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TaxSqueal.com: Former IRS investigator lends his old employer a hand

After 30 years with the IRS, 25 of them as a special agent with the criminal investigation division, Al Drucker has heard just about everything when it comes to tax cheats.
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IRS filling vacancies on Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

The Internal Revenue Service is seeking civic-minded volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies key issues, and makes recommendations for improving IRS service.
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Dubious achievement: Californian offers IRS revenue officer largest bribe ever recorded

Kulwant Lasher has been sentenced to four years and nine months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to bribe an IRS Revenue Officer and failing to pay withholding and payroll taxes.
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House and Senate spar on repeal of 1099 reporting rule

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4, a bill repealing the health care reform law provision that requires businesses to furnish 1099 statements to corporate vendors. The House bill has been returned to the Senate where it faces an uncertain fate.
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Tax scams on the front burner at the IRS

In case you're thinking that maybe Wesley Snipes has a good point when it comes to lowering income taxes, the Internal Revenue Service wants to remind potential tax scam artists that it does not plan on ignoring frivolous tax evasion arguments.
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IRS looking at $1.1 billion windfall if 2007 returns miss the filing deadline

Refunds totaling more than $1.1 billion may be waiting for nearly 1.1 million people who did not file a federal income tax return for 2007, according to the Internal Revenue Service. However, to collect the money, a return for 2007 must be filed with the IRS no later than Monday, April 18, 2011.
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IRS releases 2012 budget proposal summary

The agency says its funding request reflects a continued commitment to balance taxpayer service with fair enforcement of the tax laws. The IRS says it has identified more than $188 million in cost-savings in 2012, coming on top of similar efficiency savings in 2010 and 2011.
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Win big during the Super Bowl? Uncle Sam wants a piece of your action

Nobody wants to be the bearer of bad news, but your clients who were lucky enough to bet on the Green Bay Packers – or otherwise win money on the big game – should know they are supposed to save a cut of those winnings for the Internal Revenue Service.
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Ready, aim, start firing those tax returns off to the IRS

The IRS has opened the floodgates for filing of all 2010 individual income tax returns, effective Monday, February 14. Refunds are not expected to be delayed.
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Second voluntary disclosure initiative opens for those hiding assets offshore

The IRS this week announced a special voluntary disclosure initiative designed to bring offshore money back into the U.S. tax system.
AccountingWEB Life

IRS launches IRS2Go App for iPhone, Android

The Internal Revenue Service this week unveiled IRS2Go, its first smartphone application that lets taxpayers check on their status of their tax refund and obtain helpful tax information.
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Survey indicates general support for IRS services, intolerance for tax cheats

In an annual survey of taxpayer attitudes, 87 percent responded that cheating on taxes is "not at all" acceptable. While the vast majority said they were opposed to cheating, 8 percent said "a little here and there" is OK, while 4 percent said it is acceptable to cheat "as much as possible."
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WikiLeaks may reveal names of tax evaders

Although WikiLeaks is reportedly reviewing secret information on approximately 2,000 offshore banking clients, it’s unlikely the material will be made public soon, according to reports.
AccountingWEB Life

Taxpayer Advocate report focuses on tax reform, collection issues, health care reform

This year's report identifies 21 problems, provides updates on four previously identified issues, makes recommendations for administrative and legislative change, and analyzes the 10 tax issues most frequently litigated in the federal courts.
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IRS agent facing prison time for filing false returns

You may remember Albert Bront. He's the guy who greeted federal agents at his home by screaming, "I'm going to kill all of you!" The agents were there to execute a search warrant in 2009 based on an investigation of tax returns prepared and filed by Bront.
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Celebrities find themselves targets of the law, IRS

Has another star of The Brady Bunch gone bad or was it a case of mistaken indentity? Christopher Knight, through no fault of his own, leads this installment of AccountingWEB's celebrity news.
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IRS order to wait puts additional pressure on accounting firms

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that taxpayers affected by three recently reinstated deductions need to wait until mid- to late February to file their individual tax returns, as well as those taxpayers who itemize deductions on Form 1040 Schedule A.
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IRS provision exempts some non-signing tax preparers from competency exam

The Internal Revenue Service has issued regulations regarding non-signing preparers and PTIN registration. The regulations provide an exemption from competency exam requirements for some non-signing tax preparers.
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Year in (1099 and W-2) review

With W-2 and 1099 reporting season in full swing (along with our nation's love of year-end lists) Greatland Corporation has released its inaugural selection of some of the year’s most news-making events as they pertain to 1099 and W-2 forms.
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Celebrity stew: Stars up to their necks in IRS trouble

Rounding out 2010's cavalcade of celebrities mired in tax issues are actor Val Kilmer, songwriter Lamont Dozier, rapper Trick Daddy, and all-around weirdo Grace Jones.

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