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Professional Details

Joseph E. Mudd, Of Counsel

Joseph E. Mudd specializes in the area of tax controversy with extensive experience in tax audits, appeals, tax litigation, refund litigation and tax planning. As a former Senior IRS counsel, having worked for IRS District Counsel from 1987 – 1990, Mr. Mudd applies that experience with his specialized taxation law education from NYU in helping hundreds of clients, both individuals and businesses, navigate their controversies through successful resolution with the IRS, California State Board of Equalization (SBE), EDD, and Franchise Tax Board (FTB). He has successfully represented clients with asserted tax liability from as little as $50,000 to more than $150 million involving numerous factual and legal issues.

While, due to his heavy workload in the area, Mr. Mudd currently practices almost exclusively in the area of taxation controversy, he has represented many closely held businesses and their owners in all areas of their business formation, planning, and operations. His background in taxation controversy and taxation law is often put to use in business planning, estate planning, and tax planning. He works with his clients and their accountants, wealth managers and other attorneys to review, check compliance for and to plan, not only to comply with taxation issues, but also to avoid IRS scrutiny, in  business creation, operation, dissolution, mergers and acquisitions, estate transactions and real estate transactions.

Mr. Mudd was nominated by his clients and selected by the Orange Coast Magazine as a 5-star Wealth Manager in successive years beginning in 2009.  For more than 15 successive years, he has held the AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards, and a distinction shared with a small percentage of lawyers throughout the United States.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • South Orange County Bar Association | Past President
  • Orange County Bar Association | Tax Section | Past President
  • Calicinto Ranch | Board of Directors
  • Boys & Girls of Prisoners Foundation | Board of Directors