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Panama Papers Produces Another Plea and Conviction, Previously Sealed (3/7/21)

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (“ICIJ”) has this release announcing the plea, conviction and sentencing of a person, Joachim Alexander von der Goltz, implicated in the Panama Papers disclosures.  As reported, this is the third person brought to justice pursuant to the Panama Papers disclosures.  One of the others convicted was Joachim Alexander’s father, […]

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Indictment for FBAR Charges, False Income Tax Returns and False Streamlined Submission (3/4/21)

Yesterday, DOJ Tax issued this press release:  Businessman Indicted for Not Reporting Foreign Bank Accounts and Filing False Documents with the IRS, here.  The press release announces charges for failure to report accounts on the FBARs for 2010 through 2016 and for false income tax returns for the same years “that did not report to […]

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Third Circuit Sustains Application of Gun Possession Prohibition to Tax Felon (11/25/20)

In Folajtar v. Attorney General of the United States, ___ F.3d ___, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 37006 (3rd Cir. 2020), here, decided yesterday, the Court held that a tax felon (tax perjury, § 7206(1)) was subject to the prohibition in 18 USC § 922(g)(1) denying felons the right to possess firearms.  Basically, Folajtar argued that, […]

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Superseding Indictment for Former Harvard Chair on Tax and FBAR Crimes (7/29/20)

DOJ announced here the superseding indictment for tax-related crimes of Dr. Charles Lieber, the former Chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department.  See also  James S. Bikales and Kevin R. Chen, Former Chemistry Chair Lieber Indicted on Four Additional Felonies for Tax Offenses (Harvard Crimson 7/28/20), here.  The prior indictment was for making […]

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The Unspotted Issue in an Audit; Ethics and Crimes (7/24/20)

In an ABA Tax Section Court Procedure Virtual meeting on Wednesday, there was a one-hour discussion of ethical issues in handling a matter in the Tax Court.  The participants in the discussion were: • Judge L. Paige Marvel, United States Tax Court, Washington, D.C.• Elizabeth G. Chirich, Chief, Branch 1, Procedure & Administration, IRS Office […]

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The Unspotted Issue in an Audit; Ethics and Crimes (7/24/20; 7/28/20)

In an ABA Tax Section Court Procedure Virtual meeting on Wednesday, there was a one-hour discussion of ethical issues in handling a matter in the Tax Court.  The participants in the discussion were: • Judge L. Paige Marvel, United States Tax Court, Washington, D.C.• Elizabeth G. Chirich, Chief, Branch 1, Procedure & Administration, IRS Office […]

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The Unspotted Issue in an Audit; Ethics and Crimes (7/24/20; 7/29/20)

In an ABA Tax Section Court Procedure Virtual meeting on Wednesday, there was a one-hour discussion of ethical issues in handling a matter in the Tax Court.  The participants in the discussion were: • Judge L. Paige Marvel, United States Tax Court, Washington, D.C.• Elizabeth G. Chirich, Chief, Branch 1, Procedure & Administration, IRS Office […]

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The Unspotted Issue in an Audit; Ethics and Crimes (7/24/20; 8/2/20)

In an ABA Tax Section Court Procedure Virtual meeting on Wednesday, there was a one-hour discussion of ethical issues in handling a matter in the Tax Court.  The participants in the discussion were: • Judge L. Paige Marvel, United States Tax Court, Washington, D.C.• Elizabeth G. Chirich, Chief, Branch 1, Procedure & Administration, IRS Office […]

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U.S. Taxpayer Renouncing U.S. Citizenship Indicted And Extradition Started (5/11/20)

A reader just alerted me that I had overlooked a significant item of interest to readers of this blog. On March 5, 2020,, DOJ issued the following press release:  Founder of Russian Bank Charged with Tax Fraud: Allegedly Concealed $1 Billion in Assets and Income when Renouncing U.S. Citizenship, here. Key excerpts from the release […]