Income tax

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Estate Tax Relief Takes a Back Seat

With all the talk about income tax increases and cuts, you'd think there would be more discussion about a pending estate tax bombshell. But the prospect of higher estate taxes in 2013 doesn't appear to be a concern on the Hill.
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Rihanna Pulls No Punches in Lawsuit

Megastar Rihanna is fighting the accountants whom she blames for mishandling her finances and federal tax returns. She and her touring company are seeking tens of millions of dollars in compensatory damages.
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Avoid Penalty on ERP Withdrawals

This article from the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants is one you'll want to share with your clients to help them make wise decisions about early retirement plan withdrawals.
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The Tax Education of Lauryn Hill Continues

Apparently, singer Lauryn Hill has changed her tune about her tax troubles. June 29, the Grammy award winner pleaded guilty to failure to pay federal income tax on more than $1.8 million earned by four corporations she owns.
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IRS Prescribes Rules for Health Care FSAs

A new IRS ruling provides guidance on a pending limit for FSAs. Beginning in 2013, the amount that a participating employee can contribute to an FSA for health care expenses is limited to $2,500.

Tax Return Preparers Helped Clients Hide Millions Offshore

Three tax preparers, David Kalai, Nadav Kalai, and David Almog, were indicted by a federal grand jury in the Central District of California and charged with conspiring to defraud the United States.
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Give Your Regards to the 'Cohan Rule'

The iconic showman George Cohan's most enduring legacy may be traced back to a landmark US Tax Court decision permitting him to deduct business expenses, even though he didn't have all the receipts needed to back up his claims.
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Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Excise Tax Crimes and Fraud

Jason W. Leas, a Minnesota resident and cofounder of Best Used Trucks of Minnesota Inc., is facing a potential maximum penalty of five years in prison for excise tax crimes and fraud.
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IRS Throws Curve at Tony Gwynn's Ownership Bid

Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn is seeking to acquire an ownership interest in his former team, the San Diego Padres. But there's a potential problem - he reportedly owes more than $400,000 in back taxes.
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The Tax 'Miseducation' of Lauryn Hill

Grammy Award winner Lauryn Hill has been charged with failing to pay taxes on income totaling $1.8 million.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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.
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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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IRS Backlog Has Stalled Responses to Offers in Compromise Requests

While the IRS has been successful in promoting a program that allows taxpayers to settle their tax bills for less than the full amount, the large number of applications and the shortage of IRS staff has created a backlog.
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Insurance Salesman Plead Guilty to Failing to File Income Tax Returns

Thomas Mitchell of Mansfield, Ohio, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge George J. Limbert of the Northern District of Ohio to criminal information charging him with willfully failing to file an income tax return with the IRS, the Justice Department and the IRS announced April 16, 2012.

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