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Steven Danowitz

Steven Danowitz

Office 116-205
Phone 805-756-1751


Steven Danowitz

Steve Danowitz is a lecturer in Accounting and Tax in the Orfalea College of Business. He grew up in Southern California and graduated from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in 1978. Steve spent most his career at Ernst & Young in the Los Angeles area as a tax partner. He retired in 2017 but continues to consult with the firm and its clients.

During his career, Steve’s main areas of focus have been on tax planning and dispute resolution. Steve’s practice encompasses a broad range of issues including but not limited to: residency, business/nonbusiness determinations, the make-up of unitary groups/separate trades or businesses, application of general apportionment provisions, alternative apportionment provisions, treatment of intercompany items, and California’s treatment of federal income tax issues.


  • BS – California State University, Northridge – 1978


  • Ernst & Young, Partner

Areas of Expertise

  • Individual Taxation
  • Corporation Taxation
  • State and Local Taxation


  • Certified Public Accountant, California
  • Certified Public Accountant, Colorado
  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants


Danowitz and Gast, 2014, Wynne-ing is the Only Option, State Tax Notes, November 10, 2014, p. 327

Danowitz, Tolin and Bertothy, 2014, It all Started with a Giraffe: The Renewed Focus on Due Process Clause, 2014, Journal of Multistate Taxation, July 2014, p. 6.

Tolin and Danowitz, 2011, States’ Application of IRS’s Differing Treatment of U. S. and Foreign Taxpayers May Violate the Commerce Clause, Journal of Multistate Taxation, July 2011, p.6 (Reprinted with minor editorial changes by permission in Corporate Taxation, November/ December 2011, p.33

Danowitz, Carper and Bott, 2011, California issues Correction on FTB’s View of Texas Margin Tax, Journal of Multistate Taxation, March/April, 2011 p.38

Danowitz, Carper and Bott,  2010, California’s View of the Texas Margin Tax: Marginally Deductible or Deductible Except at the Margins? 2010, Journal of Multistate Taxation, January 2010

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