Community Tax Relief was created by Attorneys and Bankers with years of experience in both tax debt resolution and financial services. Our mission is to create a new standard for the industry, in which the customer and their best interest truly come first. We have grown tired of seeing clients getting taken advantage of and paying outrageous upfront fees for which they receive little to no service in return. Too many clients are turned away from our competitors because they couldn’t pay high upfront fees.
Our corporate philosophy is that no client should pay full price for a service until they know what their options are and what kind of help they can expect from us. No one should be turned away because of their inability to pay upfront fees. It is because of this philosophy, that we first obtain all the information the IRS has on file, then analyze a client’s current and future economic situation, and then apply this information to the IRS and state resolution programs made available for you. Just like a doctor or mechanic, we diagnose the issue and determine what needs to be fixed, how to fix it, and then present you with a reasonable cost for our services. Once you decide to proceed, we will custom tailor a flexible payment plan that fits your circumstances.
To keep you free from the emotional and time consuming burdens of dealing with tax agencies, Community Tax Relief’s experienced tax debt specialists will take over all communications and correspondence with the IRS and state taxing authorities as soon as you become a client. Our experienced and tax practitioners will monitor enforced collection efforts. We work with the IRS to use their own collections procedures against them to obtain the most effective and cost-efficient resolution program available to you.
Tax Debt Settlement Team
Adam Dayan, Esq. | Co-Founder
Adam Dayan is a native of Chicago, Illinois. After graduating with a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he attended and received his law degree from Chicago Kent College of Law in 2001. In 2002, Mr. Dayan joined the law firm formerly known as Harris Kessler and Goldstein where he practiced real estate and banking law. In early 2004 Mr. Dayan founded and was President and CEO of Pan American Mortgage, LLC, a nationwide mortgage company. After merging Pan American Mortgage with Pan American Bank, an Illinois State Chartered Bank, he served as a Director for Pan American Bank from 2005 through early 2010. Since beginning his career, Mr. Dayan has had a clear and defined mission: to assist consumers with their legal needs and/or debt relief matters as well as to provide access to working capital for small businesses throughout the United States.
In early 2010 Mr. Dayan co-founded Community Tax Relief, LLC (“CTR”) (www.ctaxrelief.com) a nationwide full service tax defense company which is instrumental in resolving federal and state tax debt for thousands of clients across the country. CTR is among the largest and most recognized tax defense and tax preparation firms in the country and is well recognized by its peers as an industry leader. CTR, together with its team of attorney practitioners, enrolled agents and CPA’S, prides itself on delivering a superior service and extraordinary results which set the bar for the tax industry to follow.
In early 2010 Mr. Dayan founded and currently serves as President of Consumer Law Group, LLC (“CLG”) (www.yourclg.com) an Illinois based law firm which represents its clients in matters ranging from Immigration Law, Criminal Law, Employment/Labor Law, Family Law, Bankruptcy Law and Foreclosure Litigation. CLG is a consumer service based law firm whose core mission is to advance the interests of the Consumer through any and all legal means possible.
Having a long-term affiliation and intimate involvement with an FDIC insured banking institution, Dayan came to recognize some of the shortcomings of commercial banking, specifically as it relates to the small business. With this in mind, in late 2013 Mr. Dayan co-founded and currently serves and Chairman and CEO of National Funding Group, LLC (“NFG”) (www.natfg.com). NFG provides access to working capital and small business loans for companies throughout the United States. NFG was created with the purpose of helping business owners obtain the financing needed to help maintain and grow one’s business without the lengthy and burdensome application process typically associated with a traditional bank loan. Mr. Dayan’s core mission at NFG is clear: to provide access to capital for those businesses that otherwise struggle to obtain it through traditional banking means and/or to those that simply have an immediate need for capital and cannot withstand the lengthy delays often times associated with a traditional bank.
Jacob Dayan | Co-Founder
Jacob Dayan is a native of Chicago. After graduating with a BA from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Jacob began his career in New York at Bear Stearns working in the Financial Analytics and Structured Transactions group. When Bear Stearns was acquired by JP Morgan, he left to join Millennium Partners, a large Multi-Strategy hedge fund, where he worked as an analyst in a Global Macro Options Trading group. In early 2009, Jacob left New York and returned to Chicago to be with his family and pursue his lifelong dream of self-employment. He co-founded Epic Financial, specializing in negotiation and settlement of unsecured debt, and later co-founded Community Tax Relief, LLC.
