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Pedram Ben-Cohen

Tax Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

5.0   16 reviews

also known as Ben-Cohen Law Firm, PLC


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About Pedram

Learn Pedram’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Tax
    50%
    Civil tax matters include audits, collection defense, and offshore assets. Whether they occur by mail or in person with a review of your records, tax audits can be very stressful. Representation before the IRS by an experienced attorney and CPA can make the experience easier. We also handle protests before the IRS appeals office, as well as before the United States Tax Court and federal courts, if the outcome of an audit is unfavorable. We can provide both substantive and procedural defenses to

    6 years

  2. Tax fraud and tax evasion
    50%
    Tax crimes are taken seriously by federal and state governments. Many federal tax crimes involve an element of willfulness. Under Title 26 U.S.C. § 7201, anyone who willfully tries to evade or defeat a tax is guilty of a federal felony. Among other penalties, a conviction under this section may result in imprisonment for five years for each offense, a maximum fine of $250,000 for individuals or $500,000 for corporations, or both. A willful failure to file a return, provide information to the IRS

    6 years

Mr. Ben-Cohen is an Attorney-at-Law and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who specializes in civil and criminal tax controversy and litigation. Mr. Ben-Cohen is also a Certified Taxation Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Ben-Cohen represents clients in civil and criminal tax matters, including voluntary disclosures, offshore matters, audits, appeals, litigation, and collection defense. He also assists clients with state and local tax matters, including representation before the California Franchise Tax Board, the State Board of Equalization, and Employment Development Department. Prior to establishing the Ben-Cohen Law Firm, PLC in 2009, Mr. Ben-Cohen was associated with the international law firms of Latham & Watkins, LLP and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP. He also gained tax controversy experience working at Deloitte & Touche, LLP and the Tax Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Mr. Ben-Cohen was admitted to the California Bar in 2003. Mr. Ben-Cohen has been named a Rising Star in Tax Law by Super Lawyers from 2009 to 2016, an honor achieved by no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in California. In addition, Mr. Ben-Cohen ranked in the top 100 of the Up-And-Coming Rising Stars by Super Lawyers in 2015. He is also a member of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association.

 

Representative Engagements:

 

·          Mr. Ben-Cohen represents numerous taxpayers who are voluntarily disclosing to the IRS offshore bank accounts and related income tax liabilities.

·          Mr. Ben-Cohen represents a number of taxpayers who are being criminally investigated by the Department of Justice for failure to report foreign bank accounts and income earned on those accounts.

·          Mr. Ben-Cohen has developed an expertise in sensitive civil tax examinations where fraud or substantial penalty issues may arise.

·          Mr. Ben-Cohen handles criminal tax fraud investigations.

·          Mr. Ben-Cohen represents taxpayers facing criminal and civil tax disputes with the California Franchise Tax Board and other state and local taxing agencies.

·          Mr. Ben-Cohen obtains favorable private letter rulings from the IRS for taxpayers.

 

Education:

 

Mr. Ben-Cohen earned his law degree cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown, Mr. Ben-Cohen was a member of The Tax Lawyer, where he published The Real Estate Exception to the Passive Activity Rules in Mowafi v. Commissioner and the New Burden Shifting Statute, 55 TAX LAW. 96 (2002). Mr. Ben-Cohen has also published Public Civil Defenders: A Right to Counsel for Indigent Civil Defendants, 10 GEO. J. ON POVERTY L. & POL'Y, 1 (2003).He earned a B.S. degree cum laude from the University of Southern California, where he majored in accounting.

 

Articles:

 

·           OVDPs: The IRS Should Put Its Money Where Its Mouth Is            

Tax Notes International, August 11, 2014

 

·          IRS’s Offshore Bait and Switch: The Case for FAQ 35                    

Daily Tax Report, March 9, 2011

 

·          New Safe Harbor For Like-Kind 1031 Exchanges
Real Property Section Review, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Volume V, Issue 4, June 2010

·          Payments by Majority Shareholders to Minority Shareholders to Secure Change in Control: Ordinary Income or Capital Gain?, Daily Tax Report By Pedram Ben-Cohen - 2005

·          Consideration of Subject Matter Jurisdiction of District Courts Required When Preparing Cases Where Taxpayers Seek Solely Statutory Interest, Daily Tax Report By Pedram Ben-Cohen - 2004

·          The Real Estate Exception To The Passive Activity Rules In Mowafi v. Commissioner And The New Burden Shifting Statue, The Tax Lawyer By Pedram Ben-Cohen - 2002

