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28 12, 2012

Hollywood Nut to Hollywood Nut: Here’s $100K, Now Pay Your Taxes!

By |2020-02-12T14:20:18-05:00December 28th, 2012|Interest on Tax Due, IRS Collection, Tax Penalties|1 Comment

In a moment of apparent clarity and largesse, actor Charlie Sheen, a recent star of the television hit comedy, Two and a Half Men, and now starring in Anger Manage­ment, gave controversial actress Lindsay Lohan $100,000 to help pay down her blockbuster-sized tax debt.

Sheen and Lohan worked together recently, filming Scary Movie 5. According to TMZ, which first reported this story, Lohan used Sheen’s money for its intended purpose: paying Uncle Sam’s meaner cousin, the IRS.

Lohan, whose off-screen personal dramas have sometimes out shown her considerable talent as an actress, allegedly owed the IRS $233,904 in back taxes for 2009 and 2010, TMZ reported.

With Sheen’s gift, Lohan has substantially reduced the tax debt TMZ says she has (what a big bite she got to take out of that balance due!), though interest and penalty continue to accrue on that part which is still unpaid and past due.



8 11, 2012

NYS Tax Obligations for Businesses Conducting Commerce on the Internet

By |2020-02-12T14:20:18-05:00November 8th, 2012|Internet Tax, Sales Tax, State Tax|0 Comments

New Continuing Legal Education Program at New York County Lawyers Association

 NYS Tax Obligations for Businesses Conducting Commerce on the Internet

This Event is Postponed to Tuesday January 15, 2013 Due to the Disruptions Caused by Hurricane Sandy

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, New Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 6:00 PM –9:00 PM
Member Price:                                        $125
Non-Member Attorney Price:             $175

Law Office Staff:                                     $15


Intended Audience: Attorneys with clients doing business or considering doing business on the internet; also business owners, entrepreneurs, web site owners, designers, developers, who might have tax issues arising from doing business on the internet.

Non-lawyers (no CLE) may attend the program for $15. Register above as “Law Office Staff.”

Location: 2nd Floor Auditorium

Course ID: C121132011

Number of Sessions: 1

Credits: 3 MCLE Credits: Breakdown tbd
3 MCLE Credits

Course Description:

Gain an overview of the New York State  sales tax obligations for New York based businesses engaged in  commerce on the Internet. A panel of experts will explore many of the interesting issues and  “wrinkles” that arise during the course of the transactions.


Program Co-sponsors: NYCLA’s Cyberspace Committee and NYCLA’s Taxation Committee

Program Chairs: Allan R. Pearlman, Co-Chair, NYCLA’s Cyberspace Committee and Megan L. Brackney, Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP,  Chair, NYCLA’s Taxation Committee

Faculty:  James Connolly,  Department of Taxation and Finance’s Office of Counsel; Timothy P. Noonan, Hodgson Russ LLP;  Lance Rothenberg, Hodgson Russ.

Go to https://www.nycla.org/index.cfm?section=CLE&page=CLE_Detail&itemID=2926&dateID=20121113

or http://www.nycla.org to register.

23 09, 2012

New Guide for Litigants and Counsel Needing Discovery in New York for Their Case Outside New York

By |2020-02-12T14:20:18-05:00September 23rd, 2012|Disclosure, Discovery, Trial preparation|0 Comments

It happens more often than attorneys or their clients want: they have a law suit pending and as they are gathering information, facts, records, witnesses and testimony getting ready for trial, one of the witnesses is someplace else.

For example, the  witness is in New York, even though the case is in Pennsylvania or Florida, California or Toronto, or anywhere else outside New York.


7 09, 2011

Same Dress, Two Designers, part 2

By |2020-02-12T14:20:18-05:00September 7th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Same Dress, Two Designers? Click on this link to see the flyer announcing the program we’ve put together. A three-credit Continuing Legal Education (CLE) class about protecting intellectual property in the fashion industry. (Non-lawyers are also welcome, for a nominal charge)

New York County Lawyers Association reports that more than 50 people have already signed up to attend, which is huge.

29 08, 2011

Same Dress, Two Designers? When Imitation is Piracy, Not Flattery – Protecting Intellectual Property in the Fashion Industry

By |2020-02-12T14:20:18-05:00August 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Coming up on September 8, 2011, at 6:00 PM, coinciding with the September 2011 New York City Fashion Week, the Cyberspace Law Committee of New York County Lawyers Association is putting on a Continuing Legal Education course on Intellectual Property protections in the fashion industry.

