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San Diego Airport Fights Fees in Hertz Suit Against City’s Port District

By Dakessian Law | August 5, 2018
Law360 (August 5, 2018) — Hertz Corp. and Enterprise RentACar Co. filed a complaint June 8 in the state Superior Court, challenging the $3.50 per rental car transaction fee imposed by the Port of San Diego in April to raise funds for a parking lot. Because the rental car lots are on airport property, the […]
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IRS Pick to Face Tough Questions on Agency’s Direction

By Dakessian Law | June 28, 2018
The Hill, (June 28, 2018): The nomination of Chuck Rettig, a Beverly Hills, Calif., tax lawyer, comes at a critical moment for the IRS, which is tasked with implementing the new Republican tax law and needs to quickly modernize its technology. Tax lawyers who know Rettig say his background will be valuable because he understands […]
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California’s Tax System Overhaul Creates More Questions Than Answers for Businesses

By Dakessian Law | April 18, 2018
Forbes, Los Angeles (April 18, 2018): In a little over 72 hours in June 2017, Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders used the state budget process to radically transform California’s tax system, which had been in place for roughly the past 87 years. To me, that seems a bit like a physician performing open heart […]
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New IRS Chief Charles Rettig May Help Reform Embattled Agency

By Dakessian Law | February 12, 2018
Mardiros “Marty” Dakessian of Dakessian Law Ltd. in Los Angeles told Law360 he has known Rettig since around 2000 and that Rettig has the ability to “bring people together” in addition to having demonstrated integrity while representing taxpayers and playing a leadership role in multiple bar associations. Whatever Rettig’s priorities will be, whether they end up […]
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Appellate Lawyer Zareh Jaltorossian Joins Award-Winning Los Angeles Tax Boutique, Dakessian Law

By Dakessian Law | February 5, 2018
  Los Angeles – Appellate lawyer Zareh Jaltorossian is joining Dakessian Law, Ltd. Jaltorossian, a California State Bar certified appellate specialist, is joining the boutique tax litigation firm on its two-year anniversary. As appellate counsel, he will be handling appellate matters for the firm’s clients, with an emphasis on California taxation. Jaltorossian leaves employment defense […]
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Marty Dakessian Named Tax MVP in 2017 by Law360

By Dakessian Law | December 18, 2017
Law360, New York (December 18, 2017):  Dakessian Law, Ltd. founding partner Mardiros “Marty” Dakessian makes his fourth appearance on the Law360 MVP list this year, thanks to a 15-year personal income tax fight that saved a local entrepreneur $3 million, as well as a $15 million win that cut a Fortune 500 food company’s tax […]
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A New Law Reorganizes California’s Tax System

By Dakessian Law | November 10, 2017
CALIFORNIA RECENTLY ENACTED ASSEMBLY BILL 102 (AB 102), dramatically shifting power from the state Board of Equalization (BOE). Also known as The Taxpayer Transparency and Fairness Act of 2017, AB 102 reorganizes the BOE and creates two new California taxing agencies that replace the BOE in appeals of state tax cases. For 138 years, the […]
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Through the Looking Glass – Reflections on the MTC

By Dakessian Law | July 31, 2017
Is the MTC the Multistate Tax Commission or the Multistate Tax Compact? After many years of litigating that question, we now know Commission is the better fit, as the courts have told us there is no binding compact. The commission “hazards much” to successfully argue the compact is merely an advisory agreement. But at what […]
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California Governor Appoints Head of New Tax Agency

By Dakessian Law | July 17, 2017
Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Nicolas Maduros as director of the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration as part of a major transition overhauling the State Board of Equalization’s (BOE) long-standing tax authority. Marty Dakessian said he’s hopeful that the Brown administration will consider input from stakeholders as it takes over the BOE’s adjudicative […]
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Bill to Overhaul California BOE Racing Through Legislature

By Dakessian Law | June 15, 2017
California Legislature seeks to pass Assembly Bill 102 (A.B. 102) as part of the state’s budget. A.B. 102 is a significant overhaul of the system for administering California taxes and a significant reduction in responsibilities of the Board of Equalization (BOE). If enacted, A.B. 102 would establish two new agencies – the California Department of […]
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Retroactive Tax Laws Muddying Businesses’ Future Decisions

By Dakessian Law | May 22, 2017
According to Mardiros “Marty” Dakessian of Dakessian Law Ltd., the justices dropped the ball on offering clarity on a longstanding issue that has left businesses vulnerable to the “dangerous” possibility of states overturning court decisions through legislative action. “Michigan has undermined the rule of law in their own state,” Dakessian said. “In my opinion, by […]
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Marty Dakessian Named Tax MVP in 2016 by Law360

By Dakessian Law | November 28, 2016
Marty Dakessian was recognized by Law360 as a Tax MVP for 2016. The Law360 MVP awards highlight leading lawyers who “have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.” About Law360 For the 2016 edition, Law360 editors reviewed more than 1,000 law firm submissions for […]
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FTB Riding High After Summary Judgment Win in Harley Commerce Clause Case

