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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

US Tax Court Sides With Whistleblower in Award Case

In June, the Tax Court issued its opinion in 21276-13W v. Commissioner, 144 T.C. No. 15 (2016).  This is one of the better written case opinions […]

North Carolina Man Indicted for Allegedly Filing False Lien

The Department of Justice issued a press release regarding the indictment of a North Carolina man alleging the filing of false tax returns and interfering with […]

Tampon Tax Relief Vetoed by California Governor Brown

Affirming, perhaps, that the one thing California loves more than being progressive is being expensive, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have exempted tampons […]

Former IRS Revenue Officer Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

The Department of Justice issued a press release setting out a cautionary tale of what not to do, outlining a litany of affirmative act comprising the […]

IRS Criminal Special Agent Indicted For Filing False Returns and Obstruction

In a case of dabbling in too much of one’s own product, or the dog chasing its own tail, so to speak, an IRS Special Agent […]

Retired Professor Pleads to Conspiracy to Submit False Expatriation Statement and Tax and FBAR Conduct

Affirming that the DOJ is still prosecuting at least the more egregious offshore-reporting cases, the DOJ issued a press release recently detailing the plea agreement of an […]

Ecigarette Sellers To Be Subject to Registration Requirements for Cigarette and Tobacco Products Retailer Licenses Starting January 1 2017

The California State Board of Equalization issued a press release on November 2, 2016, advising “E-Cig” sellers of the new license registration requirements starting on January […]