J. Stephen Hawkins has over 25 years experience in representing individuals and businesses before the Internal Revenue Service and other tax agencies. Stephen Hawkins has a Master's Degree in Taxation, and is also a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Forensic Accountant. He has consulted or been an expert in a variety of cases primarily involving white collar crime, which includes tax fraud, stock, offshore, and mortgage fraud, shareholder and partner disputes, valuation and lost profits, in both criminal and civil cases.

Downtown San Diego Main Office:
350 10th Avenue, Suite 1000
Diamond View Tower
San Diego, CA 92101
Tel: 619.344.2590 Fax: 619.344.2501

North County San Diego (Carmel Valley) Office:
12707 High Bluff Drive, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92130

Los Angeles (Century City) Office:
2029 Century Park East
Los Angeles, CA 92067

As a Certfied Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Forensic Accountant (CrFA), Stephen Hawkins has worked extensively in fraud investigation involving employee embezzlement, management and financial statement fraud, and shareholder/partner fraud. Mr. Hawkins has represented individuals and business in civil fraud cases where fraud has either been discovered or suspected. In criminal cases, Mr. Hawkins has combined his credentials as a CFE and CrFA with his Master's Degree and 25 years experience in taxation in criminal white collar crime cases.

For taxes you owe:
  • Fraud and forensic investigations where fraud is suspected or already discovered
  • Pre and post-indictment assistance in criminal fraud cases
  • Appeals when seizure of assets or business is imminent
  • Long-term installment agreements to spread your taxes over several years
  • Offers in Compromise to reduce the taxes you owe--permanently!
  • Penalty and interest reductions and abatements
  • Corporate and business reorganizations
  • Liens and levies
  • 100% trust fund penalty for business payroll taxes
For taxes you may not owe:
  • Review of IRS proposed assessments
  • Appeal of IRS audits, decisions, or assessments
  • Tax return audits "going bad"
  • Working with IRS Problem Resolutions personnel
  • Filings under the Freedom of Information Act
For tax disputes alleging civil or criminal fraud:
  • Reconstruction of transactions and records
  • Forensic analysis of incomplete and missing records
  • Defending "economic reality" claims by the IRS
  • Valuation penalties
  • Valuation analysis and opinions