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IRS Visits to Preparers Not Very Productive

A review of the Return Preparer Visitation Project (RPVP) for FY 2011 by TIGTA found that major changes need to be made to the management of the program to improve its effectiveness.
Tax

Study Offers Insight into Nonprofit Governance

A new benchmarking study, "A Snapshot of Key Data Extracted from 2008-2010 Form 990s," assesses the governance practices of nonprofits. It is a follow-up piece to a similar study released in 2010.
Tax

TIGTA: Adoption Credit Oversight Needs to Improve

Incomplete or missing documentation led the IRS to delay processing 43,295 Adoption Credit claims and approve more than $11 million in erroneous claims, according to a report publicly released by TIGTA.
Tax

Fraudulent AICPA E-mail Targets CPAs

A fraudulent e-mail phishing scam was sent to CPAs, non-CPAs, and the general public on July 19 accusing the recipients of tax refund fraud and threatening license suspension.
Watchdog

Alaska Authorities Sniff Out Tax Scammers

While law enforcement officers were investigating drug dealers in Alaska, they turned up a fraudulent tax scheme that reportedly generated about $19 million in illegal federal income tax refunds.
Tax

Former CPA, a Pakistan Fugitive, Indicted

Masood Chotani, a former CPA who spent the last three years as a fugitive in Pakistan, was arraigned July 12 on charges that he conspired to defraud the United States and made false claims for income tax refunds.
Tax

Woman in Custody in $2 Million Tax Fraud Case

Police arrested Krystle Marie Reyes on June 6 on accusations that she filed a fake TurboTax electronic tax form claiming she earned more than $3 million in 2011 and was owed a $2.1 million refund.
Tax

Tax Crimes Could Send Virginia Man to Prison

On July 10, a Newport News, Virginia, federal grand jury indicted Jeffrey Charles for conspiring with his daughter and son-in-law to defraud the United States, the Justice Department and the IRS announced.
Education & Careers

Jackson Hewitt Launches Its Tax Schools

On July 9, 2012, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service announced the nationwide launch of its Tax Schools in preparation for the 2013 tax season.
Tax

Man Gets 71 Months for Tax Conspiracy

Elmo Antonio George was sentenced to seventy-one months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to defraud the IRS and for filing false tax returns, the Justice Department and IRS announced.
Tax

Expatriate Gets Sixty Months in Prison

Ellen Meredith Stubenhaus, previously of Lake Worth, Florida, and later an expatriate living in Costa Rica, was sentenced to sixty months in prison. She previously had plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States.
Tax

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.

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