Orange County Tax Attorney Blog

Northern California Woman Pleads Guilty to False Return Omitting Bonus Pay

  The Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release yesterday advising of the guilty plea of a medical office director in […]

Buffet Owner Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

I have previously blogged about non-income tax evasion cases prosecuted locally.  A little further away, there is another example, here where a buffet owner pleaded guilty […]

Fullerton Man Pleads Guilty to False Return Preparation

A local return preparer has pleaded guilty to preparing returns claiming over a million dollars in false refunds.  In the height of tax season, this operates […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

OC’s Assessed Property Tax Roll Reaches over $500 Billion

That’s billion, with a “B.”  The OC Register is reporting (link here) that a 5.5 percent increase in assessments of real property tax citing a number […]

Santa Barbara Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Charges

As I’ve discussed in previous posts, the IRS isn’t the only one prosecuting tax charges.   On July 20, 2016, the District Attorney’s Office for the […]

After Attempt to Sneak Bank Statements From Israel, Los Angeles Man Pleads Guilty

Tip of the hat to the article in Bloomberg which recently highlighted a local Los Angeles business man’s captivating cat-and-mouse method of receiving bank statements.  According […]

US Tax Court Sides With Whistleblower in Award Case

In June, the Tax Court issued its opinion in 21276-13W v. Commissioner, 144 T.C. No. 15 (2016).  This is one of the better written case opinions […]

North Carolina Man Indicted for Allegedly Filing False Lien

The Department of Justice issued a press release regarding the indictment of a North Carolina man alleging the filing of false tax returns and interfering with […]

Tampon Tax Relief Vetoed by California Governor Brown

Affirming, perhaps, that the one thing California loves more than being progressive is being expensive, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have exempted tampons […]

Former IRS Revenue Officer Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

The Department of Justice issued a press release setting out a cautionary tale of what not to do, outlining a litany of affirmative act comprising the […]

IRS Criminal Special Agent Indicted For Filing False Returns and Obstruction

In a case of dabbling in too much of one’s own product, or the dog chasing its own tail, so to speak, an IRS Special Agent […]

Retired Professor Pleads to Conspiracy to Submit False Expatriation Statement and Tax and FBAR Conduct

Affirming that the DOJ is still prosecuting at least the more egregious offshore-reporting cases, the DOJ issued a press release recently detailing the plea agreement of an […]

Ecigarette Sellers To Be Subject to Registration Requirements for Cigarette and Tobacco Products Retailer Licenses Starting January 1 2017

The California State Board of Equalization issued a press release on November 2, 2016, advising “E-Cig” sellers of the new license registration requirements starting on January […]