Nick Charveron | Co-Founder | Director of Operations
Nick Charveron received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale. While studying in Marketing Communications and Real Estate Finance, Nick was also enlisted in the US Army National Guard where he served with the 1544th and 1344th companies respectively. Prior to his graduation from undergraduate school, Nick completed an internship with the U.S Department of State. While working for the United States Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, he received a Certificate of Appreciation award for his hard work and dedication. When Nick returned to the United States, he worked for two years in Real Estate Finance for Bank of America as a top producing Account Executive in Southern California.
Before co-founding Community Tax Relief, Nick worked for a Tax Resolution Firm in Chicago, Illinois as a Senior Tax Analyst where he reviewed and consulted with over 2400 individuals and businesses experiencing delinquent tax situations with the IRS and State Tax Authorities.
Matt DiRaimondo, Esq. | Co-Founder | Director of Resolution
Matthew received his undergraduate degree in legal studies from SUNY at Buffalo and graduated with honors from Michigan State College of Law. Following law school, he obtained his LLM in Taxation from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Matthew began his career as a student clinician at Michigan State College of Law’s Low-Income Taxpayer clinic during his 3rd year of law school, moved to Chicago, and joined a consumer bankruptcy firm before joining a tax resolution firm representing distressed taxpayers before the IRS and State taxing authorities nationwide. Matthew eventually left his position and co-founded the full service tax defense firm Community Tax Relief. Throughout his career, Matthew has represented thousands of taxpayers before the IRS and State Taxing Authorities. He is currently admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois and licensed to practice before the Federal District Court for Northern Illinois and Federal Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Doug Drebes, CPA | Certified Public Accountant
Doug received his Bachelors of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His professional career includes working at Motorola, Inc. in International Accounting and Corporate Finance and as a Financial Consultant at Merrill Lynch, Inc. Since then he has worked in the field of public accounting for over 15 years as a Certified Public Accountant focusing on tax return preparation for businesses, individuals, trusts, and estates. During this time he acquired 4 years of tax resolution experience representing distressed taxpayers before the IRS and various State taxing authorities.
Robert A Jakovich, CPA | Tax Resolution Practitioner
Robert received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Dyke College, Cleveland, Ohio. He maintains active CPA licenses in Illinois and Ohio. His professional career has been focused in public accounting where his clients were closely held businesses in a variety of industries including light manufacturing, professional and retail. Throughout his career his focus was in tax planning, compliance and succession planning. He has also recently become a Quick Books Certified Pro Advisor. He has represented clients before various tax agencies up to and including U.S. District Court. After relocating to Illinois he became the Chief Financial Officer for Hospital Laundry Services, a 500 employee operation providing linens to Chicago area hospital systems.
Mike Hoefke | Director, Strategic Marketing Group
Michael Hoefke received his Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing through the College of Business at Southern Illinois University. Michael’s professional career includes managing business development efforts for CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business. He provided legal research solutions for law firms and attorneys nationwide to help build, support and defend their cases. Prior to CCH, he worked at a large tax resolution firm in Chicago to implement various resolution strategies for businesses and individuals with outstanding tax liabilities. Mike develops, supports and oversees Community Tax Relief’s Strategic Marketing Groups.
Daniel Urban, Esq. | Lead Tax Resolution Practitioner
Daniel Urban received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated with honors from Michigan State University College of Law. Following law school, Daniel attended Northwestern University School of Law and received a Master of Laws degree in taxation. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and is licensed to practice before the U.S. Tax Court.
Sara Engbretson, Esq. | Tax Resolution Practitioner
Sara Engbretson was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She received her undergraduate education at the University of Chicago, where she studied various areas of psychology, including the psychology of negotiation. She received her JD from Chicago Kent College of Law. While at Chicago Kent, she focused on multiple areas of the law, including personal income tax, taxation of business enterprises, and business organizations. She began her legal career at the Law Offices of Chicago Kent’s Criminal Clinic, first as a student intern and then as a faculty fellow. Sara is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois.
