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Los Angeles Proposing Strict Regulations on Short-term Vacation Rentals, But to What Effect?

In recent years, the short-term online vacation rental market has flourished, and connecting travelers with short-term bedroom, apartment, or home rentals has become what many value as a billion dollar industry. The industry...more

FinCEN Issues Geographic Targeting Order to Combat Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud in South Florida

On July 13, FinCEN issued a Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) requiring check cashers in two South Florida counties to strengthen identification requirements for customers cashing certain Federal tax refund checks. According...more

Los Angeles Proposing Strict Regulations on Short-term Vacation Rentals, But to What Effect?

In recent years, the short-term online vacation rental market has flourished, and connecting travelers with short-term bedroom, apartment, or home rentals has become what many value as a billion dollar industry. The industry...more

FinCEN Announces Another Geographic Targeting Order

South Florida check cashers will soon be required to obtain additional identifying information about customers cashing federal tax refund checks over $1,000. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued another Geographic...more

Advertising Law - July 2015 #3

Harlem Globetrotters Get an Assist From CARU - In a rare loss, the Harlem Globetrotters agreed, at the direction of the Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU), that their age-screening practices for the company's...more

Eighth Circuit Affirms Denial of “Predominance” Class: The Long Arm of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act Does Not Reach...

In 2012, California resident Ronald Perras brought suit in federal district court against H&R Block and its affiliates (H&R), which are headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Perras alleged that H&R violated the Missouri...more

Taxpayer Identity Theft

Recently, there has been a spike in felons filing fraudulent income tax returns seeking refunds. The identity thief merely acquires a taxpayer’s name, address and Social Security Number, and files a return with a different...more

State Regulation of Virtual Currency: A Recap

This may be the year of the virtual currency. Virtual currencies have garnered much media, investor, and government attention. But, as venture capital funding continues to pour into the industry—more than $1 billion is...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - Supreme Court Decides Maryland v. Wynne and Rules that Maryland Tax Scheme Is...

In This Issue: - Maryland’s Tax Scheme Ruled Unconstitutional - “FTC Generator” Case Update - FSA Rules that Equitable Disgorgement May be Deductible Expense - District Court Upholds Attorney Client...more

IRS Data Breach Draws Congressional Ire

Responding to the recently disclosed Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) data breach, congressional leaders are demanding answers from the agency regarding its handling of confidential tax information. Senate Finance Committee...more

With the IRS breach, it’s clear your data is at risk

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, news of a major data breach, estimated to have affected 100,000 U.S. households’ tax returns. The data was wrongfully obtained from an IRS application...more

IRS Data Breach Results in Thousands of Fraudulent Tax Returns

On Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, the IRS disclosed that a data breach of its online Get Transcript application occurred when sophisticated hackers attempted to access over 200,000 personal tax accounts. More importantly, however,...more

Second Circuit Rules FDCPA Does Not Require Disclosure of Settlement’s Tax Consequences

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) does not require a debt collector to disclose the possible tax consequences of a debtor’s acceptance of a...more

CFPB Files Amicus Brief Regarding TILA’s Definition of “Consumer Credit”

In its most recent amicus brief, filed with the Fifth Circuit on April 9, 2015 in Billings v. Propel Financial Services, LLC, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) argues that entities who lend consumers money to...more

TurboTax’s software maker Intuit on the hot seat for lax security measures to prevent tax fraud

Intuit, Inc., the maker of the software used by TurboTax customers to file electronic tax returns stopped its e-filing return program in February after receiving notices from multiple states that thousands of fraudulent tax...more

CFPB and Navajo Nation Partner in UDAAP Action Against Companies Involved in Alleged Tax Refund Scheme

On April 14, the CFPB along with the Navajo Nation jointly announced an enforcement action against two companies and their respective owners (Defendants) for running an alleged tax-refund scheme, marking the CFPB’s “first...more

CFPB files amicus brief in Fifth Circuit TILA case

The CFPB has filed an amicus brief in Billings v. Propel Financial Services, LLC, a case on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The issue in the case is whether a private lender extends“consumer credit”...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 2015 #3

In this issue: - US Federal Reserve Board Outlines Organizational Structure of the Large Institution Supervision Coordinating Committee - Final EU Regulations on Calculation of Margin Periods of Risk -...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending April 10, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Mediation: trial court erred in compelling borrowers to produce financial information at mediation not relevant pre-foreclosure judgment – Morejon v. F&M Real, Inc., No. 2D14-2531...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: $900 billion. The amount of additional taxes that would fall on businesses and families under Republicans’ budget plans, according to a “fact check” by the Associated Press in a story with a title made of...more

Continued Disagreement: Use of Federal Debt Collection Laws to Expand Fraudulent Transfer Look-Back Periods

In Ebner v. Kaiser (In re Kaiser), the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois allowed a bankruptcy trustee to employ the 10-year look-back period, available to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under the...more

Illinois Retailers Beware: Class Action Complaint Filed Against Grocer for Collecting Illinois Sales Tax on Manufacturers’ Coupons...

A class action complaint was filed in federal court last week against New Albertson’s, Inc. the operator of the Jewel-Osco grocery chain, alleging failure to deduct manufacturers’ coupons from the tax base on which sales tax...more

Tax Scam Redux, 2014

Recent headlines regarding the submission of fraudulent tax returns underscores the need for vigilance when filing any tax return. Most news accounts indicate that it is the “online” filing that is most at risk. This means...more

CFPB Details Complaints About Reverse Mortgages

On February 9, the CFPB released a report detailing complaints associated with reverse mortgages. According to the report, a high volume of complaints concern requests for changes to loan terms, issues related to loan...more

IRS Offers Floridians Extra Protection Against Tax-Related Identity Theft

You are most likely aware of the recent news stories about the growing problem of identity theft in the tax area. The identity theft is usually only discovered when a person goes to file their return and discovers that a tax...more

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