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House Committee Report Stirs Up Tea Party Scandal

The Republican-dominated committee claims that fifty-six applications filed by conservative groups were still pending as of May 31, while no groups with "progressive" in their names had a pending application.
Tax

Reality Bites for Teresa Giudice - A Star with Real Tax Woes

Reality star Teresa Giudice has been in money trouble for a while. On July 29, it all got a whole lot worse when a federal grand jury handed down a thirty-nine count indictment against her and husband.
Tax

Chris Zorich Avoids Prison in His Tax Evasion Case

Back in March when Chris Zorich faced a Chicago judge to answer for his tax failings, he took it like a man. In the long run, this attitude might have bought him some mercy.
Tax

Crime Watch: July 25, 2013

A former manager of an H&R Block Preparation store has been sentenced to twelve months and one day in federal prison for using the identities of former tax preparation clients to file false returns with the IRS seeking fraudulent income tax refunds.
AccountingWEB Life

All Eyes Are on England for Royal Baby Watch

UPDATE: The baby who would be king has a name. He is George Alexander Louis and will be referred to as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.
Tax

Crime Watch: July 18, 2013

A Texas man, who was arrested in an airport while attempting to flee the country, was indicted in the Central District of California in a multimillion-dollar identity theft and tax refund fraud scheme. If convicted, he faces a statutory maximum sentence of at least seventy-five years in federal prison.
Tax

Crime Watch: July 12, 2013

A New Jersey man, who coowns and operates a wholesale merchandise business in New York selling adult paraphernalia, was sentenced to nineteen months in prison for concealing more than $1.2 million in income in various domestic and foreign bank accounts.
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

Tax Evasion: Jail Time Begins for Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill is officially behind bars. Her first meal, according to TMZ.com, was "tasty BBQ pulled pork with a side of carrots, peas, and sweet potatoes." Doesn't sound too punitive.
Tax

Crime Watch: July 3, 2013

A California man admitted that for tax years 2007 and 2008, he failed to report approximately $1,843,847 of income, resulting in an additional tax due and owing to the government of approximately $516,277. He faces a five-year prison sentence.
Tax

Football Player Terrell Owens Faces IRS Lien

UPDATE: Terrell Owens Clears Massive Tax Debt. Owens had joined a long line of top-earning sports figures who blew through their wealth quickly and ended up broke. According to "Sports Illustrated," this is part of a "financial pandemic" that plagues a lot of top-earning athletes, especially in the NFL.
Tax

IRS Spending Sprees Send Some to the Woodshed

Work for the IRS and you might be able to get all kinds of free perks, including pornography and electronics, expensive meals, and more - all on the taxpayer's dime. But these items aren't supposed to be free.
Tax

IRS Contractor Cheated His Way to $500 Million in Questionable Bids

Scandals, scandals everywhere, and not an excuse to make. This seems to be the atmosphere at the IRS, as one problem after another has been revealed in recent weeks.
Tax

Crime Watch: June 28, 2013

A California man was sentenced to two years imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $11,738,000 in restitution for aiding in the evasion of payment of federal payroll taxes.
Tax

IRS Scandal Shifts Focus to Russell George

With a Democrat in the Oval Office, the screams heard around the country were that the targeting of conservative groups was politically motivated, maybe even ordered by the Obama administration. Now the focus has shifted.
Tax

TIGTA Report Reveals Bogus IRS Refunds

If it seems like everyone is ganging up on the beleaguered IRS, the truth seems to be more along the lines of long-term problems that are just now coming into focus.
Tax

Rapper Fat Joe Sentenced on Tax Evasion Charges

Last December, Rapper Fat Joe – real name Joseph Cartagena – was convicted of tax evasion on nearly $3 million of income from 2007 and 2008. The tax shortfall with penalties comes to more than $1 million, plus a $200,000 fine.
Tax

Crime Watch: June 21, 2013

A Washington man who advised and assisted others in a common tax fraud scheme, was sentenced June 14 in US District Court in Tacoma to ninety-seven months in prison and three years of supervised release.
A&A

Confirmation.com Audit Service Helps FBI Uncover Fraud Scheme

A North Carolina man who was the owner and operator of an investment fund that defrauded investors of approximately $6 million over a seven-year period agreed to plead guilty to securities fraud in US District Court on June 17.
Tax

Soccer Star Lionel Messi: A Tax Mess or Example?

UPDATE: "El Periodico," a Spanish publication, reports that in spite of protesting the government's claims, Lionel Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, have paid an enormous sum in additional back taxes and will not face tax charges.

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