Chad Dickinson, Esq. | Tax Resolution Practitioner
Chad Dickinson received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from Rochester College and graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He began his career as a second year law student volunteer, providing tax compliance and assistance to low income families in Pontiac, Michigan. Chad’s professional career includes an externship with the Michigan State Department, working for the tax department of a large corporate retailer and working for a tax consulting firm, providing tax relief to local business owners and corporations. Chad is licensed to practice law in the state of Michigan and the state of Illinois.
Irina Pavchinskaya-Cedano, Esq. | Tax Resolution Practitioner
Irina Pavchinskaya-Cedano graduated from DePaul University, where she completed the Strobel Honors Accounting program and received her bachelor’s degree in Accountancy. She received her law degree from The John Marshall Law School. During her time at John Marshall, she volunteered at the Veterans Income Tax Clinic where she assisted low income tax payers by both filing returns and assisting them in their tax questions. It was during her law school career that she discovered her passion for all areas of taxation. After she received her Juris Doctorate, Irina sat for and passed all four sections of the Certified Public Accounting exam. Irina is currently admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois as well as licensed in Illinois as a Certified Public Accountant.
Jennifer Schaffer, Esq. | Tax Resolution Practitioner
Jennifer Schaffer received her B.A. from the University of Arkansas and her JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law. While at Chicago-Kent, she focused on multiple areas of the law including personal income tax. Prior to joining Community Tax Relief, she worked for a small personal injury firm in Chicago where she gained valuable negotiating experience. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois.
Thomas Gwozdz, Esq. | Tax Resolution Practitioner
Tom earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa where he studied accounting and finance. He then studied law at Thomas M Cooley Law School where he focused his studies on financial transactions and served on the executive board of the Tax Law Society. He began his career at the Michigan Tax Tribunal where he helped resolve state property and business tax issues. He then helped Illinois clients plan their futures through estate planning. While representing his own clients Tom took on volunteer tax resolution cases to assist people with their IRS issues. After realizing his passion, Tom then joined the CTR team to utilize his efforts in relieving clients of their tax issues full-time. Tom is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois.
Jeremy Brunner, Esq. | Tax Resolution Practitioner
Jeremy Brunner received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Illinois Wesleyan University. He attended law school at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago where he received his JD and LLM in Employee Benefits, graduating with honors. As a student he was selected as an Academic Fellow for the Center of Tax Law and Employee Benefits. He began his professional career in law school working in the Cook County Treasurer’s Office, the Department of Labor, and the Tax and Miscellaneous Remedies Section of the Cook County Court. Prior to joining Community Tax Relief, Jeremy provided a wide range of legal services as an independent attorney in Chicago. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois.
William Anderson, Esq. | Tax Resolution Practitioner
William Anderson received his law degree from Southern Illinois University. His career in private practice with Fuqua, Winter Stiles and Anderson has focused on litigation, including tax relief. He has also served as General Counsel to Statewide Insurance Co. Very interested in youth, literacy and education he has served on the local school and library boards. He is admitted to practice in Illinois and in the Northern District of Illinois Federal District Court.
Bradley Bussey, Esq. | Tax Resolution Practitioner
Bradley Bussey graduated with a double major in Economics and Finance from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. He received his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Bradley is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and received the Outstanding Tax Student Award from the CBA Federal Taxation Committee. He is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois.
Kelly McGrath, CPA. | Tax Resolution Practitioner
Kelly McGrath received her Bachelor of Business Administration with emphasis in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. After working a number of years in the banking industry, both the public and private sectors, she completed her Masters in Accounting and Financial Management. After completing her Master’s degree, Kelly sat for and passed all for sections of the Certified Public Accounting exam. While completing her CPA, Kelly volunteered at the Center for Economic Progress and prepared tax returns for the elderly and low-to-moderate income individuals. Her volunteer work at the Center for Economic Progress is what launched her interest in taxation and the desire to help people with their tax issues. Kelly is currently a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.
John Nagle, Esq. | Tax Resolution Practitioner
John Nagle received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. While at John Marshall, he focused on multiple areas of the law including civil litigation and personal income tax, and was a member of the Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Honors Council. Prior to joining Community Tax Relief, John practiced law as an independent attorney in Chicago where he gained valuable negotiating experience. He is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois.