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Palm Beach County Tax Return Preparer Sentenced to Prison for Filing False Returns and Theft of Government Funds

The United States Department of Justice has issued a press release concerning the sentencing of a West Palm Beach tax return preparer. Paul Senat was sentenced […]
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Portland Tax Return Preparer Sentenced to Prison for Preparing False Returns

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine has issued a press release for the sentencing of a tax return preparer located in Portland, […]
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Utah Tax Return Preparers Indicted for Tax Crimes

A recent press release from the U.S. Department of Justice announced that three Utah based tax return preparers were indicted for tax crimes. Sergio, Alissa, and […]
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Nevada Return Preparer Sentenced to More Than Three Years in Prison for Tax Crimes

The United States Department of Justice announced that Michael A. Sandoval, a return preparer located in Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced for tax evasion, aiding and […]
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Fighting the IRS’s Intentional Disregard of Form W-2 Filing Requirements Penalty Under Section 6721 of the Federal Tax Code

Can an employer avoid the IRS’s proposed imposition of the penalty for “intentional disregrard” of the Form W-2 filing requirements? Yes, depending on the circumstances. The […]
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The Dual Liability Provisions for a Responsible Person under California Sales Tax Law

Can you be held responsible by the CDTFA for the unpaid sales tax of your employer’s company or of the company you own? A person may […]

U.S. Senate Committee Declines to Change DOJ Medical Marijuana Policy

In August of 2013, the Justice Department announced a marijuana enforcement policy which still endures, at least for the time being.  That “medical marijuana” policy is […]
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Rap Star DMX Arrested Under Tax Fraud Charges – Tax Evasion and Failure to File Returns

Tip of the hat to the Billboard.com’s article for bringing this music industry tax news to my attention.  A recent DOJ press release is reporting that […]

Forbes Lists Master’s of Taxation Among 10 Worst Master’s Degrees

An article on the Forbes.com website providing rankings of the ten best and ten worst master’s degrees (of only 45 popular degrees) has listed the Master’s […]

Measure M Los Angeles County Sales Tax Rate Increase as of July 1, 2017

With over a 70% favorable vote, Measure M passed in Los Angeles County in November of last year.  Per LA Metro’s webpage voters were asked to vote […]

Introducing the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration and the Office of Tax Appeals

On June 15th, Senate Bill (SB) 86 was passed.  The bill was called the “Taxpayer Transparency and Fairness Act,” and the full text can be found […]

Ranking the Top Tax LLM Programs: Part 3.2 of Is a Tax LLM a Good Idea? [2019 Update]

Tax LLM Rankings. I last posted about the top Master of Laws in Taxation programs about four years ago.  Really, not much can change in that […]

Why is Golden Gate University’s MST (Master’s of Science in Taxation) Program So Well Known?

Golden Gate University has its main campus in San Francisco. But, Golden Gate University also has the most popular, based on my anecdotal observations, Master’s of […]

Motorcycle Racing Business Owner Pleads to Tax Fraud

Per a recent DOJ press release (which can be seen by clicking here) Dan Kyle, owner of Kyle Racing in Sand City, CA, pleaded guilty to […]

Austin v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2017-69

The Untied States Tax Court issued its opinion in Austin v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2017-69, on April 24, 2017.  The full text of the opinion is […]

Northern California Thai Restaurant Owner Sentenced for Underpaying Undocumented Workers and Tax Fraud

Paying undocumented workers under the table or having off-the-books cash employees often goes hand in hand with tax charges.  The connection arises like a domino effect. […]
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