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U.S. Justice Dept reviewing Panama documents

U.S. Justice Dept reviewing Panama documents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department is reviewing the leaked documents from a Panamanian law firm that reveal the offshore financial arrangements of global politicians and public figures, a department spokesman said on Monday. The department is determining whether the documents point to evidence of corruption and other violations of U.S. law. “The U.S. […]

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Dewey executives cooked books, ex-finance director says at trial

Dewey executives cooked books, ex-finance director says at trial

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former top executives at defunct law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, including chairman Steven Davis, conspired to falsify income statements in an attempt to forestall its collapse in 2012, the firm’s former finance director testified Monday. Francis Canellas, a key prosecutorial witness at the criminal trial of Davis, executive director Stephen DiCarmine […]

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PWC to Pay $65 Million to Resolve Lawsuit Over MF Global but Doesn’t Admit Liability

PWC to Pay $65 Million to Resolve Lawsuit Over MF Global but Doesn’t Admit Liability

NEW YORK (Reuters) – PricewaterhouseCoopers agreed to pay $65 million in cash to settle a lawsuit claiming it fraudulently deceived MF Global Holdings Ltd investors about its auditing of the now-defunct brokerage, which was run by former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine. The preliminary settlement with investors in MF Global’s common stock, bonds and convertible […]

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Bar exam failing would-be lawyers

Bar exam failing would-be lawyers

As reported in the LA Times: Law schools have done their best to run from the plunge in fortunes brought on by the 2008 financial crisis. But they have never quite managed to hide. In California, where the legal-industrial complex hums as loudly as anywhere, new evidence suggests that the long-inflated law school bubble, at […]

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Former Partner At Major International Law Firm Pleads Guilty In Manhattan Federal Court To Tax Fraud Violations

Former Partner At Major International Law Firm Pleads Guilty In Manhattan Federal Court To Tax Fraud Violations

As reported in the Department of Justice News Press Release, a Former Partner At Major International Law Firm Pleads Guilty In Manhattan Federal Court To Tax Fraud Violations.  Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that THEODORE L. FREEDMAN, a former senior partner at a major international law […]

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Advising law firms as the dynamics shift

Advising law firms as the dynamics shift

Editor’s Note:  this article, in the news of the OC Register, caught my eye since it involves lawyers and law firms.  Since I have a small boutique law practice and firm, with specialty and emphasis in civil and criminal “tax controversy” defense, much of what is being said in the article does not apply to […]

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Oddities and Ends: Lawyer Stuff – Believe It or Not

Oddities and Ends:  Lawyer Stuff – Believe It or Not

As 2012 winds down, I tend to be a bit reflective and at the same time, prospective, as we all must do (or at least think we do).  After all, this is where New Year resolutions begin, and growth takes place, hopefully spiritually as well.  In the “law” field, I am constantly bombarded by news […]

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Ex-Swiss banker may be helping US in tax probe-lawyers

Ex-Swiss banker may be helping US in tax probe-lawyers

As reported in the news in Reuters, a former Swiss banker accused of helping rich Americans dodge taxes may be cooperating with a broad U.S. government investigation of Swiss banks for providing tax evasion services, lawyers said on Wednesday. Speculation that Christos Bagios is working with the United States arose after the ex-employee of Swiss […]

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IRS Employees Did Not Follow Guidelines on Contacting Taxpayers with Representatives, TIGTA Report Finds

IRS Employees Did Not Follow Guidelines on Contacting Taxpayers with Representatives, TIGTA Report Finds

WASHINGTON – Internal Revenue Service (IRS) revenue officers did not always involve taxpayers’ representatives appropriately in taxpayer interactions during the collection process, according to a report publicly released by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The IRS has a number of policies and procedures in place to help ensure that taxpayers are afforded […]

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Reliance on accountant may avoid penalty for failure to file foreign trust form

Reliance on accountant may avoid penalty for failure to file foreign trust form

Editor’s Note:  this has the potential to be a good case as it survived the Government’s Motion for Summary Judgment as the taxpayer showed “reasonable cause and not willful neglect.”  I actually went on-line on PACER and pulled some of the filed pleadings which are listed below and linked. Here’s the case of Brian Chivas […]

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Federal Court Permanently Bars California Lawyer from Tax Preparation and Giving Tax Advice

Federal Court Permanently Bars California Lawyer from Tax Preparation and Giving Tax Advice

Per the press release issued by the Department of Justice, entitled “Federal Court Permanently Bars California Lawyer from Tax Preparation and Giving Tax Advice,” a San Diego Tax Lawyer Allegedly Worked with CPA to Help Clients Evade Income Taxes and Circumvent Pension-Plan Rules.  Here’s the press release. A federal court in San Diego has permanently […]

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Distributions by executor made him personally liable for failing to honor IRS levy

Distributions by executor made him personally liable for failing to honor IRS levy

In a case which began in 2008, Senior Judge Hurley, of the Eastern District, New York, U.S. District Court, issued a memorandum and order in the case of United States of America v. Rodney Michel, Case No. 08 CV 1313 (DRH) (WDW), which found an executor to be personally liable for failing to honor an […]

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Apple Wins the Case against Samsung, at Least Round One, by TKO – $1 Billion Dollars

Apple Wins the Case against Samsung, at Least Round One, by TKO – $1 Billion Dollars

Editor’s Note:  as reported in the news, it didn’t take the Jury that long to go through the 109 pages of Jury Instructions and decide in favor of Apple.  The case went to the Jury on August 23, and lo and behold, on August 24, the Jury had reached a verdict.  As a trial attorney, […]

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Meet Paul Raymond

Meet Paul Raymond

Mr. Raymond is a sought after speaker in tax controversy law by many attorney, accountant, and business groups and at the request of the Internal Revenue Service, has presented programs at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum, attended by tax professionals throughout the United States.

Additionally, he continues to be an active member in the Section of Taxation, American Bar Association, where he was the Past Chair of the Employment Taxes Committee.

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