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Irina Nicole Goldberg

Tax Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2009
    Inactive No misconduct found

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Practice area
  1. Tax
    • Income, Sales Tax and Payroll Audit Representation • Tax Appeals & Litigation • Offer in Compromise Settlements • Installment Agreements and Levy/Wage Garnishment Releases • Criminal Tax Defense • Foreign Bank Account Disclosure • Trust Fund Penalty Defense • Tax Planning • Tax Preparation • Estate Planning

    14 years

Irina Goldberg is a tax attorney in North County, San Diego. Her practice involves representing clients in matters before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Franchise Tax Board (FTB), State Board of Equalization (SBOE) and Employment Development Department (EDD). She defends individuals and business with serious tax problems and financial concerns in the areas criminal tax, offshore accounts, tax appeals, audits, trust fund taxes, offer in compromises and more. 

Before opening her own firm, Ms. Goldberg was an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Ronson J. Shamoun in downtown San Diego where she built relationships with many representatives from Federal and State taxing agencies and helped many clients resolve a wide variety of tax problems. 

Prior to joining The Law Offices of Ronson J. Shamoun, Ms. Goldberg was deeply involved in community outreach through the Low-Income Federal Tax Clinic at the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law. 

Ms. Goldberg received her Master of Laws in Taxation (LL.M.) from USD School of Law and graduated magna cum laude from Whittier Law School where she received her Juris Doctorate (J.D.). At Whittier, she was awarded the Outstanding Graduate in Legal Writing by the faculty and received CALI awards recognizing top performance in her class for the areas of Federal Income Taxation, Corporate Taxation, and Advanced Legal Reasoning. Ms. Goldberg also served on the editorial board for the Whittier Law Review and took second place in the 9th Annual American Bar Association (ABA) Tax Challenge. She completed her undergraduate education in Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Ms. Goldberg currently lives in San Diego with her husband, Alex. Outside her practice Ms. Goldberg enjoys a wide variety of fitness activities, cooking, reading and the arts.

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Posted by Maria | February 14, 2014
Great Tax Attorney
I found Irina to be very professional, knowledgeable, and very attentive to our needs, concerns. She was always available to answer our questions and clarify anything we were unsure about. She was deligent in following through on our behalf with the multiple agencies we were dealing with. As a result of her hard work we were able to obtain favorable outcomes. Irina was also very sensitive to our financial situation and was more than reasonable in her fees. We feel very fortunate to have found such a great attorney and would definitely recommend her.
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Posted by Andrew | October 10, 2013
Simply the best!!
Irina handled our offer and compromise with such care, understanding and honesty. I will be recommending her to anyone in need. She is simply the best.
Posted by Tyrone | June 10, 2013
An Excellent Tax Attorney!
Irina Goldberg is a very professional and knowledgeable tax attorney who cares about her clients. Throughout the whole process, she made it a point to keep me well informed of all of my options and recommended the best course of action for me to take during my audit. She presented clear and concise information without all of the technical jargon, which made the process easy to understand. If you were looking for a tax attorney who has your interest at heart, who is both professional and knowledgeable, then I would highly recommend Ms. Irina Goldberg, well worth it!
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Posted by An Appreciative Client | March 25, 2013
IRS debt reduced massively
It feels like Ms. Goldberg worked a miracle for me. She successfully negotiated my very high (near six figures) IRS tax debt down to a negligible amount through an Offer in Compromise, saving me 99%. Yes, you read that correctly. It was settled for approximately 1% of what my balance was when we filed the OIC offering in September 2012. The offer was accepted mid-March 2013. She gave me sound advice and laid out my options and adjusted the offer downward when my situation changed midway through, in a way that made a lower offer a workable solution. It took "a load off" knowing that she was there to handle everything and do the negotiations. In the past (BEFORE hiring Ms. Goldberg) I had done repeated things to work out payment arrangements that were not too onerous for me, including installment agreements, failed Chapter 13 filings, and a previous Offer in Compromise that was rejected. My payments were getting to be too high for me to handle and the legal representation I previously hired charged a hefty fee to not really get me much relief in my installment agreement. Being a paralegal, I have worked with many attorneys in various areas of the law. Working with her as a client was a good experience. I highly recommend Ms. Goldberg for any tax service you need that falls under what she handles. I also would suggest for any person considering hiring her to advocate for you, that you respond to what she needs in a timely and complete manner. She did indicate to me that my quick and full responses were helpful to her in doing her job on my behalf. You can't go wrong in engaging her to handle your IRS debt, no matter where you are located. In fact, I am not located in the same state she is in.
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Posted by David | November 22, 2012
Professional and Dependable
After going back and forth with the State of California Franchise Tax Board for over two years, we retained Irina Goldberg to help us out. she kept us well informed and up to date on everything. Our problem was resolved within six months. We recommend Irina Goldberg very highly. David and Irene
Posted by Ana | August 30, 2012
Irina a profesional I can trus.
A very helpfull and professional lawyer, helpfull with any concern refering my case. Any question I had , Irina will help me find an answer fot it. Thank you very much.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Brotman Law
  • 2017 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Irina Goldberg
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Associate Tax Attorney
  • RJS Law
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • USD Legal Clinics
  • 2010 - 2010
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  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • Master of Laws in Taxation
  • 2010
  • Whittier College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Legal Cases

