Welcome to Faucher & Associates – Legal Solutions to Financial and Tax Problems
We focus on tax and bankruptcy law in Southern California: helping local debtors get discharged from debt, particularly tax debt; helping to lower tax debt via challenges to IRS determinations at audit and litigation stages; helping creditors recover what they are entitled from bankrupt estates; helping settle disputes between debtors, creditors, and bankruptcy trustees. We know the tax and bankruptcy codes and the people who make these processes work.
Call 818/889-8080 now to find out how we can help with your financial, tax, and legal problems.
John Faucher, principal of the firm, practices at the intersection of tax and bankruptcy law because he finds this legal practice offers an invigorating mixture of client counseling, problem solving, court appearances, litigation, and helping people in difficult circumstances. Before going into private practice in 2009, John worked for almost a decade as an attorney for the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service. While there, he defended IRS tax audits in tax court and represented the IRS in bankruptcy proceedings. John has also worked as corporate counsel for Coastal Corporation in Houston, Texas, and for other private partnerships. In 2014, John earned a Certificate of Specialization in Bankruptcy Law from the State Bar of California.
In larger bankruptcy and tax issues, John Faucher often teams up with other attorneys with expertise in these areas. Please see Our Attorneys for more information on the attorneys with whom we routinely associate.
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I recently received an email solicitation — purporting to be from the IRS — claiming I was eligible for a refund and asking me to click a link to process my return for the refund. Here’s a copy of it. It is shamelessly not from the IRS: the return email address has nothing to do […]
My client called in a panic. He was being audited, and the IRS wanted to know why he claimed $2,500 in mileage expense on his Schedule C. My client doesn’t own a Schedule C business. The IRS also questioned my client’s $10,000 loss on his professional stamp collecting – another fictional activity. His tax preparer […]
When a taxpayer disagrees with the IRS auditor’s determination, the IRS assigns the matter to an appeals officer. This is a second, new IRS employee that the taxpayer can negotiate with. Importantly, as a taxpayer deals with successively-higher-level employees in the IRS, the discretion of each employee increases. Appeals officers almost always have more discretion […]
Except for what you tell it, the IRS (and for that matter, state tax authorities like the FTB) doesn’t really know very much about you. But it’s worthwhile to find out what it does know about you. The IRS keeps information about taxpayers in transcripts, small files on its central computers. I find it invaluable […]
It’s satisfying when tax law actually does the right thing morally – such as providing a strong financial incentive to pay spousal support on time. Here’s an example. David and Christie Iglicki divorced in Maryland after eight years of marriage. David was ordered to pay Christie $735 per month in child support and $1,000 per […]
My client has several years of unfiled tax returns. Like many people with several years of unfiled tax returns, he’s been putting off working with me. So I hadn’t heard from him for about six months when he called me in a panic. “I just got a call from the IRS,” he said. “The guy […]
I’m cheered to see that others out there share my opinion of Wells Fargo Bank. For my prior screeds against this bank, see here, here, and here. My rants against Wells Fargo may soon have as many volumes as the Harry Potter books. Seriously, I worried that my dislike of the bank might be overblown […]
The United States has an unusual tax regime: it taxes its citizens and residents on their worldwide income, not just on what is earned in the United States. The only other country that does this is Eritrea. Can you even find Eritrea on a map? What else does it have in common with the United […]
I don’t do magic (despite owning four bunnies that I could pull out of a hat). I say this because I occasionally have a client who has heard of a legal maneuver to solve her problem, yet is too good to be true. In a particular case, my client faces a foreclosure on her home […]
Debtors can discharge their taxes in bankruptcy so long as they meet certain tests: the three-year test, the two-year test, the 240-day test and no fraud. I lay it out in the first paragraphs here and in the last paragraphs here . One of the tests is that the return has to have been actually […]