Yearly Archives: 2016

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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