Everything Everywhere All at Once won seven Oscars at the 95th Academy Awards including for Best Picture. The movie begins with the havoc unleashed by IRS Agent Deirdre Beaubeirdra (Jamie Lee Curtis won Best Supporting Actress), when she audits the laundromat of Evelyn & Waymond Wang (Michelle Yeoh won Best Actress and Ke Huy Kwan won Best Supporting Actor. But are the audit scenes realistic? Short answer: yes, but mostly no. Here’s how the movie differs from a real-life IRS audit. Read more »
IRS Presidential Audits Not a Mandate, Only a Norm
As I sit in my Westlake Village tax law office , I’m contemplating the remarkable story that broke this week about the IRS failing to audit former President Trump during the first two years of his Presidency, despite Read more »
Top 6 Things To Know About An IRS Audit
You just received a notice from the IRS that you’re being audited. I’m sorry: it’s a stressful experience. But, now that you’re in it, here are the most important things to keep in mind. Read more>>
Were Comey & McCabe IRS Audits Politically-Motivated? Unlikely
I was a tax attorney at the IRS for a decade. So you know I’ve been all over the fascinating story that the IRS recently subjected former FBI Directors James Comey and Andrew McCabe to its most invasive NRP audit. Comey and McCabe were famously fired and publicly abused by former President Trump. Suspicious minds now wonder whether IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, a Trump appointee, ordered the audits on these two men as a form of political retribution. Very unlikely. Here’s why.Read more>>
Problems with the IRS? Who are you gonna call?
Katie Clunen is a terrific family law attorney in Westlake Village. Tax issues often arise when couples divorce, so Katie and I often need to speak. In this short Vlog, Read more »
Filing a Tax Return and Audit Selection
That dreaded, fifth season of the year is soon to be upon us: Tax Season. Many Americans are turning their attention to tax returns and as they file, most people Read more »
IRS Audit Challenge – Tax Bill of $203,000 Owed Reduced to $1,500 for Santa Barbara County Wine Merchant
A merchant who buys and sells wines through an LLC that shows up as a Schedule C business on his personal tax return was recently audited. The IRS claimed he Read more »
Which Tax Authorities Touch Californians?
The U.S. federal and California state governments fund their activities by imposing and collecting taxes on various transactions. These include the receipt of income, payment of employees, sale of goods Read more »
Beware of Slick Promises to Get IRS Penalties Waived
A client ran a landscape maintenance company in LA for 30 years. His crew showed up at clients’ houses to mow, blow, and go. My client called his crew “contractors,” Read more »
Tax Resolution Firms: Do Your Homework!
A business owner sent me an email about her tax issues: she owes lots of money, the IRS has filed lien notices, she can’t make her payments. Her CPA recommended Read more »