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John Adam Wetenkamp

Tax Attorney at Modesto, CA

5.0   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2003
    Status
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About John

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  1. Tax
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    IRS tax debt resolution, IRS enforced collection relief

    18 years

When I am not arguing with the IRS and negotiating fantastic deals for my clients, I enjoy spending time with my family - attending my kids' baseball games, seeing them develop their musical/artistic talents, seeing them grow into responsible (hopefully) adults. 

 

I grew up in the Central Valley "one-high-school town" of Ceres.  I spent 4 years in Southern California while I attended college, and we have lived in in the greater Sacramento area since 2000.

 

I enjoy cooking (ok, mostly eating) and reading a variety of books.  I love listening to music.  I have moved beyond 1980s heavy metal bands of my youth, but not too far beyond:) 

Location

Montgomery & Wetenkamp
1400 K Street, Suite C4
Modesto, CA, 95354
Montgomery & Wetenkamp
3112 O Street, Suite 1
Sacramento, CA, 95816
Montgomery & Wetenkamp
1444 Fulton St.
Fresno, CA, 93721
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Posted by Scott | July 22, 2022
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Fantastic communicator. Outstanding personal attention
I reached out to John Wetenkamp with a debt close to 150k & some serious personal obstacles as well. John was easy to communicate with & worked hard to settle my debt with the IRS, while navigating some of my personal issues. Ultimately he did a wonderful job and cut my amount owed by over 80%. Reaching the IRS is extremely difficult & time consuming. I would strongly recommend hiring a personal tax attorney like John. Do not trust the tax saving agencies. get the personal attention.
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Posted by Roger | September 15, 2021
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Best Person John W
After years with my tax debt, I found John and it became my best decision yet to experience what a true professional can accomplish. After a rejected OIC, John stayed with me over the years through my business ups and downs. Then my office manager had a stroke and I was alone for many years until COVID shut me down after 33 years in business. I am now retired and just got on the CNC status where John saw through till the end. Now he has completed his agreement and then some. I am completely blown away by this honest man.
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Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2021
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Excellent tax Attorney
Mr. Wetenkamp was able to settle a delinquent tax matter for me efficiently and professionally. I would highly recommend him for anyone with the same situation.
Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2020
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Trusted and professional attorney
John Wetenkamp took on a tax case from 10 years ago. John with detail and persistence secured an OIC saving me $250,000. John is very knowledgeable of IRS rulings and navigates the process for you. I highly recommend him. His demeanor his integrity and ease to work with are added value
Posted by Leslie | September 27, 2019
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Lifesaver!
I contacted John to help my daughter. She had not filed her taxes for 6 years. I had her get the returns done, and she owed so much money, I could see that she would never be able to get caught up. We called John, and after an initial phone interview, he said she would be a good candidate for an "Offer in compromise". We met with John in person and hired him to handle this for her with the IRS. It took almost a year (which John had told us it probably would) and the offer was accepted by the IRS. They settled for pennies on the dollar and my daughter has a fresh start! We couldn't be happier and highly recommend John. He is very easy to work with.
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Posted by Jan | December 14, 2018
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Great!
Very knowledgeable, very understanding, very honest, easy to work with, hard working. Great results.
Posted by Addie | June 27, 2018
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Best in the West!
Words cannot describe how grateful I am to have chosen John Wetenkamp as my tax relief attorney. I did my due diligence vetting many attorneys that would be willing to tackle over $400k in IRS debt. His patience and understanding for our very messy tax situation was incredible. He went above and beyond and was able to lift 1,000 bricks off our shoulders by freeing us from the dark cloud (IRS). Most importantly, he gave us hope for a bright future and provided. I highly recommend him!!!
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Posted by Tim | February 27, 2018
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Excellent Tax Attorney