  • IRS Penalty Abatement
  • Won- IRS abated all failure to pay and failure to file penalties
  • IRS Audit turned Tax Court Appeal
  • Minor liability owed under $500


  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • North County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego (North County chapter)
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Taxation Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Russian

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Young Attorney Nominee
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2012
  • Second Place in the Ninth Annual Law Student Tax Challenge
  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation
  • 2010
  • The 2009 Outstanding Graduate in Legal Writing
  • Whittier Law School
  • 2009
  • Corporate Taxation
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2009
  • Advanced Legal Reasoning
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2009
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2008
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  • Whittier Law Review
  • Hope For Low-Income Tax Returns: The Tax Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on the Working Poor
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (20)
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Tax Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Irina is extremely thorough and hardworking when it comes to tax matters. Having the pleasure of working with her before on a high profile criminal matter, I can say that she has a genuine passion for the people she represents and acts as a tremendous advocate on behalf of her clients. I would sincerely recommend Irina for any tax matter."
Tax Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I consider Irina a gifted attorney. Irina possesses an exceptional knowledge of tax law. Most importantly, Irina applies her vast knowledge of the law in a manner which most effectively serves her clients. Irina’s clients are well served and are comforted knowing she will always act in their best interest. Irina is a true professional."
Tax Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Irina and I used to be associates at the same firm together. She is a very knowledgeable, meticulous, and detail-oriented attorney. She always carried herself in a professional manner and gave each and every one of her clients the time and attention their matter deserved. I would not think twice about trusting her to handle my own tax matters (but for the fact that I, too, am a tax lawyer)."
Tax Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Irina is an intelligent and dedicated tax attorney."
Tax Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I had the great pleasure of working with Irina for a couple of years. She is extremely intelligent and works very diligently and passionately for her clients. She is a true asset to the legal community."
Tax Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Friend
"I am proud to call Irina my friend and gladly endorse her expertise in tax-related matters. She is a kind, caring, and knowledgeable attorney that knows how to weave through the complexities of the convoluted U.S. tax code. Her blog,, constantly keeps her readers (and clients) apprised of any important changes in tax law. If you need a trustworthy, smart, and effective advocate to defend your interests against the IRS, please consider Irina Goldberg."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I happily endorse Ms. Goldberg. She is a highly reputable and knowledgeable attorney in the field of tax law."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer without hesitation. She is knowledgeable, hardworking, and trustworthy -- all qualities that make her great lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Irina endorsed a mutual client competently, and went out of her way to accommodate the client's schedule on an urgent matter."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. If you need help with a tax nightmare and need someone to fight the IRS or FTB for you, Irina is the one."
Tax Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Irina provides outstanding service to her clients and knows tax law like no other."
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