Watchdog news November 2013

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Issa Fires Next Round in IRS Investigation

The high-profile committee investigating the Tea Party scandal engulfing the IRS is continuing its efforts to find a "smoking gun." But Treasury officials aren't moving as fast as some Republicans would like.
Tax

Lois Lerner Was Slammed for Playing 'Blame Game'

It's been revealed that the supervisor in the Cincinnati office accused of wrongdoings by Lois Lerner, former head of the IRS Exempt Organizations (EO) division, took umbrage when the finger was pointed her way.
Tax

Bernie Madoff Employees on Trial as Assistant Scammers

The name Bernie Madoff probably rings a bell. It has also been known to set off a few whistles and sirens. His well-publicized crime masterminded the biggest Ponzi scheme ever recorded.
Tax

Crime Watch: November 18, 2013

Chicago lawyer Gary J. Stern designed at least three tax-fraud schemes that helped hundreds of customers falsely claim over $16 million in improper tax credits and avoid paying income tax on at least $3.4 million.
Tax

IRS Warns Consumers of Possible Scams Relating to Relief of Typhoon Victims

On November 15, the IRS issued a consumer alert about possible scams taking place in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
Tax

TIGTA Wants IRS to Improve Security Risk Assessments

In a report released publicly on November 14, the TIGTA emphasized that the IRS should take further steps to improve security at some of its facilities.
Tax

IRS Hands Over Tax-Exempt Training Materials to Nonprofit Publisher

In response to a lawsuit initiated by Tax Analysts, a nonprofit publisher of tax information and expert analysis, the IRS has released almost 3,000 pages of training materials used by its EO division, most of them dating from 2012.
Tax

TIGTA Says IRS Efforts on International Tax Compliance Succeeding

The IRS International Campus Compliance Unit has improved international tax compliance of individuals to the tune of 18,000 audits conducted and approximately $36 million in additional taxes assessed for fiscal years 2011 through 2013.
Tax

Freddie Mitchell: I Banged My Head and Committed Tax Fraud

When Freddie Mitchell entered his plea deal last March, he'd live to regret it, he now says. The former wide receiver thought the deal was the best way to go, after an investigation showed he was neck deep in tax fraud.
Tax

Taxman Tries to Lap NASCAR's Juan Pablo Montoya

If the IRS is correct, NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya owes the government a bit of money. Like $2.7 million. Montoya concedes he may have underreported some income, but he maintains the IRS is way off.
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Crime Watch: November 1, 2013

Vernon Harrison of Montgomery, Alabama, was sentenced to 111 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $82,791 restitution for his role in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme. Harrison is a former US Postal Service mail carrier.

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