John Wetenkamp resolved my tax issues that I have been dealing with for over 5 years. He was able to get me an Offer In Compromise and saved me thousands of dollars
Posted by Mike | January 16, 2018
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Thank you!!!!
I had a $90,000+ bill with the California State Board of Equalization that I had been fighting for several years. They got me a settlement of just over $6,000. I could not be more happy.
Posted by Jennifer | August 26, 2016
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Getting free of the IRS
As the most feared of all Government bodies, I was the unlucky person who fell victim to their wrath, albeit unintentionally. Owing to a few questionable decisions, I wasn’t going to be able to make my income taxes. However, this wasn’t the first time this was happening. Over the past couple of years, my quality of life had gone on a steady decline, much like my job opportunities. My inability to pay my bills, let alone my taxes, landed me in hot water with the IRS again and again. Mainly because they didn’t fit the stereotypes in the movies, I wasn’t particularly intimidated with them until it became apparent that the IRS was running out of patience and paperwork tosend to meand sent me a summons.While I was terrified, it didn’t mean that thingswere overfor me. Luckily, before I lost the fight entirely, I decided to take a friend’s advice and get some professional representation. Exploring my options, I chose to settle on Montgomery & Wetenkamp, a law firm of some repute. They had a lot of glowing reviews and testimonials. It was the initial meeting with John Wetenkamp, himself, which settled the fact that I knew I was working with a great firm. They were invested in helping me from the start and worked tirelessly to help, get my debt settled, which was enormous to be exact, with an offer in compromise. From the first meeting, John Wetenkamp was articulate about laying down the plan. The team working with me kept me in the loop and mapped each step of the way to keep track of everything. Despite all odds, they didn’t stop until they had won a settlement which was affordable for me, in light of my current financial status. I literally felt like I had won a lottery since it felt like a huge pressure was now off my back.Not only do I get to finally move on with my life, I get to do it without the IRS breathing down my neck. There services are so amazing; I would highly recommend them to anyone going through the same situation.
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Posted by Ken | July 15, 2016
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The best team ever
They were easy to communicate with. Very responsive to all my questions and concerns. Kept me apprised of the progress of my case. And obtained excellent results in my legal matter
Posted by Janice | March 10, 2016
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IRS audit and appeal
IRS declared our business a hobby and said we owed over $100,000 plus fines etc. We had been trying on our own for 4 years to prove to them that we had a legitimate business but to no avail. Didn't know where to turn so looked on internet for specialized attorneys for tax audits etc. The other reviews for Mr Wetenkamp were very positive so we contacted him. He was very prompt and very clear about what he could do. He looked at our case and said it looked promising so we hired him. After he thoroughly looked through all our documentation and asked for items we hadn't thought of he wrote a letter to the IRS appeals office that was concise and even cited prior IRS cases similar to ours that help prove our case. In his letter he also worded it so that it looked stupid to think that our business was a hobby, but did not call the IRS stupid. One thing that a person has to understand about the IRS audit and appeal process is that the IRS moves at a snail's pace. All this took over a year but that was due to the slowness of the IRS. My husband would get antsy why we hadn't heard anything from the IRS, Mr Wetenkamp kept us calm and would call the IRS agent to find out our status. Mr Wetenkamp sometimes would NOT call the IRS because he's found that is you bother them too much they might become negative to one's case, this kept my antsy husband satisfied. A few weeks ago we received an official letter from the IRS to end to our appeal, we WON. Our business will no longer be considered a hobby and we owe the IRS not one single cent. If we hadn't hired Mr Wetenkamp I'm sure we'd be in dire straits right now. My advice - don't take on the IRS by yourself, and hire an attorney who has years of experience dealing with audits, appeals etc. The IRS will try to scare you, I'll always remember the day we received a SUMMONS from the IRS in the mail, I was mortified, at the time our accountant calmed me down and then made the statement a few months later "I think you need to hire an attorney". We thank Mr John Wetenkamp for his prompt, accurate service, dealing with our sometimes frantic phone calls (he always calmed us down) and great customer service. He was worth every cent and we would not hesitate to hire him again if the need arises.
