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Celebrities and their tax woes: Young Buck, Joe Francis, Jaime Pressly, and Richard Hatch

The latest celebrity tax round-up features several repeat offenders. It's great to be in the spotlight, but is sparring with the IRS the best way to stay in the public eye?
Tax

IRS sticks former Duke lacrosse player and falsely accused rapist with $6.5M tax bill

The name Reade Seligmann has been out of the headlines for awhile, but lately he's been back in the limelight. The former Duke lacrosse player and falsely accused rapist is dealing with a hefty IRS bill.
Tax

Pacino and Scorsese added to the list of Ponzi scheme victims

Al Pacino, who may be best known for the Godfather movies about the notorious Corleone mob family, is now finding he’s up against a real foe... the Internal Revenue Service. Public documents show Pacino owes the IRS nearly $188,000.
Tax

Tax scams on the front burner at the IRS

In case you're thinking that maybe Wesley Snipes has a good point when it comes to lowering income taxes, the Internal Revenue Service wants to remind potential tax scam artists that it does not plan on ignoring frivolous tax evasion arguments.
Tax

Cincinnati return preparer gets 30 months in jail to think about the false tax returns he prepared

A former resident of Cincinnati was sentenced to 30 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Sandra S. Beckwith for aiding and assisting in the preparation of false client tax returns and for filing a false individual income return, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service announced.
Tax

Moviemaker Michael Moore accuses former partners of irregular accounting practices

Michael Moore rose to fame for documentaries like Fahrenheit 9/11. As the highest grossing documentary, it brought in $222 million. Moore received $20 million of the profits in a 50-50 split with his partners, Bob and Harvey Weinstein. Now, he is taking them to court for more.
A&A

Censured accountant left a trail of violations

When the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission tells a CPA, “Thou shalt not practice,” they don’t mean maybe. The SEC filed a settled enforcement action January 11 against Michael R. Drogin, of New York and New Jersey.
Tax

Alleged pump-and-dump scheme could mean 25 years in prison for accountant

Stephen Durland, a former Palm Beach, Florida, accountant made a fortune as an investor . . . sort of. He’s accused of operating a $30 million investment scam in California. If convicted, Durland could be looking at 25 years in prison, plus a $5 million fine.
Tax

Justice Department announces indictment, lawsuits targeting false tax credit claims

The federal government this week has filed six lawsuits in five states to stop tax return preparers from fraudulently claiming the first-time homebuyer tax credit and the earned-income tax credit.
Tax

Second voluntary disclosure initiative opens for those hiding assets offshore

The IRS this week announced a special voluntary disclosure initiative designed to bring offshore money back into the U.S. tax system.
A&A

Business opportunities make forensics, fraud examination credential worth investigating

Demand for forensic accounting services from businesses of all sizes has made qualifying for a second certification in forensics and fraud examination an attractive option for accountants.
Tax

NBC accountant's attorney calls embezzlement accusation 'cuckoo'

A lot of young people would have loved Matthew Rudolph’s job as an accountant for NBC’s show 30 Rock. As it turns out, there might be a vacancy. After being accused of padding his corporate expense account to the tune of about $13,600, Rudolph is now awaiting arraignment.
Tax

How an embezzler stole millions from a small company

New details have emerged on the methods used and the outcomes following the case of 47-year-old convicted embezzler Sujata “Sue” Sachdeva, who was the trusted 15-year veteran vice president of finance, secretary, and principal accounting officer of Koss Corporation.
Tax

Congressman's wife gets prison time for tax misconduct

The wife of a U.S. Congressman will report to prison next month. Patrice Tierney, age 60, received a harsher than expected sentence for her participation in the filing of fraudulent tax returns.
AccountingWEB Life

Taxpayer Advocate report focuses on tax reform, collection issues, health care reform

This year's report identifies 21 problems, provides updates on four previously identified issues, makes recommendations for administrative and legislative change, and analyzes the 10 tax issues most frequently litigated in the federal courts.
Tax

IRS agent facing prison time for filing false returns

You may remember Albert Bront. He's the guy who greeted federal agents at his home by screaming, "I'm going to kill all of you!" The agents were there to execute a search warrant in 2009 based on an investigation of tax returns prepared and filed by Bront.
Tax

Celebrities find themselves targets of the law, IRS

Has another star of The Brady Bunch gone bad or was it a case of mistaken indentity? Christopher Knight, through no fault of his own, leads this installment of AccountingWEB's celebrity news.
Tax

Celebrity stew: Stars up to their necks in IRS trouble

Rounding out 2010's cavalcade of celebrities mired in tax issues are actor Val Kilmer, songwriter Lamont Dozier, rapper Trick Daddy, and all-around weirdo Grace Jones.
Tax

Nicolas Cage: A tale of multiple foreclosures

Think you have issues with the IRS? Consider Nicolas Cage. By the latest count, he owes Uncle Sam approximately $14 million in back taxes relating to income from 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2007.
A&A

Ernst & Young charged with civil fraud for role in Lehman collapse

The New York Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against Ernst & Young, accusing the firm of helping Lehman Brothers hide its financial weakness from investors from 2001 until the investment bank collapsed in 2008.

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