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January 28, 2015

Paying for College is Hard, But Doing Time is Harder: College Kids Arrested for Tax Refund ID Fraud

In November, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida  issued an interesting press release detailing the arrest of 17 people, including 14 students […]
January 28, 2015

Letter 5105 Being Sent to Select Return Preparers in January – How Can You Respond?

As a tax controversy attorney, although I don’t prepare returns myself, I try and stay in touch with issues affecting return preparers, CPAs, and enrolled agents. […]
January 12, 2015

Board of Equalization Will Look for Sales Suppression in 2015

California’s Board of Equalization issued a Special Notice in the latter part of 2014 making it clear that they were interested in prosecuting sales suppression cases. […]
December 31, 2014

Before the Tax Season Starts, A Reminder to Choose Your Return Preparer Carefully

Earlier this month, the DOJ issued a press release that buried the lead, titled, “Former eBAY Manager Pleads Guilty To Stealing More Than $200,000 In IRS […]
December 31, 2014

Republican Congressman Michael Grimm to Resign Following Guilty Plea to Tax Charge

On December 30, 2014, New York Representative Michael Grimm (Rep.) announced he would resign as of January 5, 2015, according to a report by the Associated Press and […]
December 18, 2014

Attitude Survey Shows Lower Satisfaction With IRS Customer Service

On December 8, 2014, the IRS Oversight Board released its 2014 Taxpayer Attitude Survey. As is probably no surprise to many tax professionals who deal with […]
September 20, 2016

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 […]
October 10, 2016

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 […]
October 25, 2016

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 […]
November 10, 2016

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 […]
November 15, 2016

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 […]