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Michael C. Dallo

Tax Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   15 reviews

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Michael Dallo, CPA, JD, LL.M. is a tax attorney and certified public accountant of Dallo Law Group, a Professional Corporation. For over 10 years, Michael has assisted his clients in developing sound tax positions and arguments to minimize their federal and state tax liability as well as zealously representing his clients in resolving tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and state taxing agencies. Michael’s practice focuses on tax controversy matters including audit reprentation, administrative appeals, tax debt settlements, tax litigation, and criminal tax defense.

 

Michael frequently represents his clients before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), California Franchise Tax Board (FTB), State Board of Equalization (BOE) and the Employment Development Department (EDD). He understands that mastering the practice of tax law requires extensive experience and education. For that reason, Michael has dedicated and focused his professional experience and education to the practice of tax.

 

Tax Experience

Prior to becoming an attorney, Michael worked as a certified public accountant in the Tax Department of a multi-national Fortune 500 Company where he conducted significant tax research and worked with tax attorneys to resolve multi-million dollar tax disputes with the IRS and various state taxing agencies. Michael also ran his own CPA firm where he prepared hundreds of tax returns for individuals and small businesses. In his CPA practice, Michael frequently represented clients in audit representation and achieved superb results.

 

Among his many experiences, while in law school, Michael was a teaching assistant for a Tax Court Judge, worked in the Tax Department of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Paris, France, and worked for the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. While at the Department of Justice, Michael studied the procedures and policies of the government in Federal Tax cases and was trained by US Trial Attorneys. Michael is thrilled to utilize those tactics and skills for the benefit of our clients. Michael also consulted for a San Diego based tax controversy law firm. During his tenure, he assisted in the preparation of complex individual and corporate income tax returns, prepared opinion letters on financial transactions involving significant tax positions, and also assisted in developing successful legal arguments in response to IRS demands in audits that helped save clients thousands of dollars in tax savings.

 

Michael also serves as general counsel for Dallo & Co., Inc. a conglomerate of thirteen grocery stores in San Diego (Jonathan’s, Harvest Ranch and Foodland Markets) where he advises on tax issues, contract and lease negotiations, and employment issues for over eight-hundred employees.

 

Tax Education

Michael brings unparalleled credentials to our client’s tax disputes. He holds a Master of Laws in Taxation Degree (LL.M) from New York University, which is the most prestigious and highest ranked graduate tax program in the nation. Michael obtained his Law Degree (J.D.) from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude (Top 5%) and was the recipient of the “Ralph Gano Miller Tax Award” for the highest overall grade point average in the area of taxation in his graduating class. Michael obtained two bachelor degrees, in Accounting and Business Administration, from the University of San Diego where he graduated Magna Cum Laude (Top 10%).

 

Michael is fluent in Spanish and Chaldean-Aramaic.

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Licensed for 11 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 09/07/2022

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Dallo Law Group | Tax Law Firm
2150 Fourth Avenue
San Diego, CA, 92101

