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Crime Watch: March 15, 2013

A federal court has permanently barred Crystal Ireland of Detroit, who does business as Master Mind Preparation, from preparing federal tax returns that claim the earned income tax credit. According to the complaint, Ireland fabricated businesses and reported fake business income on her customers' tax returns in order to claim the maximum credit for them.
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Florida Firm Leaving Wellness Footprint

Florida-based certified public accounting and consulting firm Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company kicked off the New Year and tax season on a healthy note by launching its new workplace wellness program – the Path to Wellness.
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Warren Averett, LLC Announces Recent Merger

Regional CPA firm Warren Averett, LLC, continues to carry out its strategic growth plans in the Southeast with the recent merger of Atlanta-based Gifford, Hillegass & Ingwersen (GH&I) and Tampa-based Pender Newkirk & Company.
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Little Sympathy for Tax Debtor Casey Anthony

Here's one delinquent taxpayer who may not find many sympathizers as she works her way through bankruptcy proceedings - Casey Anthony. Anthony stood trial for murder after her two-year-old daughter disappeared and was later found dead.
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KPS & Co. Merges with Alan M. Gould & Co.; Now Serves Florida

KPS & Company, LLC of West Hartford, Connecticut, jump-started 2013 by announcing a merger with the accounting and tax practice of Alan M. Gould & Co. of West Palm Beach, Florida, KPS’s first venture outside its home state of Connecticut.
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Crime Watch: February 12, 2013

Hedge fund manager and CPA administrator Jonathan Davey was convicted by a jury in Charlotte, North Carolina, on February 8 for a $40 million Ponzi scheme. Ten other defendants were also convicted in the case.
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IRS to O.J. Simpson: Where's Our Money?

It's true that the IRS has slapped O.J. Simpson with two different tax liens over the years ($179,435.07 for 2007 to 2010, and $17,015.99 for 2011). California is still trying to collect $318,566.06 going back to 2000, on which Simpson has made no payments.
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IRS Intensifies National Crackdown on Identity Theft

Continuing a year-long enforcement push against refund fraud and identity theft, the IRS announced the results of a massive national sweep targeting identity theft suspects in thirty-two states and Puerto Rico, involving 215 cities.
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Crime Watch: February 5, 2013

Six people were sentenced for a nationwide scheme that caused the filing of tax returns for at least 180 clients from thirty different states, requesting more than $160 million in fraudulent tax refunds.
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Crime Watch: January 31, 2013

Florida tax return preparer Torrey Burden allegedly fabricated and inflated deductions and credits to fraudulently reduce customers' tax liabilities. The IRS projects that the tax loss from the returns prepared by Burden could exceed $1 million.
Education & Careers

University of Texas Wins Deloitte Tax Competition

A team of five University of Texas at Austin accounting students maintained Longhorn pride when they won a national intercollegiate competition by solving a complex tax problem.
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Crime Watch: January 24, 2013

A tax return preparer in Florida allegedly falsified tax returns that cost the US Treasury more than $17 million. After examining over 250 tax returns, the IRS found that over 90 percent understated the taxpayer's liability.
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O.J. Simpson Hit with Tax Debt and Foreclosure

In prison for a total of thirty-three years, and he's still drawing fire from multiple sources. O.J. Simpson is being targeted by the IRS, and it's not the first time. The tax agency just filed a second lien on him for 2011 income.
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Crime Watch: January 16, 2013

Masood Chotani, a CPA and tax return preparer, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of engaging in a scheme to file false tax returns with the IRS using the names and Social Security numbers of deceased individuals.
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Crime Watch: January 9, 2013

A Florida woman – who owned or controlled undeclared foreign financial accounts in excess of $42 million in 2007 and who caused a tax loss to the government of approximately $667,716 – has been ordered to pay a $21 million civil penalty.
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Warren Averett, LLC Announces Recent Merger

Regional CPA firm Warren Averett, LLC continues to carry out its strategic growth plans in the Southeast with the recent merger of Atlanta-based Gifford, Hillegass & Ingwersen (GH&I) and Tampa-based Pender Newkirk & Company.
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Rapper Fat Joe Takes the Rap with the IRS

Like so many celebrities, the rap star who calls himself Fat Joe got behind on his taxes. But unlike many famous tax deadbeats, he's willing to take responsibility for his own blunder instead of blaming his handlers or lashing out at authorities.
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Crime Watch: December 12, 2012

A New Jersey CPA was sentenced to fifty-four months in prison for a $500 billion fraud scheme. In addition to his prison term, he was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $43,582,699 in forfeiture.
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Crime Watch: December 7, 2012

Today's tax crime cases include that of a Florida man, who filed four tax returns requesting over $1.5 million in federal refunds, and is now facing a possible twenty-three-year prison sentence.
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MLB Free Agents Scramble to Minimize Tax Hit

With the election behind us and a strong probability of more tax hikes ahead, Major League Baseball free agents have rushed to the negotiating table in the hope of pulling as much of their future income as possible into 2012.

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