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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 […]

$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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kimble v. United States, Court of Claims No. 17-421 – FBAR Willfulness Penalty Case

The below is the HTML text of the original opinion in the Kimble v. United States opinion in the United States Court of Claims, a wilful […]

The IRS’s Laguna Niguel Office – Where IRS Attorneys, Revenue Agents, and Criminal Special Agents Work

The IRS’s Laguna Niguel Office – Where IRS Attorneys, Revenue Agents, and Criminal Special Agents Work If you have ever been to the “Ziggurat,” you never […]
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I Quit My Federal Prosecutor Job Because of a Government Shutdown

I Quit My Federal Prosecutor Job Because of a Government Shutdown: My Story. When I was offered a line-attorney job at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for […]
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What is the Estate Tax Exemption?

A Post-Tax Reform Look at Estate Planning Perhaps unwittingly, President Benjamin Franklin best distilled the reason for estate planning when he said, “[N]othing can be said […]

What Is an IRS Tax Assessment?

What Is an IRS Tax Assessment? An IRS tax assessment is a bookkeeping entry made by the Internal Revenue Service when an IRS assessment officer signs […]

What Is a Federal IRS Tax Lien?

What is a federal IRS tax lien? A federal IRS tax lien is a lien for unpaid tax liabilities which arises in favor of the United […]

Does Res Judicata Apply to Stipulated Tax Court Decisions?

Does Res Judicata Apply to Stipulated U.S. Tax Court Decisions? The judicial principle of res judicata applies to stipulated Tax Court Decisions. However, if the stipulated […]

Application of Homestead Provisions To Keep Your Home in Bankruptcy and Survival of Federal Tax Liens

Application of Homestead Provisions To Keep Your Home in Bankruptcy and Survival of Federal Tax Liens California’s Homestead exemption is found in Chapter 4 of Division […]

When Can a Court Use Its Discretion to Decline Foreclosure of Property Subject to a Federal Tax Lien?

When Can a Court Use Its Discretion to Decline Foreclosure of Property Subject to an IRS Federal Tax Lien? Judicial discretion to decline foreclosure in Federal […]