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Allison Decelles Hebl Soares

Tax Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   19 reviews

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As an attorney, Allison Soares has representative hundreds of clients before the Internal Revenue Services (IRS), Franchise Tax Board (FTB), Employment Development Department (EDD), and State Board of Equalization (SBOE).

Ms. Soares became a lawyer because she loves to help people. It doesn’t matter the issue: audits, collections, appeals, international disclosures, grumpy people— Allison enjoys fixing problems. Most clients that she takes care of have a stressful issue and they need help to understand it and get a quick resolution. Some people have either tried solving the issue themselves or ignored it completely.

With Ms. Soares’ tenacity, you can be sure the issue will be solved quickly so you can move on with your life.

Let’s be honest. No one likes tax law. No one. By mastering the ins and outs of all areas of assessment and collections, Ms. Soares is able to take control of a sometimes-overwhelming experience with ease. Getting things done efficiently and correctly helps you save valuable time and money. As an attorney, Ms. Soares has represented hundreds of clients before the Internal Revenue Services (IRS), Franchise Tax Board (FTB), Employment Development Department (EDD), and State Board of Equalization (SBOE).

Ms. Soares was raised in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. After graduation, Ms. Soares moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil to teach English to local business and medical professionals. After a year abroad, she moved back to San Diego and worked as an accountant at Physician Management Group, Inc. for three years.

Her pursuit of a Law Degree then took her to Miami, Florida to attend St. Thomas University School of Law, where she excelled, ranked in the top twenty percent of her class, and was an Articles Editor for the Law Review. After her first year of law school, she enrolled in the joint degree program to obtain both her Law Degree and M.B.A in Accounting with a specialization in Forensic Accounting. Upon returning to San Diego, Ms. Soares earned her Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of San Diego School of Law. Currently, Ms. Soares is also an adjunct professor at San Diego State University teaching a course on Tax Procedures, Practice and Ethics at the Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy. In 2015, 2016, and 2017, she was named Best of the Bar by the San Diego Business Journal.  

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Licensed for 14 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 08/08/2022

