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What is the Value of a JD/MBA? An Attorney’s Take on Dual Law and Business Degrees.

What is the Value of a JD/MBA? An Attorney’s Take on Dual Law and Business Degrees. Before and after law school, many people consider attending business […]

When Are Legal Fees Deductible as Employee Business Expenses?

When Are Legal Fees Deductible as Employee Business Expenses? In Guill v. Commissioner, 112 T.C. 325 (1999), the United States Tax Court succinctly explained the deductibility […]
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What Actions Extend the Length of the IRS’s Time to Collect?

What Actions Extend the Length of the IRS’s Time to Collect? Under the general rule, the IRS must collect taxes within 10 years of the date […]
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Does the IRS Have Discretion to Apply Lower FBAR Penalties?

Does the IRS Have Discretion to Apply Lower FBAR Penalties? On May 13, 2015, the IRS issued a memorandum to all IRS LB&I, SB/SE, and TE/GE […]

When Can I take Casualty Theft Losses On My Tax Return?

When Can I take Casualty Theft Losses On My Tax Return? Per 26 U.S.C. § 165(c) casualty loss deductions can be taken for theft.  Per IRS […]

The Limits of Waivers of Attorney Conflicts of Interest In Federal Criminal Cases

  The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution provides that “[i]n all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right . . . to have the Assistance […]

Is Getting a Tax LLM A Good Idea? Part 1: LLM Programs Grew More Competitive…

A question law students and recent law school graduates ask with great frequency is whether they should pursue a Tax LLM. To a great extent, the […]
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Is Getting A Tax LLM A Good Idea? Part 2.1: Is It Worth the Cost?

Whether a Master of Laws in Taxation is worth the cost, of course, is going to vary based on individual circumstances – both what you come […]

Is Getting a Tax LLM a Good Idea? Part 3.1: Ranking the Top Tax LLM Programs.

Currently, there are a few places that you may find rankings of the master of laws in taxation programs. One of the obvious places to look […]

Bakersfield Man Who Ran Catholic-Centered Charitable Websites Indicted for Tax Evasion

The Department of Justice recently issued a press release (click here to see it) announcing the indictment of a Bakersfield man, Michael Galloway, who owned the […]

Newport Beach Executive Sentenced to 7 Years For $180 million Unreported Income

The Orange County DA’s office issued a press release yesterday reporting that Richard Engel, a 70 year old Newport Beach man, was sentenced to seven years […]

Star of “Jersey Shore” Indicted for Tax Fraud

Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino and his brother/manager Marc Sorrentingo were indicted last week for allegedly failing to pay taxes on $8.9 million of income, according to […]

First Day of Trial for UBS Executive

The high profile federal criminal trial of Raoul Weil began today in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Weil was the chief executive of UBS AG wealth management. This […]

Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud Stealing Headlines

The IRS’s tax return-related identity theft problem has officially crossed from item of interest to law enforcement and tax professionals to a disturbing problem worthy of […]

Blows Dealt to Department of Justice in Offshore Bank Account Enforcement

The big news last week was that the Department of Justice lost two high-profiled trials involving offshore bank accounts. The first was a jury verdict of […]

So-Cal Tax Attorney and CPA Who Evaded Taxes Sentenced to Almost 5 Years

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California issued a press release last week reporting a conviction of a former tax attorney.  Lloyd Irving […]