·          Public Civil Defenders: A Right To Counsel For Indigent Civil Defendants By Pedram Ben-Cohen & Simran Bindra - 2003

Licensed for 19 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 12/01/2022

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

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Ben-Cohen Law Firm, PLC
1901 Avenue Of The Stars Ste 1100
Los Angeles, CA, 90067-6002

Reviews

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Posted by Ramin | May 3, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
outside US investments
great conference call, started on time, Pedram listened to our questions carefully,, answered all questions in detail and patiently.
Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Wonderful session - thank you!
Great conversation, very informative and helpful providing insights and perspectives. On top of that, Pedram is a people person which makes him easy to talk to. Thank you.
Posted by Marcella | October 22, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Lived up to my expectation!!
Pedram lived up to my 5-star expectation. He listened to our situation and provided us with step by step instructions to prevent future complications w/ the IRS. This consultation was preventative and I feel very well equipped and confident now. Thank you Pedram and staff!!
Posted by Max | August 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Review
Pedram and his team were very helpful in resolving my dispute with the CA FTB. Their advice was prompt, practical and on point. The dispute was resolved to my satisfaction. Pedram has a very practical approach to tackling legal issues and does not waste clients' time by delving into unnecessary legal theories and building up hypothetical scenarios. This is a rare quality for a lawyer, and I can attest to it by being a lawyer myself. I would highly recommend Pedram and his team for any tax-related matters.
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2019
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Highly Recommended
I had a consultation with Pedram Ben-Cohen regarding a Tax related issue that was causing me a great deal of concern and worry, due to my limited understanding of this topic and also due to a previous consultation with another tax attorney who offered an overly complex solution to what turned out to be a simple issue. During the consultation, Pedram was extremely respectful, honest, attentive, discerning, knowledgable and caring. Pedram eased my mind and outlined a simple solution to my issue. I am extremely glad that I have decided to consult with Mr. Ben-Cohen and I am also extremely thankful.
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Posted by Em | May 27, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Really helpful!
Pedram has a soothing demeanor for more "nervous" clients like myself (as he puts it). He cut to the issues (or not that big issues) in my case, and actually told me that I didn't need him, because my problem wasn't even that big, and was able to calm my anxiety. He even recommended people more appropriate to my needs. I came out smiling and relieved after talking to him.
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2017
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The Best Tax Attorney Out There!
Pedram Ben-Cohen is professional, detail-oriented, trustworthy, confident, and extremely knowledgeable in tax laws. He is a Tax Attorney and CPA. Mr. Ben-Cohen is very passionate at what he does and very responsive - always responding to e-mails and phone calls. He even returned my phone call late at night. Mr. Ben-Cohen is very respectful and always goes the extra mile. I knew that he truly cared on a personal level to help me get through my case. I definitely recommend hiring Mr. Ben-Cohen for IRS Audits. Thank you for being so professional, honest, responsive, and friendly!
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Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2017
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Top LA Attorney
Pedram was initially referred to me by my cpa for consultation. After our meeting I found him to be extremely knowledgeable, updated with all rules , regulations & codes . I proceeded to hire him and in the process I also found him to have great communications skills with a very calm and collected demeanor. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for an attorney in his field.
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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
tax
He worked for my international tax case. He was very informative, and paid attention to every little detail about my case . I am totally happy with his service.
Posted by Morad | May 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best Tax Lawyer You can Hope To Find
Working with Mr. Ben-Cohen I first handedly witnessed his professionalism, integrity, great capability and compassion. He kept us informed throughout every step of the process and was always available to answer every question we had with detail. Further, he was able to provide us with the guidance, support and consideration that we very much needed. To say that I was impressed and glad to have found Mr. Ben- Cohen and engaged his services would be an understatement. Truly best decision! He was not only there for us when we needed him, but because of his hard work and dedication we were able to get the result we were looking for.
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Posted by Curt | April 25, 2017
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Excellent Tax Controversy Attorney
I am an international tax advisor and have worked with Pedram on more than a dozen difficult and challenging cases. Pedram's clients and fellow advisors highly respect him because he has an uncanny ability to quickly identify and work diligently to resolve his clients' issues. Pedram is pragmatic in his approach. He is transparent with his clients and dedicated to getting to a fair and reasonable outcome. I have attended an IRS Appeals conference with Pedram and would want no other attorney on my side. Pedram is extremely passionate in his work and representing his clients. He is also enjoyable to work with and develops very good relationships with his clients and fellow advisors. I highly recommend Pedram for any tax controversy work.
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Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2017
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Best lawyer In this field
Pedram Ben-Cohen at Ben-Cohen Law Firm, PLC is one of the most incredible, creative, and caring attorneys I have ever dealt with. He gave us hope but also gave us the reality and worst case scenario. He fought for us tooth and nail. The attention and time Pedram put into the case was like no other. He charged us more than fair and was very reasonable in every aspect. He is not the kind of attorney that charges for every minute. I liked him very much not only as an attorney but as a person because he is very honest, is true to his integrity, and is dedicated to his clients. He loves what he does and has the passion to protect and defend his clients, which totally shows in his work and our outcome. We originally hired another attorney from a famous firm who basically did not give us much hope on our case . That is when we came to Pedram who won our case in a short amount of time and got us the outcome we were looking for. Because of Pedram and his creativeness, willingness, and dedication, he got us our favorable outcome. He is our go to attorney for sure, without a doubt.
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Posted by Ben | January 29, 2017
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My experience
I had a very positive experience working with Pedram Ben-Cohen. He was very helpful, honest, and did his best to bring about a positive outcome for me. I wholeheartedly recommend Pedram to others seeking business-related legal counsel
Posted by Michael | January 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Top Drawer Tax Fraud Lawyer
Pedram got me out a CI jam i thought I would not resolve. He is also fair and reasonable with his billing. I interview 4 top Tax Fraud Lawyers in LA and went with Pedram...Glad I did!
Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very competent, Professional & Ethical Tax Attorney
Pedram is particularly knowledgeable in his area of practice. He had assisted me with another matter a few years ago and more recently with an audit. He took the time to explain in great detail all the ramifications of doing but also not doing something and it provided me with the comfort of fully comprehending and thus mitigating the various risks. He steered me clear of trouble and resolved the matter in a particularly satisfactory fashion. I was prepared for the worst but Pedram was able to secure a most favorable outcome. His guidance was invaluable and his services and attention to detail legendary. Pedram's follow-up was meticulous as well. On a more personal note, he is very approachable and empathetic. In an audit laden with uncertainty and risks, he demonstrated unparalleled skill and warmth that was most appreciated. Ultimately Pedram delivered everything that he set out to accomplish and for that, I am eternally grateful to him. So much indeed that I always mention his name when the subject comes up or a friend seeks a referral in this area of law.
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Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2017
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Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Case
We are very grateful with Pedram's help. He guided us (step-by-step) through a case which was resolved well. We are very thankful for all his help and support. He was always there (and is) to answer questions. I don't know how we could of done this without his help. Thank you!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Ben-Cohen Law Firm, PLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Lathem & Watkin LLP
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP
  • 2004 - 2006