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Allison Soares, Attorney at Law
3170 4th Ave
#250A
San Diego, CA, 92103
Allison Soares, Attorney at Law
200 Spectrum Center Dr
#300A
Irvine, CA, 92618
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Posted by Clarence | March 22, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fantastic lawyer
Allison was quick to return my call and answer any questions that I had. Very knowledgable and honest which makes a great lawyer. I definitely recommend that you hire her for any business law needs.
Posted by Gregory | January 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Rockin Rep!!
What can I say about Allison and the team at RJS Law. Let's see. First a smidge about me. I'm a very high speed, energetic, demanding and sometimes intense client. I want what I want and I want it yesterday. It is oftentimes hard to find someone who can fit into my category and successfully handle my requests. I recall my sit down with Allison during the summer of 2015. I had a battle plan formulated and needed a Tax Law Firm to represent me. Allison took the challenge with a smile. I was in and out of the office in good time. I stated my needs and she was very efficient in understanding and taking the ball. I remember, "Greg - just let us handle this and you can go back to doing what you do... Relax, we've got this!" That was what I wanted to hear. Throughout our partnership, she kept me informed and was very respectful of my time. She promptly responded to my phone calls and emails. When I asked for something, this is where I made a mistake... I did not expect them to be as efficient as they were and before I knew it, she had everything handled. I loved it!!! Finally someone who works like I do! We had a little bump in the road, but course correction was swift and effective! My overall agenda was completed successfully, in significant part due to the representation by RJS Law. Question: Would I use RJS Law again? Answer: Without a second thought, they would be my first phone call. My only issue with RJS Law is they do not handle other Legal affairs. If they did, I would have them on retainer for my company in a minute!
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Posted by Richard | December 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Allison Soares
To whom it may concern, Allison Soares and the RJS team had a very complicated task in front of them resolving several different and complicated tax issues for me personally ranging over 15 years of back taxes and fillings. I had a specific goal in how I wanted these issues handles and the timrline in which I needed it to be set in agreements with the IRS and FTB. She accomplished everything we had hoped for to the "T". I have since referred my bother in law who not only got his liens removed by Allison and her team, but he actually got a rebate. I also referred my sister to Allison and she left extremely happy with the honest evaluation of here situation by Allsion. I will continue to recommend here to anyone needing assistance with any tax issues.
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Posted by Todd A Krasovetz | December 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
IRS Audit Success
Allison and company did a fantastic job and rectifying my IRS audit issues and the outcome was very satisfactory. He legal skills come highly recommended.- T Krasovetz
Posted by Harry | June 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
PPP (Professional-Practical-Polite) Labor/Tax Attorney
Allison & her team delivered the results that we expected. Got us through the government hostile requirements for Small Business Owner's practical problems & be fair to both the sides & doing all this very professionally & practically!! Absolutely trustworthy & tech savvy lawyers.
Posted by Elizabeth B. | May 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tax Nightmare
Our business started as a small sole proprietorship. Over the years we changed our status several times but did not file the proper paperwork, taxes, etc. After having assets seized and receiving a bill for over $300K, we knew we needed an attorney. RJS was referred by a friend. We met with Allison and her team. We knew within minutes we were in the right place. Not only did Allison walk us through everything, she went above and beyond, educating us throughout the entire process. Our end result...we are finally in good standing with the IRS. Our taxes our new current for the first time over seven years. Our tax debt is less than a 1/3 of what we were originally billed and a reasonable payment plan was reached. I cannot stress enough how this has changed our lives. I am no longer in fear of opening mail or having our business seized. I feel as if Allison and the entire team behind her embraced us almost at a personal level. For this reason I am not afraid to call or email even the smallest question. I would recommend Allison and RJS to anyone with the utmost confidence.
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Posted by Justin | May 25, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
CFO
We have used Allison and RJS law for over a year. They are extremely professional and experts in their fields. I would highly recommend them. Furthermore their exception setting to the client is the best that I have seen.
Posted by Dana | January 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
My husband and I would like others to know if they are ever faced with an audit as we were, we highly recommend using the services of RJS Law. We met with Allison Soares with our documents and she took over- relieving us from worry and time. This was an audit by EDD. The auditor never spoke to us directly, but through our attorney and performed the audit at the attorney's office NOT ours. We ended with a very satisfactory outcome that i believe left to ourselves, besides the time and work it would have cost us, the outcome would have probably been not as satisfactory. Sincerely, Dana
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Posted by Paul | December 3, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
IRS Issue Resolved
Allison and team did a great job in working through an issue I was unable to resolve with the IRS directly. She was knowledgeable and understood how to work through a complicated system. I would highly recommend Allison and team.
Posted by Elias | December 3, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Took care of my FTB and IRS problems
I had a heart attack when I received a letter from the FTB claiming I owe 160K. They were threatening to lien my bank accounts as well as my properties if I didn't pay up. I hired RJS Law Firm to represent me in this horrific situation. I mostly dealt with Ronson Shamoun and Allison Soares, who helped me settle with the FTB for a fraction of what I owed. Few months later I received a letter from the IRS for a much smaller amount, 4K. In less than a week, the same team was able to handle the situation and I didn't have to pay the IRS anything. They were professional and promptly handled all my concerns. I would definitely recommend RJS Law to everyone....
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2015
Thank you Allison
