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UBS whistelblower Birkenfeld lodges request for return to Europe

UBS whistelblower Birkenfeld lodges request for return to Europe

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla./ZURICH (Reuters) – Ex-UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld, a whistleblower in a tax fraud case involving the Swiss bank for which he was awarded $104 million after serving more than two years in prison, has lodged a request to be allowed to return to Europe. I have attached some pleadings recently filed in the […]

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Passings: Dr. George J. Magovern

Passings: Dr. George J. Magovern

When I first saw this obit, I immediatley thought of George McGovern, former U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, and the Democratic Party presidential nominee in the 1972 presidential election. No – This is another Macgovern, Dr. George J. Magovern, who most may not recognize. He was the co-inventor of the artificial heart valve which has saved […]

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Real Housewives of New Jersey – Giuseppe & Teresa Giudice – Is it Safe?

Real Housewives of New Jersey – Giuseppe & Teresa Giudice – Is it Safe?

Editor’s Note: I have to confess I’m not a fan of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” – or for that matter, any of the Real Housewives series. I do profess a mild interest in the “Real Housewives of Orange County” since that is right here in my backyard so-to-speak. And, it involved a former […]

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Alan Greenspan: What Went Wrong

Alan Greenspan: What Went Wrong

As reported in the WS Journal, Alan Greenspan: What Went Wrong – The former Fed chairman on where the economy went wrong, where he went wrong—and Ayn Rand. Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, goes to a lot of parties. He and his wife, the TV journalist Andrea Mitchell, “sort of get […]

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Mark Cuban Calls a Foul on the SEC

Mark Cuban Calls a Foul on the SEC

As reported in the WS Journal, Mark Cuban Calls a Foul on the SEC – Wall Street Regulators Tried to Shake Down the Wrong Celebrity Billionaire. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has berated referees, insulted fans, screamed at players, and once even told Kenyon Martin’s mother that her son was a thug. Editor’s Note: As […]

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David Frost dies at 74; interviewed Nixon

David Frost dies at 74; interviewed Nixon

David Frost may be best remembered for his post-Watergate interviews with former President Richard Nixon, but the veteran British broadcaster was equally at ease as a satirist, game show host and serious political journalist. In a television career that spanned half a century across both sides of the Atlantic, Frost interviewed a long list of […]

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Michael Jackson estate fights U.S. IRS in Tax Court

Michael Jackson estate fights U.S. IRS in Tax Court

As reported in Reuters,  the estate of pop music legend Michael Jackson is fighting the Internal Revenue Service over taxes and penalties levied on a wide range of the star’s assets, including the Neverland Ranch, his “image and likeness” and some recording properties, according to court documents. The estate’s challenge, filed in U.S. Tax Court, […]

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Barry Diller to Pay $480,000 Civil Penalty for Violating Antitrust Premerger Notification Requirements

Barry Diller to Pay $480,000 Civil Penalty for Violating Antitrust Premerger Notification Requirements

As reported by the Department of Justice, “Barry Diller to Pay $480,000 Civil Penalty for Violating Antitrust Premerger Notification Requirements” –   Corporate investor Barry Diller will pay a $480,000 civil penalty to settle charges that he violated premerger reporting and waiting requirements when he acquired voting securities of The Coca Cola Company. The Justice Department’s […]

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Lessons Learned from James Gandolfini’s Will

Lessons Learned from James Gandolfini’s Will

A good article as a follow up to the disaster created by the tax bill owed by the Estate of James Gandolfini, is “Lessons Learned from James Gandolfini’s Will,” reproduced below.  We previously blogged on “James Gandolfini of the Sorpranos, has a huge estate tax liability – – so sad.”   Here’s the article. No matter […]

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SEC Obtains $13.9 Million Penalty Against Rajat Gupta

SEC Obtains $13.9 Million Penalty Against Rajat Gupta

SEC Obtains $13.9 Million Penalty Against Rajat Gupta   07/17/2013 05:20 PM EDT   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   2013-128 Washington, D.C., July 17, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today obtained a $13.9 million penalty against former Goldman Sachs board member Rajat K. Gupta for illegally tipping corporate secrets to former hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam. […]

