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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.
Tax

Sinbad's Mountain of Tax Debt: It Ain't So Funny

For comedian Sinbad, life hasn't been all that fun for the last several years. Right now he's in debt to the tune of nearly $11 million. Of this amount, more than $8 million is owed to the IRS and another $2.3 million to the state of California.
Tax

Faith Evans' Tax Mess: More Blues than Rhythm

It sounds like small potatoes compared to other celebrities in tax trouble, but it's bad enough to pump up the blues for rhythm and blues singer Faith Evans. Evans is into the state of California for $29,535.48 relating to her 2011 income.
Tax

Crime Watch: June 13, 2013

Melvin Mooring, a Gainesville, Virginia, accountant, was sentenced to six years in federal prison for stealing $3.3 million from the company where he served as the chief financial officer. He had pleaded guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion charges in March.
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

Crime Watch: June 7, 2013

An Alabama woman was sentenced to ten years in prison and ordered to pay $1,198,063 in restitution. Rhashema Deramus and those working for her stole people’s identities and used them to file fraudulent tax returns and obtain tax refunds that were not owed to them.
Tax

IRS Suspends Two Officials for Taking Conference Perks

Following a new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration turning the spotlight on a 2010 conference in California, the IRS announced it has placed two of its employees on administrative leave for "inappropriate behavior."
Tax

Tea Party Groups Say IRS Trampled on Rights

According to the testimony of members of six targeted groups given to the House Ways and Means Committee on June 4, the IRS held up applications for tax-exempt status, illegally released donor lists, and generally harassed organization officials.
Tax

Crime Watch: June 3, 2013

Thomas Nelson, formerly the CEO of York County Community Action Corporation (YCCAC), was sentenced May 21 in US District Court by Judge Nancy Torresen to thirty months in prison and thirty-six months of supervised release for conspiracy, embezzlement from a federally funded program, tax evasion, and signing false tax returns.
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.

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