Orange County Tax Attorney Blog

Murrieta Tax Preparer Gets No Jail Sentence for Tax Crime

A Murrieta return preparer is reported by patch.com (here) to have received a sentence of home detention, probation, and community service, although the sentencing guidelines provided […]

The General Rules Applicable to Federal Interpleader Actions Involving Federal Tax Liens

Interpleader actions are authorized by 28 U.S.C. § 1335 and Rule 22 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure where plaintiffs holding funds to property upon […]

Former Head of Foster Agency Sentenced for Theft, Money Laundering, Tax Evasion

The DOJ issued a press release in June highlighting the sentencing, after conviction at jury trial, of an Oregon woman found guilty of stealing over $1 […]

How Long Do You Have to File a Franchise Tax Board Tax Refund Suit?

Question: How Long Do You Have to File a California Franchise Tax Board Income Tax Refund Suit? Answer: Generally, if you have full paid the tax […]

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 […]

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 […]