Kevan P. McLaughlin’s Accreditations and Associations

Bar Admissions

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  • American Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • California State Bar, Taxation Section
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • San Diego County Bar, Tax Section
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. Tax Court

Education

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  • LL.M in Taxation – University of San Diego School of Law
  • J.D. – Golden Gate University School of Law
  • B.A. (Political Science) – University of Colorado, Boulder
  • B.A. (Economics with Special International Emphasis) – University of Colorado, Boulder

Awards and Professional Honors






  • 2017 Super Lawyer Rising Star
  • 2016 Super Lawyer Rising Star
  • 2015 Super Lawyer Rising Star
  • 2016 San Diego Union-Tribune‘s Best of Readers Poll (Tax Law)
  • 2016 Best of the Bar, San Diego Business Journal
  • 2015 Best of the Bar, San Diego Business Journal
  • 2014 Best of the Bar, San Diego Business Journal
  • May 2014 Rising Star of the Month, San Diego Attorney Journal
  • 2013 Outstanding Young Attorney Finalist, San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2012 Outstanding Young Attorney Nominee, San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2012 San Diego’s Top Attorneys (Tax), SD Metro Magazine
  • 2011 San Diego’s Top Attorneys (Tax), SD Metro Magazine
  • 2010 Outstanding Young Attorney Finalist, San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2009 Outstanding Young Attorney Nominee, San Diego Daily Transcript

Decisions

  • Fitch v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2012-358
  • Martell v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2013-115
  • Carreon, et al. v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2014-6
  • Perez v. Commissioner, 144 T.C. 4 (2015)
  • Leslie v. Commissioner, 2016 T.C. Memo. 171

Publications

  • “Ethical Issues in Advertising for Tax Attorneys,” California Tax Lawyer, Vol. 25, No. 1, 2016
  • “Strategies for Compromising Tax Debts: Three Lesser-Known Techniques May Improve Chances of Making a Deal,” Journal of Accountancy, June 2011
  • “An Interview with the Indicted: A Unique Client Perspective,” California Tax Lawyer, Vol. 26, No. 3, 2017
  • “Proposed Changes to the IRS Whistleblower Program,” 2013 Tax Notes Today 132-42
  • “Balancing Privacy and Efficiency Under Section 7602: What is “Reasonable Notice” and Changing IRS Procedures Related to Third-Party Contacts,” 2012 Tax Notes Today 166-57
  • “The Importance of the Pretrial Memorandum in Tax Court,” Newsletter of the Taxation Procedure and Litigation Committee Taxation Section of the State Bar of California, September 2012
  • “On Certiorari to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals”: The Supreme Court’s Review of Ninth Circuit Cases During the October 2006 Term, 38 Golden Gate U.L. Rev. 409 (2008)
  • Sexton v. Hawkins Renews Discussion About Who Is ‘Practicing’ Before the IRS,” California Tax Lawyer Quick Points, Volume 26, Number 3
  • “IRS Chief Counsel Notice CC-2012-004 and Notice 2012-8,” California Tax Lawyer Quick Points, Volume 21, Number 1
  • “A Warning Against Financial Dealings With Clients: Bailey v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2012-96,” California Tax Lawyer Quick Points, Volume 21, Number 2
  • “Expansion of Section 6041 and Information Reporting Procedures,” Newsletter of the Tax Procedure and Litigation Committee Taxation Section of the State Bar of California, July 2010
  • “National Muffler Out, Chevon In: The Supreme Court’s Decision in Mayo v. United States,” California Tax Lawyer Quick Points, Volume 20, Number 1
  • “Recent ALJ Cases Suggest Shifting Priorities at OPR,” California Tax Lawyer Quick Points, Volume 22, Number 3

