Orange County Tax Attorney Blog

Recent Conviction Illustrates Connection Between Use of Nominees and Tax Evasion

A Recent Conviction in Hawaii’s U.S. District Court Illustrates How the Use of Nominees Can Put You in the Crosshairs of the IRS and DOJ for […]

Tax Court Holds IRS Assessment of Trust Fund Recovery Penalty Invalid Where No Final Administrative Determination Issued

In Romano-Murphy v Commissioner, 152 T.C. No. 16 (2019), the United States Tax Court held that an IRS assessment of a Trust Fund Recovery Penalty under […]

US Supreme Court Holds States Cannot Tax Out-of-State Trust Income if Undistributed to In-State Beneficiaries

The Supreme Court Issued Its Opinion in North Carolina Department of Revenue v. Kimberly Rice Kaestner 1992 Family Trust on June 21, 2019. Click here for […]

Can an Unrecorded Deed Defeat an IRS Federal Tax Lien?

Can an Unrecorded Deed Defeat an IRS Federal Tax Lien in California? Yes, an unrecorded deed for California real property can defeat a later-arising IRS federal […]

Author K. Slaughter Found Liable for Employment Taxes, But Not Penalties, in Tax Court Opinion

Author K. Slaughter Found Liable for Employment Taxes, But Not Penalties in U.S. Tax Court Opinion. In K. Slaughter v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2019-65, an opinion […]

Attorney’s Fees in Interpleader Action? Not If It Impairs Recovery of Federal Tax Lien.

Attorney’s Fees in Interpleader Action? Not If It Impairs Recovery of Federal Tax Lien. Can the party filing an interpleader in California recover the costs and […]

Toner Cartridge Thief Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

Earlier this month, Eduardo C. Partida, a resident of South Gate, pleaded guilty to one count of tax fraud, according to an IRS press release.  The […]

Los Angeles Area Car Dealers Sentenced for Tax Evasion

Last week the Pasadena Star News reported that two car-dealing brothers were sentenced by the LA Superior Court to three year sentences.  They pleaded no contest to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Board of Equalization Will Look for Sales Suppression in 2015

California’s Board of Equalization issued a Special Notice (available at www.boe.ca.gov/news/2014/l386.pdf) in the latter part of 2014 making it clear that they were interested in prosecuting sales suppression […]

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. […]

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 […]

Attorney Found Guilty of Tax Fraud

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Tax Division won a conviction against a New York attorney for failing to report income on his 2007, 2008 and […]

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week Is This Week! Hooray?

Tax Identity Theft Awareness week, so designated by the FTC, ends on January 30, 2015. As anyone acquainted with me knows, I was the Stolen Identity […]