Law Office of David S. Howard

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Dave Howard | Caroline Chen | Jonathan Howard | Evan Alonzo | Morgan Martin | Julie Elster

David S. Howard, CPA, Atty

“Dave Howard is one of the most creative tax accountants, and lawyers, I have ever worked with. I do not hesitate to refer him when a client or contact has an international issue, or complex tax problem. Dave represents people before the IRS and is a good strategist and negotiator. Dave Howard has my complete endorsement and recommendation.”

Pamela Hedblad, CPA
Principal - Emerging Business Group at Abbott, Stringham & Lynch

“Dave Howard is the best tax attorney I have ever worked with in my 40 year career as an IRS Agent, CID. You are very fortunate to have been so well represented. He has saved you hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential penalties.”

Name of Agent and Client Withheld
Spoken to Dave's client at the end of an investigation into a large undisclosed foreign account.

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650 N First Street
San Jose, CA 95112

dave@dshowardlaw.com

(408) 684-6518

(408) 684-6518

I grew up working with my father in a family owned business. After 10-1/2 years of post-high school education I broke his heart when I decided not to join him as a partner and instead went off to work in some of the largest professional practices in the world. After being an advisor to some of the largest companies in the world for 35 years, I tried retirement briefly but former closely held business clients found me and insisted I come back. I have returned to my roots to work with closely held companies and their owners for nearly 10 years now and I am loving it.

I have had the opportunity now to assemble a team of very talented and well experienced professionals who are just a delight to work with and share my love of helping closely held companies and their owners. We have all had experience working in much larger firms serving very large companies. We find our experience helps us identify creative solutions that work.

LAW OFFICE OF DAVID S. HOWARD, San Jose, CA (2015-Present)
Founder

HOGE FENTON, San Jose, CA (2009-2014)
Of Counsel, Tax Attorney

DELOITTE, based in San Jose, CA Served Clients in UK, Switzerland, France, Japan, Bermuda, Jersey and Australia (1984-2005)
Tax Partner
Until I reached the age of mandatory retirement for partners, I was a national partner and part of Deloitte’s elite Office of the Chairman team selected to serve their most significant clients. • Managed the largest single tax engagement in the world for the firm. • Chair of Tax Function Human Resources Committee (1985-1989) • Led National Succession Planning Practice • Led National R&D Tax Credit Practice

ARTHUR ANDERSEN & CO., Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Silicon Valley Offices (1975-1984)
Senior Tax Manager
Became expert in Estates and Trust administration, High Technology Tax Issues and Agricultural taxation

PEAT, MARWICK, MITCCHELL (now KPMG), Los Angeles, CA (1969-1972)
Audit and Tax Practice • Worked as auditor for 6 months and then Tax Associate and Tax Senior for balance of time with the firm. • Became expert in tax exempt organizations.

Teaching Experience

GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS MASTER OF TAXATION PROGRAM, SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
San Jose, CA
Taught the “Capstone” class in the ten-course program for several years. This calls was a case study class that required using tax skills in most of the various technical areas covered in the program.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARARA Santa Barbara, CA (1978-79)
Adjunct Professor
Taught undergraduate courses in Personal Income Taxation and Business Law

NYU TAX INSTITUTE New York, NY (1988)
Presented on Tax Planning for Multinational Executives and contributed chapter to annual publication.

CALIFORNIA CPA SOCIETY Taught various 8 hour courses on Tax Planning for Closely Held Companies • Fiduciary Accounting • Fiducisry Taxation • Developed the Dave Howard never out of balance fiduciary accounting system • Taxation of Farmers • Chaired Estate Planning Conference for Farmers • Spoke at Annual Tax Update Conferences on Valuation • Tax Reform • In various locations throughout the Western US.

VARIOUS BAR AND CPA GROUPS
Tax Issues for Owners of Closely Held Companies • Valuation of Closely Held Companies • ESOP for Succession Planning • ERISA issues for closely held companies • Key Man Compensation Strategies • Setting Up Foreign Rabbi Trusts (Pre Section 409A) • Various TV Interviews on Tax Reforms • Estate Planning Counsel Presentations • Taught Arthur Andersen internal training

Education

KELLOGG SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY and COLUMBIA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, COUMBIA UNIVERSITY, Course Venue - Stamford, CT
Deloitte Competitive Readiness Training - MBA Refresher, (1998)
Voted Valedictorian of his program session

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL FACULTY
Negotiations Training (1995)

GOULD SCHOOL OF LAW, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles, CA
Juris Doctor, (1970)
Vice Chair Moot Court Honors Program • President LDS Students Assn Southern California region

SOL PRICE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY, UNIVSERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles, CA
Masters of Public Administration, (1970)
Masters Thesis on Public Employees Right to Strike

MARSHALL SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, UNIVERSITY OF SOURTHERN CLIFORNIA, Los Angeles, CA
BS in Accounting, Statistics and Economics (1966)
Dean’s List Scholar all Semesters • President LDS Students Assn USC

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, Provo, UT
Undergraduate studies in Accounting (1960-62, 1965)
Elected Class Officer • BYU Debate Team • Intercollegiate Knights National Honors Fraternity

Professional Licenses and Admissions

California, Bar No. 48793, (Passed exam 1970, Sworn in Jan 1971)

U.S. Tax Court, Bar No. HD0309, (June 1972)

United States District Court for the Central District of California, (Jan 1971)

California Certified Public Accountant, Lic. No. 17669 A, (Exam passed 1970, experience finished June 1972)

Foreign Lanuages and Foreign Cultures

I have spent a substantial amount of time living and working outside of the United States (Argentina, Switzerland, France, England). I lived in Argentina for nearly three years and I speak, read and write Spanish fluently. I can correspond and transact business in written French and written Italian. I handled an audit by the French Tax Authority recently by corresponding in written French. The claim was for over $1 million. We settled for ZERO.

He understands cultural differences and enjoys dealing with businesses with connections to Asia, Europe and Latin America. During his career with Deloitte for a period of time he served all Japanese clients in Silicon Valley and later all Chinese clients in Silicon Valley. His client base is even more diverse now with a Indian, Vietnames, and Armenian elements.

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