David Lee Rice

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Tax Attorney in Torrance, CA

 | 2780 Skypark Dr, Suite 475
Torrance, CA 90505
Phone: 310-517-8600
Fax: 310-517-8606
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Tax: Business (30%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (30%),
  • Tax: Consumer (20%),
  • Elder Law (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney David Lee Rice has been assisting private individuals and corporate clients with tax and estate-related matters for more than 30 years. As the senior partner of KFB Rice, LLP, Mr. Rice focuses his practice on tax planning for individuals and businesses, tax controversies, elder law, estate planning and probate law.  Mr. Rice is also a Professor of Accounting at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, and is the course coordinator for all Tax Classes.

    Mr. Rice graduated with cum laude honors and received his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in 1979. He holds an LL.M. in taxation from University of San Diego School of Law, is certified as a specialist in taxation by the State Bar of California's Board of Legal Specialization and as a certified elder law attorney by the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Both he and his law firm have received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

    Mr. Rice has taught, published and lectured extensively on topics related to his practice, and he has also testified before the IRS and Congress. He currently chairs the American Bar Association's Individual Income and Family Tax Committee and has held numerous leadership positions for a number of other organizations, including the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the California State Bar and the NAELA.

    *AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 30%Tax: Business
    • 30%Estate Planning & Probate
    • 20%Tax: Consumer
    • 20%Elder Law
    Focus Areas

    Tax Law, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills


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  • About David Rice

    Admitted: 1979, California

    Professional Webpage: https://www.kfbrice.com/attorneys/david-l-rice/

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Elder Law Specialist by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2005
    • Certified Specialist in Taxation by the State Bar of California. Certified Elder Law Specialist by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 1990

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Former Chair, State Board of Legal Specialization Tax Section
    • Admitted to American College of Tax Counsel., 2017
    • American Bar Association - Chair of the Individual and Family Law Section., 2010
    • Beverly Hills Bar Association
    • South Bay Estate Planning Council
    • Former Chair, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Tax Section
    • Former Chair, State Bar Tax Procedure and Litigation Committee
    • South Bay Bar Association
    • Former Chair, State Bar Income Tax Committee
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • Former Director, Board of Directors, Fibromyalgia Treatment Center

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Mr. Rice has published numerous articles inlcuding, but not limted to the following:1. Elder Law and the Tax Practitioner How to Navigate the Murky Waters  Tax Development Journal. Volume 2, Spring 2011;
    • It is important for every tax practitioner to understand the State Property laws to properly advise clients on tax planning, estate planning and tax controversy matters. Federal tax law has always deferred to State laws to determine the character and nature of property.1 This article will focus on the California Community Property Laws., Co-Author, Community Property - The Rules and Their Impact on Income Tax and Estate Tax Return Reporting, Estate Planning, Family Law, Tax Law, Trust Administration, 2017
    • 2.  Co-Author of Capital Gains Planning After 2008, Matthew Bender (USC Tax Institute).
    • The Ethics of Fraudulent Conveyance:  What Every Tax Lawyer Must Know.  2006 California Tax Bar and the California Tax Policy Conference.
    • Co-Author of Desperate Spouses - What Every Tax Practitioner Needs to Know About Fraudulent Conveyances and States' Property Rights to Protect the Innocent Spouse.  Matthew Bender USC Tax Institute 2007.
    • Is a Worker and Employee or Independent Contractor?  California Tax Bar and California Tax Policy Conference 2010.
    • Divorce and Registered Domestic Partner Dissolutions - A Reminder that Hisotry Does Indeed Repeast Itself.  American Bar Association Annual Meeting, May 2011.
    • Encouraging The Fair Treatment of Emotional Distress Damage Awards, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, May 2010.
    • Innocent Spouse From the Front Lines.  American Bar Assocation Winter Meeting 2010.
    • Papers presented to the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, United States Senate and House Ways and Meand Committee: A.  IRC Section 213 - the Medical Deduction:  A Need for Statutory Reform. B.  Proposed Amendment to IRC Sections 1034 and 6013 (May 1993) C.  Propsed Amendment to Section 1034 of the Internal Revenue Code (May 1994) D.  Comment to the Proposed Treasury Regulations Addting Section 1.664-4(c)(3)(iii) and 1.664-4(c)(2). E.  Comments to Proposed Amendments to Circular 230 (May of 2005 and May of 2006) F.  Proposed Regulations of the Accuracy Related Penalty (May 2002).
    • Califonria Tax Lawyer, Spring 2008(Vol 17, No2)  "Long Term Expenses and the Medical Deduction - the Need for Regulatory Reform"
    • RIA Journal of Taxation (August 2003) - IRS and the Courts Provide Guidance for Taxapyers Seeking Relief as an Innocent Spouse.
    • California Tax Lawyer, Winter 2005, "Tax Defense Protection Strategies - Whay Can the Tax Practitoner Legally Advise?"
    • Los Angeles Lawyer, March 2005, "Protecting the Innocent"
    • RIA Estate Planning Journal, August 2003, "Fraudulent Transfers - New Developments Affect the Statutes of Limitations for Fraudulent Transfers."
    • ABA, Family Law Advocate - "Planning for Innocent Spouse in Divorce"  Fall 1995.
    • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (April 2006), "Tax Consequences of Caregiver Contracts."
    • The IRS has been audited tax practitioners who e-file returns and has been discplining some of them for violations that the IRS has been less than transparent on.  This article focuses in on the areas the IRS is looking at and what the Practitioner should be aware of when an audit does take place., Co-Author, The Kindler and Gentler IRS is Targeting E-File Practitioners - Are you in Compliance?, CCH - Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure, 2011


