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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 . . .
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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.
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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.
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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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Leaders of Multimillion Dollar Fraud Ring Get 25 Years in Prison

Veronica Dale and Alchico Grant, who jointly ran a stolen identity refund fraud ring that attempted to defraud the United States of millions of dollars over several years, were sentenced to federal prison May 8, 2012, the Justice Department and the IRS announced.
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IRS Cannot Extend Three-Year Limitation Due to Overstatement of Basis

In a recent decision that considers the authority of the IRS to issue retroactive regulations, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Home Concrete that the IRS may not apply an extended six-year limitations period in certain tax shelter cases.
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Virginia Man Sentenced to Thirty-Six Months in Prison for Tax Evasion

Richard Jaensch, fifty-four, of Annandale, Virginia, was sentenced April 27, 2012, to thirty-six months in prison by US District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee, the Justice Department, and the IRS.
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New York Tax Preparer Sentenced for Tax Fraud

New York Tax Preparer Sentenced for Tax Fraud Howard Levine, owner of a Dix Hill, New York, tax preparation business, was sentenced to thirty-seven months in prison for tax crimes, the Justice Department and IRS announced April 26, 2012. Levine was also ordered to pay $320,998 in restitution to the IRS.
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IRS Backlog Has Stalled Responses to Offers in Compromise Requests

While the IRS has been successful in promoting a program that allows taxpayers to settle their tax bills for less than the full amount, the large number of applications and the shortage of IRS staff has created a backlog.
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Massachusetts Man in Prison for Filing False Tax Returns

Kevin P. Mahoney of Massachusetts was sentenced April 24 to sixty months in prison following trial convictions on corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the administration of the Internal Revenue laws, filing false tax returns with the IRS, and criminal contempt of court, the Justice Department and the IRS announced.
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Insurance Salesman Plead Guilty to Failing to File Income Tax Returns

Thomas Mitchell of Mansfield, Ohio, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge George J. Limbert of the Northern District of Ohio to criminal information charging him with willfully failing to file an income tax return with the IRS, the Justice Department and the IRS announced April 16, 2012.
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Florida Tax Preparer Pled Guilty to Wire Fraud and Identity Theft

Ernst Pierre, a Port St. Lucie, Florida, tax preparer, pleaded guilty on April 24, 2012, to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, the Justice Department and IRS announced. Pierre was charged with a scheme to file false federal income tax returns using stolen identity information.
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Return Preparer Charged ‒ Preparing False Tax Returns for Drug Dealers

Rebecca Renae Powell, a resident of Wasilla, Alaska, has been charged with six counts of preparing false income tax returns for several clients whose primary source of income was from the sale of illegal narcotics.
Tax

IRS Alert: New Correspondence Audit Hotline Now Available

If the IRS is going to audit your client, it will most likely conduct a mail audit. In 2011, the IRS conducted 1.2 million mail audits, representing a 124 percent increase from ten years ago. In fact, the IRS conducts more than three out of four audits by mail.
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Former Partner at BDO Seidman LLP Sentenced to Prison for Tax Crimes

Stephen A. Favato, a resident of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, and a former partner in BDO Seidman LLP's Woodbridge, New Jersey, office, was sentenced to eighteen months in prison for tax crimes, the Justice Department and the IRS announced April 16.
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Study Finds the Odds Favor IRS in Supreme Court Tax Cases

The odds are stacked against corporations whose disputes with the IRS go all the way to the Supreme Court, according to a new study by Joshua Blank, faculty director of the graduate tax program at NYU law school, and Nancy Staudt, a tax scholar at the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law.

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