Crime Watch

A woman in Georgia has been indicted for stealing the identities of the most vulnerable - the homeless and the disabled. The second case involves a tax refund scheme of national scope, wherein at least 180 clients from thirty different states were victimized.

A Slew of Tax Fraud Crime Stories

Following are six stories we've gathered on some of the latest tax crimes in California. They make for some interesting reading.

Should Preachers Be Practicing Politics?

On "Pulpit Freedom Sunday," more than 1,000 pastors participated in a collaborated effort to defy the IRS by endorsing political candidates. Their message was clear: You can't tell us what we can and can't talk about to our congregations.
Education & Careers

IRS Needs Advisory Committee Members

The IRS is seeking applications for vacancies on the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT). The committee provides a venue for public input on relevant areas of tax administration.

Tax Fraud Promoters Get Lengthy Prison Sentences

Catherine June Floyd was sentenced to sixty months in prison, and William Scott Dion got an eighty-four-month sentence for tax fraud. Each was ordered to pay restitution of $3 million.

Firearms Training: IRS Meets the Wild West

The IRS Criminal Investigation Division needs to ensure that its special agents are taking and passing required firearms training, according to a new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

IRS Freezes Per Diem Rates for 2013

Now that new per diem rates for business travelers have been released, there's a definite chill in the air. The IRS has announced the rates for the government's 2013 fiscal year have been frozen at the same levels as last year.

45 States Have More Time to Replace Livestock

Farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought, have an extended period of time in which to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales, the IRS announced.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.


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