    • Settled Partnership Tax Case for MMA-TapouT with the IRS.  IRS asserted $35,038,798 in net gain from 4797 and settled with IRS for $13,632,837.  Additionally, the IRS agreed that all of the gains would be treated as capital gain, instead of taxing $8,047,860 as ordinary income.  The IRS reversed its decision and allowed in full $1,262,326 in depreciation.  The accuracy-related penalty of 20% was abated., 2018
    • The client was assessed over $100,000 in taxes, interest, and penalties for relief of liabilities.  IRS granted us a reaudit and reduced the tax obligation to $0., 2017
    • Settled a Tax Court case where the assessed amount was over $1,500,000 for $18,000., 2012
    • Won an innocent spouse case for Mary Brown resulting in the relief of over $40,000,000 in tax liabilities., 2017
    • The firm just won an innocent spouse case relieving a spouse of over $3,000,000 in liabilities.    Settled a case with penalties that approached $50,000 for less than $3,000.  On a recent panel at the annual ABA meeting in May, I spoke on the alter-ego/nominee lien and the lack of due process.  It is my understanding that TAS is now looking at this area seriously with the intent on making recommendations to the IRS in implementing some modicum of due process.
    • Client owed the IRS in excess of $2,000,000.  Settled the case with the IRS for $400,000 though and Offer in Compromise.
    • The appeal of Donald Finch II.  The client had a website that dealt with diabetes and allowed individuals and their caregivers to communicate with each other regarding their illness and treatments.  A small part of the website allowed individuals to get advice from physicians.  The Company was sold for millions of dollars and California denied the client the ability to pay tax as if the business were classified as a qualified small business stock.  The FTB caved in and dismissed the case after we filed our initial brief in the matter.  , 2017
    • In addtion to handling tax audits and tax litigation, our firm also handles numerous collection matters and can properly advise the taxpayer on the best way to resolve his or her tax issues with the tax agency in question.   Our firm also handles probates, estate planning and elder law matters, including Medi-Cal planning and financial Elder Abuse cases.  In a recent Elder Abuse case, an elderly client was induced to sell her property for $300,000.  Our firm realized that the elderly client had been taken advantage of and settled the case to $2,700,000.  , 2006
    • The client was assessed over approximately $400,000 in taxes, interest, and penalties.  I settled the case for $11,000., 2016
    • Hlavacek vs. United States - The IRS assessed an additional $20,000,000 againt the taxpayer contending that the taxpayer had to recognize income equal to the amount of the issue price of the debt instrument which is the face amount of the promissory note.   We filed an action in the Court of Claims and the IRS conceded the case prior to judgment, thereby in essence agreeing that the Treasury Regulation was questionable at best.  , 2015
    • Client assessed over $1,000,000 in additional income and settled case for $0.
    • Resolved taxpayer dispute with the Franchise Tax Board.  The FTB proposed an assessment of $1,300,000, which was settled for $250,000.  


    • Client assessed over $1,600,000 in taxes.  Settled the case in tax court for $13,000.
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    Representative Clients:

    • SBE Entertainment Beats Entertainment LEDtronics Cisco Corporation
    • Calpiping Industrial, LLC
    • SBE Entertainment Hlavacek Enterprises CalPipping Balian Markets Pilgrim Entertainment Farmers & Merchants Trust Company McNearny's Mortuary Dr. Patricia Sacks Cisco Corporation Wells Fargo Bank NA Bonnie Hanna Mickey Rooney (deceased)  

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Admitted to the American College of Tax Counsel (approximately 700 tax attorneys have been accepted), 2017

    Educational Background:

    • The University of San Diego - Awarded L.L.M. in Taxation., 1988
    • Loyola Law School at Los Angeles - J.D.  Graduated Cum Laude, 1979
    • Arizona State University, Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, 1974

    Industry Groups

    • Entertainment
    • High Wealth Individuals
    • Industrial
    • Medi-Cal Planning
    • Real Estate
    • Real Estate Development
    • Technology
    • Transportation
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    Office Location for David Lee Rice

    2780 Skypark Dr
    Suite 475
    Torrance, CA 90505

    Phone: 310-517-8600

    Fax: 310-517-8606

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