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Tax Cheat Sentenced to Making Pizza

Here is a great story from the Buffalo News . Joe Jacobbi owns a popular pizza joint in Buffalo. . . . But Joe has a tax problem. It seems that he was collecting sales tax on his pizza sales and not paying the tax dollars over to the state. . . . Joe gets caught and the state says he owes over $100,000...

Concerns and Strategies in Parallel Investigations

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 the same agency and cooperating agencies (such as...

Tax Protestors Alive and Well and Living in Canada

The tax protestor movement is alive and well in Canada and getting some publicity just in time to serve as a warning to Canadian taxpayers readying their annual returns.* I read with interest the recent case of Russell Porisky and his wife Elaine Gould , who ran a tax evasion counseling scheme out of...

Pastor Going to Trial for Tax Charges Predicted Jesus Would Come On May 27

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 guise of a religious person. Just in case he has...

New Indictment of U.S. Tax Return Preparers & Enablers re Offshore Bank & Related Activity

In a First Superseding Indictment, here , filed June 14, 2012 in CD CA, three principals of a tax return preparation service, United Revenue Service ("URS") were indicted. The DOJ Tax Press Release is here, Three Tax Return Preparers Charged With Helping Clients Evade Taxes By Hiding Millions...

Tax Court Finds IRS Compliance Officer Liable for Civil Fraud Penalty

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 tax fraud that will identify, particularly for laymen...

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...

Tax Court Finds Fraud Based, in Part, On Negative Inference from Fifth Amendment Assertion

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 fraud, the proper tax treatment of money taken by...

Court Rejects Claim of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel for Failure to Assert Sex Addiction to Mitigate Sentence

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 2013). In a six-count information, Carroll was...

Supreme Court Reminds that Judges Should Not Participate in Plea Negotiations

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