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Cindy Lan Ho

Tax Attorney at San Jose, CA

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About Cindy

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Experienced attorney with a primary focus on federal and state tax controversy and litigation. Represents individuals and business clients, which include small businesses, corporations, charitable organizations, estates, and trusts in all phases of civil tax controversy, collection action, settlement, compliance, tax litigation, audit representation, foreign tax issues, and tax return preparation. 

Audit Representation: Defends clients before Internal Revenue Service, Franchise Tax Board, Employment Development Department, and State Board of Equalization audit examinations with minimal tax and penalty exposure. 

Settlements and Installment Agreements: Success rate of approximately 90% in tax settlement negotiations over the past 5 years.

Tax Planning: Counsels business and individual clients of the tax consequences of a transaction and develop strategies to achieve desired results with minimal tax consequences and audit exposure. 

Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Administration: Drafts comprehensive estate plans for individual clients, represent clients at evidentiary hearings in probate matters, and assist in trust administration. 

Contract Negotiation and Drafting: Leads negotiations, assists in financial and general due diligence, structures transactions, and drafts a broad variety of agreements, including buy/sell of business, real estate lease, employment, vendor, and corporate governance.

Licensed for 19 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 11/30/2022

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

Contact Cindy

Cindy Ho Law
333 W Santa Clara Street
Suite 805
San Jose, CA, 95113


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Tamera | February 17, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Nice & Helpful
I was referred by my tax accountant regarding a tax matter. I felt that she truly listened to me, verses being rushed, she was able to give me information that i could understand and do, which helped me. I highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A lawyer with a genuine and caring heart!
I have consulted with Cindy two questions on 1031 exchange tax issues which involve two states. She not only gave me good advice but she cared enough to refer me to some other professional people whom she thinks would further help me resolve my concerns.
Posted by Chijeh | January 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chijeh Hu, Esq.
I'm an attorney who had the opportunity to work with Cindy on a tax case for my clients who were previously represented by two different CPA’s. Cindy is capable of handling some of the more complicated tax issues and is able to deliver excellent results. Her competency has also won her respects from IRS attorneys and agents, which help the process a lot. Further, while the tax issues are complicated, her analysis and explanation of tax issues has been easy for my clients to understand. I am impressed with her tax knowledge, out of the box thinking but straightforward approach to the case. I have no problems with, and actually looking forward to referring clients to Cindy as her expertise in the tax field have served my clients well.
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Posted by Michael | September 19, 2014
An excellent attorney and someone you can count on.
We first went to Cindy Ho with a tax/IRS crisis we found ourselves in after hiring and trusting another man for three years who led us down the wrong path, causing us even more financial burden and stress. We found Cindy to be well informed and she worked hard to get us sorted out. She dealt directly with the IRS on our behalf and got us on a feasible payment plan. Cindy is not only knowledgeable but also very kind and calm which is appreciated in such a high stress situation. If she doesn't have the answer to something she finds out immediately. She returns calls promptly and goes the extra mile when needed. We recently had to hire Cindy again when we found out a previous tax attorney just simply failed to eFile our 2012 tax returns. It caused huge problems for us and Cindy was the first person we contacted for help. Once again we saw immediate results. She is the only tax attorney we will ever work with. We can not recommend Cindy Ho enough. She is professional, intelligent, trustworthy and reliable. You would never regret hiring Cindy Ho in any capacity.
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Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2013
Excellent Tax Representation
Cindy has a deep understanding of tax law in general and with the intricacies of dealing with the IRS in all their various capacities. She is very familiar with the different processes and venues and has a lot of experience with the parties involved. She is persistent, tenacious, and creative, and will exhaust every avenue available to help her clients. In particular, she oversaw the challenge of a large tax assessment which took over 7 years, multiple forums, and a variety of IRS opposition; ultimately Cindy succeeded in completely eliminating the deficiency. I would highly recommend her.
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Payment methods
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Work Experience

  • Founder and Managing Counsel
  • Cindy Ho Law
  • 2017 - Present
  • Managing Counsel and Shareholder
  • Jaurigue Law Group
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Senior Attorney
  • Law Office of Robert Goldstein
  • 2005 - 2013
  • Associate Attorney
  • Paul Hanley & Harley, LLP
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Associate Attorney
  • Paul Hanley & Harley, LLP
  • 2004 - 2005
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  • U of San Francisco SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • Undergraduate
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • Miles v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Tax Court Case No. 748-13
  • Settled for relief of income taxes owed under the theory of innocent spouse and prevented seizure of real property.
  • Perrenod v. United States, Northern District of California Case No. CV 12-3815 WHA
  • Settled for full abatement of payroll taxes and partial refund of seized funds.


