Empowering everyday people to tackle tax
I’ve been called a tax translator because I make taxes easy to understand. I won’t just talk tax AT you - I’ll talk tax WITH you. I help make tax law accessible and understandable.
I believe that tax law is like your electronics drawer. We all avoid it. In fact, we might be more likely to go buy a new USB cable or phone charger before you dig for the one you already have.
However, when you stumble upon an issue and are forced to go through that drawer, albeit understanding a deduction or battling the IRS, I untangle the drawer for you.
Before Ventsko Law, I was a social justice attorney and social worker who was concerned about helping others.
Economic empowerment was off my radar. Despite being a lawyer - I, too, was scared of taxes. I even thought standard deductions might be a “trick” I didn’t understand.
After pursuing an LLM (Masters of Laws degree), I now confidently do my own taxes. I even amended my own past tax returns and got myself hard-earned money back. Now I want to empower those who may be similarly situated to do the same.
In 2015, Natalia began her pursuit of her LLM in taxation. In 2017 she interned with the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Low Income Tax Clinic (LITC) where she represented clients pro bono. Natalia is currently a participant in the Bay Area Legal Incubator (BALI), a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, the Alameda County Bar Association, and the San Francisco Bar Association. Additionally, she is the secretary of the Estate Planning Council for Southern Alameda County.
Natalia Ventsko is an attorney and a social worker. She received her Bachelors in Social Work from San Jose State University, Masters in Social Work from Southern University of New Orleans, Juris Doctorate from Loyola College of Law New Orleans, and LL.M (Masters in Law) in Taxation from the University of San Francisco.
In The Community
Natalia’s social justice and community service work includes working as a community organizer with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, advocating and litigating on behalf of incarcerated youth with the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, working with the Recovery School District of New Orleans and Orleans Parish Juvenile Court to develop best practices to reduce school push-out, and chairing the Disproportionate Minority Confinement Committee at Orleans Parish Juvenile Court. Additionally, at Year Up she chaired the Diversity and Cultural Competency Committee and implemented policies and practices that promoted inclusion and retention of marginalized populations.
Currently, Natalia is a member of San Francisco’s Last 3%, a founding member of the Fillmore Heritage Center Equity Partnership, and co-founder of We Re-Member; all efforts to bring equity and opportunity to people of the African Diaspora.