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Posted by Belen | March 25, 2016
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Great Tax Lawyer
Attorney Dallo is a great lawyer. For five years I try to get the largest tax refund I was owed. I was not successful. Wooddale law groups help, I received my tax refund check from the IRS in just six months. Dallo Law Group was competent and helpful. Highly recommended. Gracias!
Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Reduced my IRS debt
Michael helped settle an almost 10 year old CA state tax debt. He was very knowledgeable about my rights as they relate to state tax law. I feel like he always had my best interest in mind and told me the truth even when it was hard to hear. He helped me navigate the process and in the end reduced a $42,000 debt to a $6,000 settlement. I would definitely recommend Michael Dallo and team.
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Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2015
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Thankful of DLG
I owed a very large amount of money to the I.R.S. and it had been weighing me down for sometime. Mike Dallo and his team at Dallo Law Group did an analysis on my account and confirmed that because of a technical argument, I legally did not owe the money to the I.R.S. He had several communications with the I.R.S. and confirmed to me that the I.R.S. would wipe off my entire tax debt. It was a great relief and I find myself being more responsible for my taxes and will call on the Dallo Law Group if any problems arise and have recommended Dallo to some of my peers.
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Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2015
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Issue Solved
A couple of years ago I was in a dispute with the I.R.S. over some tax matters in which my C.P.A. and I felt I was being treated unfairly. As my C.P.A was unable to resolve the matter to our satisfaction, I felt I needed more qualified representation. Through a mutual acquaintance I was introduced to Mike and immediately took a liking to him as he came across as highly capable of handling my case. Within three months Mike settled the matter to my complete satisfaction for a sum substantially below his original estimate and I couldn't be happier and would not hesitate to recommend Mike to anyone in need of tax help.
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2015
A Relieved Client
My case is officially closed and I am so very relieved to hear this. It is somewhat surreal for some reason. I am ecstatic inside but also subdued. Thank you so much for your patience and for your systematic approach to each segment and reaching a total closure to this nightmare that began what seems like years ago. We didn’t know what to do, who to contact, or what to expect when we ultimately reached out to you after researching online. We came in very panicked due to owing $819,214.00 to the IRS but your cautious yet optimistic assurances helped calm us and left us with no doubts in hiring you. Along the entire process, everything went better than we could have ever expected with the limited physical resources on hand after the length of time that had passed. Your expertise and the support of your office personnel got us through a dreadfully scary episode of our lives and we honestly feel very indebted to have this finally behind so we can officially proceed to move ahead with our lives. We came in owing the IRS a large sum of money, and ended our case with receiving a refund of $147.00 from the IRS!
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Posted by Salar | June 15, 2015
Top Notch Tax Attorney!
Not too long ago I received an IRS statement that left me in disbelief. My tax issues were complicated and I did not have the know-how to independently litigate these issues. After a bit of research, I decided to set-up a free consultation at Dallo Law Group. Needless to say after meeting with Mike Dallo I felt more at ease. He was knowledgable in the law and gave me an honest opinion on the results he could obtain based on my circumstances. After retaining Dallo Law Group they continued to maintain my confidence in the firm. They informed me of my options and the likelihood of success based on their experience. I personally chose the route of settlement. Throughout the process Mike and his associate Sam were always accessible. They never shyed away from my phone calls kept me informed anytime there was a change in our settlement strategy. All their hard work and astute legal knowledge has resulted in that dark cloud, called the IRS, to finally disappear! Thank you Dallo Law Group!
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Posted by John | June 12, 2015
Thank You!
I want to thank you for your insight, tenacity and professionalism in the representation of my Case with the IRS. You and your staff’s combination of skills combined with working with my team were evident in convincing the IRS of the correct outcome in this matter. I am happy to recommend your services and/or be used as a reference to future or current personal and business clients.
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Posted by Bryan | March 2, 2015
Knowledgeable, thorough, and successful
I was in the market for a Tax Attorney and researched multiple companies in California. After speaking to Mr. Dallo he was able to show me how knowledgable he was right from the start. Other companies did the same but couldn't prove their points as well as Mr. Dallo did. During our time he continuously kept me informed on the progress he was making in my case. He was honest, even telling me the things that he knew would be hard for me to hear but that showed me the type of person he was. His ethics are strong and you could tell he genuinely cared about doing his best for me, not just the final result. I felt like I was his only client, most firms I have worked with in the past don't respond quickly, or ignore emails that are important to me but I guess not so important with them. Mr. Dallo replied promptly to every email I ever wrote to him and explained himself perfectly. The end result was even better. I finished my case getting a final result that I didn't even think was possible. The details will be kept private but they were extremely impressive. In addition, after meeting him at his office, near the time I first contacted him for an interview, i was impressed. His office is gorgeous, view of PetCo Park, modern, and organized! I will be a life-long client of Mr. Dallo and The Dallo Law Group. I would recommend him to everyone and anyone who needs help or even advice with any type of tax law. I hope this helps you on your search for a Tax Attorney!