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Posted by Connie | November 11, 2015
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Best Attorney we ever had!!!
John Wetenkamp impressed us big time. He was right on top of the IRS keeping everything moving towards a fantastic settlement for us. He represented us and we never had to talk to the IRS. He kept them from worrying us from the minute we retained his services. I would recommend this attorney to everyone. He charged a fair fee and no more than that.... no hidden charges.
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Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2013
They can help you too.
After trying to resolve my Tax debt for many years to no avail I found Montgomery & Wetenkamp. My debt had escalated to over $80, 000.00. Within 10 months they negotiated with the IRS on my behalf and it was settled for $955.00. Yes that's right.A little over 1% of the debt. Give them a call and let their lawfirm do the rest. Thank you just doesn't seem like enough.
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Posted by Rick | March 16, 2013
If you want the HEADACHE(IRS) to go away, hire Mr. Wetenkamp (the Aspirin). Best medicine!
My husband and I owed the IRS back taxes for multiple years,after the economy crashed in 2008 things got worst. We started receiving letters from the IRS threatening to garnish our wages and bank accounts. We felt at a disadvange facing the IRS alone; we were up-against a nightmare. But one morning while getting ready for work, I heard on the radio an infomercial addressing the" bag of tricks" the IRS uses to intimidate, so I wrote the number down and called. The process was simple and smooth. We met in their office once and brought the paperwork required, after our first meeting communication was by e-mail that made it easy; no need to take time off from work to meet again, that was a big plus for us. Mr. Wetenkamp's fees were resonable, and he worked with us on affordable monthly payments. Our experience with his firm was excellent!! he did it all and kept us updated. Finally, our case was settled. The objective was to pay the IRS the money we owed, in affordable monthly payments, and we got it. Extremely pleased with results. Thank you Mr. Wetenkamp.
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2012
Wetenkamp, finally someone to trust
John Adam Wetenkamp was kind, understanding, and helpful since the beginning of our case. He helped us with an IRS Installment Agreement. He gave us options on how he would be able to help us and told us which option was best . He also explained every option with every detail and answered all of our questions. When hired, he still responded asap to our email and cleared out some information that we were doubting on. Wetenkamp made it easy on us and took our stress away. The IRS Installment Agreement that he made was better then we had thought. I would and will recommend John Adam Wetenkamp to anyone with the need of an IRS Installment Agreement.
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Posted by Michael | July 11, 2012
Upfront, Trustworthy and gets it done.
Big Brother IRS was coming after me pretty hard for taxes I couldn't pay; going so far as going after my ex as well as putting a lien against my bank account. I went to John & Christian in hopes of filing an Offer in Compromise. They instead suggested and succeeded in getting Big Brother to put my account in Hardship Status; despite numerous complications, including the aforementioned EX's counter complaint. Thank you for everything John & Christian!
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Montgomery & Wetenkamp
  • 2011 - Present
  • Assistant Managing Attorney
  • Roni Deutch, A Professional Tax Corporation
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Lead Attorney
  • Roni Deutch, A Professional Tax Corporation
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Associate Attorney
  • Roni Deutch, A Professional Tax Corporation
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Associate Attorney
  • Cuneo, Black, Ward & Missler
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Associate Attorney
  • Mastagni, Holstedt, Amick, Miller & Johnsen
  • 2003 - 2005
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Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of California - Riverside
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Associations

  • United States Tax Court
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • McGeorge Law Review
  • Chief Technical Editor
  • 2001 - 2003
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Honors and Awards

  • Eagle Scout
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • 1993

Publications

  • 34 McGeorge L. Rev. 135 (2002)
  • The Impact of E-mail on Attorney Practice and Ethics
  • 2002
  • 33 McGeorge L. Rev. 414 (2001)
  • Chapter 12: Expedited Power Plant Siting as Response to Power Crisis
  • 2001

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