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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 […]

IRS Changes Procedures to Deny In-Person and Face-to-Face Conferences

In yet another blow to taxpayers, the IRS has amended its Internal Revenue Manual, which provides procedures for its employees to follow, to deny the right […]

7th Circuit Court of Appeals Issues Ruling to Limit Tax Court Jurisdiction to Invalidate Levies

On November 18, the Seventh Circuit issued its opinion in Adolphson v. Commissioner, in which it upheld the ruling of Tax Court Judge Carluzzo in the […]

United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program in Orange County Needs Volunteers

The Orange County Register put out an article last (click here) week highlighting the United Way of Orange County’s need for volunteers for the upcoming tax […]

FINCEN to Allow Automatic Extensions of FBAR Deadline

As noted in a prior post (here), H.R. 3236 became Public Law No. 114-41 and provided several directives to the Secretary of the Treasury to issue regulations providing […]

The Value of a Tax LLM After Your First Job: Part 2.2 of “Is Getting a Tax LLM a Good Idea?”

In an earlier post, I discussed whether a tax LLM was worth the cost largely as a function of its affect on landing one’s first tax […]

Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Committed by Inmate

In my experience as a federal tax prosecutor, I have previously seen cases where someone in prison (in one case on charges of return fraud already) […]

San Diego Legalizes Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries and Looks Forward to Taxing Them

The San Diego Union Tribune recently published an article highlighting the City of San Diego’s   recent approval of recreational marijuana dispensaries.  As has been implicit […]

Fullerton Man Pleads Guilty to False Return Preparation

A local return preparer has pleaded guilty to preparing returns claiming over a million dollars in false refunds.  In the height of tax season, this operates […]

Buffet Owner Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

I have previously blogged about non-income tax evasion cases prosecuted locally.  A little further away, there is another example, here where a buffet owner pleaded guilty […]

Northern California Woman Pleads Guilty to False Return Omitting Bonus Pay

  The Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release yesterday advising of the guilty plea of a medical office director in […]