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Sales Numbers Up? Now's the Time to Reduce Risk of Credit Card Fraud

According to a March 13 report from the US Department of Commerce, retail sales increased 1.1 percent in February, to $421.4 billion, marking the biggest surge in the retail space since last September. Elevated sales numbers mean additional credit card transactions and, as a result, an increased risk for fraud.
Tax

IRS Warns Tax Preparers to Review Their Safeguards for Client Data

In a March 18 e-mail, the IRS warned tax preparation professionals that the security of taxpayer accounts and personal information should be a top priority, as referenced in Revenue Procedure 2007-40, which outlines the obligations of IRS e-file providers.
A&A

New Report Shows Changing Fraud Environment

The latest Kroll "Global Fraud Report" shows the incidence and cost of fraud have decreased over the last year, yet fraud still remains an important issue for all companies around the world. And a DOJ suit against Standard & Poor's highlights the need for oversight of the credit rating industry.
Tax

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.
Tax

Crime Watch: March 11, 2013

On March 8, the IRS announced that its Office of Professional Responsibility obtained the disbarment of enrolled agent Lorna M. Walker for stealing a client's tax payments and for preparing tax returns with false deductions for multiple clients.
Tax

Crime Watch: March 4, 2013

Appearing before US District Judge Margaret M. Morrow, a Los Angeles woman was sentenced February 25 to three years in prison for her role in a scheme whereby she used the identities of others to defraud the federal bankruptcy and tax systems.
Tax

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.
Tax

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.
A&A

Accounting Fraud Prompts $580 Million Write-Down at CAT

Underscoring the importance of performing extensive due diligence before investing in the world's second largest economy, construction equipment giant Caterpillar got burned to the tune of $580 million.
Tax

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.
Tax

Nation's Top Tax Advocate Calls for Tax Reform

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson cited the need for comprehensive tax reform as the top priority in her annual report to Congress. The report identifies problems facing taxpayers and advises Congress to take significant steps to simplify matters.
Tax

Movie Deal Meets Wire Fraud: IRS to the Rescue?

The movie was supposed to involve Hollywood giants like Kevin Costner, Ron Howard, and James Brooks. It was supposed to be based on the book "A Matter of Time" and make the book's author, Don Kirchner, a fortune.
Tax

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.
Tax

Crime Watch: December 28, 2012

The Justice Department is seeking to shut down two income tax preparers for falsifying tax returns costing the US Treasury more than $100 million. According to the complaint, they repeatedly prepared tax returns that understated customers' federal tax liabilities.
Tax

Crime Watch: December 19, 2012

Yikes. If convicted on all counts of fraud and for filing false claims for tax refunds, former New Jersey chiropractor David Moleski faces a maximum potential sentence of 318 years in prison.
Tax

From Congress to Prison for Former Politician

Wester Cooley once belonged to the House of Representatives as a congressman from Oregon's second district. That was back in 1995 when he served one term. A lot has happened since then, and most of it hasn't been good.
Watchdog

Scam Uses the AICPA to Target CPAs and Others

It seems nobody is safe from the phishers. The AICPA works hard to keep readers aware of fraudulent e-mails from other sources. They themselves were recently used again in an attempt to hook new victims.
Tax

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.
Tax

New ITIN Rules for '13 Tax Filing Season

Do you remember that Individual Taxpayer Identification Number you helped a client attain a while back? Wipe it from your memory. The IRS has just announced that ITINs won't last forever anymore.
Tax

Stanford's Coconspirators Guilty of Fraud

It wasn't our fraud! That was a big part of the overall defense presented by two men accused of helping Texas financier R. Allen Stanford cover his tracks when he bilked trusting investors out of $7 billion.

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