Orange County Tax Attorney Blog

Is Getting a Tax LLM a Good Idea? Part 3.2: Ranking the Top Tax LLM Programs – Update

  I last posted about the top Master of Laws in Taxation programs about two years ago.  Really, not much can change in that time, except […]

Why is Golden Gate University’s MST (Master’s of Science in Taxation) Program So Well Known?

Golden Gate University has its main campus in San Francisco. But, Golden Gate University also has the most popular, based on my anecdotal observations, Master’s of […]

Motorcycle Racing Business Owner Pleads to Tax Fraud

  Per a recent DOJ press release (which can be seen by clicking here) Dan Kyle, owner of Kyle Racing in Sand City, CA, pleaded guilty […]

Austin v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2017-69

The Untied States Tax Court issued its opinion in Austin v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2017-69, on April 24, 2017.  The full text of the opinion is […]

Northern California Thai Restaurant Owner Sentenced for Underpaying Undocumented Workers and Tax Fraud

  Paying undocumented workers under the table or having off-the-books cash employees often goes hand in hand with tax charges.  The connection arises like a domino […]

Bakersfield Car Dealer Bros Plead Guilty to Failing to File Form 8300 Cash Transaction Reports

  Reminding taxpayers that there are more than one way the government can skin a cat, the DOJ issued a press release last week publicizing the […]

Celebrities Getting Into the Medical Marijuana Business

The OC Register recently published an interesting article on the growing medical marijuana business, focusing on the fact that several celebrities, including most recently Roseanne Barr, […]

Revised FBAR Rules for Finance Pros Proposed by FinCEN

FinCEN is the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, a bureau of the Treasury Department, which is tasked, among other things, with monitoring offshore financial transactions in order […]

Hollywood Tax – Ex-SAG Benefit Plan Official Guilty Plea and More

The National Legal and Policy Center published an article yesterday (nlpc.org/2016/03/28/ex-sag-benefit-plan-official-pleads-guilty-700k-tax-evasion/) on the guilty plea of Nader Karimi.  According to that article he pleaded guilty to […]

Tax Court Judge Kroupa Indicted

In news that is rocking the tax community, the Department of Justice has issued a press release announcing that Judge Diane Kroupa and her husband have […]

Hacienda Heights Man Sentenced in Tax Return ID Theft Case

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported earlier this month on yet another tax return-related identity theft sentencing in California.  This time with was a 63 year […]

$14 Million In Refunds Issued by IRS in Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme Indicted

Yet another tax return related identity theft scheme was recently indicted, this one with ties all across Orange County from La Habra to Newport Beach.  I […]

How Long Will OVDP/OVDI Be Available?

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 […]

Canadian Orange County Resident on Lamb for 5 Years Extradited From Germany

The IRS issued a press release earlier this month about the sentencing of Donald Baxi, a former Orange County resident with Canadian citizenship.  Interestingly, he had […]

Pro Football Hall of Famer and San Diego Attorney Pleads Guilty to Tax Charge

The US Department of Justice issued a press release recently announcing the guilty plea of Hall of Fame football player Ron Mix, who is 78 years […]

An Instructive Case: Non-Filer Charged and Tried for Tax Evasion

Many taxpayers may be surprised that failure to file a Federal tax return by the April deadline is technically criminal, if it is intentionally not filed […]