It did not take long before we recognized that we were not going to achieve the desired outcome working on our own directly with the IRS. After a simple internet search and a brief phone call, we had a meeting with Allison Soares and Brad Paladini to review our unique situation. Allison and Brad quickly got up to speed on the technical issues surrounding our matter and immediately took action with the IRS, ultimately leading us down a path toward a proper resolution. Allison and Brad were outstanding to work with during the entire process….knowledgeable, informative, efficient and effective in helping our company achieve the best possible result. Thank you Allison and Brad!
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Posted by Rebecca | July 15, 2015
Always Grateful
During the times that we met with Allison, one thing always stood out for us and that was the respect and care that Allison always demonstrated while working on our case. Allison went beyond any expectations that we might have had. Even though it was a difficult process, Allison and her colleagues were extremely professional, responsible and knowledgeable In very aspect. A sincere thank you and wishes for a long successful career helping others.
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Posted by Jeffrey | March 11, 2015
A Pleasure to Work With
Allison was a pleasure to work with. Smart, professional and responsive to my calls and concerns, and often took extra time to educate me about my situation and options. Most importantly though, I was happy with the results and Allison was able to get me an arrangement that I found both fair and affordable.
Posted by Deanna | March 2, 2015
Best experience ever!!
My experience with RJS law was outstanding! I worked with Allison & Brad :) I couldn't of asked for a better team. They were genuine, honest, diligent and hardworking. The understood the time sensitive nature of my case, and therefore worked quickly and expeditiously to get the matter resolved. I was in constant communication with Brad, and he was able to provide me with updates bi weekly on my case. I felt understood, respected and a valued client. They are well versed in non profit law, and therefore our IRS issues were resolved efficiently and effectively. From day one I felt heard and understood. I walked out of their office knowing that I was in great hands! My issue with the IRS was resolved quickly and painlessly!! :) Thanks Allison & Brad!!!!
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Posted by Tim | February 24, 2015
Best Attorney Experience Ever
Hands down the best Attorney experience I've ever had. When I received an audit letter from the IRS, I knew I wanted the best to represent me. Allison Soares handled my case and was extremely responsive every step of the way. With her guidance I was made to feel very comfortable with the entire process. I could not be happier with the results of the Audit. Her team reduced my tax bill to nothing! I would highly recommend Allison Soares and RJS Law Firm to anyone needing tax law representation. Thank you for your hard work on my behalf!
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2015
Excellent EDD Audit
TO: RJS LAW 303 A Street, Suite 400 San Diego, CA 92101 FROM: Happy Client Subject: Thank you for your great service. I would like to personally thank you and your staff for providing excellent support during my recent EDD audit. We are a busy company and did not expect to receive a request from the EDD to audit our records. We do maintain our records in accordance with all laws, but dealing with a government entity is a very stressful event. I decided to contact your firm to provide guidance in the process. I wanted to make sure we responded to the EDD in a structured a professional manner. During my initial visit to your company I met Allison Soares. Allison led the conversation and immediately made me feel at ease. She explained the audit process and made me feel at ease. This allowed me to understand the process and see that RJS had a plan to help me through this stressful event. During the audit Allison interfaced directly with the EDD on behalf of my company, provided me with a list of the items I need to provide to the EDD and answered my many questions about the process. The audit was completed quickly and as low stress and possible. I am truly impressed with your company and with Allison. I am grateful that we engaged you at the beginning of the audit process. Thank you for your excellent service and professionalism. I would definitely recommend RJS and Allison to anyone going through a similar process. Kindest regards, Thomas
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2014
Best Attorney in San Diego
Allison Soares is amazing. Outstanding customer service. Always available to answer questions or concerns. She really cares and works hard to make sure her clients are satisfied. Because of Allison our previous tax issue is manageable with an affordable payment plan. We highly recommend her legal service and advice.
Posted by Cheryl | December 10, 2013
Outstanding Tax Attorney Allison Soares!
I was referred to Allison by a friend of mine and everything she said about Allison at RJS was true. I was in such a state when I called Allison about my taxes and explained that the IRS did not want to work with me. Allison, calmed me down, told me exactly what she was going to do and what I could expect once the process was complete. Everything that Allison said would happen, happened. I found Allison to be courteous, professional, honest, friendly, responsive and very helpful. Thank you Allison for getting my tax issues resolved, you are an incredible attorney and person.
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Posted by Andy | December 4, 2013
Need A Great Tax Attorney?!
This was one of the best experiences I've ever had with any attorney and law firm. Allison and RJS went above and beyond all of my reasonable expectations and I would recommend them to anyone. She was able to lower the monthly payment figure to the IRS and FTB almost 50% from our initial consultation. This will allow me to concentrate on making money for myself and my family in the future with a specific budget moving forward! Thanks Allison and RJS!!!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Vanst Law
  • 2018 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • San Diego State University
  • 2014 - Present
  • Partner
  • RJS LAW
  • 2013 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • JANATHAN L. ALLEN, APC
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Legal Intern
  • U.S. SECURITIES & EXCHANGE COMMISSION (SEC)
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Economic Crimes Division, Certified Legal Intern
  • U.S. Attorney's Office For The Southern District Of Florida
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Accounting, Tax and Business Process Consultant
  • ALLEN BARRON, INC.
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Judicial Legal Intern
  • U.S. DISTRICT COURT, Honorable William M. Hoeveler
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Summer Legal Associate
  • LAW OFFICES OF DELL & SCHAEFER,
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Accountant
  • PHYSICIAN MANAGEMENT GROUP, INC.
  • 2002 - 2005
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Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2015
  • St. Thomas University
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 2008
  • St Thomas Univ Sol
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Univ Of Wisconsin
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 2001
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Legal Cases

