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Crime Watch: May 2, 2013

A federal court in Los Angeles has entered an order permanently barring John Trunzo from preparing federal income tax returns and other tax-related documents for others, the Justice Department announced April 30.
Tax

IRS Seeks Applications for the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council

The IRS announced it is accepting applications for the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC). Applications will be accepted through June 14, 2013.
Tax

IRS Summons Wells Fargo for Data on Offshore Accounts

A ruling in a San Francisco federal court on April 29 allows the IRS to seek information on US taxpayers who may have offshore bank accounts in the Caribbean. Judge Thelton E. Henderson authorized the IRS to serve a "John Doe" summons on financial services firm Wells Fargo & Co.
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

Study Identifies Popular Havens for Likely Tax Cheats

According to a recent report by the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), an independent division within the IRS, some of the nation's largest cities may be hotspots for tax cheats.
Tax

IRS Issues Furlough Notices to More than 89,000 Employees

The IRS has identified five furlough days where the agency will shut down completely, leaving taxpayers without access to information and assistance from frontline workers.
Practice

Due Diligence Found Lacking in Recent Case

Exercising due diligence is a big deal to the IRS. CPA Tim W. Kaskey discovered that the hard way. He was disbarred for failing to exercise due diligence in preparing tax returns for a corporation and its husband and wife shareholders.
Tax

Lauryn Hill May Avoid Prison for Tax Evasion

Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill was back in court April 22, presumably for sentencing in the tax evasion case against her. With three possible counts of tax fraud against her, she was facing a year in prison for each count.
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

Crime Watch: April 19, 2013

Former IRS agent-turned-tax preparer Steven Martinez was sentenced April 15 to almost twenty-four years in prison for defrauding clients of more than $11 million and then plotting their murders to prevent them from testifying about the theft.
Tax

House Rejects Bill to Fire Federal Workers with Tax Debts

A bill that would have required the federal government to terminate workers who were delinquent on paying their taxes was rejected by the House of Representatives on April 15.
Tax

IRS Backs Down on E-mail Snooping but Not Posts or Tweets

The IRS is changing its controversial policy of accessing taxpayer e-mails without first obtaining a warrant, but it’s not making any promises regarding social media postings on sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Tax

Marathon Bombing Aftermath: IRS Extends Tax-Filing Deadline for Boston Residents

UPDATE: Boston-area taxpayers and others affected by the tragedy at the Boston Marathon earlier this week now have until July 15 to file their taxes or make payments.
Tax

NBA Agent LaPoe Smith Jr. Indicted on Tax-Related Crimes

NBA agent LaPoe Smith Jr. of San Antonio is fighting one legal battle after another, though to some extent, the battles are connected. Smith has represented NBA stars that include Antoine Walker, Bo Outlaw, and Penny Hardaway as well as pro athletes from other sports.
Tax

Pace of Tax Return Filings Slower than Last Year

It looks like the last-minute run-up to the April 15 tax deadline has been particularly frantic for accountants, taxpayers, and the IRS this year. According to TIGTA, as of March 9, the IRS had received more than 65 million tax returns, down from the nearly 72 million returns filed during the same period in 2012.
Tax

IRS Releases Draft Form 8957 for FATCA Registration

The IRS continues to work on improvements relating to tax reporting of assets held in foreign banking accounts. Now it has released a new draft of Form 8957 that it expects will lead to increased compliance.
Tax

Crime Watch: April 12, 2013

The United States has filed a civil injunction lawsuit seeking to shut down Mo' Money Taxes of Memphis, Tennessee. The complaint alleges that the estimated tax loss from fraudulent tax return preparation at Mo' Money Taxes in 2011 exceeds $9 million.
Tax

IRS Plans to Cut Back on Big Company Audits This Year

The IRS plans to spend 18 percent less time auditing businesses with assets of $10 million or more in its current fiscal year compared to two years ago, according to a report from Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).
Tax

Can the IRS Snoop into Personal E-mail?

It's not likely that taxpayers are "blind copying" the IRS on their e-mails to friends or sharing their posts on social media sites with the IRS. But the IRS may be reading those messages anyway.
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.

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