Speaking engagements and presentations

  • Ethics and Dinner, California Society of Tax Consultants, July 13, 2017
  • Ethical Issues to Consider when Dealing with Multiple Party Representation, 2017 Annual Income Tax Seminar, June 23, 2017
  • Ethics Update, Western Pension & Benefits Council San Diego, May 18, 2017
  • Avoiding Red Flags That Could Trigger a Tax Audit, 89th Annual State Bar of California Meeting, September 30, 2016
  • Ethical Issues for Tax Practitioners & Preparers, California Society of Tax Consultants (CSTC), August 13, 2015
  • Ethics: Ethical Issues in Tax Practice and Procedure, CalBar 2015 Annual Income Tax Seminar, June 25, 2015
  • Ethics, Western Pension & Benefits Council, San Diego Chapter, May 14, 2015
  • Tax Controversy & Innocent Spouse, CalCPA 18th Annual Tax & Accounting Institute, November 19, 2014
  • Panelist, Careers and Opportunities in Tax Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, November 19, 2014
  • Panelist, Helping Your Clients with Offers in Compromise, 2014 IRS Nationwide Tax Forum, July 17, 2014
  • Panelist, U.S. Tax and Immigration Issues for the Global Citizen Living Abroad, San Diego County Bar Association, March 11, 2014
  • Ethics for Tax Professionals, University of San Diego, Law and Tax Seminar, January 11, 2014
  • Professional Responsibilities for Tax Professionals Update, CalCPA 17th Annual Tax & Accounting Institute, November 21, 2013
  • How to Protect Against Risk for “Trust Fund Penalties,” CalCPA San Diego Taxation Group, October 23, 2013
  • Return Preparer Fraud: Remedies for the Taxpayer, 2013 IRS National Tax Forum, September 17 & 18, 2013
  • Updates on Professional Responsibility for Tax Practitioners, CalCPA Downtown Discussion Group, September 5, 2013
  • Recent Developments in Ethics for Tax Practitioners, California State Bar Annual Income Tax Seminar, June 28, 2013
  • Sales Tax Audits: 3 Case Studies, Bookkeepers Network Group of San Diego, April 23, 2013
  • Panelist, A Discussion of Business Tax Law Changes, Recent and Future, USD Tax Law Society with Co-Sponsors ABA Taxation Section and Business Law Society, April 16, 2013
  • Problems, Pitfalls, and Solutions for Payroll Taxes, IOA CEO Roundtable, January 9, 2013
  • Getting the Best Results from the IRS Collection Division, 16th Annual CalCPA Tax & Accounting Institute, November 14, 2012
  • Protecting Your Clients Against Civil and Criminal Liability for Trust Taxes, AttorneyCredits.com
  • Tax Issues for Attorneys and Law Firms, AttorneyCredits.com
  • Handling Tax Controversies, CEA, LLP, July 10, 2012
  • Relief from Joint & Several Liability – Section 6015, CalCPA Local Discussion Group, May 3, 2012
  • Personal Liability for Trust Taxes, 15th Annual CalCPA Tax & Accounting Institute, November 16, 2011
  • Representing Financially Distressed Taxpayers: Unique Tax Issues, California Society of CPAs San Diego Taxation Committee and CalCPA La Jolla Life’s a Beach Discussion Group, June 2, 2011, July 21, 2011
  • Moderator, Foreclosure Law and the Related Tax Issues, Young Tax Lawyers of the State Bar of California Taxation Section, April 26, 2011
  • IRS’ Plan for “Holistic Audits,” California Bank & Trust Business Entity Taxation Seminar, January 26, 2011
  • Recent Developments in Circular 230 and the Future of Practicing Before the IRS, 14th Annual CalCPA Tax & Accounting Institute, November 19, 2010
  • Developments in Circular 230 and the Future of Practicing Before the IRS, CalCPA Local Discussion Groups, July 20, 2010, September 20, 2010, October 20, 2010
  • Litigation Recoveries and Income Tax Consequences: 1099 Reporting and Withholding Requirements for Legal Aid Services and Their Clients, Legal Aid Society of San Diego, May 14, 2010