230: An Overview2006
The Consumer AdvocateTax Issues: Damages, Recission and Debt Cancellation as Client Income2004
Daily Journal'IRS' Innocent-Spouse Rules Have Been Liberalized1999
Daily JournalPrevailing Party - Recovering Attorneys Fees From the IRS1998
California Lawyer MagazineExpert Advice: New Rules on 1099 Forms1998
Los Angeles LawyerToo Many 1099 Forms1998
California Lawyer MagazineExpert Advice: Avoiding Payroll Taxes1997
California Tax Lawyer MagazineBankruptcy: The Silver Bullet of Tax Defense1997
Los Angeles LawyerIRS Guidelines for Installment-Payment Agreements1996
Los Angeles LawyerTax Brakes: The Taxpayer Bill of Rights 21996
Los Angeles LawyerThe Innocent Spouse Defense1995
Family Law News (California State Bar Family Law Section)The Innocent Spouse Defense1993
Los Angeles Daily JournalDrawing IRS Ire, Practitioner Praise1992
Taxation for LawyersChallenging the IRS Requires a Cohesive Strategy1991
Los Angeles LawyerThe Taxpayer Bill of Rights--A Small Step Toward Reigning in the IRS1989
Journal of Taxation of InvestmentsHow to Handle Tax Shelter Registration Under the 1984 Tax Reform Act1985
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Pace UniversityAccounting, FinanceB.B.A.1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2016 ABA Section of Taxation May MeetingReview of Notices of Determination-IRS Collection Due Process Hearings2016
UCLA Tax Controversy InstituteComprehensive Review of Assessment Statutes of Limitation2015
Strafford PublicationsNavigating the IRS Penalty Abatement Procedures for Foreign Information2015
Strafford PublicationsStreamlined Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program: Avoiding Aggressive Enforcement2015
State Bar of California, Taxation SectionInternational Tax Audit & Appeals Including Statute of Limitations in the International Context2015
Marijuana Business ConferenceMinimizing the 280E Bite, Dealing with the IRS & Preparing for an Audit2015
IRS Nationwide Tax ForumPrimer on International Forms2015
Bloomberg BNAEggshell Audits: Keeping Your Client Out of Jail2015
Bloomberg BNAOffshore Voluntary Disclosure: A Brief Guide to the Various IRS' Programs2015
Orange County Bar AssociationOffshore Voluntary Disclosure Program2014
ABA Criminal Tax FraudTune in for Dialing for Dollars: What You Need to Know to Advise Your Clients2014
UCLA Tax Controversy InstituteTax Collection Techniques: Money Still Talks!2013
30th Annual ABA National Institute Criminal Tax FraudInnocent Spouse Relief2013
University of Southern California 2012 Tax InstituteTop Tax Practice Tips and Representation Strategies: Offshore Accounts - Quick Tips2012
UCLA Tax Controversy InstituteE-Filers Beware2011
Choi and Partners, LLCSeminar on Foreign Bank Account Reporting2011
CA Society of CPAs, Hollywood/Beverly Hills Discussion GroupOffshore Voluntary Disclosure 2.0 Amnesty Part 2, Your Client's Last Chance?2011
Whittier Law School2010 Annual Income Tax Seminar: California Residency - A Primer2010
University of Southern California Tax ResearchTax Practice and Procedue: Working With (and Against) the IRS2010
UCLA Tax Controversy InstituteIRS Office of Professional Responsibility2010
Warner Center Estate and Tax Planning CouncilForeign Bank Account Reporting: It's Not Just for Tax Cheats2009
Singer Lewak Accounting & ConsultingForeign Bank Accounts and Voluntary Disclosure2009
California Society of CPAs: Beverly Hills/Hollywood CPA Discussion GroupForeign Bank Accounts, the Global Economy and Voluntary Disclosure2009
California Society of CPAs - Tax Section MeetingForeign Bank Account Reports and Voluntary Disclosure2009
California Society CPA 2007 Annual Income/Other Tax SeminarFederal Tax Collection Update - The Rules Have Changed2007
Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar and California Tax Policy ConferenceTransferee Liability2007
Annual Meeting of the State Bar of CaliforniaInnocent Spouse: Urband Legend or Viable Option2006
Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar and California Tax Policy ConferenceAppeal of EDD Audits2006
Taxation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar AssociationRecent Developments in Tax Procedure: What You Don't Know May be Malpractice2004
Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar and California Tax Policy ConferenceHandling a Sales Tax Audit by the California State Board of Equalization2004
National Association of Enrolled Agents Tri-Chapter Year End SeminarWhat to Do When the IRS Says No–Administrative Remedies1994
California Continuing Education of the Bar, Tax Procedure InstituteHow to Handle Civil and Criminal Controversies with the Internal Revenue Service, Franchise Tax Board and in Court1987
Golden Gate University, Masters in Taxation ProgramTaxation of Capital Assets1986