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What is the Value of a JD/MBA? An Attorney’s Take on Dual Law and Business Degrees.

What is the Value of a JD/MBA? An Attorney’s Take on Dual Law and Business Degrees. Before and after law school, many people consider attending business […]

When Are Legal Fees Deductible as Employee Business Expenses?

When Are Legal Fees Deductible as Employee Business Expenses? In Guill v. Commissioner, 112 T.C. 325 (1999), the United States Tax Court succinctly explained the deductibility […]
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What Actions Extend the Length of the IRS’s Time to Collect?

What Actions Extend the Length of the IRS’s Time to Collect? Under the general rule, the IRS must collect taxes within 10 years of the date […]
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Does the IRS Have Discretion to Apply Lower FBAR Penalties?

Does the IRS Have Discretion to Apply Lower FBAR Penalties? On May 13, 2015, the IRS issued a memorandum to all IRS LB&I, SB/SE, and TE/GE […]

When Can I take Casualty Theft Losses On My Tax Return?

When Can I take Casualty Theft Losses On My Tax Return? Per 26 U.S.C. § 165(c) casualty loss deductions can be taken for theft.  Per IRS […]

The Limits of Waivers of Attorney Conflicts of Interest In Federal Criminal Cases

  The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution provides that “[i]n all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right . . . to have the Assistance […]

Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud Stealing Headlines

The IRS’s tax return-related identity theft problem has officially crossed from item of interest to law enforcement and tax professionals to a disturbing problem worthy of […]

Paying for College is Hard, But Doing Time is Harder: College Kids Arrested for Tax Refund ID Fraud

In November, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida  issued an interesting press release detailing the arrest of 17 people, including 14 students […]

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week Is This Week! Hooray?

Tax Identity Theft Awareness week, so designated by the FTC, ends on January 30, 2015. As anyone acquainted with me knows, I was the Stolen Identity […]

In Honor of Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week… a Roundup of Local Cases

There are always plenty of Stolen Identity Refund Fraud prosecutions going on, but here are some recent ones of local interest: A Utah woman pleaded guilty to […]

$1.4 Million Dollar Tax Refund ID Theft Attempted Reported In Central District of California

Patch.com is reporting a sentencing in a tax related identity theft case for a single-victim crime to the tune of $1.4 million.  This is probably the […]

A Very Good Example of a Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

NJ.com recently published an article which has a very good example of an alleged tax return related identity theft scheme involving at least 14 gang members. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]