Orange County Tax Attorney Blog

Love Lasting after Life: How and Why Community Property Trusts Trim Prices over Time

When your time ends, costs such as tax collection eat away at your family’s legacy. Preserving money for your family’s welfare, community property trusts can reduce […]

U.S. Senate Committee Declines to Change DOJ Medical Marijuana Policy

  In August of 2013, the Justice Department announced a marijuana enforcement policy which still endures, at least for the time being.  That “medical marijuana” policy […]
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Rap Star DMX Arrested Under Tax Fraud Charges – Tax Evasion and Failure to File Returns

  Tip of the hat to the Billboard.com’s article for bringing this music industry tax news to my attention.  A recent DOJ press release is reporting […]

Forbes Lists Master’s of Taxation Among 10 Worst Master’s Degrees

  An article on the Forbes.com website providing rankings of the ten best and ten worst master’s degrees (of only 45 popular degrees) has listed the […]

Measure M Los Angeles County Sales Tax Rate Increase as of July 1, 2017

  With over a 70% favorable vote, Measure M passed in Los Angeles County in November of last year.  Per LA Metro’s webpage voters were asked to […]

Introducing the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration and the Office of Tax Appeals

  On June 15th, Senate Bill (SB) 86 was passed.  The bill was called the “Taxpayer Transparency and Fairness Act,” and the full text can be […]

California CPA Pleads Guilty to False Return in Relation to Money Illegally Syphoned From Religious Non-Profit

The FBI issued a press release earlier this week, giving publicity to yet another example of a tax prosecution intermingled with abusing a position within a […]

IRS Improperly Withholding Documents In Response to Freedom of Information Act Requests

On September 18, 2015, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), a bureau of the department of the Treasury, issued its Fiscal Year 2015 Statutory Review […]

IRS Raking It In through Offshore Voluntary Disclosures, Encourages More OVDP

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 […]

7 Defendants Found Guilty in $33 Million False Refund Scheme Using False 1099-OIDs

On Tuesday, the Department of Justice issued a press release announcing that seven Fresno-area men were found guilty of participating in a scheme in which they […]

Tax Court Rejects Frivolous Filing Penalty for Taxpayer Invoking the Fifth Amendment in Tax Return

On November 6, 2015, the United States Tax Court issued its opinion in Youssefzadeh v. Commisioner, Docket No. 14868-14L, in which it held that the taxpayer […]

Southern California Doctors Indicted Under Tax Charges in Alleged Kickback Scheme

The Los Angeles United States Attorney’s Office is prosecuting related cases involving doctors and an alleged kickback scheme.  The principal charges involve mail fraud, money laundering, […]

San Diego Area Return Preparer Pleads Guilty to ID Theft and Admits to Over 4000 False Returns

A Miramar return preparer pleaded guilty on December 2, 2015, in the San Diego Federal District Court.  As we head into the next filing season, we […]

Tax Court Issues Opinion in Sumner Redstone v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2015-237

The United States Tax Court recently released its opinion in the Sumner Redstone case.  The case is notable not just because Redstone is a media magnate, […]

Canadians Take Advantage of U.S. Tax Scheme

Tip of the hat to Rochester Business Journal for their article this month highlighting one instance of Canadians coming across the border to enjoy the [illegal] […]

Orange County Man Convicted of Bank Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy and Tax Evasion

Hot on the heels of the success of the movie The Big Short, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California issued a press […]