Richard Gano has been elected as Co-Chair of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Young Tax Lawyers Committee of the California Lawyers Association, Tax Section.  The Young Tax Lawyers Committee (“YTLC”) is composed of an executive board that works with regional chapters to provide education and support for new tax lawyers throughout California.  The purpose of YTLC is to provide opportunities for new tax lawyers to further their personal and professional development through participation in Taxation Section activities.  Local chapters hold periodic meetings on current tax developments to provide networking opportunities to meet fellow young tax attorneys and to meet more senior tax practitioners who often speak at the meetings.  There are presently chapters in Los Angeles, Orange County, Sacramento Area, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, and Silicon Valley.

Richard is a tax attorney with Holtz, Slavett, & Drabkin. Richard practices in all types of tax controversy matters including income tax, estate tax, gift tax, employment tax, collection issues, and penalties. He represents clients in tax audits, collection defense, and litigation before the Internal Revenue Service, California Franchise Tax Board, Department of Fee and Tax Administration (formerly State Board of Equalization), Employment Development Department, and in the U.S. Tax Court and federal district court.

Before joining the firm, Richard was a tax attorney for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in its headquarters in Washington, DC, where he worked in the Income Tax and Accounting division. At the IRS, Richard analyzed complex situations involving conservation easements, individual and business tax deductions, and timing issues related to reporting income and claiming deductions. Richard served as an IRS subject matter expert on alimony and separate maintenance payments, trade or business expenses, and the medical expense deduction. He also assisted in drafting guidance on charitable conservation easement deductions and guidance related to the capitalization of intangible assets.

Holtz, Slavett & Drabkin is a tax controversy and tax litigation law firm consisting exclusively of former IRS attorneys.  We represent taxpayers in all aspects of tax disputes with the IRS, state, and local tax authorities, including audits, administrative appeals, offshore matters, and tax litigation.  To schedule a consultation, please contact us at (310) 550-6200 (Beverly Hills office) or (949) 999-6606 (Orange County office).