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False Prophet Found Guilty of Tax Evasion

"Doomsday prophet" Ronald Weinland was found guilty of federal tax evasion on June 13. It appears the jury didn't buy in to Weinland's excuse: he didn't pay his taxes because he believed the world was coming to an end.
Tax

The Tax Education of Lauryn Hill Continues

Apparently, singer Lauryn Hill has changed her tune about her tax troubles. June 29, the Grammy award winner pleaded guilty to failure to pay federal income tax on more than $1.8 million earned by four corporations she owns.
Tax

IRS Prescribes Rules for Health Care FSAs

A new IRS ruling provides guidance on a pending limit for FSAs. Beginning in 2013, the amount that a participating employee can contribute to an FSA for health care expenses is limited to $2,500.
Tax

New York CPA Gets Two-Year Prison Sentence

Silford Warren of Queens, New York, was sentenced June 12 to two years in prison for failure to pay over employment taxes in connection with his ownership of Silford Warren, CPA PC.

Tax Return Preparers Helped Clients Hide Millions Offshore

Three tax preparers, David Kalai, Nadav Kalai, and David Almog, were indicted by a federal grand jury in the Central District of California and charged with conspiring to defraud the United States.
Tax

Court Shuts Down Orange County Tax Preparer

Ernesto Jesus Suarez of Orange, California, has been permanently barred from preparing tax returns for others.
Practice

BDO Accepts Deferred Prosecution Agreement

BDO USA LLP (BDO) the seventh largest US accounting firm, agreed on June 12 to pay a civil penalty of $34.4 million to the IRS and forfeit $15.6 million to the US government as part of a deferred prosecution agreement.
Tax

Give Your Regards to the 'Cohan Rule'

The iconic showman George Cohan's most enduring legacy may be traced back to a landmark US Tax Court decision permitting him to deduct business expenses, even though he didn't have all the receipts needed to back up his claims.
Tax

IRS Posts Draft Revised Withholding Forms Conforming to FATCA

In response to the new requirements imposed by the Foreign Account Taxpayer Compliance Act (FATCA), the IRS has prepared two new withholding certificates.
Tax

Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Excise Tax Crimes and Fraud

Jason W. Leas, a Minnesota resident and cofounder of Best Used Trucks of Minnesota Inc., is facing a potential maximum penalty of five years in prison for excise tax crimes and fraud.
Tax

IRS Throws Curve at Tony Gwynn's Ownership Bid

Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn is seeking to acquire an ownership interest in his former team, the San Diego Padres. But there's a potential problem - he reportedly owes more than $400,000 in back taxes.
Tax

Tax Preparer Caused $235,000 in Tax Loss to IRS

New York tax preparer pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of a false and fraudulent return.
Tax

Self-Proclaimed 'Governor' Gets 10 Years in Prison

Monty and Patricia Ervin were sentenced to federal prison for tax evasion and for conspiring to defraud the United States.
Tax

Car Dealership Owner and CFO Plead Guilty to Tax Crimes

Charles Alan Pflueger, Randall Kurata, and Julie Kam plead guilty to filing false federal income tax returns.
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Former Pennsylvania Businessman Convicted of Filing False Returns

Jonathon Felix, formerly of Villanova, Pennsylvania, was found guilty by a federal jury of willfully signing and filing false income tax returns, the Justice Department and the IRS announced May 22.
Tax

Ohio Insurance Salesman Found Guilty of Tax Charges

On May 21, a jury convicted William A. Herder of Ohio on federal tax charges, the Justice Department and IRS announced. Herder was charged with corruptly endeavoring to impair and impede the due administration of IRS laws, tax evasion, and five counts of failure to file tax returns. He was convicted of all counts.
A&A

Summer Rental Season Kicks Off - Extra Tax Points for Owners

According to a new survey by Deloitte, more Americans will be traveling this upcoming Memorial Day holiday than they did last year. This could be welcome news to clients who own rental properties as the traditional vacation season kicks into high gear. But some dark clouds still loom on the horizon . . .
Tax

IRS Issues an Apology to Dionne Warwick after a Tax Blunder in 2009

The IRS issued a written apology to Dionne Warwick and has cut more than $1.2 million of its original sum of back taxes that Warwick owes stemming from money she earned back in the 1990s.
Tax

Nine Alabama Family Members Indicted for Identity Theft and Tax Fraud

Barbara Murry, Douglas Murry, Douglas Murry III, Yolanda Moses, Lee Moses, Veronica Temple, Jeffrey Temple, Almetta Johnson, and Courtney Johnson were charged in an indictment by a federal grand jury in the Middle District of Alabama on a variety of counts stemming from an identity theft and tax fraud scheme.
Tax

Tax Return Preparer Headed to Jail for Close to Eight Years

Margaret Kirksey, a resident of Montgomery, Alabama, was sentenced May 8 in the Middle District of Alabama to eighty-one months in federal prison for filing false tax returns using stolen identities, the Justice Department and the IRS announced.

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