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Judge Orders SEC To Finish Resource Payments Disclosure Rule

Judge Orders SEC To Finish Resource Payments Disclosure Rule

A federal judge ordered the SEC to resume work on a Dodd-Frank rule that is more than four years past its congressional deadline. Another federal court had thrown out the rule that required oil and mining companies to publicly disclose the payments they make to governments to do business. But the latest ruling told the […]

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Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to President’s ability to remove Tax Court judges

Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to President’s ability to remove Tax Court judges

Kuretski, (CA DC 6/20/2014) 114 AFTR 2d 2014-2614, cert denied 5/18/2015 The Supreme Court has declined to review a decision of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that rejected a taxpayers’ argument that the President’s authority to remove Tax Court judges under Code Sec. 7443(f) violates the constitutional separation of powers. The […]

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S&P raises ‘puffery’ defense in federal investor-fraud case

S&P raises ‘puffery’ defense in federal investor-fraud case

As widely reported in the news, Standard & Poor’s, at the first court hearing over the U.S. government’s claims that the rating service defrauded investors, argued that reasonable investors wouldn’t have relied on its “puffery” about credit ratings. John Keker, a lawyer for the McGraw Hill Financial unit, told U.S. District Judge David Carter in […]

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Massachusetts Man Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court For Hiding Millions From IRS In Swiss Bank Accounts

Massachusetts Man Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court For Hiding Millions From IRS In Swiss Bank Accounts

According to the Department of Justice Press Release, Massachusetts Man, Jacques Wajsfelner, Was Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court For Hiding Millions From IRS In Swiss Bank Accounts.   Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that JACQUES WAJSFELNER was sentenced today to six months of probation, including three months […]

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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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Case Alert: Ninth Circuit Disagrees with District Court – – Warrantless Search is Violation of 4th Amendment

Case Alert:  Ninth Circuit Disagrees with District Court – – Warrantless Search is Violation of 4th Amendment

Editor’s Note:  most reported cases these days (and it seems in the past few years), have been tough on criminal defendants.  Occasionally, lower courts come out with favorable decisions, and sometimes unfavorable decisions are reversed by Courts of Appeal.  Here in California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals governs the law of the land so-to-speak, […]

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Judge Says Steptoe Lawyers Were Not Government Agents In Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Case

Judge Says Steptoe Lawyers Were Not Government Agents In Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Case

As reported in the WSJ blog article, of May 17, 2012, Judge James V. Selna, of the United District Court, Central District of California, issued a tentative ruling denying defendants’ motions to suppress statements, rejecting the argument of two men charged in a foreign bribery case under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, that their former […]

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U.S. Tax Court – – A Happy Place and Refuge for Taxpayers

U.S. Tax Court – – A Happy Place and Refuge for Taxpayers

Editor’s Note:  I read an interesting article entitled “RPT – Powerful but obscure U.S. Tax Court lags on access,” which is reproduced below.  As a tax attorney who regularly practices before the U.S. Tax Court, I take for granted some of the benefits the Tax Court affords to taxpayers and their representatives (most cases “settle” […]

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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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