Williams, Betty J.

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Address: 3600 American River Drive Suite 135, Sacramento, CA 95864
Lawyer Firm: Law Office of Williams & Associates, P.C.
Phone: 800-684-7147
Fax: 916-488-8196
Website: https://www.williamslawassociates.com

Areas of Practice Federal and California Tax Controversy – Audit Representation, IRS Administrative Appeals and Tax Court Litigation, Civil and Criminal Tax Fraud Defense, Defense of Tax Evasion and Tax Structuring Crimes, Off Shore Bank Accounts and Asset Disclosure, Federal and California Employment Tax and Trust Fund Recovery Penalty Defense, California Franchise Tax Board, State Board of Equalization and Employment Development Department Representation, Multi-State and Residency Tax Issues

Managing Shareholder Betty Williams has a broad range of experience handling civil and criminal tax controversy matters regarding income tax, employment tax, sales and use tax, excise tax, and property tax in IRS, FTB, CDTFA (formerly BOE), and EDD audits, appeals, settlements, and litigation. She has represented clients before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. District Courts in California, and the California Superior Courts. Betty has succeeded in having penalties abated for numerous clients ranging from a few thousand to millions of dollars. She has assisted many clients in the U.S. and abroad with the various IRS and FTB offshore voluntary disclosure programs and represents foreign financial institutions regarding Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) procedures. Betty has defended criminal tax matters and negotiated plea agreements in areas such as structuring, tax evasion, and the failure to file a tax return. Betty represents clients in attorney-client fee arbitration matters and arbitration cases before the International Chamber of Commerce. Betty has also obtained a favorable IRS private letter ruling.

Betty is admitted to practice by the State Bar of California and before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Tax Court, the Supreme Court of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of the United States District Court in California.

Betty serves on the U.S. Tax Court Appointments Committee of the American Bar Association; she is the Treasurer of the California Lawyers Association, and the immediate past Chair of the Executive Committee of the Taxation Section of the State Bar of California. She previously served as the Chair of the Estate and Gift Tax and the Young Tax Lawyer sections of the Taxation Section of the State Bar of California. She has also served as Chair of the Sacramento County Bar Taxation Section and the Business Section, and she served as Chair of the Sacramento Regional Human Rights/Fair Housing Commission. Betty regularly presents seminars throughout the United States on a variety of tax matters.

She was awarded the V. Judson Klein Award by the California Lawyers Association Tax Section for practicing tax law with enthusiasm and integrity. Betty is the recipient of the prestigious Witkin Award for Estate and Gift Tax and was honored for outstanding public service by the California State Board of Equalization (now the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration). Betty was named Best Local Attorney for 2006 and 2007 by Sacramento News and Review, a Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2011, 2012, and 2013, a Super Lawyer for each year 2014 through 2017, received the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award for 2013 through 2018, and is an AVVO Superb Attorney. The Law Office of Williams & Associates, PC was named a Metropolitan Tier 1 Tax Litigation "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News and World Report for each year 2013 through 2018.

Betty received her Master of Laws in Taxation from Washington School of Law and graduated with distinction from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law.

Prior to practicing law, Betty worked for the State of California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fund and also owned her own business as an artist. Betty is an avid cyclist and ballroom dancer.

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