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.
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.
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.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
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Christine Wu, Business Attorney
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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.
Catherine Weinberg, Landlord or tenant Attorney
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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.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|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|
|Order of the Coif||National Order of the Coif||2011|
|Ralph Gano Miller Tax Award||Ralph Gano Miller||2011|
|CALI Award, Tax Litigation||Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction||2010|
|CALI Award, Tax 1||Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction||2009|
|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|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|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|
|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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|California Tax Lawyer||FTB Retroactively Denies Tax Benefits for "Qualified Small Business Stock"||2013|
|New York University School of Law||Tax Law||Master of Laws in Taxation||2012|
|University of San Diego School of Law||Law||Juris Doctor||2011|
|University of San Diego||Business Administration||Bachelor of Business Administration||2006|
|University of San Diego||Accounting||Bachelor of Accountancy||2006|
|www.wealthed.com||Setting Your Tax Debt||2015|
|Real Talk San Diego||The Tax Resolution Process||2015|
|University of San Diego School of Law||What Every Tax Practitioner Needs to Know About the Affordable Care Act||2014|
|South Orange County Chapter Meeting||Dealing with IRS Collections||2013|
|California Society of Tax Consultants||Overview of the IRS Collection Process||2013|
|USD Legal Clinics||Are You Ready for Taxmaggedon?||2012|