Orange County Tax Attorney Blog

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bakersfield Car Dealer Bros Plead Guilty to Failing to File Form 8300 Cash Transaction Reports

  Reminding taxpayers that there are more than one way the government can skin a cat, the DOJ issued a press release last week publicizing the […]

Northern California Thai Restaurant Owner Sentenced for Underpaying Undocumented Workers and Tax Fraud

  Paying undocumented workers under the table or having off-the-books cash employees often goes hand in hand with tax charges.  The connection arises like a domino […]

Austin v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2017-69

The Untied States Tax Court issued its opinion in Austin v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2017-69, on April 24, 2017.  The full text of the opinion is […]

Motorcycle Racing Business Owner Pleads to Tax Fraud

  Per a recent DOJ press release (which can be seen by clicking here) Dan Kyle, owner of Kyle Racing in Sand City, CA, pleaded guilty […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]
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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 […]

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 […]
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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 […]