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Posted by Terri | March 1, 2015
Are you looking for quality? Look no further!
So where do I start? Of course no one likes to talk about being audited, but when the unfortunate occasion does show up, it's not a stressful one that makes you pull out your hair when you work with Michael Dallo. He truly cares about your circumstances and will give you the low down on how each and everything will go. He does mainly tax controversy law, but I have used him for other things (filing my tax returns etc) and have had great satisfaction. Michael took care of my IRS tax audit. He is very professional and very orderly. Everything went well without any changes to my tax return! If you are looking for a reasonable rate with reasonable, understanding, and smart service than Dallo Law Group is the place to go.
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Posted by Michael | February 23, 2015
Dallo Law provides the highest level of service
Dallo Law continuously provides us with the highest level of service on our corporate and personal tax return needs. Mike and his team have been able to leverage their knowledge of Federal and CA tax law to great advantage for us.
Posted by Pete | February 19, 2015
Best Tax Attorney!
My experience with Dallo Law Group was exactly what I had hoped for when choosing a tax law firm to help me. I unfortunately encountered an IRS Audit in which I owed money for some back payroll taxes. I gave Dallo Law Group a call in hopes of getting the issue resolved and spoke with Mike Dallo, who was very friendly and able to conveniently schedule a meeting with me the next day. During a few months, Mike would contact me frequently asking for needed documentation and to simply keep me updated. After what seemed to be a tedious process to reach a verdict I greatly anticipated, I was extremely pleased to hear Mike was able to reduce my debt with the IRS by about 80 percent! Never did I think I would be lucky enough to owe so little after having thought I was going to owe so much. Very professional, very intelligent!
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2015
Helped me get out of a lawsuit!
Great professional work and very hands on! He was able to get me out of a lawsuit and potential save me thousands $$$! Thank you and look forward to use him again for any future needs! Hopefully not anytime soon though!
Posted by Phil | February 16, 2015
IRS Offer in Compromise Settlement - $1,000
Finally I found a tax law firm – Dallo Law Group – that is upfront, honest and clearly knows how to communicate with the IRS. I had been trying to settle 10 years of taxes with the IRS. I had a Pit Bull IRS Collection Agent that was taking money out of my business accounts. Dallo Law Group was able to stop this levy action and actually was able get some of the money returned to me with in a few days. After one year of working with Dallo Law Group I received an IRS notice of acceptance. My six figure IRS tax liability was settled for $1,000 with the expertise of Dallo Law Group. Before Dallo Law Group I had tried two other law firms, one was local and the other a national firm. They both took my money and neither was honest with the actions I needed to take to settle this debt. My first Offer in Compromise was put together by a local law firm and was rejected by the IRS. The national firm never completed their work before they went bankrupt. Here is why you should seriously consider Dallo Law Group. They are going to let you know exactly what to expect and what you need to do to get a settlement offer with the IRS. They will frequently check with you to make sure you are doing everything right on your end to be in compliance so your offer will not be rejected. Dallo Law Group is very forward thinking. They anticipate what the IRS is going want and they plan for it in astonishing detail. The offer that they presented to the IRS for me was so meticulous in detail that when the IRS agent reviewed it she only had two simple questions that were answered with a short email and phone call.
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Posted by Nate | February 16, 2015
Oustanding service!!!
I came to Dallo Law Group with interest in getting my 2013 tax returns done. I was immediately greeted with a smile by the friendly receptionist and was told I would meet with the owner, Mike Dallo, shortly. He met with me moments later and was highly knowledgeable about how to get the most out of the returns. Not only was it done quickly, but I got a much better refund than I did last year. That's always a bonus! I'd definitely go back for any tax issues I may have in the future and will be returning to have next year's tax returns done by him as well.
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Posted by Mauricio | November 12, 2013
Excellent Attorney!!!
Michael is an exceptional tax attorney. He is by far the most professional attorney/CPA I have dealt with; he works efficiently, pays close attention to detail, and always would keep me informed about the progress of my case. He has managed to clear up issues both with the state and at the federal level. He has managed to get every dollar on our returns. The results he achieved for me far exceeded my expectations. I would definitely recommend this wonderful tax attorney to family, friends, and colleagues.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Dallo Law Group | Tax Law Firm
  • 2011 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • Dallo Enterprises
  • 2011 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Department of Justice
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Tax Accountant
  • Sempra Energy
  • 2006 - 2008
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Education

