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U.S. Supreme Court Grapples With Deportation for Tax Offenses

Written By The Shapiro Law Group on November 15, 2011

On November 7, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the question of whether aiding and abetting in the filing of a false statement on a tax return constitutes an aggravated felony for purposes of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

If the high court decides that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was correct in deciding that such offenses are aggravated felonies, then foreign nationals may be lawfully deported for participation in false tax filings.

It is also possible that the court may give guidance concerning failure to file tax returns and other tax offenses in any decision on this case.

The decision in the lower court can be found at Kawashima v. Holder, 615 F.3rd 1043 (9th Cir. 2010). We will keep you apprised of the court’s ultimate ruling and any other related developments.

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