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Stephen J. Turanchik

Associate, Tax Department
T 1(213) 683-6187
F 1(213) 996-3187

Stephen J. Turanchik is an attorney in the Tax practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Turanchik's practice focuses on tax litigation at the state and federal levels as well as tax controversy work at the administrative levels.

Mr. Turanchik previously litigated for six years for the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, Civil Trial Section out of Washington, D.C. Mr. Turanchik has substantial litigation experience. During his tenure with the Tax Division, Mr. Turanchik handled hundreds of tax cases in federal, bankruptcy, state, and probate court. He received an Outstanding Attorney award from the Tax Division in 2003.

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • When the Company Is the Target: Ethical and Other Issues, USC Tax Institute, January 24, 2017
  • Demystifying Virtual Currency, CalCPA Beverly Hills Hollywood Discussion Group, January 20, 2017
  • Congratulations on Settling the Case, Now What About the Taxes?, Los Angeles County Bar Association, December 5, 2016
  • Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, IRS International Enforcement Presentation, Loyola Law School, October 25, 2016
  • Disclosure of Foreign Interests and IRS International Enforcement Priorities, Chinese American CPA Association, October 21, 2016
  • Update on Foreign Disclosures & IRS International Enforcement Priorities, Santa Clarita CalCPA Discussion Group and Beverly Hills CalCPA Discussion Group, September 9, 2016
  • Overview of U.S. Tax Law, USC Summer Law & English Program, August 5, 2016
  • Update on Foreign Disclosures and IRS International Enforcement Priorities, CalCPA San Fernando Valley Discussion Group, August 2, 2016
  • IRS International Enforcement Matters,Tax and Disclosure Issues Dealing with Nonresidents, Dual Citizens & Green Card Holders, Philippine-American Society of Certified Public Accountants, July 16, 2016
  • IRS International Enforcements Efforts, San Fernando Valley Bar Association,   March 15, 2016
  • FATCA, FBARs and OVDP, Loyola Law School, October 29, 2015
  • Offers-in-Compromise, Professional Education Broadcast Network, October 27, 2015
  • Suits for Tax Refunds for Non-U.S. Taxpayers: U.S. Court of Federal Claims, University of San Diego School of Law Procopio International Tax Institute, October 22, 2015
  • Resolving Common Tax Issues in Bankruptcy Court, California State Bar, Taxation Section, Corporate and Pass-through Committee, July 29, 2015
  • Innocent & Injured Spouse Defenses to Joint Tax Liability, Professional Education Broadcast Network, April 1, 2015
  • Updates in IRS Summons Enforcement – Domestic and International,
    Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar & the California Tax Policy Conference,
    November 7, 2014
  • International Enforcement: FATCA and FBARs, Loyola Law School, September 30, 2014
  • Defending Business Audits, Parts 1 and 2, Professional Education Broadcast Network, original recording August 8, 2014
  • Tax Issues in Employment Settlements, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, April 23, 2014
  • Supreme Court Update: Home Concrete and Woods, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, February 18, 2014
  • How To: Beyond the Basics – Venturing into Partnership Taxation, Parts I and II, California State Bar, Business & Taxation Sections, original recording February 6, 2014
  • Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act Doing Your Part to Uncover U.S. Taxpayers Hiding Funds Overseas – Whether You Like It or Not . . ., California State Bar, International Section, September 2013
  • The Judiciary, Not the IRS, Has the Final Say on the Internal Revenue Code, Beverly Hills Bar Association, September 12, 2012
  • Innocent Spouse Defense, Professional Education Broadcast Network, original recording August 20, 2012
  • Mediating Employment Disputes: Effective Negotiation Strategies and Tactics, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, June 9, 2012
  • Defending Against IRS Audits and Collections, Part 1 and Part 2 – A National Perspective, Professional Education Broadcast Network, original recording March 6 and 7, 2012
  • The Mayo Case and Its Implications for Tax Procedure, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Taxation Section, Tax Night 2011, June 15, 2011
  • Reporting Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs): What you Need to Know, Loyola Law School, Tax LLM Program, March 16, 2010
  • Current IRS Administrative Enforcement Priorities and Initiatives, USC Tax Institute, January 2010
  • The UBS Investigation, Voluntary Disclosures, and Foreign Financial Reporting Issues, California Society of Enrolled Agents, Orange County Chapter, August 2009

Notable Published Court Decisions
  • Blum v. Comm’r, T.C. Memo. 2012-16, 2012 WL 129801 (2012)
  • Samueli v. Comm’r, 132 T.C. 37 (2009)
  • In re Anton Noll, Inc., 277 B.R. 875 (1st Cir. BAP 2002)
  • Nault v. United States, 99 A.F.T.R.2d 2007-1027 (D.N.H. 2007)
  • Subash v. I.R.S., 514 F.Supp.2d 114 (D. Mass. 2007)
  • Johansen v. United States, 2006 WL 4391304 (D. Mass. 2006)
  • United States v. City of Cambridge, 98 A.F.T.R.2d (RIA) 5895 (D. Mass. 2006)
  • United States v. Verduchi, 95 A.F.T.R.2d (RIA) 2168 (D.R.I. 2005)
  • Stuart v. United States, 89 A.F.T.R.2d (RIA) 540 (D.Mass. 2002) aff’d, 337 F.3d 31 (1st Cir. 2003)

Professional and Community Involvement

Adjunct Professor

  • Loyola Law School, LL.M. Program, Income Taxation of Property Transactions, Summer 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016
  • Golden Gate University, Masters of Taxation Program, Taxation of Property Transactions, Fall 2009, Fall 2010 and Fall 2011

Bar Association Leadership Positions

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Taxation Section
    • Executive Committee, Chair 2014-2015
    • Coordinated the 2012 LACBA/California State Bar Tax Section Delegation from May 6-8, 2012
  • California State Bar, Taxation Section
    • Corporate and Pass-Through Entities Committee, Chair, 2012-2015


  • B.A. in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross, May 1992
  • J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, May 1995
  • LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law, May 1999