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Defendant Waives Attorney-Client Privilege by Asserting Reliance on FBAR Advice Defense

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 with respect to communications with their...

Reporting Specified Financial Assets and Form 8938

U.S. taxpayers with assets overseas and their advisers should be mindful of new Form 8938, Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets , as they prepare the taxpayers' federal income tax returns for 2011. Temporary Regulations issued in December 2011 state that, with certain exceptions, Form...

Booker Variances are More Common in Tax Crimes. Why? And Do They Disproportionately Benefit the Rich?

Readers of this blog should be familiar with the name Ty Warner. He is the billionaire who cheated on his U.S. taxes big time (the financially big can cheat big) and, in addition, willfully failed to file the FBARs. He pled guilty to a reduced set of charges. He was sentenced to no incarceration. The...