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Alexander Kugelman

Alexander Kugelman

Kugelman Law
  • Tax Law, Estate Planning
  • California
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Biography

Alexander Kugelman is an attorney concentrating on tax controversies, domestic and international tax compliance, and tax collection defense. Mr. Kugelman counsels and represents individuals, small businesses, and estates.

His experience includes four years of federal government court experience at the U.S. Tax Court and a U.S. District Court. That background blends substantive tax law knowledge with administrative and litigation experience. This unique combination differs from that of an accountant or a general practitioner attorney.

Kugelman Law was created as an alternative to overpriced law firms and disreputable tax resolution companies.

Alexander was motivated to start his firm while working at the U.S. Tax Court. He recognized that taxpayers often approached compliance and litigation with the IRS from the wrong perspective. Often, taxpayers would become positional and adversarial, rather than finding points to achieve compliance or resolution. Sadly, those taxpayers were encouraged by unscrupulous legal counsel seeking to leverage fear of IRS for unconscionable fees.

"I founded Kugelman Law to guide individuals and businesses through seemingly overwhelming tax and legal issues," Alexander said. "As a young attorney, I learned valuable lessons first hand as a clerk to U.S. District and U.S. Tax Court judges. No lesson was more important than that the quality of legal representation could be the most important factor in obtaining a positive outcome."

In other words, thorough and tactical representation usually obtained more favorable results than those without competent representation regardless of the law.

Alexander set out to start a new type of tax law firm for the ordinary taxpayer. A firm that prided itself on efficiency rather than billable hours. To that end, the firm has expanded its expertise and capacity by developing a team with diverse backgrounds and skills.

Education
Chapman University Fowler School of Law
J.D.
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University of Colorado - Boulder
B.A.
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Professional Experience
Founder and Attorney
Kugelman Law
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Publications
Articles & Publications
IRS Ramps Up Crypto Tax Scrutiny
Bitcoin Taxes
Speaking Engagements
FBA Tax Conference
FEderal Bar Association - Tax Division
ABA Tax Conference
American Bar Association
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
Member
Current
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Federal Bar Association - Tax Division
Member
Current
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State Bar of California  # 255463
Member
Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
State Bar of California
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Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
    Tax Law
    Business Taxes, Criminal Tax Litigation, Estate Tax Planning, Income Taxes, International Taxes, Payroll Taxes, Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, Tax Appeals, Tax Audits, Tax Planning
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Additional Practice Area
  • Cryptocurrency Law
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. What legal consequences will I be facing, come tax season, for using crowdfunded money to pay a friend for work?
A: Very likely the money received via crowdfunding will be taxable income to you. If you don't have an entity, then you would report it as a sole proprietorship income on a Schedule C. Keep in mind that you can claim ordinary and necessary business expenses to offset the income. For example, the amounts paid to the animator would be deductible. And you would need to issue a Form 1099-MISC reporting the amounts paid. Whether you sell the feature or offer it for free will not change the whether the crowdfunded income is taxable. If you do sell the feature, then any revenue/sales would need to be reported as income as well.
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Alexander Kugelman's Website Profile
Website
Kugelman Law Website
Contact & Map
Kugelman Law
Corte Madera Office
21 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Suite 202
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Toll-Free: (888) 498-8090
Telephone: (415) 968-1780
Fax: (415) 534-9441
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
Kugelman Law
San Francisco Office
2 Embarcadero Center
8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Toll-Free: (888) 498-8090
Telephone: (415) 968-1780
Fax: (415) 534-9441
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
Kugelman Law
Irvine Office
300 Spectrum Center Dr
#400
Irvine, CA 92618
Toll-Free: (888) 498-8090
Telephone: (949) 835-0440
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed