Latest News from the Office

A discussion of the latest developments in law that we find interesting.

Is there a Patriotic Duty to Pay Higher Tax?

The case of Helvering v Gregory made popular one of the most famous tax quotes, which may also be one of the most misunderstood quotes. In his opinion, Learned Hand commented that “[a]ny one may so arrange his affairs that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which will best pay the Treasury; there is not even a patriotic duty to increase one’s taxes.

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IRS Fresh Start - What is it really?

The IRS Fresh Start Program is much advertised to eliminate tax debts, but does it work that way? We will explore what this program is and is not and how it may help you.

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The Attack on the Courts

A recent Court of Appeals casegarnered much attention due to the court’s outrage at being ignored. In that case,Baez-Sanchez originally applied for a specialized visa that required a waiver. The request first went to an immigration judge, then to the Board of Immigration Appeals, back to the immigration judge, back to the Board, then to the Court of Appeals.

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Oracle v. Google - Update

In November, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case between Google and Oracle, over the objects of the Department of Justice. While oral arguments have not been set yet, we do expect it to be heard and ruled on this term.

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