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A&A

Former KPMG Partner Scott London Gets 14 Months in Prison

The ex-KPMG senior audit partner was sentenced on Thursday for providing inside information about several of his firm’s clients to a friend, who used it to make at least $1.6 million in illicit profits.
Tax

Bernie Madoff Cried as His Empire Toppled

The name Bernard Madoff has become synonymous with investment scams after his firm defrauded investors of $20 billion in investments and $47 billion in fake profit his clients believed they had.
Tax

Supreme Court Piles on Hefty Tax Shelter Penalty

In a new case decided by the US Supreme Court, the remnants of a tax shelter partially constructed by wily Texas billionaire Billy Joe McCombs – known informally as "Red" – collapsed like a house of cards.
Tax

Seizing Private Assets to Enhance Fed Budgets?

Some are wondering if federal agencies are seizing private assets on flimsy evidence to beef up their budgets. In 1985, about $27 million assets were seized. That's no small amount, but leap forward to 2012, when the amount skyrocketed to $4 billion.
Tax

Bernie Madoff Employees on Trial as Assistant Scammers

The name Bernie Madoff probably rings a bell. It has also been known to set off a few whistles and sirens. His well-publicized crime masterminded the biggest Ponzi scheme ever recorded.
Tax

IRS Hands Over Tax-Exempt Training Materials to Nonprofit Publisher

In response to a lawsuit initiated by Tax Analysts, a nonprofit publisher of tax information and expert analysis, the IRS has released almost 3,000 pages of training materials used by its EO division, most of them dating from 2012.
Tax

National Organization for Marriage Files Suit against IRS

The National Organization for Marriage filed a lawsuit against the IRS on October 3, claiming it has "irrefutable proof" the agency illegally released the pro-traditional marriage organization's 2008 confidential tax return to the Human Rights Campaign.
Tax

IRS to Michael Jackson Heirs: We Want More Money!

More than four years after he died, Michael Jackson's heirs are still waiting for their shares of his substantial estate. If the IRS has its way, they'll continue to wait a lot longer.
Practice

Loss Prevention for Accountants: Avoiding Malpractice, Litigation while Keeping Your Clients Happy

The accounting profession first became a lucrative target for plaintiffs' lawyers after the savings and loan industry collapsed in the mid-1980s, and little has changed since then.
Tax

Giudices Returned to Court for Tax Fraud

On August 14, Joe and Teresa Giudice appeared in US District Court to enter pleas of not guilty through their attorneys. They didn't speak at all, but a reporter in the courtroom said that at one point, Teresa mopped sweat off her husband's brow.
A&A

Maryland CPAs Praise Court Ruling on Contributory Negligence

The Maryland Court of Appeals on July 9 voted five to two against changing the state's 166-year-old contributory negligence doctrine, which prevents people from collecting damages in a lawsuit if they contributed to their injuries in any way.
Tax

Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA: Sudden Tax Impact

The Supreme Court's landmark decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will have far-reaching implications on many fronts. In particular, you may be scrambling to figure out the resulting tax impact under federal and state laws.
Tax

Is e-mail a 'Smoking Gun' in IRS Scandal?

Who knew what about the "Tea Party scandal" and when? Congress continued to dig deeper into the matter last week as it interviewed staffers from the Cincinnati office of the IRS where "rogue" agents allegedly initiated the actions.
Tax

IRS Comes Under Fire for Conference Spending

The IRS is expected to face even more heat this week when the TIGTA releases a new report claiming that the nation's tax collection agency spent about $50 million in holding at least 220 conferences for IRS staffers between 2010 and 2012.
Watchdog

Tea Party Groups Target IRS in Lawsuit

The IRS scandal involving applications for tax-exempt status by Tea Party groups refuses to go away. Now the ACLJ has filed a lawsuit on behalf of twenty-five Tea Party and other conservative organizations against the IRS and several of its top officials.
A&A

Ex-KPMG Partner Faces Twenty Years in Prison for Securities Fraud

A former senior audit partner at KPMG LLP agreed to plead guilty on May 28 to a securities fraud charge for his role in an insider trading case involving a Los Angeles jewelry store owner.
Technology

Apple Has Been Accused of Large-Scale Tax Avoidance

Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations to defend his company's tax practices, including a 2 percent corporation tax rate deal it struck with the Irish government on two of its subsidiaries.
Tax

Controversy Swirls Around Hearings on IRS Scandal

After the initial round of hearings held by three congressional committees this week, at least we know the IRS wrongfully targeted conservative "tea party" groups applying for tax-exempt status. But precious little else has been revealed.
Tax

IRS Official Lois Lerner Pleads the Fifth before House Oversight Committee

Lois Lerner, director of the IRS Exempt Organizations division, chose to invoke her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on May 22.
A&A

LA Jeweler Pleads Guilty in KPMG Insider Trading Case

Los Angeles jewelry store owner Bryan Shaw faces a maximum of five years in prison after he pleaded guilty May 20 for his role in an insider trading case involving a former senior audit partner at KPMG LLP.

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