  • IRS Collections
  • Successful

Associations

  • Brazil-San Diego Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • SDCBA Ask-A-Lawyer
  • Attorney Volunteer
  • 2014 - Present
  • Infinite Executive Intelligence Council
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member -Business Law Section & Taxation Law Section
  • 2013 - Present
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • I Love a Clean San Diego
  • Volunteer
  • 2004 - Present
  • Rotary Club
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Rotary International
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2011
  • VITA
  • Volunteer
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • President
  • 2007 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 2016 Best of the Bar
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2016
  • 2015 Best of the Bar
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2015
  • 2015 San Diego Best Attorneys
  • San Diego Metro
  • 2015
  • 2015 Top Attorney Nominee
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2015
  • 2015 Top Attorney Semifinalist
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2015
  • 2015 Women Who Mean Business
  • San Diego Buiness Journal
  • 2015
  • Top Young Attorney 2014
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2014
  • Top Young Attorney 2013 Nominee
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2013
  • Book Award- Corporations
  • St. Thomas University
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • CSEA San Diego Chapter
  • International Tax Compliance Issues and IRS Audits
  • 2016
  • USD school of Law
  • Careers in Tax Law Panelist
  • 2015
  • California Society of Tax Consultants
  • Audits, collections and OVDP/Streamlined
  • 2015
  • Southern California Tax Professionals
  • OVDI and Audits
  • 2014
  • CSEA - San Diego Chapter Monthly Meeting
  • IRS Audit Red Flags and California Audit and Collection Issues
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (6)
Tax Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Allison is expert at handling client tax audits, whether IRS or the three California taxing agencies - FTB, EDD, or Board of Equalization. I regularly refer clients to Allison and they are thrilled with her expertise, tenacity, responsiveness, and results. She really cares about helping people and is an outstanding advocate."
Unknown Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Allison in several cases and I can attest she is a great attorney. She is not only very knowledgeable about tax and business law, but also very passionate. Allison loves what she does and she goes above and beyond to protect the interests of her clients."
Tax Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Allison is an amazing attorney and a dedicated professional. She is smart, witty and has the amazing ability to wade through a bunch of muck to hone in on the major issues without getting side-tracked."
Tax Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Allison is a hardworking, diligent attorney. She listens to all of her clients' goals and comes up with a unique solution to meet those goals. She is a steadfast advocate for her clients."
Tax Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Allison Soares is one of the most dedicated and professional attorneys that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She has a wealth of knowledge regarding both corporate law and tax law and willingly shares that knowledge to educate her clients. She has a strong work ethic and is dedicated to ensuring that her clients receive the best possible outcome given their individual situations. She will work tirelessly on a client's behalf and try unique approaches that other attorneys don't consider. She thoroughly researches all possible options and then has candid and thoughtful conversations with her clients about how to proceed. I would not hesitate to recommend Allison Soares to any business or tax client because I know that client would be in excellent hands and would truly have an advocate on their side."
Tax Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer emphatically. Allison is amazing at what she does and has a willingness to help and support clients that is unseen with most attorneys. She truly has the best interest of the client at heart and is not driven by anything but the desire for helping them find success and peace of mind. She is an incredibly skilled lawyer and I recommend her with no second thoughts."
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San Diego Tax Lawyer Allison Decelles Hebl Soares
Allison Decelles Hebl Soares
Tax Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 14 years