Tax Law

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Court of Appeals Rejects Arguments that Instructions on Willfulness and Good Faith Were Reversible Error
Posted on 14 Aug 2014 by Jack Townsend

In United States v. Basile , 2014 U.S. App. 12388 (3d Cir. 2014), here , the defendants, husband and wife, chiropractors, engaged an asset protection firm who put them into offshore entities and bank accounts to avoid tax. The defendants took other actions... Read More

Defendant Waives Attorney-Client Privilege by Asserting Reliance on FBAR Advice Defense
Posted on 23 Jul 2012 by Jack Townsend

In United States v. Kerr, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 98836 (D AZ 2012) , a case with two U.S. taxpayers and their lawyer as defendants, the court held that the indicted U.S. taxpayers' claims of reliance constituted a waiver of their attorney-client privilege... Read More

Restraining Taxpayers for Tax Debts
Posted on 22 Aug 2013 by Jack Townsend

Collateral consequences often attend tax crimes investigations and prosecutions and even in circumstances that raise the risk of criminal investigation and prosecution. One collateral consequence is that the IRS wants to collect the tax dollars that the... Read More

Second Circuit Reverses and Vacates Convictions for Wire Fraud and Tax Evasion
Posted on 1 May 2012 by Jack Townsend

In United States v. Litwok, ___ F.3d ___, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 8727 (2d Cir. 2012), here , the Second Circuit upset convictions for wire fraud and tax evasion, applying seeming settled principles. I address first the tax evasion convictions, although... Read More

Tax Mitigation-Avoidance-Evasion
Posted on 5 Jun 2012 by Allison Christians

"Tax avoidance involves arrangement of a transaction in order to obtain a tax advantage, benefit, or reduction in a manner unintended by the tax law. It is an unacceptable manipulation of the law which is unlike legitimate tax mitigation. Mitigation... Read More

Tax Court Finds Fraud Based, in Part, On Negative Inference from Fifth Amendment Assertion
Posted on 14 Aug 2012 by Jack Townsend

In Loren-Maltese v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2012-214 , the Tax Court introduces the legal issues as follows: It's the facts that make this case interesting, but there are three issues of law that color its background: the general rules of tax... Read More

Tax Court Finds IRS Compliance Officer Liable for Civil Fraud Penalty
Posted on 10 Jul 2012 by Jack Townsend

Readers interested in the risks of being audited with respect to income tax noncompliance arising from foreign assets (particularly financial accounts) often ask what it takes for the IRS to prove fraud. I am aware of no standard litmus test of civil... Read More

Pastor Going to Trial for Tax Charges Predicted Jesus Would Come On May 27
Posted on 31 May 2012 by Jack Townsend

I have previously blogged on Ronald Weinland. See Controversial Pastor, Self Proclaimed Prophet, Indicted re Income from Church Offerings and Offshore Accounts (11/21/11), here . My impression from afar is that he is just a charlatan (see here ) in the... Read More