Identity Theft

Tax

Crime Watch: April 29, 2013

Masood Chotani, a CPA from Los Angeles, was sentenced April 25 to two years in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, the Justice Department and the IRS announced. Chotani was also ordered to pay $60,705 in restitution to the IRS.
Tax

IRS Warns of Tax Scams Following Boston Marathon Tragedy

Since the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, millions of dollars have been donated by people and businesses from across the country to help the families of the three people killed in the attack and those who suffered severe injuries.
Tax

NTEU Says Cutting IRS Budget Hurts Taxpayers

The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), the union that represents the IRS workforce, said IRS budget cutting is hurting taxpayers, in particular, senior citizens, small business owners, and the victims of identity theft.
Tax

IRS Expands Law Enforcement Assistance Program on Identity Theft Nationwide

As part of its growing efforts to stanch identity theft crime, the IRS announced the nationwide expansion of its program designed to help state and local law enforcement agencies obtain tax return data needed for their local efforts in investigating and prosecuting thieves.
Tax

IRS Announces "Dirty Dozen" Tax Scams – Identity Theft Is Top Threat

The IRS has issued its annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for 2013 to remind taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes, ranging from identity theft to impersonation of charitable organizations.
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.
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.
Technology

Encryption Seen as Best Security Measure to Safeguard Laptops

Laptop computers are top targets for thieves, and, as many victims have found, the true cost of their loss is measured not by the price of the hardware and software, but by the proprietary information on board.
Tax

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.
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.
A&A

Small Businesses Unprepared for Data Breach

Data breach events are a growing risk for small businesses, but only a small percentage of companies with fewer than 250 employees have policies and procedures in place to protect against online intrusions.
Tax

IRS Issues 'Storm Warnings' to Taxpayers

The IRS has sounded alarms of a slightly different nature than the ones issued by meteorologists earlier this month: A nationwide call for taxpayers to avoid scams in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Tax

Crime Watch

Our latest roundup of criminal cases includes a US postal worker who has been indicted for his involvement in stolen identity fraud and embezzlement. If convicted, he faces years of jail time.
Tax

Crime Watch

A woman in Georgia has been indicted for stealing the identities of the most vulnerable - the homeless and the disabled. The second case involves a tax refund scheme of national scope, wherein at least 180 clients from thirty different states were victimized.
Tax

Multimillion-Dollar Stolen Identity Refund Scheme

Three defendants who had pleaded guilty to various charges, including conspiracy to file false claims, theft of public funds, and aggravated identity theft, were sentenced to prison September 19.
Tax

New Directive to Fight Stolen Identity Fraud

The Justice Department's Tax Division has issued Directive 144 to further the efforts of the Tax Division and the US Attorneys' offices to respond quickly to the challenges in stolen identity refund fraud cases.
Tax

Six Indicted in $1.2 Million Conspiracy

A federal grand jury in Montgomery, Alabama, returned a superseding indictment charging six Alabama women with conspiring to file false tax returns using stolen identities.
Tax

Identity Theft Fraudster Jailed for 81 Months

Yumeitrius Manuel was sentenced to eighty-one months in federal prison for filing false tax returns using stolen identities. The court also ordered Manuel to pay $52,242 in restitution to the IRS.
Tax

Billions in ID Theft Tax Fraud Go Undetected

TIGTA estimates $21 billion could be refunded to identity thieves over the next five years. This is in addition to over $5 billion in tax refunds in 2011.

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