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Settlement Agreements: Avoiding a Real Property Tax Reassessment

Settlement Agreements: Avoiding a Real Property Tax Reassessment

In the abundance of caution, prior to taking action, the trustee should seek the court’s approval of the settlement agreement. Although a trustee can obtain written consent of all beneficiaries of the trust, court approval provides the best protection.

Divorce & Taxes

Divorce & Taxes

In short, only one of the parties to a divorce can continue to claim the child as a dependent on their tax return and be identified as the “custodial parent” for tax purposes.

Creativity in Tax Law

Creativity in Tax Law

The opportunity for creativity in the area of tax law has always kept me interested in the practice of tax law and business law. With every new presidential administration, there are often many changes to the tax laws or to tax policy. These changes concern everyone because they affect individuals, businesses, and families. The changes […]

Interview with Tax Court Judge David Laro

Interview with Tax Court Judge David Laro

I had the honor and privilege of having Judge David Laro as one of my professors for Tax Policy and Valuation courses during my LL.M. studies at the University of San Diego. When I learned that I would be the guest editor for the Contra Costa Lawyer’s tax and business issue, my immediate thought was […]

Coffee Talk

Presidential Tax Returns

Coffee Talk is a regular feature of the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine. We ask a short question related to an upcoming theme and responses are then published in the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine. This month we ask, “What is the benefit the public receives when presidential candidates make their tax returns public?” “There are various […]

Low Income Taxypayer Clinic

Low Income Taxypayer Clinic

Every day tax attorneys are making a difference in the lives of low-income people struggling to live in the Bay Area by volunteering with the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. Whom are they helping? A monolingual Spanish speaker who receives an IRS letter threatening […]

Tax Tips from the Tax Lawyer: Turning that Bundle of Joy into Dollars

Tax Tips from the Tax Lawyer: Turning that Bundle of Joy into Dollars

For parents, and especially new parents, are you sure you have claimed all of your applicable family/child tax benefits?

Mad Tax: Fury Road

Mad Tax: Fury Road

Without having a grasp on the pertinent tax laws, attorneys may feel like wanderers in the desert, trying to escape the dangers that may lurk in the mistakes of failed estate plans.

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.