BRENT LANCE, LL.M. (Tax-NYU), has 43+ years of experience in California, Cross-border and International Tax matters. His experience includes seven years practicing international and California tax law at Baker & McKenzie, the world’s largest international law firm and five years leading an international tax consulting group as a partner of KPMG, the world’s largest international accounting and consulting firm. The balance of Mr. Lance’s 43+ years of cross-border tax and legal experience was earned by advising “snowbirds,” “expats,” international business owners, international investors and others with cross-border lifestyles in the boutique law firm he founded in Palm Desert 28 years ago.
Mr. Lance has decades of experience assisting US, Canadian and other clients to avoid tax residency in California, including planning to avoid disadvantageous information disclosures and tax-effective structuring of cross-border vacation home purchases. If you do draw the attention of the tax authorities here, Mr. Lance has successfully handled many FTB Form 4600 inquiries requesting the filing of a California tax return and defended residency tax audits and tax assessments.
Mr. Lance also routinely assists client desiring longer stays in California with pre-residence tax planning and the establishment of California businesses. In such cases, Mr. Lance coordinates the U.S. requirements of a cross-border lifestyle or business with applicable home country (or home state or province) legal and tax requirements to create the most tax efficient structure. Additionally, Mr. Lance routinely assists California and other high-tax state residents with planning domicile and residence changes, as well as with departure tax planning for relinquishment of U.S. lawful permanent residence by current and possible future long-term residents, as well as expatriation tax planning for U.S. citizens.