Charles S. Kolstad


Charles is a partner in the private client, tax and corporate teams.

He focuses his practice on international tax, corporate, and partnership matters. He assists clients in tax and corporate planning relating to the acquisition, disposition and restructuring of businesses, corporations and partnerships both domestically and internationally. Charles frequently advises foreign individuals moving to the U.S. on pre-immigration, income, gift and estate tax planning opportunities. Charles also focuses his practice on the cannabis industry/cannabusiness, crypto assets and block chain technology, and tax issues related to initial coin offerings (ICOs).

In addition, he advises DJs, actors and actresses, musicians, songwriters, producers, directors and financers, both domestic and foreign, on a wide range of individual and corporate tax issues, specific to the entertainment industry. Charles has written several articles and given many presentations on entertainment tax issues.

He has advised over 200 clients with unreported foreign financial accounts, foreign trusts, and other foreign investments, on the filing of FBARs and other information returns, and whether participating in the IRS’s various offshore voluntary disclosure programs is appropriate. Charles has written and lectured on the extensive information reporting requirements for U.S. taxpayers with international business operations.

Charles has extensive experience in representing clients during audits by the IRS or the California Franchise Tax Board, as well as in front of the IRS Appeals Office or IRS Collection.





New York 1980

California 1992

Federal Banks Get OK to Provide Services for Crypto Assets,’ Bloomberg Law - August 20, 2020, co-author

Coronavirus impact on US international tax compliance,’ Withers Insight - March 27, 2020, co-author

Board of Directors, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

‘Been in the U.S. and Now Heading Overseas? How Will this Impact Your Estate & Tax Planning?’ Los Angeles Inbound Wealth Planning Council webinar - August 20, 2020, co-presenter

‘Tax and Estate Planning for US Persons with Foreign Assets,’ Los Angeles County Bar Association - August 4, 2020, co-presenter

‘How to set up a family office for success,’ Withers event, San Diego, CA - February 25, 2020, panelist



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