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Maryland Tax Defier Sentenced to Sixty-Five Months in Prison

Andrew Isaac Chance of Maryland was sentenced to sixty-five months in prison for filing false claims for tax refunds and for filing a false retaliatory lien against a federal prosecutor. The sentencing was announced today by the Justice Department, IRS Criminal Investigation, and TIGTA.
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IRS Needs Better Oversight of Repayment by Tax Cheats

According to a new Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report - Procedures Are Needed to Improve the Accounting and Monitoring of Restitution Payments to Prevent Erroneous Refunds - the IRS should beef up its internal controls to make sure that those convicted of tax crimes pay up.
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Rapper Lil' Kim Owes IRS Big Bucks

Lil' Kim, a famous rap artist who has been working to turn her life around, allegedly owes more than $1 million in state and federal taxes for the years 2002 to 2009. Celebrity news website TMZ reported that her 2009 debt of $86,347 was recently added to the total she already owed, bringing it to $1,026,862.
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E&Y to Pay $2 Million to Settle Audit Failure Charges

On February 8, the PCAOB announced a settled disciplinary order censuring E&Y LLP. It imposed a $2 million civil money penalty against the firm, which is PCAOB's largest civil money penalty to date. The PCAOB also sanctioned four of E&Y's current or former partners for violating PCAOB rules and standards.
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IRS Casts Bait to Reel in Taxpayers with Offshore Accounts

The IRS has reopened its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). Similar programs were initiated in 2011 and 2009, from which the IRS has collected more than $4.4 billion. The OVDP is aimed at encouraging taxpayers who have stashed assets offshore to declare their outstanding tax liabilities.
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Paging All Capitol Hill Staffers: Pay Your Taxes!

Mitt Romney isn't the only one in Washington, DC, with his tax returns under the microscope. According to new data released by the IRS, 3 percent of Senate employees and more than 4 percent of House members still owe tax for the 2010 tax year, adding up to approximately $10.6 million in unpaid taxes.
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Lessons from Lehman: It's All about Confidence

The entire financial crisis of 2008 was about credit and confidence, and the same holds true today. That was the message delivered by the former general counsel of Lehman Brothers, Kevin Genirs, during his keynote address February 1, 2012, at the LegalTech® conference in New York City.
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Teaching How to Cheat

Concerns about cheating in school are nothing new, but they usually don't include teachers. The widespread scandals of teachers cheating on standardized tests provide the wrong ethical guidance to those who will later staff and lead business organizations.
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Video News Update for Week of January 9, 2012

AccountingWEB's Weekly News Update for the week of January 9, 2012 is available in video format!
Tax

New York Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Filing Fictitious Tax Returns

New York tax preparer Howard Levine has pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns containing contained fictitious deductions, business expenses, and corporate losses.
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Pride of the Yankees? Hal Steinbrenner Sued by the IRS

A lawsuit – filed by the IRS on December 27, 2011, in federal court in Tampa, Florida – aims to recover the funds issued to Hal Steinbrenner, managing general partner of the Yankees, on December 28, 2009. The refund resulted from a dispute between the Steinbrenner family and the IRS for the 2001 tax year as well as audits of the team's parent company for the 2001 and 2002 tax years.
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IRS to MC Hammer: We Can Touch This

It's Hammer time: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is going after MC Hammer for $779,585 it claims he owes in back taxes dating back to 1996 and 1997. According to entertainment news outlet TMZ, the federal government has initiated a lawsuit to recover the tax debt from Hammer.
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Alabama Tax Preparer Gets Jail Time for Falsifying Tax Returns

Chiquita Q. Broadnax, a resident of Montgomery County, AL, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for her involvement in a fraudulent tax return perpetration scheme.
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Busted: State tax investigator accused of theft

When will a small minority of tax professionals learn that crime doesn't pay? You would think they would know better.
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Detroit tax preparer accused of falsifying client income to maximize Earned Income Tax Credits

The United States has sued Crystal Ireland and her business, Master Mind Preparation, to bar them from preparing tax returns for others.
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California to tax scofflaws: Pay up or lose your driver's (or CPA) license

The California State Assembly has approved Assembly Bill 1424, the Delinquent Taxpayer Accountability Act, aimed at the state's worst tax debtors. The bill delivers a clear message: pay your back taxes or we'll suspend your driver's license and/or professional licenses.
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Feds charge tax pro with filing thousands of false returns

Do you tell your clients to comply with the tax law? Make sure you practice what you preach. In an extreme example, a tax return preparer in Washington D.C. is facing criminal charges in federal court for allegedly scamming the IRS out of almost $14 million.
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Holla, Holla...Ja Rule faces the tax music

A self-proclaimed rap "gangsta" is going to jail for committing a white-collar crime: tax evasion. Multi-platinum selling artist Ja Rule (whose real name is Jeffrey Adkins) has been sentenced to 28 months in federal prison for failing to report more than $3 million in earnings from 2004 through 2006.
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Late filing attorney gives up right to practice before IRS

A Texas attorney accused of willfully failing to file his federal tax returns has been disbarred from practicing before the IRS. The attorney argued that his failures to file and pay were not the result of willful conduct but were due to personal circumstances beyond his control.
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Tax planner jailed for tax evasion

A Salt Lake City tax planner has been sentenced to 10 months of prison, 12 months of supervised release, and ordered to pay the costs of prosecution for willfully failing to file a federal income tax return for 2001.

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