  • CLA's Women in Tax
  • Chair of Programs and Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Tax Court Petitioner Assistance Clinic
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2014 - Present
  • Asian American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2013 - Present
  • Filipino Bar Association of Northern California
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2013 - Present
  • San Francisco Area Women Tax Lawyers
  • Vice President of Membership
  • 2004 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • 2023 Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • 2022 Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • 2015 Top Attorney
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2015
  • Award of Excellence in Corporate Taxation
  • CALI
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • California Society of Tax Consultants
  • Navigating FBAR & U.S. Tax Reporting Obligations
  • 2022
  • Women in Tax
  • Navigating FBAR and U.S. Tax Reporting Obligations
  • 2020
  • Mission Society of Enrolled Agents
  • Tips and Practices for Fighting the IRS, FTB, EDD, and CDTFA in an Audit
  • 2020
  • North Bay Chapter, CSEA
  • Tips and Practices for Fighting the IRS, FTB, EDD, and CDTFA in an Audit
  • 2018
  • GGSEA Education Event
  • Tips and Practices for Fighting the IRS, FTB, EDD, and CDTFA in an Audit
  • 2018
  • Robert Hall & Associates Real Estate Summit
  • Taking Title to Real Property: Legal and Tax Consequences
  • 2017
  • Ethical Practice and Quality Care
  • Top Tips and Best Practices for Nurses to Avoid Malpractice Claims and Criminal Liability
  • 2015
  • Bay Area Young Tax Lawyers Association
  • Taxes in Bankruptcy
  • 2015
  • Know Your Legal Rights When Dealing with the IRS
  • Tax Collection Basics
  • 2014
  • Tax Implications of Foreclosures and Shortsales
  • Tax Implications of Cancellation of Debt
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (8)
Endorse Cindy
Tax Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked on a number of cases across from Ms. Ho when I worked for the government. She always provided her clients with high quality professional service. I highly recommend her services as a tax attorney."
Tax Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Cindy for many years. She is an expert in tax law. She sincerely cares about her clients and delivers excellent results. I never hesitate to refer clients to Cindy."
Tax Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Cindy professionally and personally for many years. Cindy is not only an expert in Tax Law, she is also a highly professional colleague and reliable resource. I have referred her to my clients and friends who have expressed how well she has treated them as clients. I highly recommend Cindy for all you tax law needs."
Tax Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse Cindy. I have worked with her on numerous tax and business related issues, and have been impressed with her vast knowledge and even more importantly, her focus on client satisfaction. I recommend hiring her if you have a tax or business issue."
Tax Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"One of our business referral sources is a large accounting firm. They refer to Cindy as "the brain surgeon" and refer her the toughest tax controversy cases. Her nick-name is well deserved and she has earned it by continually striving to be the best and working with thousands of individuals and business to resolve their tax problems. In my 15 years of practice, I've not met a tax attorney who is more qualified, genuinely cares for her clients, and delivers the highest quality legal representation than Cindy."
Tax Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Cindy is amazing. She is the foremost expert on tax matters. During her many years of experience, she has obtained unbelievable results for clients--severely reducing and, at times, eliminating tax debts owed by clients. She is well-knowledgeable, but explains issues in an easy-to-understand fashion. I am proud to work with her."
Tax Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I had the good fortune of working with Cindy in my first associate position. Cindy works incredibly hard for her clients and is creative in coming up with solutions for her clients. Due to her expertise, responsiveness to clients, and diligence on behalf of clients I endorse Cindy without hesitation."
Tax Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Cindy since law school, and had opportunity to consult with her on complex tax issues over the years. Cindy's expert knowledge in her field is evident, and her recommendations have always served my clients well. I refer clients to Cindy without hesitation."
Tax Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Other
"Cindy is an intelligent, thorough and responsive attorney. Cindy really knows her stuff when it comes to tax law. As a family law attorney, I turn to Cindy whenever I have difficult tax questions, and she always has good, thoughtful answers for me. Cindy works very hard for her clients and they are lucky to have her as their attorney. I endorse Cindy without reservation."
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