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Has success overpriced O.C.? Big Orange Index shows 6 years of growth, but some indicators are down, hinting at trouble ahead

Has success overpriced O.C.? Big Orange Index shows 6 years of growth, but some indicators are down, hinting at trouble ahead

As reported in the OC Register, Success does come with a price tag. Orange County’s economy begins 2016 on a six-year winning streak. But the extended upswing is creating challenges that may limit the local business climate’s advance. My Big Orange Index, a compilation of three dozen benchmarks of local economic performance, hit a new record […]

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Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit affirms; no business deductions for legal medical marijuana dispensary

Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit affirms; no business deductions for legal medical marijuana dispensary

Olive v. Comm., (CA 9  7/09/2015) 116 AFTR 2d ¶2015-5031 The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, fielding many of the same taxpayer arguments as the Tax Court and some new ones, has affirmed the Tax Court’s holding that a taxpayer was precluded under Code Sec. 280E from deducting any expenses related to his […]

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14 O.C. firms make Deloitte tech list

14 O.C. firms make Deloitte tech list

14 O.C. firms make Deloitte tech list, as reported in the OC Register.  Fourteen Orange County-based businesses have made Deloitte LLP’s annual ranking of the 500 most rapidly growing technology companies. The 2013 Technology Fast 500 winners were selected based on percentage of revenue growth from fiscal years 2008 to 2012. They included businesses in […]

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‘Hidden tax’ on your trash bill?

‘Hidden tax’ on your trash bill?

‘Hidden tax’ on your trash bill?, as reported in the OC Register. Critics, advocates at odds over who bears the cost of extra fees paid by haulers to O.C. cities. In exchange for its $35 million-a-year exclusive trash collection contract (which automatically renews), Anaheim’s hauler pays the city at least $1.25 million a year in […]

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Former O.C. Register owners sue buyer over withheld payment

Former O.C. Register owners sue buyer over withheld payment

As reported in the LA Times, Former O.C. Register owners sue buyer over withheld payment, The previous owners of Freedom Communications, parent of the O.C. Register, say buyer Aaron Kushner’s fraud claims are a pretext to avoid paying money owed. Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner alleges that the former owners fraudulently misstated finances of […]

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Longtime Santa Ana bakery closes

Longtime Santa Ana bakery closes

As reported in the news of the OC Register, Longtime Santa Ana bakery closes. A sign with three disheartening words – “tamales sold out” – greeted patrons at Santa Ana’s Grande Bakery on the last day of business for the 60-plus-year-old family business. Customers lined up around the building as early as 5 a.m. Sunday […]

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Virtual reality: not just a game

Virtual reality: not just a game

As reported in the OC Register, Virtual reality: not just a game. The $300 goggles that Irvine-based Oculus VR began shipping to software developers in March deliver a glimpse of a futuristic technology that’s been long awaited by video gamers. They allow a player to step inside a computer-created virtual world. What might be most […]

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O.C. housing supply takes a late dip

O.C. housing supply takes a late dip

As reported in the OC Register, O.C. housing supply takes a late dip – a tiny dip in Orange County’s housing supply this month – three-tenths of 1 percent – actually represents a milestone. It was the first drop in the local market’s supply of homes for sale since mid-March, Steve Thomas of ReportsOnHousing said […]

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Rizzo, Spaccia discussed falsifying tax returns, prosecutor says

Rizzo, Spaccia discussed falsifying tax returns, prosecutor says

Rizzo, Spaccia discussed falsifying tax returns, prosecutor says is the headline in the LA Times, in the on-going saga of the City of Bell, California. Assistant Dist. Atty. Sean Hassett says the two former Bell officials exchanged emails in which they discussed ‘falsifying their returns.’ Former Bell administrators Robert Rizzo and Angela Spaccia had companies […]

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Health care law has employers scrambling

