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February 3, 2017

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 […]
January 25, 2017

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) […]
January 14, 2017

Is Getting a Tax LLM a Good Idea? Part 2.2: Benefits of a Tax LLM After Your First Job

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 […]
December 23, 2016

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 […]
December 18, 2016

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 […]
December 3, 2016

“Subway” Restaurant Owner Sentenced in $3 Million Tax Evasion Case

The California State Board of Equalization issued a press release recently about the sentencing, after a guilty plea, of a Buena Park man whose Subway restaurants […]
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. […]
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 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

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 […]
January 29, 2015

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 […]