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Tax

Thoughts on Charitable Giving

Charitable contributions – whether of the cash or noncash variety – are as much a part of year-end tax planning as Form 1040. However, the rules governing the deductibility of charitable contributions are not quite as simple as most taxpayers assume them to be.
Tax

Update: IRS Seizes Lindsay Lohan's Assets

Just when you think a week might pass without Lindsay Lohan in the headlines, she's back. On December 3, the long arm of the IRS reached out and seized her bank accounts for nonpayment of taxes.
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.
Tax

IRS Won't Concede on 'Wandry Clauses'

Earlier in the year, the Tax Court allowed a taxpayer to use a formula clause to determine the value of a business interest for gift tax purposes (TC Memo 2012-88). But the IRS refuses to knuckle under to the court.
Education & Careers

IRS Announces New Members for ETAAC

The IRS announced today, November 30, 2012, its selection of four new members and a chairperson to the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC).
Tax

JH Offers Post-Sandy Service Tips

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service highlights some key considerations for tax service providers who want to help eligible taxpayers in their area take advantage of disaster-related tax considerations.
Tax

Charlie Sheen to the Rescue for Lindsay Lohan

This hasn't been a great year for Lindsay Lohan. It started with an IRS tax lien for about $94, 000 for 2009 income, followed closely by another for nearly $150,000 for 2010 income.
Tax

Crime Watch: November 28, 2012

Today's tax crime cases include that of a woman who's headed to prison for close to two years for filing at least seventy-six fraudulent income tax returns, falsely claiming refunds of approximately $533,434.
Tax

IRS Standard Mileage Rates Increase January 1

The IRS recently issued the 2013 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes.
Tax

Crime Watch

Today's tax crime news includes a case against a Virginia tax fraud promoter whose customers allegedly filed more than $67 million in false refund claims, and a New York tax preparer charged in a scheme involving $7 million in fraudulent deductions.
Watchdog

Shucks, Who Knew a Vegas Wedding Was Legit?

Imagine going to bed one night a single woman and waking up to find you're married . . . and have been for over twenty years. That's bad enough, but it gets worse.
Tax

Stake Your Claim to FICA Refunds on Severance

Do you remember those payroll tax payments your client made a few years ago on severance packages for workers it was forced to lay off or fire? It's much more than "water under the bridge."
Tax

Nobody Beatz the Tax Man

A new wife, a new baby on the way, a multimillion-dollar house in escrow, and reports of back tax bills totaling more than $2.6 million. That's how rapper/producer Swizz Beatz has made news as the year draws close to the end.
Tax

Tax Credits and Fraud Create Challenges for IRS

According to a new report from the TIGTA, the IRS processed most tax returns on a timely basis during the last tax season, but challenges included problems with tax credits and more fraud attempts than the previous year.
Tax

A Call to Arms: Tax Breaks for Hiring Vets

Employers can claim a Work Opportunity Tax Credit by hiring veterans who start work before January 1, 2013, but they must file Form 8850 within twenty-eight days after the qualified veteran begins work.
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

Combating Offshore Tax Evasion, Implementing FATCA

The Treasury is engaging with a broad coalition of foreign governments to effectively implement FATCA - it is a milestone in establishing an intergovernmental approach to combating tax evasion.
Tax

Crime Watch

Today’s Crime Watch includes coverage of a Barbados national sentenced to 114 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of just under $1.7 million for devising and executing a stolen identity federal income tax refund fraud scheme.
Tax

IRS Offers Trade-off to Help Hurricane Victims

The power still may be out for hundreds of thousands of residents in areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy, but at least the IRS is giving business people around the country another opportunity to help victims out.
Election 2012

Obama Wins Reelection - But Congress Still Split

With Congress still split along partisan lines following the election, it's uncertain whether the President will be able to marshal the bipartisan spirit needed to address two of the most pressing economic issues.

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