STEVE TOSCHER Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Tax Law!
At the 2017 Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bars, Steve Toscher received the 2017 Joanne M. Garvey Award from the Taxation Section of the State Bar of California recognizing his lifetime achievements and outstanding contributions in the field of tax law!
With respect to this award, the official statement of Taxation Section provides “Joanne M. Garvey was the founder of the Taxation Section of the State Bar of California. She is an exceptional California tax attorney who is loved and respected by her colleagues. Throughout her long and distinguished career she has served the Bar in many capacities on the federal, state and local level with unsurpassed dedication and enthusiasm. In her name, the Taxation Section established the Joanne M. Garvey Award to recognize lifetime achievement and outstanding contribution in the field of tax law.” Established in 1994, previous Joanne M. Garvey Award recipients include Bruce I. Hochman (1999) and Avram Salkin (2007), also of Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez, PC.
For more than 35 years, Steve Toscher has been representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service, the Tax Divisions of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Office of the United States Attorney (C.D. Cal.), numerous state taxing authorities and in federal and state court litigation and appeals. Mr. Toscher’s tax practice includes a wide array of substantive areas including income taxes, estate taxes, employment taxes, excise taxes, sales taxes and property taxes. He is routinely involved in sensitive issue or complex civil tax examinations and administrative appeals on behalf of wealthy individuals and their closely held entities as well as large corporations involving both domestic and foreign tax related issues.
Mr. Toscher enjoys a unique combination of solid criminal defense experience and extensive substantive tax experience to assist individuals and entities subject to sensitive government inquiries. Recently, Steve Toscher received a judgment of acquittal in a matter involving allegations of a conspiracy between the client, the client’s independent certified public accountant and others relating to the clients personal taxes as well as those of the clients son and his business enterprise, including the use of a foreign bank account and a foreign trust. Others included in the indictment previously pled guilty and the former accountant testified at trial as a cooperating witness for the Government. This is believed to be among the first unsuccessful prosecutions relating to the use of matter involving use of foreign trusts and foreign financial accounts in the Government’s ongoing, extensive international enforcement efforts.
Before entering private practice, Steve Toscher served as a trial attorney for the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and, before that, as a Revenue Agent with the Internal Revenue Service.
Steve Toscher is a Certified Specialist in Taxation, the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He has been a featured speaker and panelist at hundreds of tax conferences throughout the United States on tax-related topics and is frequently quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, Financial Times, Tax Analysts-Tax Notes, and Bloomberg BNA Daily Tax Report. He was selected by his peers to be included in “The Best Lawyers in America,” holds an “A-V” rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Council (ACTC). Mr. Toscher is the author or co-author of numerous articles, and is the principal author of the Tax Management Portfolio “Tax Crimes” (Pub. 636) (3d.) published by the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA).
In addition to his law practice, Mr. Toscher has long served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California, where he teaches Federal Tax Procedure. He previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law, Graduate Tax Program, where he taught Tax Procedure and Advanced Tax Procedure. A member of the California, Nevada and Colorado Bars, Steve Toscher has served on the Faculty of the American Bar Association Criminal Tax Fraud Program since 1998.