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Daniel W. Soto


Daniel W. Soto - Attorney at The Law Offices of A. Lavar Taylor


  • Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, Economics, University of California, Riverside
  • Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, Chapman University Fowler School of Law

Awards & Certifications

  • Taxation Law Certificate, Chapman University Fowler School of Law

Bar Admissions

  • California State Bar
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California


Daniel W. Soto joined Taylor Nelson Amitrano LLP as a law clerk in 2018 and as an associate attorney in November of 2020. He graduated with his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Chapman University Fowler School of Law in 2020 where he also earned a Certificate in Taxation Law. During his time at Chapman, Daniel was awarded the Tax Law Honors Scholarship, represented low-income taxpayers in the Chapman Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, and was a student in the Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic where he drafted amicus curiae for the United States Supreme Court and aided in litigation in the United States District Court in matters involving Constitutional issues. 

Daniel’s practice focuses on representing individuals and business entities in court and before the Internal Revenue Service, the California Franchise Tax Board, the California Employment Development Department, and the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration at all levels of tax controversy. Daniel also has a practice focus on federal international information return requirements, penalties, and procedures with the IRS. He is admitted to practice law in California as a member of the California State Bar. He is also admitted to practice in the United States Tax Court and the United States District Court and Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California.

Daniel is active in the local tax and legal communities. He serves as chair of the Orange County Young Tax Lawyers and co-chair of the Orange County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Community Outreach Committee. Outside the office, Daniel enjoys music, movies, and vacationing with his wife. Their favorite places to travel are national parks and Las Vegas.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Co-presenter, “Innocent Spouse Relief”, Webinar MCLE, Los Angeles Young Tax Lawyers, 2022
  • Co-presenter, “Testing Your Tax Ethical IQ: Can you Pass the Test?”, California Tax Lawyers Annual Conference, Virtual, 2023
  • Co-author, Proposed Changes to the Penalty for Failure to Report Foreign Gifts Received by a United States Person Under I.R.C. § 6039F, California Lawyers Association Taxation Section, Tax Procedures and Litigation Committee, Washington D.C. Delegation, 2023
  • Co-presenter, “The Long and Confusing History of the Use of Section 6751(b) to Defend the IRS Assertion of Penalties”, California Lawyers Association Tax Section Annual Meeting, Rancho Mirage, CA, 2023

Reported Cases

  • United States Tax Court: Couturier v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2022-69


  • American Bar Association (ABA): ABA Tax Section Member & ABA Young Lawyers Division Member
  • California Lawyers Association (CLA): CLA Tax Section Member
  • Orange County Bar Association (OCBA): OCBA Tax Section member & OCBA Young Lawyers Division Member
  • Orange County Young Tax Lawyers Chair
  • OCBA Young Lawyers Division Community Outreach Committee Co-Chair