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Steven L. Walker is a tax attorney in San Jose. His practice focuses on representing individuals and businesses in tax controversies with governmental agencies including tax examinations, investigations, audits and litigation in U.S. Tax Court and federal district courts. He also handles international tax planning and compliance issues. Walker was the chair of the Taxation Section of the State Bar of California for 2014-2015. He also is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law in the master of laws in taxation program, where he teaches tax fraud and federal tax procedure.
Walker is a former IRS trial attorney at the Office of Chief Counsel, IRS, where he furnished legal advice and representation to the IRS on all matters relating to the administration and enforcement of the internal revenue laws, including audits, administrative appeals, collections and federal and state litigation. Walker also worked at the California Franchise Tax Board. He is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court, has 18 civil tax trials and numerous published United States Tax Court cases, and is a recipient of the IRS Special Act Award.
Walker was invited to Washington, DC in 2016 by the Taxation Section, State Bar of California, to present a position paper regarding the Foreign Account and Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). In 2014, Walker presented a paper topic regarding the modification and compromise of restitution orders in criminal tax cases. In 2012, he presented a paper topic regarding the tax treatment of foreign retirement accounts, and in 2010, he presented a paper topic regarding a significant tax issue facing businesses in California. The papers were presented to the IRS, U.S. Treasury Department, U.S. Tax Court, and Congressional personnel.
Walker is a former partner of a major international law firm in Palo Alto and former associate general counsel of a publicly-traded Silicon Valley company. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Davis, and a juris doctor degree and master of laws in taxation from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific.