stabler and associates

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About Stabler and Associates

Stabler & Associates is a professional corporation whose principal worked for the Internal Revenue Service from 1984 to 2001. The President & CEO, Don Stabler took his 17 years of experience, 13 in management, and the three as an executive as well as an Territory Manager/Branch Chief with the Federal Government, and began to negotiate on behalf of individuals and businesses in the private sector.


Thirteen years later Stabler & Associates, Inc., has proven itself to be the leader among small tax specialty firms in the Los Angeles Area by expertly addressing the needs of its clients in the areas of tax: preparation, tax negotiations, resolutions, and business management. Stabler & Associates specializes in negotiating Offer in Compromises, Installment Agreements, Innocent Spouse Claims, Penalty Abatements, Recovery and Resolutions of all IRS, FTB, BOE and EDD matters. Stabler & Associates is comprised of an outstanding staff of associates: CPA, Enrolled Agents, Accountants, Bookkeepers, and support personnel with years of IRS knowledge and expertise.

The principal and associates are members of the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA), and the California Society of Enrolled Agents (CSEA).

The firm strongly focuses its services upon Tax Representation and Tax Management, while serving as Business Managers for members in the field of law, entertainment, and sports. They serve as consultants with many professionals in the field of finance, and work closely with various experts in accounting and business management to expedite financial and tax problems for their clients.

Stabler & Associates’ main office is located in Sherman Oaks, CA, with field offices in Los Angeles and Diamond Bar, CA.

  • Over the last ten years, Stabler & Associates has brilliantly resolved complex tax matters and provided business management services for several of my entertainment and sports clients. Unlike most people, Don sees solutions, not problems. Having spent 17+ years on the IRS side of the table, Don has a calming, controlled, unique perspective of tax dispute resolution, wealth retention and tax planning. He does not over promised or under deliver. I find that Stabler & Associates’ results typically exceed the client’s expectation. I highly recommend Stabler & Associates. They should be listed in your contacts as “Best in Class”!

  • About ten years ago, I worked with an iconic songwriter who, for the prior decade, was non-compliant with both his state and federal tax obligations. Eventually the IRS levied his assets, including all royalty streams. Even after we worked out payment plans with both the IRS and the Franchise Tax Board, the IRS continued to apply significant pressure. Frustratingly, the client unsuccessfully worked with several tax attorneys and enrolled agents, who were unable to improve his situation. I was fortunate enough to be referred to Don Stabler, who, as a former IRS Officer, knew the agents assigned to the client’s file and articulated a path to success. Before Don informed the IRS that he represented the client, one morning, the client’s bank informed me that over $500,000.00 had just been levied from the client’s account. I notified Don, who committed to correct the problem. Later that day, Don and the bank informed me that the levy was reversed and the client’s $500,000.00+ was back.

  • A couple of years later, the U.S. Attorneys office filed a Criminal Information (an indictment) against a client for failure to file tax returns. For six years, the client filed extensions and paid estimated taxes, but never filed the respective Tax Returns. On the day of the trial, he entered into a Plea Agreement.  Don was an integral part of the defense team, which included revising the Plea Agreement to make sure that it didn’t contain any language that could lead to unforeseen civil consequences. Soon after the Plea Agreement was entered, the IRS imposed a $13,000,000.00+ fraud penalty on the client. Don contested the fraud penalty and won on appeal, reducing the penalty by 90%. Don’s involvement in the negotiation of the Plea Agreement saved the client about $12,000,000.00.


Our Services

Tax Representation - From an IRS perspective, there is only five ways to resolve your tax problem: Full payment, Installment Agreement, Offer in Compromise, Partial Payment Installment Agreement, and/or Abatement. Absent any of these methods, you do not have a resolution.

Tax Representation

From an IRS perspective, there is only five ways to resolve your tax problem: Full payment, Installment Agreement, Offer in Compromise, Partial Payment Installment Agreement, and/or Abatement.

Offer in Compromise

An Offer in Compromise is an agreement between a taxpayer and the government that settles a tax liability for payment less than the full amount owed.

Installment Agreements

 Installment agreements are arrangements whereby the Internal Revenue Service allows taxpayers to pay liabilities over time.

Partial Payment Agreements

After careful consideration of your ability to pay and the IRS along with competent representation determines you are unable to pay the entire liability in full on a regular installment because of time remaining on the statute, a partial payment agreement can be granted.


 Often times errors are made and assessment of taxes are levied against individuals and business. The liabilities may have been paid by someone else, and in the event of the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty, was paid by another responsible party.

Tax Return Preparation

 Stabler & Associates services clients from diverse spectrum. We handle high profile individuals, all forms of businesses, and estates. We incorporate our know-hows in pre-planning and mitigating tax consequences for any events within the compartment of the Internal Revenue Code.

Business Management

 Management of others, their assets, and the finances is an art and a science. At Stabler & Associates, we seek to make people more effective, fiscally responsible, and financially secure than they would have been without us, and the science of effectively accomplishing a project or task through personal representation.

Our clients come first! We take your finances, credit rating and standing within your community very personal. Our goal is to ensure your success fiscally which leads to our success and growth.

Stabler & Associates

Stabler & Associates