By Dakessian Law | November 2, 2016
A San Diego trial court has ruled in favor of the FTB in what could be one of the biggest cases in the history of California tax litigation (ruling attached). The case of Harley-Davidson v. Franchise Tax Board concerns whether a California law that allows only in-state taxpayers to elect unitary or separate company filing […]
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Marty Dakessian Featured in Bloomberg BNA Report about LA’s Hotel Tax on AirBNB

By Dakessian Law | August 1, 2016
In a recent Bloomberg BNA report, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer filed four civil and criminal complaints against landlords who were renting out apartment buildings through AirBNB. The city attorney alleged that the landlords were engaged in illegal activity that was exacerbating the City’s shortage of affordable housing. These civil actions follow a recent […]
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Surprise Ruling Says Some Local Taxes Need No Vote

By Dakessian Law | May 13, 2016
Last month, the Fourth District Court of Appeal issued an unexpected decision that could blow a hole through the constitutional vote requirements that protect Californians from unnecessary taxes. If the decision is not reversed by the California Supreme Court or de-published, it could result in the people of California losing their right to vote on […]
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Marty Dakessian Honored as a 2016 Southern California Super Lawyer

By Dakessian Law | May 2, 2016
For the third straight year, Marty Dakessian is a Southern California Super Lawyer. After a successful run as equity partner at Global 20 law firm Reed Smith, Marty started his own firm in January dedicated to representing taxpayers in disputes with California tax agencies. There, he continues his mission to help his clients and hold […]
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Attorney Marty Dakessian Opens Boutique California Tax Law Firm

By Dakessian Law | March 28, 2016
The Daily Commerce, a Los Angeles-based newspaper, published a feature story on Marty Dakessian and the launch of his new firm. Dakessian Law, Ltd., is focused exclusively on California tax disputes. In other words, the firm services clients with administrative and judicial controversies before the State Board of Equalization (sales and business taxes), the Franchise […]
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California Franchise Tax Board Recognizes Taxpayers Will Appeal Gillette Ruling

By Dakessian Law | February 29, 2016
Since the Gillette Co. v. Franchise Tax Board ruling plans to be appealed in the United States Supreme Court, the California FTB is recommending taxpayers and their representatives to wait until the conclusion of litigation before taking action on cases regarding the Multistate Tax Compact election issue. On December 31, 2015, the California Supreme Court […]
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Marty Dakessian Launches Three-Lawyer California Tax Boutique

By Dakessian Law | February 17, 2016
(February 17, 2016, LOS ANGELES) – Prominent California tax litigator Marty Dakessian has launched his own firm. In forming Dakessian Law—which will focus exclusively on representing taxpayers in California tax disputes—the 19-year tax law veteran leaves his position as equity partner at Global 20 law firm Reed Smith, where he has been for the past […]
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California Supreme Court Rules Against Taxpayers in Multistate Tax Compact Apportionment Case

By Dakessian Law | January 11, 2016
Reversing the California Court of Appeal in a case in which the issue was whether, for years between 1993 and 2005, multistate businesses (Taxpayers) could elect the standard, i.e., equal-weighted, 3-factor apportionment formula set forth in the Multistate Tax Compact (Compact) for purposes of apportioning their business income to California or were required to use […]
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Award-Winning Lawyer Marty Dakessian Launches California Tax Boutique

By Dakessian Law | January 1, 2016
Two-time Law 360 MVP withdraws as equity partner from Global 20 firm to form boutique dedicated to resolving California tax disputes LOS ANGELES (January 1, 2016) – Prominent California tax litigator Marty Dakessian has launched his own firm. In forming Dakessian Law—which will focus exclusively on representing taxpayers in California tax disputes—the 19-year veteran leaves […]
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Attorney Dakessian Talks About Court Upholding Tax Law That Helps CA Businesses

By Dakessian Law | January 1, 2016
As of late December 2015, the Supreme Court upheld a state law that readjusted multistate businesses’ income taxes; however, it only helped the companies based in California and harmed out-of-state businesses. This ruling impacted six major firms, including Proctor & Gamble, Sigma-Aldrich, Jones Apparel Group, Gillette, Kimberly-Clark and RB Holdings. They sought a $34 million […]
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Judge awards firm $1.2 million in fees in taxation case

By Dakessian Law | June 18, 2013
In 2013, Attorney Dakessian represented a real estate company in Nevada that was being subjected to taxation in California. The real estate firm was told to pay $2.27 million in back taxes by the Franchise Tax Board in 2000, after being audited. The owner of the firm was a resident of California and he paid […]
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Dakessian quoted in LA Daily Journal regarding FTB’s retroactively elimination of tax incentive

By Dakessian Law | April 15, 2013
Since 1993, California had provided its own version of a federal income tax law that allowed for the sale of qualified small business stock to be excluded as a tax deduction. This was only for company’s who had at least 80% of their payroll and assets within California. The Franchise Tax Board eliminated this tax […]
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