Orange County Tax Attorney Blog

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) […]

The Value of a Tax LLM After Your First Job: Part 2.2 of “Is Getting a Tax LLM a Good Idea?”

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ranking the Top Tax LLM Programs: Part 3.2 of Is a Tax LLM a Good Idea? [2019 Update]

Tax LLM Rankings. I last posted about the top Master of Laws in Taxation programs about four years ago.  Really, not much can change in that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]
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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 […]