We consult on a broad range of federal, state, and local tax issues, including franchise tax, income tax, property tax, sales tax, use tax, employment / payroll tax, fuel tax, and business license tax matters.
We are committed to providing the highest level of client services and offer extensive experience across many industries including, automotive parts, equipment leasing, payroll services, computer hardware, software, banking, travel, motion picture, printing, transportation, utilities, medical supplies and devices, manufacturing, construction, agriculture, wine, car dealerships, commercial real estate investment and retail.
Rex Halverson founded his tax firm in 2005. He specializes in tax controversies (Audits and Appeals), transactional tax advice and tax credits and his breadth of experience includes franchise, income, sales and use, property, payroll, fuel and business license tax matters.
Prior to starting up his firm, Rex worked for KPMG (one of the Big 4 Accounting Firms) where he was a Director and Practice Leader for Controversy and Consulting – Western Region in the State and Local Tax Practice.
From 1995-1998, Rex served as California Deputy State Controller-Taxation for Kathleen Connell, the former California State Controller. While serving as Deputy State Controller-Taxation, Rex was responsible for representing the Controller on the Board of Equalization (now known as the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration or CDTFA) and Franchise Tax Board.
Rex began his tax career in Bank of America’s Tax Department in San Francisco. While at the Bank, he also taught the course “California Taxation” in the Graduate School of Taxation at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He is the former Vice Chair of the California Chamber of Commerce Statewide Tax Committee and a member of the California State Bar, Tax Section.
Rex received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Davis.
With a total of 32 years of California state service Todd has a very good understanding of what taxpayers face on a daily basis as they maneuver the many pitfalls of California taxation. He has more than 18 years of advocacy experience so he understands the importance of having an advocate you can trust when dealing with stressful tax issues.
Todd spent the last 18 years of his career in the Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate Office in the State Board of Equalization (BOE) and its successor, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) fighting for taxpayers’ rights and ensuring taxpayers were treated fairly and respectfully. For over 13 of those years, he actually headed this office. The CDTFA and BOE are charged with the assessment and collection of more than 35 different taxes so he has the in-depth knowledge, skills and abilities to tackle just about any taxpayer issue. During that time he spearheaded a number of statutory, regulatory and tax policy changes that leveled the playing field for both business-owners and individuals.
In his ombudsman capacity, Todd facilitated the resolution of tens of thousands of taxpayer issues, problems, complaints and disputes involving businesses and individuals. He also monitored provisions of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, and recommended new procedures or revisions to existing laws and policies to ensure taxpayers rights were being protected during the assessment and collection of taxes and fees. Lastly, he developed California’s first tax clinic, allowing taxpayers an opportunity to access legal assistance on tax matters under appeal.
Todd received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno.