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Ohio Insurance Salesman Found Guilty of Tax Charges

On May 21, a jury convicted William A. Herder of Ohio on federal tax charges, the Justice Department and IRS announced. Herder was charged with corruptly endeavoring to impair and impede the due administration of IRS laws, tax evasion, and five counts of failure to file tax returns. He was convicted of all counts.
Tax

Nurses Rally for a New Wall Street Tax

The liquor and tobacco industries are frequent targets of "sin taxes" aimed at drumming up revenue from sources that cater to certain vices. But the latest call for a sin tax is directed at a group that's decidedly more button-down than bootleggers and barkeeps: Wall Street brokers.
Tax

Facebook's Saverin: Senators Propose Crackdown on 'Friends with Tax Benefits'

Two US Senators are feeling anything but friendly toward Eduardo Saverin, one of the cofounders of the social networking site Facebook. They have proposed new legislation, called the Ex-PATRIOT Act, which would impose a mandatory 30-percent capital gains tax rate for expatriates on all future investment gains.
Tax

IRS Issues an Apology to Dionne Warwick after a Tax Blunder in 2009

The IRS issued a written apology to Dionne Warwick and has cut more than $1.2 million of its original sum of back taxes that Warwick owes stemming from money she earned back in the 1990s.
Tax

Nine Alabama Family Members Indicted for Identity Theft and Tax Fraud

Barbara Murry, Douglas Murry, Douglas Murry III, Yolanda Moses, Lee Moses, Veronica Temple, Jeffrey Temple, Almetta Johnson, and Courtney Johnson were charged in an indictment by a federal grand jury in the Middle District of Alabama on a variety of counts stemming from an identity theft and tax fraud scheme.
Technology

BSA Study Finds Over Half of Computer Users Admit to Pirating Software

According to the Business Software Alliance's (BSA) ninth annual study - 2011 BSA Global Software Piracy Study - the value of software theft is at an astounding all-time high ? $63.4 billion in 2011, up from $58.8 billion in 2010.
Tax

Tax Return Preparer Headed to Jail for Close to Eight Years

Margaret Kirksey, a resident of Montgomery, Alabama, was sentenced May 8 in the Middle District of Alabama to eighty-one months in federal prison for filing false tax returns using stolen identities, the Justice Department and the IRS announced.
Tax

Leaders of Multimillion Dollar Fraud Ring Get 25 Years in Prison

Veronica Dale and Alchico Grant, who jointly ran a stolen identity refund fraud ring that attempted to defraud the United States of millions of dollars over several years, were sentenced to federal prison May 8, 2012, the Justice Department and the IRS announced.
Tax

Federal Court Shuts Down Texas Tax Return Preparer

A federal court in Dallas has permanently barred Joseph Rivas of DeSoto, Texas, from preparing federal tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced May 3.
Tax

Virginia Man Sentenced to Thirty-Six Months in Prison for Tax Evasion

Richard Jaensch, fifty-four, of Annandale, Virginia, was sentenced April 27, 2012, to thirty-six months in prison by US District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee, the Justice Department, and the IRS.
Tax

New York Tax Preparer Sentenced for Tax Fraud

New York Tax Preparer Sentenced for Tax Fraud Howard Levine, owner of a Dix Hill, New York, tax preparation business, was sentenced to thirty-seven months in prison for tax crimes, the Justice Department and IRS announced April 26, 2012. Levine was also ordered to pay $320,998 in restitution to the IRS.
Tax

Massachusetts Man in Prison for Filing False Tax Returns

Kevin P. Mahoney of Massachusetts was sentenced April 24 to sixty months in prison following trial convictions on corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the administration of the Internal Revenue laws, filing false tax returns with the IRS, and criminal contempt of court, the Justice Department and the IRS announced.
Tax

Insurance Salesman Plead Guilty to Failing to File Income Tax Returns

Thomas Mitchell of Mansfield, Ohio, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge George J. Limbert of the Northern District of Ohio to criminal information charging him with willfully failing to file an income tax return with the IRS, the Justice Department and the IRS announced April 16, 2012.
Tax

Florida Tax Preparer Pled Guilty to Wire Fraud and Identity Theft

Ernst Pierre, a Port St. Lucie, Florida, tax preparer, pleaded guilty on April 24, 2012, to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, the Justice Department and IRS announced. Pierre was charged with a scheme to file false federal income tax returns using stolen identity information.
Tax

Return Preparer Charged ‒ Preparing False Tax Returns for Drug Dealers

Rebecca Renae Powell, a resident of Wasilla, Alaska, has been charged with six counts of preparing false income tax returns for several clients whose primary source of income was from the sale of illegal narcotics.
Tax

Former Partner at BDO Seidman LLP Sentenced to Prison for Tax Crimes

Stephen A. Favato, a resident of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, and a former partner in BDO Seidman LLP's Woodbridge, New Jersey, office, was sentenced to eighteen months in prison for tax crimes, the Justice Department and the IRS announced April 16.
Tax

New Case Spotlights 'Hobby Losses' of Filmmaker

Filmmaker Lee Storey, who produced and directed the documentary "Smile 'Til It Hurts: The Up with People Story," has emerged from a protracted battle with the IRS with a giant smile on her face.
Practice

Job Outlook for Bachelor's Degree Students Looks Bleak

A weak labor market has left half of college students (age twenty-five or younger) who graduated with a bachelor's degree either jobless or "underemployed" ? a troubling statistic.
Tax

New Survey of Workplace Ethics Shows Surprising Results

Findings from a survey of ethics in the workplace may portend a future downward shift in business ethics. The percentage of companies with a weak ethical culture is on the rise, as is the number of employees who experienced retaliation for blowing the whistle on observed misconduct.
Tax

Pennsylvania Tax Defier Sentenced to More Than Six Years in Prison

Troy Beam of Pennsylvania was sentenced April 10 to 74 months in prison by US District Judge Christopher C. Conner, the Justice Department, and the IRS. On May 4, 2011, Beam was convicted of tax evasion, obstructing and impeding the due administration of the IRS laws, and willful failure to file federal income tax returns.

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