  • New York University School of Law
  • Master of Laws in Taxation
  • 2012
  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • University of San Diego
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 2006
  • University of San Diego
  • Bachelor of Accountancy
  • 2006
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Legal Cases

  • Non-Collectible Status
  • Case resolved with non-collectible status.
  • United State Tax Court
  • Taxpayer victory on all issues
  • Penalty Abatement
  • Negotiated full penalty removal
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Associations

  • California Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Best of the Bar
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2016
  • Most Admired CEO
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2016
  • San Diego's Best Tax Law Firm
  • Union Tribune
  • 2015
  • Top General Counsel Award
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2015
  • Best of the Bar
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2015
  • San Diego's Best Tax Law Firm
  • Union Tribune
  • 2014
  • Top Young Attorneys
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2013
  • Ralph Gano Miller Tax Award
  • Ralph Gano Miller
  • 2011
  • Order of the Coif
  • National Order of the Coif
  • 2011
  • CALI Award, Tax Litigation
  • Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2010
  • CALI Award, Tax 1
  • Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2009
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Publications

  • California Tax Lawyer
  • FTB Retroactively Denies Tax Benefits for "Qualified Small Business Stock"
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Real Talk San Diego
  • The Tax Resolution Process
  • 2015
  • www.wealthed.com
  • Setting Your Tax Debt
  • 2015
  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • What Every Tax Practitioner Needs to Know About the Affordable Care Act
  • 2014
  • California Society of Tax Consultants
  • Overview of the IRS Collection Process
  • 2013
  • South Orange County Chapter Meeting
  • Dealing with IRS Collections
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (5)
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Unknown Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer and highly recommend him. Michael and I have been classmates and colleagues for several years and he is an excellent attorney and passionate advocate for his clients. Michael is your best bet for any and all of your tax issues and concerns."
Tax Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Dallo is knowledgeable, professional, and very well accomplished in his field. I do not hesitate to recommend my own clients to him for tax advice. He is passionate about his clients and his practice, and it shows in the optimal results he is able to achieve for his clients."
Tax Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I believe that the Dallo Law Group is very professional and competent in the field of tax law. I recommend Mr. Dallo to my business clients."
Tax Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney. Michael has a zeal for his clients and a great depth of knowledge in taxation. I would recommend him to anyone in need of tax services without hesitation, and indeed I have recommended him in the past."
Tax Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael received a top notch education which has helped him become a top notch attorney. He has grown and developed far beyond his three years of experience and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone in need of a qualified, caring tax attorney."
Tax Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike Dallo assists our company on our tax and business formation questions. Mike is always very available and accommodating and all the other attorneys in his office have been just as helpful. I endorse this attorney!"
Tax Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dallo Law Firm has some of the hardest working tax attorneys I have known. Michael Dallo is very well educated on tax matters and puts his clients first. I have no worries referring my personal clients, friends, and family to Dallo Law Firm becuase I know they are in good hands."
Tax Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Dallo's knowledge and expertise in matters of tax law is unmatched. His law firm provides efficient professional service from start to finish. There is no other tax attorney that I would use to handle tax matters."
Tax Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have worked with Mike for the last two years. He is the most dedicated tax attorney in all of San Diego. There is no one better in the industry."
Tax Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've worked with Mike on several cases and am always impressed by his work ethic, professionalism, and knowledge of the tax code. I've seen Mike help his clients navigate exceptionally complex tax issues and would trust him without hesitation with my own tax matters."
Tax Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Dallo is not only one of the smartest lawyers I know, but one of the smartest people I know. He thoroughly knows and understands tax law and practices with the utmost professionalism I have ever seen. Anyone who has retained him in the past can tell you the same thing."
Tax Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I proudly endorse this lawyer."
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