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Modern Problems: IRS Computers Show Flaws

In a new report, TIGTA said that the IRS has made strides in developing and implementing significant IT capabilities during the past year, but still needs to make improvements.
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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

Crime Watch: December 7, 2012

Today's tax crime cases include that of a Florida man, who filed four tax returns requesting over $1.5 million in federal refunds, and is now facing a possible twenty-three-year prison sentence.
Tax

IRS Tinkers with New Tax on Medical Devices

A controversial component of the 2010 health care law imposes a new 2.3 percent excise tax on most medical devices, beginning in 2013. The IRS has just issued a fifty-eight-page document on implementation of the rules.
Tax

Accountants Prepare for Possible Expansion of AMT

While everybody has heard much about the "fiscal cliff," many people don't realize just how hard a hit they might take. The details are none too favorable. Take for example, the alternative minimum tax (AMT).
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.

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