Tax Law

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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

Court Rejects Claim of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel for Failure to Assert Sex Addiction to Mitigate Sentence
Posted on 25 Feb 2013 by Jack Townsend

The old adage that sex sells seems not to account for the wild popularity of the tax law. Tax law just has no sex in it. But every now and then, sex rises up in tax cases. And, so it did in Carroll v. United States , 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23769 (ND OH... Read More

Concerns and Strategies in Parallel Investigations
Posted on 7 Mar 2012 by Jack Townsend

One of the risks in eggshell civil audits -- where risk of criminal prosecution is material -- is the possibility of parallel investigations. Parallel investigations are simultaneous civil investigations and criminal investigations. These can involve... Read More

Supreme Court Reminds that Judges Should Not Participate in Plea Negotiations
Posted on 19 Jun 2013 by Jack Townsend

In United States v. Davila , ___ U.S. ___, 2013 U.S. LEXIS 4541 (2013) [ enhanced version available to subscribers ], a criminal tax case, here free version , decided June 13, the defendant was charged with multiple counts of tax fraud and conspiracy... 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