Orange County Tax Attorney Blog

Recent Conviction Illustrates Connection Between Use of Nominees and Tax Evasion

A Recent Conviction in Hawaii’s U.S. District Court Illustrates How the Use of Nominees Can Put You in the Crosshairs of the IRS and DOJ for […]

Tax Court Holds IRS Assessment of Trust Fund Recovery Penalty Invalid Where No Final Administrative Determination Issued

In Romano-Murphy v Commissioner, 152 T.C. No. 16 (2019), the United States Tax Court held that an IRS assessment of a Trust Fund Recovery Penalty under […]

US Supreme Court Holds States Cannot Tax Out-of-State Trust Income if Undistributed to In-State Beneficiaries

The Supreme Court Issued Its Opinion in North Carolina Department of Revenue v. Kimberly Rice Kaestner 1992 Family Trust on June 21, 2019. Click here for […]

Can an Unrecorded Deed Defeat an IRS Federal Tax Lien?

Can an Unrecorded Deed Defeat an IRS Federal Tax Lien in California? Yes, an unrecorded deed for California real property can defeat a later-arising IRS federal […]

Author K. Slaughter Found Liable for Employment Taxes, But Not Penalties, in Tax Court Opinion

Author K. Slaughter Found Liable for Employment Taxes, But Not Penalties in U.S. Tax Court Opinion. In K. Slaughter v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2019-65, an opinion […]

Attorney’s Fees in Interpleader Action? Not If It Impairs Recovery of Federal Tax Lien.

Attorney’s Fees in Interpleader Action? Not If It Impairs Recovery of Federal Tax Lien. Can the party filing an interpleader in California recover the costs and […]

Permanent Injunction Imposed on Las Vegas Couple Involved in Illegal Tax Scheme

Return preparer fraud continues to be a major concern of the IRS.  A recent case out of Las Vegas details how a husband and wife team […]

Bookkeeper Committing Tax Fraud Gets Prison Sentence

Earlier this month, a bookkeeper of a charter bus company was sentenced to prison for engaging in tax fraud by failing to report close to $1 […]

Washington D.C. Tax Preparer Found Guilty of Filing False Income Tax Returns for Herself and for Her Clients

As the tax season comes upon us, the IRS is urging taxpayers to be careful when choosing a tax preparer. We are reminded of this by […]

Laguna Beach Doctor Pleads Guilty to Failing to Report Foreign Account

The U.S. Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California announced today another guilty plea in an FBAR case, this […]

Lancaster Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Charges Related to EDD Scheme

The IRS issued a press release announcing that Carl Artis, a Lancaster man, pleaded guilty before Judge Wu (a fellow UChicago Law graduate) to tax charges. […]

57 Month Sentence for San Francisco Man Who Pleaded Guilty to Embezzlement from Non-Profit

I’ve written before about embezzlement or misappropriation leading to tax charges.  The recent sentencing of Robert Bradley Strahan is another example of that, though in a […]

Ex-Casino Owner and Ex-NFL Punter Sentenced in Criminal Tax Case

Hot on the heels of the IRS’s push for taxpayers to be more choosy about their return preparers, the DOJ issued a press release last week […]

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 […]

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 […]