This course is for both lawyers and non-lawyers (no CLE credit for non-lawyers).

Full Disclosure: I am announcing this event because, in late 2010, I was appointed co-chair of New York County Lawyers’ Associations Cyberspace Law Committee and this is one of our projects.

Course Description:

Celebrate New York Fashion Week by joining us at a special program focusing on protecting intellectual property rights in the fashion industry. While imitation can be considered the highest form of flattery, it can also be costly, harmful to businesses – and even illegal.

Learn the ins and outs of legal protection in the fashion industry, including how Trademark, Copyright and Design-Patent laws  can be, and are used, in the United States and in Europe against copying and counterfeiting in the fashion industry.

Special focus will also be given  to new legislation, the “Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act” (IDPPA), now pending in Congress.

Program Co-sponsor: NYCLE Cyberspace Committee, Allan Pearlman and Natalie Sulimani, Co-Chairs   

Program Chair:Viviana Mura,  Herzfeld & Rubin P.C.

Faculty: Prof. Guillermo C. Jimenez, Fashion Institute of Technology and co-author, “Fashion Law, A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys”; Viviana Mura,  Herzfeld & Rubin P.C.; Joseph Francis Murphy, Law Office of Joseph Francis Murphy, Esq.

For more information go to www.nycla.org or to the specific page for the Same Dress, Two Designers? by clicking here.

15 04, 2011

With Tax Day Approaching, Make Your Tax Bill Smaller

By |2020-02-12T14:20:18-05:00April 15th, 2011|Tax Penalties|0 Comments

There’s still time to keep more of your money yours, and have Uncle Sam and the IRS say “what’s yours is mine” to less of your hard-earned income.

As you probably know by now, Tax Day, which is usually April 15th every year, this year is three days later, on Monday April 18th. So the annual day of tax reckoning for most of us is this coming Monday.

This fast approaching deadline made me think of something that all too many taxpayers do. And by doing it, they unnecessarily harm themselves and cause themselves to have a bigger tax bill than they’d otherwise have.

And I’m going to share with you an easy, inexpensive, and legal way to keep a whole lot of money in your own pocket and out of Uncle Sam’s pocket.


22 03, 2011

Holy Mackerel, Howard Stern Sues Sirius XM

By |2020-02-12T14:20:18-05:00March 22nd, 2011|Uncategorized|0 Comments

It’s been sounding like a love-fest, Howard Stern and satellite radio. First, Sirius crushed its competitor, XM — which it could not have done without the weight of Howard and his loyal listeners. Then the two satellite radio companies merged to become Sirius XM. This has sounded like a love-fest: Howard can do his morning radio show uncensored by regular radio stations, unthreatened by the FCC, and without endless commercials jamming up his show.

Plus, since his first day on satellite radio, in January 2006, Howard has been saying how great it is to be appreciated by his new employer. Again and again, his listeners have heard him say that he’s happy at Sirius, and that the whole set-up on satellite has allowed him and his crew to do the best radio they’ve ever done.

In December 2010, after months of a cliff-hanger for listeners, wondering whether Howard would renew his contract, he re-signed to continue his show for another five years.

But the love-fest — let’s say the honeymoon at least — seems to be over. Today, Howard Stern, through his production company, One Twelve, Inc. (named for his birthday, January 12th), and his agent, Don Buchwald, sued Sirius XM in New York State Supreme Court for breach of contract.


15 03, 2011

For Tax Season a Couple Accountant Jokes

By |2020-02-12T14:20:18-05:00March 15th, 2011|Humor, Jokes|0 Comments

The great Bob McKenzie (the tax lawyer in Chicago, not the hockey guy, not the fictional Canadian on SCTV) told me these:

“The company accountant is shy and retiring. He’s shy a quarter of a million dollars. That’s why he’s retiring.”

• Milton Berle


Question: What does an accountant use for birth control?

Answer: His personality.

While much of my attention, when it comes to jokes about professions, is focused on lawyer jokes (e.g., What do you call a 52 seat bus with 50 lawyers on it which drives off a cliff? ….), I always ask other professionals what jokes there are about them (e.g., Two optometrists walk into a bar….)

So, it feels like a gift to be told a few accountant jokes.

And with many of us having an accountant as our new best friend in February or March, it could not have come at a better time. I think Bob was not unaware of this.

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