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The Limits of the Accountant-Client Privilege

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The accountant-client privilege, commonly referred to as the tax practitioner privilege, is codified in section 7525 of the Internal Revenue Code. However, before you put much stock in the privilege, a word of warning: courts have interpreted the accountant-client privilege to be extremely limited in scope. For example, it does not apply in state court matters or in criminal matters, …

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What is Bank Fraud?

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18 U.S.C. § 1344 is commonly referred to as the bank fraud statute. It is used by the Department of Justice to prosecute “any scheme to defraud” a federal bank.[1]The scope of the phrase “any scheme” is broad; it has, for example, been used to prosecute check forging, check kiting, and embezzlement, among other things.  Making misrepresentations to a bank – …

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Not So Fast, IRS…My Client Wasn’t Aware: Marinello v. United States

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In Marinello v. United States,[1] the Supreme Court recently addressed the scope of section 7212(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. This section describes the conviction and punishment of taxpayers who engage in corrupt or forcible interference with the administration of the internal revenue laws.[2] In its opinion, the Supreme Court restricted the scope of the statute, holding that in order …

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Bitcoin, Blockchain, and the Revolution to Come

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We are in the midst of a revolution-a digital transformation driven by what many believe could be the most powerful decentralizing force since the rise of the Internet: Blockchain. It is difficult to overstate the potential impact of this technology and its applications. Much as the double-entry system of accounting-first codified by Luca Pacioli, the “father of accounting”-laid the groundwork …

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Representing Taxpayers in Sensitive Audits: A Look at the Fundamental Challenges of an Eggshell Audit

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Sensitive audits present the tax practitioner with unique challenges.  They require the exercise of judgment and discretion, as well as an understanding of administrative procedure and even a command of constitutional and evidentiary rules.  At times, they may also require that the practitioner carefully balance duties to a client with their own ethical and legal obligations. Sensitive audits come in …