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Residency Tax Planning, Audits & Disputes

Sanger & Manes has a proven record of success defending against and appealing "residency" audits, where California's Franchise Tax Board claims non-Californians who live part-time in the state (often called "snowbirds") are subject to California's income tax.  We are one of the foremost firms in assisting Californians who want to change their legal residency or move their business operations to another state.

We also provides overall tax planning for individuals and businesses, especially in the context of sales and other transactions.  We represent clients before the Federal and California taxing authorities in income, estate, gift, property, and sales tax audits and litigation, including cases before the US Tax Court.  Howard Sanger, the firm's founder, is a certified tax specialist, demonstrating the highest standard of expertise in that area of law.

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International Probate and Estate Planning

We are a leading law firm in the area of international probates involving post-death transfers of real property in the US owned by Canadians and other foreign nationals, as well as setting up Canadian/US real estate trusts.

The firm advises Canadian citizens and other foriegn nationals on Federal and California tax, investment, and estate planning issues. We help foreign clients minimize the tax consequences of visiting the US for temporary purposes, renting, buying or selling real estate, or locating businesses in California, as well as strategies to avoid triggering US estate taxes.

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Domestic Probates Estate And Trust Administration/Litigation

Sanger & Manes has been counsel in the administration of innumerable probate estates, trusts, and conservatorships. We have extensive experience in complex trust and probate issues, such as allocating trust assets for generation-skipping tax purposes and handling estate tax disputes. The Firm also has a record of success in litigating trust, conservatorship, and estate disputes, including Will and trust contests, actions to remove trustees, fiduciary principal and income accounting disagreements, and appeals.

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Business Tax Planning, Transactions, Disputes

Sanger & Manes assists numerous businesses - from manufacturers to online businesses - with their basic legal needs, including choosing the appropriate business entity, formation, negotiating and preparing agreements relating to employees, stockholders, sales and other transactions.  We have extensive experience in business litigation, especially relating to partnership and LLC disputes and accountings.

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Sanger & Manes, LLP
36953 Cook Street, #103

Palm Desert, CA 92211


(760) 558-9534


(760) 320-0351


[email protected]

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