Media Alert for Internet Companies and Other Small Business Owners!

A client recently came to my firm needing immediate legal help to prevent a TV news station from airing an advertised “exposé” of his business (buying and re-selling items on the Internet via Amazon and eBay).  A reporter for the news station had contacted him on Facebook and, citing alleged unresolved complaints from the Better Business Bureau, began a conversation asking how he planned to pay back consumers. Continue reading

Ending an IRS Criminal Investigation

Normally, the IRS does not do us the courtesy of sending a letter to say that a witch hunt has been called off.  But this time the IRS did the right thing.  See below.  So, my client consented to this being posted with his information redacted.  He is a good and innocent man who deserves to get on with his life without the stigma of a criminal investigation hanging over his head. I was honored to have represented him. Continue reading

IRS and Prison Sentences: The High Cost of Low Returns

The IRS says that the goal of a criminal IRS investigation is to get convictions or guilty pleas.[1]  That means prison time.  I’ve often wondered how much in tax dollars we taxpayers are probably paying to send tax offenders to jail.  So I did something that’s common in a tax matter—a little math. Continue reading