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Norman v. United States – Court of Federal Claims Holds FBAR Willfulness Penalty Not Limited Contrary to Colliot District Court

  Blogger’s Note:   It appears to me the trial-level judge in the Court of Federal Claims has determined the regulation at issue is invalid because it […]

Wadhan v. United States – Another District Court Opinion Following Colliot and Limiting FBAR Penalty

1 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Chief Judge Marcia S. Krieger Civil Action No. 17-CV-1287-MSK UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiffs, […]

United States v. Colliot, Defendant., U.S. District Court, W.D. Texas, 2018-1 U.S.T.C. ¶50,259, (May 16, 2018) – District Court Holds FBAR Penalty Limited

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS AUSTIN DIVISION UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, -vs- DOMINIQUE G. COLLIOT, Defendant. CAUSE NO.: AU-16-CA-01281-SS […]
Jersey Shore

What’s the Situation With “The Situation” of Jersey Shore?

  A blast from the past just came across the headlines recently surrounding a member of the hit show of 2009, Jersey Shore. I had previously […]

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 […]

Celebrities Getting Into the Medical Marijuana Business

The OC Register recently published an interesting article on the growing medical marijuana business, focusing on the fact that several celebrities, including most recently Roseanne Barr, […]

Revised FBAR Rules for Finance Pros Proposed by FinCEN

FinCEN is the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, a bureau of the Treasury Department, which is tasked, among other things, with monitoring offshore financial transactions in order […]

Hollywood Tax – Ex-SAG Benefit Plan Official Guilty Plea and More

The National Legal and Policy Center published an article yesterday (nlpc.org/2016/03/28/ex-sag-benefit-plan-official-pleads-guilty-700k-tax-evasion/) on the guilty plea of Nader Karimi.  According to that article he pleaded guilty to […]

Tax Court Judge Kroupa Indicted

In news that is rocking the tax community, the Department of Justice has issued a press release announcing that Judge Diane Kroupa and her husband have […]

Hacienda Heights Man Sentenced in Tax Return ID Theft Case

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported earlier this month on yet another tax return-related identity theft sentencing in California.  This time with was a 63 year […]

$14 Million In Refunds Issued by IRS in Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme Indicted

Yet another tax return related identity theft scheme was recently indicted, this one with ties all across Orange County from La Habra to Newport Beach.  I […]

How Long Will OVDP/OVDI Be Available?

WARNING: Update 3/13/2018.  The IRS has announced the formal Offshore Voluntary Program discussed below will be closed on September 28, 2018.  For more, see our post […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]