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Southern California
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Foreign Bank Account
  • Ben-Cohen Law Firm represented Taxpayer in the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program. Pedram Ben-Cohen negotiated with the IRS Agent and IRS Technical Advisor to reduce Taxpayer’s offshore penalty from 25% to 5%.
  • Audit
  • Pedram Ben-Cohen (1) prevented the audit from spreading to earlier and subsequent years, (2) convinced the agent not to refer the case to IRS Criminal Investigation, and (3) closed the audit without assessment of civil fraud penalties.
  • IRS Subpoena
  • Ben-Cohen Law Firm represented Taxpayer during the criminal investigation and responded to the subpoena. Pedram Ben-Cohen convinced the DOJ attorney handling the investigation to close the investigation and decline prosecution.
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Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • Taxation Law Specialist
  • 2010 - Present
  • California Board of Accountancy
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney
  • 2003 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Farsi
  • Hebrew

Awards

  • 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 Lawyer
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • CPA
  • Offshore Bank Account Reporting and Compliance Options
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Tax Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse and recommend Pedram not only because of his knowledge of tax law or his stellar reputation in the community but because he has proven over time he sincerely cares for his clients. When anyone contacts me for a professional referral to a tax attorney, Pedram Ben-Cohen is the only name I give them."
Tax Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pedram Ben-Cohen is extremely knowledgeable and well versed in tax law. I endorse and highly recommend him to anyone seeking representation in civil and/or criminal tax controversy and litigation."
Tax Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this attorney. Well versed in tax law, and professional."
Tax Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend and endorse this lawyer. He is very knowledgeable in the tax arena and works hard to produce the best possible results for his clients."
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Los Angeles Tax Lawyer Pedram Ben-Cohen
Pedram Ben-Cohen
Tax Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 19 years