Tax news May 2012

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Former Pennsylvania Businessman Convicted of Filing False Returns

Jonathon Felix, formerly of Villanova, Pennsylvania, was found guilty by a federal jury of willfully signing and filing false income tax returns, the Justice Department and the IRS announced May 22.
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Ohio Insurance Salesman Found Guilty of Tax Charges

On May 21, a jury convicted William A. Herder of Ohio on federal tax charges, the Justice Department and IRS announced. Herder was charged with corruptly endeavoring to impair and impede the due administration of IRS laws, tax evasion, and five counts of failure to file tax returns. He was convicted of all counts.
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Nurses Rally for a New Wall Street Tax

The liquor and tobacco industries are frequent targets of "sin taxes" aimed at drumming up revenue from sources that cater to certain vices. But the latest call for a sin tax is directed at a group that's decidedly more button-down than bootleggers and barkeeps: Wall Street brokers.
Tax

Facebook's Saverin: Senators Propose Crackdown on 'Friends with Tax Benefits'

Two US Senators are feeling anything but friendly toward Eduardo Saverin, one of the cofounders of the social networking site Facebook. They have proposed new legislation, called the Ex-PATRIOT Act, which would impose a mandatory 30-percent capital gains tax rate for expatriates on all future investment gains.
A&A

Summer Rental Season Kicks Off - Extra Tax Points for Owners

According to a new survey by Deloitte, more Americans will be traveling this upcoming Memorial Day holiday than they did last year. This could be welcome news to clients who own rental properties as the traditional vacation season kicks into high gear. But some dark clouds still loom on the horizon . . .
Tax

IRS Issues an Apology to Dionne Warwick after a Tax Blunder in 2009

The IRS issued a written apology to Dionne Warwick and has cut more than $1.2 million of its original sum of back taxes that Warwick owes stemming from money she earned back in the 1990s.
Tax

Nine Alabama Family Members Indicted for Identity Theft and Tax Fraud

Barbara Murry, Douglas Murry, Douglas Murry III, Yolanda Moses, Lee Moses, Veronica Temple, Jeffrey Temple, Almetta Johnson, and Courtney Johnson were charged in an indictment by a federal grand jury in the Middle District of Alabama on a variety of counts stemming from an identity theft and tax fraud scheme.
Technology

BSA Study Finds Over Half of Computer Users Admit to Pirating Software

According to the Business Software Alliance's (BSA) ninth annual study - 2011 BSA Global Software Piracy Study - the value of software theft is at an astounding all-time high ? $63.4 billion in 2011, up from $58.8 billion in 2010.
A&A

New GASB User Guide Helps Taxpayers Understand School District Finances

How can taxpayers follow how their money is being spent on public education? What is the difference between a school district's budget and its financial statements? Answers to these questions, and many others, can be found in GASB's new user guide, What You Should Know about Your School District's Finances.
Tax

Tax Return Preparer Headed to Jail for Close to Eight Years

Margaret Kirksey, a resident of Montgomery, Alabama, was sentenced May 8 in the Middle District of Alabama to eighty-one months in federal prison for filing false tax returns using stolen identities, the Justice Department and the IRS announced.
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AICPA Applauds Passage of Mobile Workforce Bill by the House

The Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2011 would establish a uniform requirement that nonresidents would have to work in a state for more than thirty days before becoming subject to out-of-state income taxes.
A&A

AICPA's Online Calculator Estimates Yearly Taxes Paid to All Sources

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has launched the Total Tax Insights calculator, a comprehensive calculator that was developed as a tool to enable taxpayers to estimate the amount they pay each year for the most common federal, state, and local taxes.
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AICPA Urges House to Pass Mobile Workforce Bill

Barry C. Melancon, president and CEO of the AICPA, urged the House to pass H.R. 1864.
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Leaders of Multimillion Dollar Fraud Ring Get 25 Years in Prison

Veronica Dale and Alchico Grant, who jointly ran a stolen identity refund fraud ring that attempted to defraud the United States of millions of dollars over several years, were sentenced to federal prison May 8, 2012, the Justice Department and the IRS announced.
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AICPA 2012 Sidney Kess Award Winner Takes Volunteerism to the Road

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) honored Martin Shenkman, principal at Martin Shenkman P.C., in Paramus, New Jersey, with the 2012 Sidney Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education at its Conference on Tax Strategies for the High-Income Individual in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 1, 2012.
Tax

Federal Court Shuts Down Texas Tax Return Preparer

A federal court in Dallas has permanently barred Joseph Rivas of DeSoto, Texas, from preparing federal tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced May 3.
A&A

IRS Cannot Extend Three-Year Limitation Due to Overstatement of Basis

In a recent decision that considers the authority of the IRS to issue retroactive regulations, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Home Concrete that the IRS may not apply an extended six-year limitations period in certain tax shelter cases.
Practice

IRS Raises Limits for HSAs and HDHPs for 2013

In IRS Revenue Procedure 2012-26, the IRS has announced the new inflation-adjusted increases for Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions and high-deductible health plan (HDHP) deductibles. These amounts apply to the 2013 calendar year.
Tax

Virginia Man Sentenced to Thirty-Six Months in Prison for Tax Evasion

Richard Jaensch, fifty-four, of Annandale, Virginia, was sentenced April 27, 2012, to thirty-six months in prison by US District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee, the Justice Department, and the IRS.
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New York Tax Preparer Sentenced for Tax Fraud

New York Tax Preparer Sentenced for Tax Fraud Howard Levine, owner of a Dix Hill, New York, tax preparation business, was sentenced to thirty-seven months in prison for tax crimes, the Justice Department and IRS announced April 26, 2012. Levine was also ordered to pay $320,998 in restitution to the IRS.

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