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Tax Tips from the Tax Lawyer: Deducting Your Summer Vacation

Tax Tips from the Tax Lawyer: Deducting Your Summer Vacation

Attending a convention, seminar or other meeting in the North American area may qualify as a business expense, depending on the facts and circumstances of each case.

March 2015 - Tax Law Edition

March 2015 – Tax Law Edition

Highlights of the March 2015 Contra Costa Lawyer Tax Law edition include articles on IRS audits, immigration, same-sex taxes, marijuana tax and more.

Same-Sex Marriage … Same Taxes?

Same-Sex Marriage … Same Taxes?

Although it is not widely recognized state-to-state, the ruling in Windsor initiated some guidance with respect to federal law, and how same-sex couples should be filing their federal income tax returns.

You’ve Got (IRS) Mail! What Happens When Your Tax Return is Chosen for Audit

You’ve Got (IRS) Mail! What Happens When Your Tax Return is Chosen for Audit

Promptly consult your tax advisor for your response to the interview request. In almost every case, you should have professional assistance at the interview.

Incorporeal Punishment: Corporate Suspension and Forfeiture for Tax Noncompliance

Incorporeal Punishment: Corporate Suspension and Forfeiture for Tax Noncompliance

The failure to confirm the tax filing and payment compliance status of the corporate client can have disastrous results.

Immigration Reform Inside the World of Taxes

Immigration Reform Inside the World of Taxes

Will this reform help our economic crisis, and will more undocumented people come out of the shadows, and report their yearly taxes?

Marijuana Taxation Without Legalization

Marijuana Taxation Without Legalization

Requiring income to be reported and taxed, while prohibiting a deduction for expenses against this income, can be catastrophic for many small businesses that sell marijuana.

Tax Tips from the Tax Lawyer: Free Filing Services

Tax Tips from the Tax Lawyer: Free Filing Services

For taxpayers who have AGI below $60,000, there are many free filing options for completing and filing a federal income tax return.

Can I Give You a Lyft? Uber, Lyft and the Regulation of Taxis

Can I Give You a Lyft? Uber, Lyft and the Regulation of Taxis

Are Uber and Lyft rideshare companies simply competing more effectively in the market, or are they competing unfairly?

March 2014 - Tax Edition

March 2014 – Tax Edition

Highlights of the March 2014 Contra Costa Lawyer edition include tax articles on OICs, QDROs, foreign asset taxes, and more.

Family Law Tax Update

Family Law Tax Update

As we head into tax season, this is a great time to look at some of the tax changes affecting our family law cases. This article will discuss a few of the interesting tax rulings from 2013.

Tax Avoiders Beware: Disclosure of Foreign Assets Held By U.S. Taxpayers Underway

Tax Avoiders Beware: Disclosure of Foreign Assets Held By U.S. Taxpayers Underway

While the 30 percent withholding is a familiar concept with respect to payments to foreign persons, the new withholding regime under FATCA adds several new complexities.

When Tax Collectors Were Paid on Commission – An Abbreviated History of California Tax

When Tax Collectors Were Paid on Commission – An Abbreviated History of California Tax

California outnumbers the United States three to one. How did this happen?

March 2013 - Tax Law/Fiscal Cliff Edition

March 2013 – Tax Law/Fiscal Cliff Edition

Highlights of the March 2013 Contra Costa Lawyer edition include articles about the Congressional budget, the American Taxpayer Relief Act and other tax-related issues.

To Withhold or Not to Withhold: The Employment Tax Consequences of Settlements and Judgments

To Withhold or Not to Withhold: The Employment Tax Consequences of Settlements and Judgments

Litigation arising out of employment is a fact of life. When those cases conclude with payment, there are tax consequences that have to be addressed. This article provides a short primer on common tax issues associated with these cases.

Business Tax Provisions of ATRA 2012

Business Tax Provisions of ATRA 2012

When have budgetary and tax machinations in Washington generated so fertile a phrase, one so conducive to corny metaphor and other colorful figures of speech? I pledge in writing this article to avoid the use of the phrase “fiscal cliff.” Oops, I just did. Well, never again…

2013: The Year of the Taxpayer?

2013: The Year of the Taxpayer?

The 2010 Tax Act effectively extended the Bush tax cuts (known formally as the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001) through December 31, 2012. The temporary extension has not yet led to …

Tax a Cola, Save our Kids!

Tax a Cola, Save our Kids!

Dr. Wendel Brunner, Director of Public Health for Contra Costa County Health Services, has made the problem painfully clear: one-third of Richmond’s African-American and Latino fifth and seventh graders are obese. Another 20% in each group are overweight. Without a successful intervention, Dr. Brunner warns that most of these children will suffer from diabetes and premature coronary heart disease, and many will not live as long as their parents.

Richmond’s “Soda Tax” That Isn’t

Richmond’s “Soda Tax” That Isn’t

As we enter the season of relentless political ads, the measure dubbed the “Richmond Soda Tax” serves as a good example of what happens when the media meets proponents of a measure and their consultants. Reality often has no major role in the game of politics. Instead, staking out your position first and having great sound bites can make the difference in winning the modern war of words and images.

ConFire’s Parcel Tax on the November Ballot

ConFire’s Parcel Tax on the November Ballot

On November 6, voters will have the opportunity to enter the voting booth and raise their own taxes through a variety of measures on the ballot. One of these will be a $75 per parcel tax requested by the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (“ConFire”). A 55% majority vote would raise approximately $16.8 million annually and sunset after seven years. On July 31, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, which serves as ConFire’s Board of Directors, in a 4-1 vote, decided to place the tax on the ballot. I was the lone vote against it.