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Donald Trump — A Clear and Present Danger to AmericaTrump's claim in Comey termination letter was 'totally inappropriate,' former Bush attorney general saysContingent Fee Tax Advice: IRS Allows Some, Not AllContingent Fee Tax Advice: IRS Allows Some, Not AllSPCA spends more on lawyers than animals, investigation findsAffordable Housing Program Costs More, Shelters FewerTrump's executive order addresses a nonexistent issueHow the states can make President Trump's taxes publicCharitable Gifts of Real PropertySometimes the Truth is Stranger than Fiction – Update7th Circuit affirms tax fraud convictionsMany religious freedom advocates are actually disappointed with Trump's executive orderIRS-CI head Weber to step down, leaving proud legacy but uncertain future for agencyIRS Implementation of ACA's Employer Shared Responsibility Provision Falls Short Based on Results of Recent AuditTwo (at most) secret donors funded 93% of pro-Rubio nonprofit

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Lawyer: No Russia on Trump's Tax Returns*
Daily BeastMay 12, 2017

... the news service added: “with few exceptions.” Trump has refused to release any of his recent tax returns, citing an ongoing IRS audit, among other reasons, and the president's attorney did not provide access to them Friday. Those exceptions ...more »

Trump and the Morgan Lewis Mess
The American LawyerMay 31, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump speaks as attorney Sheri Dillon listens during a news conference on Jan. 11, 2017, in ... Confirming that the IRS had closed its audits through 2008, it reinforced Trump's “under audit” excuse for not releasing them ...more »

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Donald Trump — A Clear and Present Danger to America
Connecticut Law TribuneMay 10, 2017

Only a day before Mr. Trump fired Comey, we learned that both President Obama and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates had personally warned Mr. Trump and his White House counsel of very serious concerns they had about Michael Flynn becoming ...more »

Trump's claim in Comey termination letter was 'totally inappropriate,' former Bush attorney general says
Los Angeles TimesMay 10, 2017

The Republican who was both attorney general and White House counsel to President George W. Bush criticized as “totally inappropriate” that President Trump's claim in his letter firing FBI Director James B. Comey that Comey had three times assured the ...more »

Contingent Fee Tax Advice: IRS Allows Some, Not All
ForbesMay 10, 2017

Contingent legal fees are customary in personal injury cases. Increasingly, they are the norm in employment lawsuits too. Indeed, the variety of cases in which contingent legal fees are common is still expanding. These days, even large law firms may ...more »

Contingent Fee Tax Advice: IRS Allows Some, Not All
ForbesMay 10, 2017

Contingent legal fees are customary in personal injury cases. Increasingly, they are the norm in employment lawsuits too. Indeed, the variety of cases in which contingent legal fees are common is still expanding. These days, even large law firms may ...more »

SPCA spends more on lawyers than animals, investigation finds
NJ.comMay 9, 2017

Even if that is the case, critics wonder why it took three years to hire a new one. The group has since filed all of its 990s with the IRS and annual financial statements with the attorney general's office and says it is in the process of compiling its ...more »

Affordable Housing Program Costs More, Shelters Fewer
NPRMay 9, 2017

So, in 1986, Congress developed a strategy to entice private businesses to build better affordable housing. That incentive came in the form of a tax credit. Since then, an $8 billion industry has evolved to help the government house the poor. There are ...more »

Trump's executive order addresses a nonexistent issue
Washington PostMay 8, 2017

I am a tax lawyer who has represented 501(c)(3) organizations in audits in which the Internal Revenue Service has alleged that the organization engaged in prohibited political activity. President Trump's executive order “Promoting Free Speech and ...more »

How the states can make President Trump's taxes public
VoxMay 8, 2017

But an IRS audit didn't stop President Nixon from releasing his returns. .... President Trump's lawyers might argue, for instance, that the publication of his state tax returns infringes on his right to privacy, and so violates the 14th Amendment. But ...more »

Charitable Gifts of Real Property
Lexology (registration)May 8, 2017

Further, if the gift is of an equity interest (such as stock, partnership or LLC interest), as opposed to the real property itself, a corporate transaction lawyer's involvement may be required. ... (c) From the perspective of the appraiser, the ...more »

Sometimes the Truth is Stranger than Fiction – Update
The National Law ReviewMay 5, 2017

As a result of its promotion of these tax shelters, EY ended up settling with both the IRS and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York for not quite $140 million. It appears that EY also paid an ... According to the two former executives ...more »

7th Circuit affirms tax fraud convictions
Indiana LawyerMay 5, 2017

An administrative law judge ruled Petrunak was in violation of explosives regulations and, thus, revoked his explosives license, putting Abyss out of business. About five years later, Petrunak began targeting the inspectors who had reported his ...more »

Many religious freedom advocates are actually disappointed with Trump's executive order
Washington PostMay 5, 2017

The firm has also defended Little Sisters of the Poor on the same contraception issue, and a Becket Fund lawyer who has worked on the case said she was pleased with Thursday's order. During a reception Thursday at the Rose Garden, Trump told the nuns ...more »

IRS-CI head Weber to step down, leaving proud legacy but uncertain future for agency
Lexology (registration)May 4, 2017

The head of the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI), Richard Weber, is stepping down after five years to take a new position as head of financial crimes compliance for an international bank. The transition comes amid ...more »

IRS Implementation of ACA's Employer Shared Responsibility Provision Falls Short Based on Results of Recent Audit
The National Law ReviewMay 3, 2017

Based on a recent audit conducted by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the IRS' processes and procedures to ensure compliance with the employer information reporting requirements mandated by the employer shared ...more »

Two (at most) secret donors funded 93% of pro-Rubio nonprofit
Center for Responsive PoliticsMay 3, 2017

Philip Hackney, former chief counsel of the IRS division overseeing exempt organizations who now teaches law at Louisiana State University, says that if the IRS could show that CSP “was exclusively or primarily benefiting Rubio” through its focus on ...more »

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