Prominent California Tax Attorney Guilty of Not Reporting $1.3 Million of Income – Los Angeles Income Tax Planning & Income Tax Litigation Attorney Bruce Givner

by Bruce Givner on February 21, 2014

James P. Kleier, a prominent San Francisco tax attorney, pleaded guilty to failing to file a tax return. Kleier, a partner at Preston, Gates & Ellis LLP from 1999 to 2005 and then a practitioner at Reed Smith LLP from 2005 to 2010, said in his February 13 plea agreement that he failed to report $1.3 million during his time working at both firms. The IRS reported Friday that Kleier will be sentenced to one year in prison and will pay $650,993 in restitution. Sentencing is scheduled for May 29.

Initially, on May 1, 2013, Kleier was charged with three counts of failure to file income tax returns. Kleier pleaded guilty to only one count. According to the criminal information, Kleier reportedly earned over $600k in 2008, nearly $500k in 2009, and over $200k in 2010, yet failed to file his income tax returns.

Kleier is best known for his representation of San Francisco in its property tax fight with Macy’s Department Stores Inc. during his time at Reed Smith, as well as his representation of Microsoft Corp. in a unitary tax case. Reed Smith is a large firm with offices around the word including 4 in Asia as well as 7 in Europe and the Middle East along with its dozen in the US.

Givner & Kaye focuses on sophisticated income tax planning and compliance, tax litigation and procedure, estate planning, and asset protection plans for individuals and businesses in Beverly Hills, Calabasas, West Los Angeles, Hollywood, and other areas of Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside and Santa Barbara Counties. Call Los Angeles Estate Planning and Asset Protection Plan Attorneys Givner & Kaye at (310) 207-8008 today.

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