Member

Breann Robowski

Breann Robowski

Breann assists clients in matters ranging from complex, high-stakes litigation to audit compliance and tax planning. She has substantial experience with respect to personal property (e.g., business inventory, computer and technology equipment, leased equipment, network equipment, specialized fixtures), as well as real property (e.g., broadcast centers, clean rooms, data centers, office buildings and complexes, possessory interests, research and development facilities, solar farms, geothermal properties, refineries). She has managed and resolved property tax appeals in nearly all of California’s 58 counties, including recent multi-million dollar settlements in Los Angeles, Orange, San Francisco and San Mateo counties. She routinely represents clients in administrative hearings and court trials, recently having completed an extended hearing in Los Angeles County resulting in a multi-million refund for the taxpayer and a multi-week trial before the Santa Clara County Superior Court again resulting in a multi-million dollar refund to the taxpayer. As Chair of CATA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Remote Hearings, Breann testified at the BOE’s meetings from September through December 2020 as the taxpayer representative within the BOE’s Collaborative Workgroup on Remote Hearings—the task force pioneering the implementation of virtual Assessment Appeals Board hearings. Breann also serves as a Board Member for CATA. Some of Breann’s professional highlights include: developing a new standardized valuation table used to assess client’s leased equipment throughout California, bringing uniformity and predictability to the client’s assessments and considerable tax refunds; reaching a favorable resolution on the eve of an assessment appeals board hearing challenging the Assessor’s substantial equivalent of new construction assessment based on use of the residual value method; and entering into a joint stipulation for dismissal, refund and eligibility for the business inventory exemption, resulting in an exemption that was adopted in other counties; obtaining a welfare exemption for a research institute to resolve seven years of contested exemption claims.