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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]

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 […]

$1.4 Million Dollar Tax Refund ID Theft Attempted Reported In Central District of California

Patch.com is reporting a sentencing in a tax related identity theft case for a single-victim crime to the tune of $1.4 million.  This is probably the […]

Mystic Pizza Owner, Inspiration for 80’s Film, Pleads Guilty to Tax Crime

The New York Daily News, via AP, is reporting that the owner of Mystic Pizza, John Zelepos, pleaded guilty to funneling funds from the business to […]

Celebrity Sightings and Tax Monologues

Perhaps I should find it a bit embarrassing to admit, but I have always gotten a kick out of celebrity sightings.  Of course, having lived in […]

Ohio Supreme Court Limits Reach of Cleveland to Tax Professional Athletes

On April 30, 2015, the Ohio Supreme Court issued an interesting opinion in Hillenmeyer v. Cleveland Bd. of Rev., Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-1623.  In that case, the […]

Criminal Tax Practitioner’s Update: Sentencing Guidelines Updated to Account for Inflation

On April 30, 2015, the United States Sentencing Commission issued Amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines.  Of significance to criminal tax attorneys like myself, the amounts on […]

Laguna Hills Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty

The IRS issued a press release yesterday announcing that Randall Hutchens, who was a return preparer in Laguna Hills until at least 2013, pleaded guilty to […]

City of Newport Beach Proposes $282 Milllion Budget

The OC Register recently reported on the proposed project and operating budget for the City of Newport Beach. That article can be found here.  The proposed […]

A Very Good Example of a Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

NJ.com recently published an article which has a very good example of an alleged tax return related identity theft scheme involving at least 14 gang members. […]

2016 FBAR Still Due [Update – April 18], 2017, But With Option to Extend to October 15

[12/22/16 Update: FBAR Due April 15 each year, but April 18, 2017 for 2016 FBAR, and extension is automatic to October 15, 2017 – see post […]

Newport Beach Doctor Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion Arising from Embezzlement

Showing again that it isn’t just the Feds prosecuting tax crimes, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office issued a press release (orangecountyda.org/civica/press/display.asp?layout=2&Entry=4450) yesterday to bring attention to […]