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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 […]

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 […]
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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is Getting a Tax LLM a Good Idea? Part 3.2: Ranking the Top Tax LLM Programs – Update

  I last posted about the top Master of Laws in Taxation programs about two years ago.  Really, not much can change in that time, except […]

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 […]

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 […]