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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

Beyond415 Automates Post-Filing Tax Notices

Tax practitioners in the Sage Accountants Network have a new web-based tool - Beyond415 - to help ease the burden of managing post-filing tax notices and correspondence with the IRS.
Tax

Accountants Debate How to Advise Clients on Health Care Act

While the IRS is telling congressional leaders that it won't enforce the requirement under the new health care law that Americans buy insurance, accountants are considering how to advise their clients.
Tax

The Prince of Tax Trouble?

Not only is recording artist Prince in deep with the IRS, but his tax troubles now extend overseas as well. Prince was summoned by the IRS at the request of French authorities to appear before the French tax agency.
Tax

Tax Preparer Arraigned on 25-Count Indictment

A Texas tax preparer has been arraigned for preparing and presenting false federal income tax returns on twenty-five separate occasions between 2008 and 2011.
Tax

Former Pilot Will Spend Ten Years in Prison

A former US Airways pilot, Charles A. Davis, was sentenced to 120 months in prison for committing tax fraud. He was also ordered to serve twelve months of supervised release after his prison term and pay the IRS $538,569.
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

Prison Sentence for Tax Fraud Promoter

William Scott Dion was sentenced to eighty-four months in prison for conspiring to defraud the United States and for obstructing the IRS. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $3 million.
Tax

Tax Preparers Misusing Power of Attorney Forms

Some tax preparers are circumventing standard IRS procedures by using an electronic power of attorney form to obtain tax transcripts, increasing the risk that taxpayer information is being disclosed without proper authorization.
Tax

IRS Guides Employers on 'Play-or-Pay' Rules

In the wake of the Supreme Court upholding the PPACA, it's time for employers to get down to work. In particular, business clients must soon establish which employees will be covered under the "play-or-pay" rules.
Tax

Taxpayer Advocate Service Can't Do It All

The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), inundated with calls for help from taxpayers dealing with the IRS, has had to clarify to taxpayers what it can and can't handle for them.
Tax

Could a Real-Time Tax System Become Reality?

IRS Commissioner Shulman has been gearing up the computers to accommodate the "real-time tax system" he has been envisioning for years. Now he needs Congress to pull the trigger on legislation that would authorize this approach.
Watchdog

Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

A Garden Grove, California, business owner who built small electronic airplane parts for C5 cargo planes and F18 fighters has pleaded guilty to tax fraud.
Tax

Justice Dept Seeks to Shut Down Tax Preparers

Two tax return preparers are being sued by the Department of Justice for filing false deductions and credits, including federal fuel tax credits and education tax credits, on customers' federal tax returns.
Tax

Are IRS Outreach Efforts Working?

The IRS, which has been turning to online services and "facilitated self-assistance" methods to inform taxpayers, needs better information to determine if those efforts are successful, according to a new audit report.
Tax

Whistleblower Receives $104 Million from IRS for Exposing UBS

In what is considered the largest whistleblower award issued to a single individual, the IRS has given $104 million to the man who exposed a massive tax fraud by Swiss bank UBS.
Tax

Angel Albert Pujols Living in Tax Hell

Chances are, even greatly higher taxes won't tarnish the halo that comes with a ten-year, $254 million contract to play for the Angels. No matter where he plays, with a salary like that, Albert Pujols will pay the highest rate.
Tax

IRS: Proposed Regulations and Policy Change

The IRS has proposed regulations which would change the way costs are allocated on properties a taxpayer buys for resale purposes. In addition, the IRS announced a policy change in Rev. Proc. 2012-39.
Tax

NYSSCPA Briefing on the Affordable Care Act

Two months after the Supreme Court decision that found the Affordable Care Act constitutional, compliance deadlines for the complex tax provisions that support the individual mandate are approaching rapidly.
Tax

Two Tax Deadbeat Rappers

Two popular Rap artists, Flavor Flav and Bubba Sparxxx, are in big trouble with the IRS. They both owe big bucks for neglecting to pay their taxes.

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