Michael L Caplinger

Michael L Caplinger

Caplinger Tax
1237 South Victoria Avenue
Suite 511
Oxnard, CA 93035-1292

Main Office Phone: 8059861985
Cell Phone: 818.515.5612
Direct Work Phone: 805.986.1985

Professional Experience:

Michael L Caplinger, CPA - Michael's career began "on the other side of the fence" as an auditor with the California State Board of Equalization. The 7 years he spent planning, conducting, supervising, and reviewing sales and use tax audit examinations now benefit his current consulting practice clients. Michael has been practicing exclusively in sales and use and business license taxes for nearly 30 years. Michael traded-in his Partnership in the national accounting firm BDO Seidman, LLP to form CAPLINGER TAX after 5 1/2 years in BDO's Century City based State & Local Tax (“SALT”) practice. He joined BDO as sales and use tax practice leader for the western region to help build its budding SALT practice after 6 years in "Big 5" public accounting. His "Big 5" experience culminated in a primary role as Southwestern Regional Sales & Transactions Tax Practice Leader, as well as several national leadership positions.

Practice Focus:

Michael has helped hundreds of clients capitalize on sales and use and business license tax opportunities and resolve their sales and use and business license tax issues. He assists businesses in solving problems related to sales and use taxes, and business license taxes. He brings them the keen insight and depth of knowledge that only many thousands of hours of client problem solving can provide. Michael understands the operations of state & local taxing agencies and uses this familiarity to appropriately promote his clients' interests and to protect their rights. He is well-versed in assessment appeal procedures, refund claim protocol, ruling requests & "no-name" negotiations, and the many other state & local taxing agency interactions.


Bachelor of Business Administration (accounting) degree conferred June, 1984 - University of San Diego
SALT Masters Program – Arthur Andersen – June, 1993


Various tax focused publication contributions as well as technical presentations and instruction.

Professional and Community Activities:

Institute for Professionals in Taxation – CMI Professional Designation Committee Member

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