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James Gandolfini of the Sopranos, has a huge estate tax liability – so sad

James Gandolfini of the Sopranos, has a huge estate tax liability – so sad

I was deeply saddened to hear about the loss of James Gandolfini, better known as Tony Soprano of the hit HBO series, “The Sopranos.”  In my opinion, it was one of the best made for TV series – the story, cast, writing, acting, screenplay, you name it, the show had it all.  James was a […]

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Lauryn Hill sentenced to prison

Lauryn Hill sentenced to prison

As widely reported in the news, Lauryn Hill was sentenced to prison.  Specifically, Ms. Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay taxes on approximately $1.8 million in earnings. She received her ruling in federal court in Newark, New Jersey.   We previously blogged on Lauryn Hill noting, long before anyone […]

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Other People’s Money – Federico Buenrostro Jr., Calpers, and Indictment

Other People’s Money – Federico Buenrostro Jr., Calpers, and Indictment

As reported in the WS Journal, Federico Buenrostro, Jr., formerly of the California Public Employee’s Retirement System (Calpers), and recently affiliated with Arvco Capital Research in Nevada, was recently indicted in San Francisco, California.  Here is the *Indictment [* see below, at end of article for specific charges], and here’s the article. Let’s face it: […]

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U.S. Judge Reduces Apple’s Patent Award in Samsung Case

U.S. Judge Reduces Apple’s Patent Award in Samsung Case

With all the talk about the new Samsung Galaxy S4, I’m reminded of the recent article in the WS Journal, and elsewhere, where the Judge reduced Apple’s patent award against Samsung.  U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, who presided over the jury trial between the two rivals in a California courtroom last summer, on Friday overturned […]

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Cases of celebrities accused of financial crimes adding up

Cases of celebrities accused of financial crimes adding up

Editor’s Note:  this article caught my eye for two reasons: first, we previously reported on Doug DeCinces troubles in Ex-Angels Player Doug DeCinces Indicted in Insider Trading Case, and in Indictment in Doug DeCinces criminal insider-trading case. Second, I actually represent a defendant in one of the below cases, involving Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger. As reported […]

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Indictment in Doug DeCinces criminal insider trading case

Indictment in Doug DeCinces criminal insider trading case

I previously blogged on the news release of Doug DeCinces, “Ex-Angels player Doug DeCinces indicted in insider trading case.”  Here is a copy of the filed Indictment in the case of  Doug DeCinces.  As so often is the case, there is an informant who is identified as “the Source” who obtained “Insider Information” which was […]

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Fisker leads Orange County venture investments in third quarter

Fisker leads Orange County venture investments in third quarter

According to the OC Register news, Hybrid electric carmaker Fisker Automotive in Anaheim continued to dominate venture capital investments in Orange County in the third quarter, accounting for 81 percent of the $128.8 million in equity capital put into local firms, according to The Money Tree Report. The report is published by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the […]

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Update on Solyndra bankruptcy: IRS appeals denial of its objection to plan saying it allows the company to avoid paying taxes

Update on Solyndra bankruptcy:  IRS appeals denial of its objection to plan saying it allows the company to avoid paying taxes

Editor’s Note:  Update to the article/blog posted today entitled “IRS objects to Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan based on alleged tax avoidance purpose,” as the IRS filed its Notice of Appeal.   The basic argument is that a company with no assets or any business activity is nothing more than a shell and thus should not be […]

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Special Report – How Starbucks avoids UK taxes

Special Report – How Starbucks avoids UK taxes

As reported in the news in Reuters, “Special Report – How Starbucks avoids UK Taxes” caught my eye, of course, since I am a fan of Starbucks (and of taxes).  Here’s the article. LONDON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Starbucks’ coffee menu famously baffles some people. In Britain, it’s their accounts that are confusing. Starbucks has […]

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IRS Workers With Convictions

IRS Workers With Convictions

Editor’s Note:  after blogging on “Tax Court Alert: Civil Fraud Penalty Assessed Against IRS Tax Compliance Officer,” I came across another article, published some time ago by Forbes entitled “IRS Workers with Convictions,” which reported on the tax agency dealing with rogue employees in everything from celebrity snooping to extortion.  What brought that to mind […]

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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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