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September 27th, 2012 1 comment

You may have noticed a slowdown in the quantity of content here over the past few weeks. The reasons are twofold.

First, a family scare. Early last week my older brother (I’m the middle sibling) was hospitalized with a serious intestinal infection that ultimately required surgery. The surgeon informed us that had he gone untreated for a few more days, my brother could have went into septic shock.

I’ve looked up to my brother all my life. He’s the one person who I could say has been through more than me as a sibling. So when I first learned of his hospitalization and the seriousness of his condition, my world came to an abrupt pause. I couldn’t bear the thought of possibly losing him so prematurely. I was afraid of losing a part of me.

After the news settled in, I found myself stepping into his shoes in an effort to provide the immediate family the emotional strength we’re accustomed to seeing in him. Naturally, my mother did not take the news well. As my father said on the day of the surgery, “You can’t get your mom out of that hospital with a bulldozer.”

I hadn’t spent as much time in a hospital all my life as I have since my brother was hospitalized. This period of time has forced me to temporarily live outside of life’s daily routine. It has reminded me to always appreciate the time you spend with the people most important to you. We just don’t know what tomorrow brings, good or bad.

I’m happy to report he is recovering as well as expected to this point. There’s a long road ahead, and a better qualify of life awaits.

Second, I’ve been in the process of slightly shifting the blog’s focus. I will continue to highlight tax issues relevant to the gaming industry. Going forward, however, I plan to also write more about gaming law developments in general, and scale back a bit of the non-gaming tax pieces. Feel free to suggest topics of interest.

Yes, I am a tax lawyer. And as I continue to chart the path of my career, I further realize that my long-term place is likely somewhere in gaming. The gaming industry will continue to evolve and present challenging and stimulating legal issues. I’ve learned a lot from the many sharp and engaging individuals that the community has to offer. I also hope I’ve shared with you an interesting concept or two.

Now’s a perfect time to queue up a very cheesy 80s tune that, well, sort of captures the moment:


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Blog Migration

June 27th, 2012 No comments

I’m about to transfer this blog to a self-hosted blog. The process may take several days to complete, so posting may not resume until next week.

Happy Holidays!

December 23rd, 2011 No comments

Have a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year.

In the spirit of the holidays and in honor of my grandmother, who passed away earlier this year, I share with you one of my favorite holiday tunes. I vividly remember the days of singing along to playfully tease her with the quirky lyrics:



Regular posting resumes next week.

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LexisNexis Top 20 Tax Law Blog of 2011

November 21st, 2011 No comments

I am pleased to announce “Tax Dood” has been named by LexisNexis a Top 20 Tax Law Blog of 2011. To vote for the Top Tax Law Blog of 2011, click here. Voting ends Monday, November 28.

I won’t say which blog you should vote for. I will say this: You know what to do.

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June 23rd, 2011 1 comment

Later this evening I’ll be airborne with Las Vegas, NV serving as my destination.  I’m excited to stay at the apparently stunning Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.  If you are unfamiliar with the newly constructed casino and hotel, read this review.  I’m also looking forward to checking out the ongoing events at the 2011 World Series of Poker.  If you happen to spot me, please don’t hesitate to say hi and introduce yourself.

Although I have plenty to blog about, my readers will have to wait for new content until sometime next week.  To remain occupied in the meantime, I suggest you peruse the quality blogs listed down and to the right.

Taxes in the Back

February 9th, 2011 No comments

In October 2010 I wrote my debut blog post over at Deucescracked.  I have enjoyed discussing tax and appreciate your continued interest in reading taxdood.  The online gaming industry is taking an interesting turn in the United States, and I’m looking forward to covering the developments.  Plus, taxes are not going away, so neither am I.

As you can see, the blog’s name has changed.  I decided to subtly pay tribute to the activity that got this blog up and running: playing “poker in the back” of casinos.  The name seems appropriate also because taxes apply to everyone; taxes always should be at least in the back of our minds.

With the blog’s new layout, you can navigate the sidebar even when viewing individual posts.  The previous layout didn’t offer that feature, and it irked me.  We’ll see what other widgets I can incorporate.

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