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Dean Sage

Dean Sage

Attorney at Law

San Diego
California
Licensed in
CA
University of Michigan Law School

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About
I have extensive experience in tax controversy and business consulting..

I have representative experience defending clients and corporations before the Internal Revenue Service and various state agencies. In California, I have represented clients' interests before the Franchise Tax Board, Employment Development Department and State Board of Equalization.

I have successfully negotiated penalty abatement, Installment Agreements, Offers in Compromise, resolved audits and prepared clients for Tax Court.

I have helped clients with entity formation (corporations, S corps, and non-profits).and a vast array of business contract matters, including
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"Dean was engaged to help us with a delicate matter. After reviewing the situation he was able to articulate and execute a plan to achieve the desired outcome."

Assist with Debt Collection
Posted on Oct 2, 2018
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Assist with Other Real Estate Matter
Posted on Jun 27, 2018
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"Dean did a great job in a timely manner. He understood our problem and helped us get our organization back on track."

Assist with Other Non-Profit Matter
Posted on Jun 19, 2018
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"Dean was prompt, professional and extremely thorough while researching and helping to resolve a corporate tax issue. Some legal questions are black & white, while others are many shades of gray; despite the complexity of our tax/legal question, Dean went above and beyond to research and help us understand our options and strategize a favorable solution. I'd work with him again without doubt."

Tax Penalties Services
Posted on Feb 15, 2018
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"We engaged Dean when the IRS levied our bank account. He quickly stepped in and communicated with the IRS on our behalf. He worked with our accountant to effectively resolve our tax matters and negotiated with the IRS to establish an installment plan so that we can avoid further enforced collection action. Dean was a life saver!"

Internal Revenue Service Representation
Posted on Aug 8, 2017
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"Dean Sage assisted me in resolving issues with both the Internal Revenue Service and the Franchise Tax Board. Through each process he communicated clearly and frequently. He kept me well informed of the status in each matter. Dean treated me with courtesy and respect. He was beyond professional, personable, and took time to truly understand my situation so he could work toward a resolution that best met my goals. Dean was extremely responsive. When he was unavailable I could rely on a prompt return phone call or e-mail. He continually expressed his willingness to answer any questions I might have, and I felt like I was a top priority. With the IRS, I had over $100,000 in outstanding liabilities that had been accruing penalties and interest for several tax years. I got behind and things snowballed quickly. I contacted Dean when the IRS levied my bank accounts. Dean was able to negotiate with the Internal Revenue Service and stop any additional enforced collection action. He swiftly stepped in as Power of Attorney and there was an immediate relief that I was no longer receiving calls from the IRS. Dean requested the IRS abate the majority of penalties and interest that had accumulated on my account due to the circumstances I was dealing with during the years in question. I was surprised and grateful for how quickly and effectively he was able to do this. The reduced balance was far more manageable, and Dean established an Installment Agreement with the IRS so that I could retire the remaining balance through monthly payments. I am back in compliance and anticipate no further problems going forward. Dean also assisted me with the FTB. He accomplished similar abatement and payment plans like with the IRS. Initially the FTB rejected the request for abatement. Dean advised me to appeal the determination. He responded promptly and presented case law and tax code supporting the request. He contacted the FTB representatives and followed through with the matter until they conceded. I was grateful for his determination and persistence throughout the process. I will definitely contact Dean in the future should any additional problems arise. I have the utmost confidence in his capabilities. I did not really know what to expect in terms of rates, but the overall amount I paid Dean was far less than what many people had told me I could expect to resolve the matters. The cost of his assistance was far below the monetary savings and peace of mind I received in exchange."

IRS/FTB Representation
Posted on Aug 8, 2017

Work History

Sage Law Firm

Managing Partner

Jan 2016 - Present

Sage Law Firm is a boutique tax controversy and business consulting firm in San Diego, California, specializing in handling all matters of tax controversy with both federal and state tax agencies.

Jan 2016 - Present

Haack & Company International Tax and Business Consulting

Associate

Oct 2009 - Dec 2015

I have representative experience defending clients and corporations before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and various state agencies. Specifically in California, I have represented clients' interests before the Franchise Tax Board (FTB), Employment Development Department (EDD) and State Board of Equalization (SBOE). I have also assisted clients in Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Ohio and abroad.

Oct 2009 - Dec 2015

Rope Swing Productions

General Counsel

Jul 2009 - Oct 2015

As General Counsel for a production company, I assisted production executives in all legal matters in developing and selling documentary films and reality television series. I drafted and executed a wide array of agreements, including Talent Attachments, International Licensing Contracts and Composition and Score Agreements. I negotiated agreements with artists, agents, managers and ad executives.

Jul 2009 - Oct 2015

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