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IRS Announces Plan to Share Tax Data with Brits and Aussies

The United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom have announced a collaborative effort to share tax information from a multitude of trusts and companies holding assets on behalf of residents from far-flung places.
Tax

Update: Lauryn Hill’s Tax Case Leads to Prison

Last month, Grammy-winner Lauryn Hill asked the judge in her tax evasion case for probation. Not because she is a celebrity but because she wanted to work in order to pay the taxes she admitted owing. Things didn't turn out exactly as Hill planned.
Tax

Crime Watch: May 2, 2013

A federal court in Los Angeles has entered an order permanently barring John Trunzo from preparing federal income tax returns and other tax-related documents for others, the Justice Department announced April 30.
Education & Careers

Hostess Twinkies Set to Return, Union Laborers Won't

UPDATE: Fans of Twinkies won't have to wait much longer before the snack cakes return to grocery store shelves. Hostess Brands LLC – Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management's new incarnation of the baking company that liquidated in Chapter 11 – is reopening four bakeries in the next eight to ten weeks.
Tax

Lauryn Hill May Avoid Prison for Tax Evasion

Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill was back in court April 22, presumably for sentencing in the tax evasion case against her. With three possible counts of tax fraud against her, she was facing a year in prison for each count.
Tax

Crime Watch: April 19, 2013

Former IRS agent-turned-tax preparer Steven Martinez was sentenced April 15 to almost twenty-four years in prison for defrauding clients of more than $11 million and then plotting their murders to prevent them from testifying about the theft.
Tax

House Rejects Bill to Fire Federal Workers with Tax Debts

A bill that would have required the federal government to terminate workers who were delinquent on paying their taxes was rejected by the House of Representatives on April 15.
Tax

Marathon Bombing Aftermath: IRS Extends Tax-Filing Deadline for Boston Residents

UPDATE: Boston-area taxpayers and others affected by the tragedy at the Boston Marathon earlier this week now have until July 15 to file their taxes or make payments.
Tax

A Few Nuggets Found in Obama and Biden Tax Returns

Just before the April 15 due date, the White House released the 2012 federal income tax returns for President Obama and Vice President Biden. Both the POTUS and the Veep filed joint returns with their respective spouses. Overall, there were just a few mild surprises.
Tax

Crime Watch: April 12, 2013

The United States has filed a civil injunction lawsuit seeking to shut down Mo' Money Taxes of Memphis, Tennessee. The complaint alleges that the estimated tax loss from fraudulent tax return preparation at Mo' Money Taxes in 2011 exceeds $9 million.
Tax

IRS Plans to Cut Back on Big Company Audits This Year

The IRS plans to spend 18 percent less time auditing businesses with assets of $10 million or more in its current fiscal year compared to two years ago, according to a report from Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).
A&A

Former KPMG Partner Scott London Charged with Insider Trading

A former KPMG LLP senior audit partner faces federal criminal and civil charges for his involvement in a web of deceit that included tipping off a friend about upcoming corporate earnings releases and merger announcements.
A&A

KPMG Insider Trading Scandal Latest Blow to Accounting Industry's Reputation

The insider trading scandal that has engulfed KPMG LLP, causing it to resign as auditor at two companies and fire a partner, contributes to the negative image the public accounting industry gained due to its role in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.
A&A

KPMG Resigns as Herbalife and Skechers Auditor Over Alleged Insider Trading

KPMG LLP has resigned as auditor at the nutritional products maker Herbalife Ltd. and the footwear retailer Skechers USA Inc. because a senior partner at the accounting firm who was involved with their accounts was being investigated for insider trading.
Tax

Shakespeare Was a Talented and Artful Tax Dodger

When you hear the name William Shakespeare, you probably think of world-class writing laced with cunning humor and powerful drama. That's the Shakespeare of our collective memory. But is it accurate?
A&A

KPMG Fires L.A. Partner Over Alleged Insider-Trading Tips

The partner in charge of KPMG's audit practice in Los Angeles was fired immediately after the firm learned late last week of the partner's involvement in providing nonpublic client information to a third party and using the information in stock trades involving several companies.
Tax

Tax Protester Wesley Snipes Is Free at Last

Actor and tax protester Wesley Snipes is almost a free man again, at age fifty. He was released from prison April 2, transferred to the New York Community Corrections Office, and will remain on house arrest till July 19.
Tax

New IRS Technology Will Track Online Activity

According to news reports filtering out of Washington, the IRS will begin employing new technology this year that can track a taxpayer's online activities ranging from Facebook and Twitter posts to credit card and PayPal transactions.
Tax

Update: Stephen Baldwin's Tax Case Moves On

Just a few months ago in December, actor Stephen Baldwin was arrested on charges of failure to pay state income tax in New York relating to income from 2008, 2009, and 2010. The tax debt, with interest and penalties, came to around $350,000.
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Billion $ Tax Bill? No Problem for Zuckerberg

When your income is in the billions, it stands to reason your tax liability will top a billion dollars too. On May 18, 2012, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg took his company public, and his income shot to $13 billion . . . with a "b."

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