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 […]

Before the Tax Season Starts, A Reminder to Choose Your Return Preparer Carefully

Earlier this month, the DOJ issued a press release that buried the lead, titled, “Former eBAY Manager Pleads Guilty To Stealing More Than $200,000 In IRS […]

Letter 5105 Being Sent to Select Return Preparers in January – How Can You Respond?

As a tax controversy attorney, although I don’t prepare returns myself, I try and stay in touch with issues affecting return preparers, CPAs, and enrolled agents. […]

IRS Issues Guidance for Choosing a Tax Return Preparer

The IRS’s Office of Professional Responsibility has long been trying to be a force in regulating and imposing some form of quality control over return preparers. […]

Celebrity Sightings and Tax Monologues

Perhaps I should find it a bit embarrassing to admit, but I have always gotten a kick out of celebrity sightings.  Of course, having lived in […]

Ohio Supreme Court Limits Reach of Cleveland to Tax Professional Athletes

On April 30, 2015, the Ohio Supreme Court issued an interesting opinion in Hillenmeyer v. Cleveland Bd. of Rev., Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-1623.  In that case, the […]

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 […]

City of Newport Beach Proposes $282 Milllion Budget

The OC Register recently reported on the proposed project and operating budget for the City of Newport Beach. That article can be found here.  The proposed […]

2016 FBAR Still Due [Update – April 18], 2017, But With Option to Extend to October 15

[12/22/16 Update: FBAR Due April 15 each year, but April 18, 2017 for 2016 FBAR, and extension is automatic to October 15, 2017 – see post […]

IRS Improperly Withholding Documents In Response to Freedom of Information Act Requests

On September 18, 2015, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), a bureau of the department of the Treasury, issued its Fiscal Year 2015 Statutory Review […]

IRS Raking It In through Offshore Voluntary Disclosures, Encourages More OVDP

WARNING: Update 3/13/2018.  The IRS has announced the formal Offshore Voluntary Program discussed below will be closed on September 28, 2018.  For more, see our post […]