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After Attempt to Sneak Bank Statements From Israel, Los Angeles Man Pleads Guilty

Tip of the hat to the article in Bloomberg which recently highlighted a local Los Angeles business man’s captivating cat-and-mouse method of receiving bank statements.  According […]

Santa Barbara Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Charges

As I’ve discussed in previous posts, the IRS isn’t the only one prosecuting tax charges.   On July 20, 2016, the District Attorney’s Office for the […]

OC’s Assessed Property Tax Roll Reaches over $500 Billion

That’s billion, with a “B.”  The OC Register is reporting (link here) that a 5.5 percent increase in assessments of real property tax citing a number […]

An Instructive Case: Non-Filer Charged and Tried for Tax Evasion

Many taxpayers may be surprised that failure to file a Federal tax return by the April deadline is technically criminal, if it is intentionally not filed […]

Pro Football Hall of Famer and San Diego Attorney Pleads Guilty to Tax Charge

The US Department of Justice issued a press release recently announcing the guilty plea of Hall of Fame football player Ron Mix, who is 78 years […]

Canadian Orange County Resident on Lamb for 5 Years Extradited From Germany

The IRS issued a press release earlier this month about the sentencing of Donald Baxi, a former Orange County resident with Canadian citizenship.  Interestingly, he had […]

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 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 […]
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When Is a California Tax Attorney’s Conflict of Interest Unwaivable?

When Is a California Tax Attorney’s Conflict of Interest Unwaivable? A court may find that a conflict of interest by a California attorney may not be […]
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C-Corporation versus Pass-Through Entity: How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Defines the Entrepreneur’s Decision

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), tax reform legislation enacted in 2017, has altered the landscape for the entrepreneur and existing business owners.  Before TCJA, […]
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Does Filing an Amended Tax Return Extend the IRS Statute of Limitations to Audit or Assess?

Does Filing an Amended Tax Return Extend the IRS Statute of Limitations to Audit or Assess? In general, the filing of an amended return does nothing […]
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Bedrosian v. United States – FBAR Wilfullness Penalty Standard Considered by Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Recent Tax Opinion Highlight: The opinion of United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit in Arthur Bedrosian v. United States, a recent FBAR willfulness penalty […]

Kimble v. United States, Court of Claims No. 17-421 – FBAR Willfulness Penalty Case

The below is the HTML text of the original opinion in the Kimble v. United States opinion in the United States Court of Claims, a wilful […]

The IRS’s Laguna Niguel Office – Where IRS Attorneys, Revenue Agents, and Criminal Special Agents Work

The IRS’s Laguna Niguel Office – Where IRS Attorneys, Revenue Agents, and Criminal Special Agents Work If you have ever been to the “Ziggurat,” you never […]
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I Quit My Federal Prosecutor Job Because of a Government Shutdown

I Quit My Federal Prosecutor Job Because of a Government Shutdown: My Story. When I was offered a line-attorney job at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for […]

What Is an IRS Tax Assessment?

What Is an IRS Tax Assessment? An IRS tax assessment is a bookkeeping entry made by the Internal Revenue Service when an IRS assessment officer signs […]