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Is Bitcoin a Security? The SEC is a federal agency that regulates the securities markets within the United States. The SEC enforces certain disclosure requirements and financial filings in the name of protection against market manipulation. Issuers of securities need to be registered with the SEC, as well as financial service firms and the professionals

The IRS announced its enforcement priorities include international reporting among the top two categories.  I have represented taxpayer’s in disputes with the IRS and state taxing agencies over international and domestic tax issues for decades.  What I have found is that there is a  group of taxpayer’s facing international penalties; immigrants (typically first generation U.S.

Why the Paul Manafort Case Matters to You. Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager for president Donald Trump was sentenced to a term of 47 months in prison this week and ordered to pay millions of dollars in restitution.  He will also be assessed a 75% tax fraud penalty.  Some have argued that his prison

Proposition XIII is under attack through a proposed amendment to the Constitution of the State of California. The proposed amendment is known as “The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2018” The proposed amendment would eliminate Prop 13 tax rate increases for “commercial and industrial properties” and would require reassessment to their full

The beginning of the year is usually a time for thinking about the challenges ahead. This year is no different. The “shutdown” of parts of the federal government, including the IRS, will cause a variety of personal and business hardships for all affected. But among the challenges some taxpayers will face is how to deal

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts Eliminates the Tax Deduction for Spousal Support Beginning January 1, 2019, except for support Orders effective by December 31, 2018. For decades the Internal Revenue Code and the California Revenue and Taxation Code have allowed an income tax deduction to payors of “Spousal Support”. The recipient ex-spouse was required