Orange County Tax Attorney Blog

Attorney’s Fees in Interpleader Action? Not If It Impairs Recovery of Federal Tax Lien.

Attorney’s Fees in Interpleader Action? Not If It Impairs Recovery of Federal Tax Lien. Can the party filing an interpleader in California recover the costs and […]

Issuing a State Court Subpoena to Federal Officials: Beware the Touhy Doctrine.

Issuing a State Court Subpoena to Federal Officials: Beware the Touhy Doctrine. Can you subpoena an IRS or another Federal official in a state court action? […]

Enforcement of Money Judgments Against Property in Jurisdiction of California Probate Court: The Interaction Between Cal. Code. Civ. Proc. Sections 709.030, 695.010 and 697.310

Enforcement of Money Judgments Against Property in Jurisdiction of California Probate Court: The Interaction Between Cal. Code. Civ. Proc. Sections 709.030, 695.010 and 697.310 One issue […]

Statute of Limitations for 18 U.S.C. Section 1001, False Statements to the U.S. Government

In tax cases, the IRS and Department of Justice will generally prosecute cases under Title 26, the Internal Revenue Code. However, if a false statement is […]

Trustees and Executors Should Worry When Taxes are Owed: The Federal Insolvency Statute

What is the Federal Insolvency Statute? Where the delinquent taxpayer is insolvent but has not filed a petition in bankruptcy, the IRS’ prior right to payment […]
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Maryland Federal District Court Issues Willful FBAR Penalty Opinion in United States v. Horowitz – No. PWG-16-1997 – PDF

On January 18, 2019, the U.S. District Court held defendants liable for the willful FBAR Penalty in its opinion in United States v. Horowitz, No. PWG-16-1997 […]

$1.4 Million Dollar Tax Refund ID Theft Attempted Reported In Central District of California

Patch.com is reporting a sentencing in a tax related identity theft case for a single-victim crime to the tune of $1.4 million.  This is probably the […]

Mystic Pizza Owner, Inspiration for 80’s Film, Pleads Guilty to Tax Crime

The New York Daily News, via AP, is reporting that the owner of Mystic Pizza, John Zelepos, pleaded guilty to funneling funds from the business to […]

Celebrity Sightings and Tax Monologues

Perhaps I should find it a bit embarrassing to admit, but I have always gotten a kick out of celebrity sightings.  Of course, having lived in […]

Ohio Supreme Court Limits Reach of Cleveland to Tax Professional Athletes

On April 30, 2015, the Ohio Supreme Court issued an interesting opinion in Hillenmeyer v. Cleveland Bd. of Rev., Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-1623.  In that case, the […]

Criminal Tax Practitioner’s Update: Sentencing Guidelines Updated to Account for Inflation

On April 30, 2015, the United States Sentencing Commission issued Amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines.  Of significance to criminal tax attorneys like myself, the amounts on […]

Laguna Hills Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty

The IRS issued a press release yesterday announcing that Randall Hutchens, who was a return preparer in Laguna Hills until at least 2013, pleaded guilty to […]

City of Newport Beach Proposes $282 Milllion Budget

The OC Register recently reported on the proposed project and operating budget for the City of Newport Beach. That article can be found here.  The proposed […]

A Very Good Example of a Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

NJ.com recently published an article which has a very good example of an alleged tax return related identity theft scheme involving at least 14 gang members. […]

2016 FBAR Still Due [Update – April 18], 2017, But With Option to Extend to October 15

[12/22/16 Update: FBAR Due April 15 each year, but April 18, 2017 for 2016 FBAR, and extension is automatic to October 15, 2017 – see post […]

Newport Beach Doctor Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion Arising from Embezzlement

Showing again that it isn’t just the Feds prosecuting tax crimes, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office issued a press release (orangecountyda.org/civica/press/display.asp?layout=2&Entry=4450) yesterday to bring attention to […]
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