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Scam Uses the AICPA to Target CPAs and Others

It seems nobody is safe from the phishers. The AICPA works hard to keep readers aware of fraudulent e-mails from other sources. They themselves were recently used again in an attempt to hook new victims.
Community News

Accountant Questioned in Newtown Killings

December 14 probably started like any other workday in the life of a young accountant. Ryan Lanza was at his desk when the horrifying news came that a man had burst into Sandy Hook Elementary School and opened fire on children and adults.
Tax

Modern Problems: IRS Computers Show Flaws

In a new report, TIGTA said that the IRS has made strides in developing and implementing significant IT capabilities during the past year, but still needs to make improvements.
Tax

Crime Watch: December 12, 2012

A New Jersey CPA was sentenced to fifty-four months in prison for a $500 billion fraud scheme. In addition to his prison term, he was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $43,582,699 in forfeiture.
Tax

Stephen Baldwin: Arrested for Tax Evasion

Just days ago, New York State tax authorities arrested actor Stephen Baldwin on felony tax evasion charges. Baldwin owes an estimated $350,000 in taxes and penalties, according to Rockland County DA Thomas Zugibe.
Tax

MLB Update: What a Difference a Day Makes Tax Wise

At least one Major League Baseball player has succeeded in getting his next contract signed, sealed, and the ink dried before the 2013 tax hikes are likely to kick in.
Tax

Crime Watch: December 7, 2012

Today's tax crime cases include that of a Florida man, who filed four tax returns requesting over $1.5 million in federal refunds, and is now facing a possible twenty-three-year prison sentence.
Tax

Update: IRS Seizes Lindsay Lohan's Assets

Just when you think a week might pass without Lindsay Lohan in the headlines, she's back. On December 3, the long arm of the IRS reached out and seized her bank accounts for nonpayment of taxes.
Tax

Goodbye Norma Jean, Hello Estate Issues

It's been over half a century since Marilyn Monroe passed away at age thirty-six, but her estate is still involved in tax-related litigation.
Tax

MLB Free Agents Scramble to Minimize Tax Hit

With the election behind us and a strong probability of more tax hikes ahead, Major League Baseball free agents have rushed to the negotiating table in the hope of pulling as much of their future income as possible into 2012.
Tax

Stanford's Coconspirators Guilty of Fraud

It wasn't our fraud! That was a big part of the overall defense presented by two men accused of helping Texas financier R. Allen Stanford cover his tracks when he bilked trusting investors out of $7 billion.
Tax

Charlie Sheen to the Rescue for Lindsay Lohan

This hasn't been a great year for Lindsay Lohan. It started with an IRS tax lien for about $94, 000 for 2009 income, followed closely by another for nearly $150,000 for 2010 income.
Tax

Crime Watch: November 28, 2012

Today's tax crime cases include that of a woman who's headed to prison for close to two years for filing at least seventy-six fraudulent income tax returns, falsely claiming refunds of approximately $533,434.
Tax

Ex-Miami Marlins Face Tax Tsunami in Canada

Multimillion-dollar contracts are nothing unusual in major league baseball, and neither is trading. But the problem for five recently traded Marlins is that their remaining contracts will be paid out subject to much higher taxes.
Tax

Uncertain Fate for Sports Lovers' Tax Break

"Bloomberg" news reports that based on their calculations, tax deductions for sports ticket owners cost the rest of us more than $105 million a year in tax revenue that the Treasury can't get its hands on. Yet.
Tax

Football and Tax Fraud at U of South Dakota

In mid-November, nine people were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of tax fraud conspiracy and identity theft. The defendants include four former athletes from USD and one current member of its football team.
Tax

Crime Watch

Today's tax crime news includes a case against a Virginia tax fraud promoter whose customers allegedly filed more than $67 million in false refund claims, and a New York tax preparer charged in a scheme involving $7 million in fraudulent deductions.
Tax

Nobody Beatz the Tax Man

A new wife, a new baby on the way, a multimillion-dollar house in escrow, and reports of back tax bills totaling more than $2.6 million. That's how rapper/producer Swizz Beatz has made news as the year draws close to the end.
A&A

Accounting Tool Keeps Billions in Profits Overseas

New research found that an obscure accounting tool gives US companies the option of omitting from their financial statements, except in footnotes, that any taxes at all are owed to the IRS on profits made by their foreign subsidiaries.
Tax

IRS Issues 'Storm Warnings' to Taxpayers

The IRS has sounded alarms of a slightly different nature than the ones issued by meteorologists earlier this month: A nationwide call for taxpayers to avoid scams in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

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