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Can You Afford Free? Taxes Spoil the Game Show Win

You've seen game shows where contestants hop around the stage excited beyond belief at the possibility of winning cash and prizes. What you don't see, according to some of the winners, is when the other shoe drops. That is, the tax shoe – and it drops fast.
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IRS Spent $10,000 Spoofing 'The Apprentice' in Training Video

A video the IRS released to the House Ways and Means Committee on September 6 that parodied Donald Trump and his show "The Apprentice" was made using taxpayer dollars at a total cost of approximately $10,000.
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Messi Pays Tax in Full, Ahead of 9/17 Court Date

Spanish soccer star Lionel Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, protested their innocence when authorities accused them of filing false tax returns last June. Still, they agreed to pay additional taxes to settle the government's claims against them.
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Crime Watch: September 6, 2013

David Haigler, who pleaded guilty in US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama September 5, 2013, to one count of theft of public funds and to one count of passing US Treasury checks with forged endorsements, faces twenty years in prison.
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Prison Doors Slam on Fat Joe for Tax Evasion

On August 26, as scheduled, forty-two-year-old rapper "Fat Joe" reported to a Federal Detention Center in Miami. He'll spend four months there, followed by a year of supervised release.
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FATCA: United States and Switzerland Issue Joint Statement Re Tax Evasion Investigations

Switzerland has encouraged its banks to cooperate with new program that will require significant financial penalties and information sharing from banks that aided secret account holders.
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Crime Watch: August 30, 2013

The Justice Department announced August 20 that Teresa Marie Marty, Charles Tingler, and Victoria Tingler have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and filing multimillion-dollar liens against government officials.
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Prosecutors Get Paid to Watch 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'

As the case against reality star Teresa Giudice and husband Joe unfolds, outtakes from "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" will become part of the evidence for the prosecution to sift through.
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Al Pacino's Tax Lien Sleeps with the Fishes

California can cross one celebrity off its deadbeat list. Al Pacino was into the Golden State for $31,706.04 (knowing what's good for him, the Godfather did not forget the extra four cents).
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Lois Lerner Accused of Using Personal E-mail for Official Business

Lois Lerner can't catch a break. Now House Republicans are asking her to provide official documents she purportedly sent to her personal e-mail account.
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'Hell's Kitchen' Star Feels Heat of Tax Scrutiny - UPDATE!

His familiar scowl appears in millions of homes every week as the star of MasterChef and Hell's Kitchen. But Gordon Ramsay may be scowling over more than culinary imperfections these days.
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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.
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Jesse and Sandi Jackson Prison Bound on Fraud Convictions

Former US Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife were back in court August 14 to be sentenced on charges of campaign fraud and tax fraud. Both Jacksons entered guilty pleas last February.
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New IRS Letter to Small Businesses Draws Flak from Congress

The IRS is facing more pressure from Congress this week. Some lawmakers are criticizing a slew of letters sent by the agency to thousands of small business owners.
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Crime Watch: August 14, 2013

Mark Goldberg, a Bronx-based tax preparer, pled guilty to charges related to his participation in a scheme to file fraudulent tax returns on behalf of numerous clients, falsely claiming more than $7 million in bogus deductions, including school tuition credits and expenses.
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Crime Watch: August 9, 2013

A former Washington State real estate developer and his long-time girlfriend were convicted August 4 on twenty-five counts of tax evasion and false statements related to their scheme to avoid paying taxes on more than $23 million in income.
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New York State Tax Collection Plan: No Pay-No Drive

If you're a resident of New York State and you've fallen behind in your state personal tax payments and owe more than $10,000, you might need to hire a driver or take a cab.
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Tea Party Scandal: Oversight Committee and IRS Spar Over Documents

The congressional committee investigating the "Tea Party scandal" – the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee – and the IRS continue to snipe back and forth at each other.
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Crime Watch: August 2, 2013

The Justice Department and IRS announced that John T. Hoang of Virginia pleaded guilty in federal district court in Washington, DC, to willfully aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns for tax year 2004.
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Is the IRS Stonewalling Congress?

Does it seem that the IRS scandal targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny has been going for . . . well, forever? Certain Republican leaders in Congress think the IRS is prolonging the agony by holding back information.

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