Health care law has employers scrambling

As reported in the news of the OC Register, Health care law has employers scrambling, it’s nervous time for employers. Good news is coming for about 600 employees of Park West Cos. Inc., a landscape, construction and maintenance company in Rancho Santa Margarita. Starting in 2015, they’re getting company-sponsored health insurance. The bad news for […]

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Political group spends left and right

Political group spends left and right

As reported in the news of the OC Register, an Orange County political committee gathers funds from unions, conservatives, business and even card rooms. One of the Orange County’s most active political committees is a murky menagerie of interests that has spent more than a quarter-million dollars to both support and oppose high-profile Republican candidates […]

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Union-funded PACs veiled political contributions

Union-funded PACs veiled political contributions

As reported in the news of the OC Register, by law, a contributor should be a part of a PAC’s name when it provides more than 80% of the money. Orange County’s largest public employee group gave more than $80,000 in political contributions that went largely unidentified as union money because it was channeled through […]

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San Clemente chamber eyes program to help businesses grow – say hello to the incubator

San Clemente chamber eyes program to help businesses grow – say hello to the incubator

As reported in the news of the OC Register, “San Clemente Chamber Eyes Program to Help Businesses Grow,” there is good news for the “incubator.”  What’s that you say – incubator?  Here’s the article which will explain. San Clemente entrepreneurs and residents looking to start businesses may soon have a new resource at their disposal.  […]

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Other OC news – on the move, new ventures, good works, coming up, and overheard

Other OC news – on the move, new ventures, good works, coming up, and overheard

On the move Three executives have been promoted at the Irvine-based Mimi’s Cafe restaurant chain. Stuart Gee is now vice president of operations. He was previously central regional director of operations. Mike Foster and John Shackelford are now vice presidents of operations for the western and eastern regions, respectively. Foster was previously regional director of […]

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O.C. homes built to live and work

O.C. homes built to live and work

As reported in the news of the OC Register, when Realtor Ron Luna decided a decade ago to leave Century 21 and strike out on his own, he began looking at office space for rent near his Mission Viejo home. Luna’s search took him southeast, to the developing community of Ladera Ranch. There he found […]

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Rising values equal tax hikes – Prop 13 and “value restoration” or “recapture”

Rising values equal tax hikes – Prop 13 and “value restoration” or “recapture”

As reported in the OC Register, “Rising value equal tax hikes.”  Twice in recent years, homeowner Jim Graves fought the county, saying his property taxes were too high. Twice, the county agreed and gave him a tax cut. Now, it’s payback time. Due to a resurgence in home prices, county officials want to boost his […]

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O.C. home resale price hits $675,000

O.C. home resale price hits $675,000

As reported in the news of the OC Register, the median price of an existing Orange County house soared to $675,000 in July, up 22.5 percent from last July, the California Association of Realtors reported. The price was $551,160 in July 2012 and $661,740 in June of this year. Home resales in the county increased […]

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For Orange County, Immigration is a Big Tech Issue

For Orange County, Immigration is a Big Tech Issue

As reported in the OC Register, “For Orange County, Immigration is a Big Tech Issue.” Nazia Chorwadwala has been in line for a green card for over six years. If Congress ever passes an immigration bill, her wait could be over. A software engineer at an Orange County health care IT firm who holds a […]

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It’s ‘Game On’ For Orange County, CA Tech Companies

It’s ‘Game On’ For Orange County, CA Tech Companies

As reported in the OC Register, “It’s ‘Game On’ For O.C. Tech Companies,” mobile gaming is influencing plans for new products.  Here’s the article. Jinu Choi is blasting bad guys with his iPhone. Choi, a product manager at Irvine-based Incipio, holds a black toy gun with buttons on the sides and an iPhone 5 mounted […]

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O.C. drone software firm Airware raises $10.7 million

O.C. drone software firm Airware raises $10.7 million

As reported in the OC Register, Airware, a Newport Beach software company that is developing a universal operating platform for commercial drones, said it has received $10.7 million in equity funding from Menlo Park venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures. Andreessen Horowitz partner Chris Dixon will join the Airware board of directors. Jonathan […]

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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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