Tax Litigation Law Office of Scott Kauffman
(949) 474-1820

Hackney Literary Award
Mighty River Short Story Contest Winner

Tax Crimes Archives

Differences between an “innocent spouse” and an “injured spouse”

There are obvious tax benefits for a married couple to file taxes jointly instead of individually. There are credits, deductions and exemptions that only spouses qualify for. Generally, joint tax returns save time, money and effort; it’s a “one and done” proposition, and doesn’t require duplicative effort for each partner to submit his or her own individual return.

Digital currency exemption to be considered

The indication is that the IRS is going after digital currency after a summons of Coinbase for information on member accounts. This is as Bitcoin has continued to climb in value and other digital assets like Ethereum and LiteCoin are becoming more commonly accepted methods of payment.

Ransomware, the dark net and taxes

Federal criminal investigations related to fraud, theft, money laundering and drug sales frequently dovetail with tax evasion. Virtual currency exchanges are in the crosshairs for their role in facilitating criminal conduct.

"The public is a victim:" Former tax judge guilty of tax fraud

Irony is a word that comes to mind when reading the facts of a recent case in U.S. District Court in St. Paul. Judge Wilhelmina Wright stated it a little different, "When a person in a position of trust violates that trust, the public is a victim."