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IRS employee charged with illegally accessing celebrity tax records

An Internal Revenue Service tax examiner has been charged with snooping into the tax records of nearly 200 actors, celebrities, professional athletes, and even his next-door neighbor.John Snyder, of the Covington, KY IRS processing center, allegedly looked up personal information on actors Kevin Bacon, Alec Baldwin, Sally Field, Vanna White, and the late Eddie Albert.
Tax

Celebrity Watch: Snipes, out on bail, continues his fight

Actor Wesley Snipes is fighting the government again, but this time over a bill of nearly $260,000 to cover the costs of prosecuting him on tax evasion charges.According to the Ocala Star-Banner, federal prosecutors in May asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary R. Jones to order Snipes to pay $257,687 for the cost of prosecuting the case. Snipes's lawyers, in a motion filed May 28, argued that the costs should not be allowed.His lawyers noted that Snipes was acquitted of some of the charges, and the bill wrongly included costs associated with them.
Tax

New CFF forensic accounting credential to be launched by AICPA in Fall

The governing Council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants has authorized the creation of a new CPA specialty credential in forensic accounting.The credential, Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), will combine specialized forensic accounting expertise with the core knowledge and skills that make CPAs among the most trusted business advisors, according to Robert Harris, chair of the National Accreditation Commission.
Tax

Wesley Snipes gets prison time for tax crimes

Saying Wesley Snipes showed "contempt," a Florida judge sentenced the actor to three years in prison for failing to file income tax returns."These are serious crimes, albeit misdemeanors, because he has a history of contempt over time," said U.S. District Court Judge William Terrell Hodges during Snipes's sentencing hearing in Ocala, FL Thursday.Hodges sentenced Snipes to the maximum sentence, one year for each misdemeanor count, to be served consecutively, Bloomberg reported.
Tax

Lights! Camera! Accountants take to the big screen

The stereotypical accountants may seem like they lead an orderly, quiet life, with little excitement or notoriety. And when you think of Hollywood glamour, the image of an accountant might not be the first thing that jumps to mind.
Tax

Feds turn to forensic accounting

Discipline is exploding field—and popular not only for uncovering corporate crime, but also tracking terrorist activity.By Darrell D. Dorrell, CPA/ABV, MBA, ASA, CVA, CMA, DABFALast month, the FBI announced it was investigating 14 unnamed investment banks, developers, sub-prime lenders, and other companies involved in the subprime-lending mess that has left Florida with the second-highest home foreclosure rate in the country.
Tax

IRS, Nicolas Cage tangle over personal expenses

Actor Nicolas Cage is the latest celebrity to be caught up in a dispute with the IRS.The IRS contends that Cage, the star of "National Treasure," wrongly wrote off $3.3 million in personal expenses, reports Forbes.com. The expenses included limos, meals, travel, gifts, and his Gulfstream turbojet.Fellow actor Wesley Snipes also tangled with the IRS, which accused him of dodging his tax obligations from 1999 to 2004. Snipes was recently found guilty on three misdemeanor charges for failing to file income tax returns.Forbes, citing U.S.
Tax

Snipes jury acquits on felony tax charges

The jury in the Wesley Trent Snipes tax trial has found the actor guilty on three misdemeanor charges for failing to file income tax returns. Snipes was acquitted on felony charges of conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and presenting a fraudulent claim for payment to the IRS. He was also acquitted on three other charges of failing to file income tax returns. Eddie Ray Kahn, of Sorrento, FL, and Douglas P. Rosile, of Venice, FL, were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the IRS and presenting a fraudulent claim for payment to the IRS.A sentencing date has not been set.
Tax

Tax breaks attract movie makers - and Johnny Depp? - to Wisconsin

Generous tax breaks that took effect at the start of this year are already attracting attention from movie and television companies looking to film in Wisconsin, officials say.The state enacted incentives of up to 25 percent of production costs incurred while shooting in Wisconsin, prompting the Hollywood Reporter to ask, "Is a filmmaking 'third coast' one step closer to happening?' "The incentives apparently put Wisconsin on competitive footing with California and New York, and Milwaukee-based Marcus Theatres has also agreed to "provide the foundation bookings" for movies filmed
Tax

Roles of CPAs and forensic accountants in corporate investigations

Since Sarbanes-Oxley was enacted, the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have increased the number of their accounting investigations and related enforcement actions. During this time, public companies have also been initiating their own investigations due to internal audit findings, whistleblower allegations or proactively after news reports of accounting improprieties at other entities.
A&A

Disaster recovery, backup, and restore: Big challenges for small businesses

All too frequently, fires, local flooding, and human error threaten computer systems, communications, and the ability of a business of any size to sustain continuous operations. Small and medium sized businesses, accustomed to protecting inventory or paper records, are expected to invest more in "resilience and backup" in 2008 according to cio-midmarket.com. "Most are on the edge where a couple of bad events could shut down business," says Gary Chen an analyst at YankeeGroup.
Tax

My life in crime: Chronicles of a forensic accountant

By William C. Barrett III, CPA/ABV, CVA, CTP, CCFMThe profession of forensic accounting is like any other industry niche: You evolve to a plateau where track record and honed skills permit you to hold yourself out as a professional. Then, like any other business, you starve a lot before you become an overnight sensation - in demand and truly at the top of your practice in providing value - both on scene and in the courtroom.
Tax

Actor Wesley Snipes spars with tax prosecutors

Actor Wesley Snipes didn't pay federal taxes on $37.9 million in income from 1999 to 2004, according to documents filed ahead of the actor's tax fraud trial scheduled to begin on Monday in U.S. District Court in Ocala, FL, 80 miles northwest of Orlando. Snipes has attempted to delay his tax-evasion trial by having his lawyer, Robert Barnes, file a motion to move the trial from the central Florida city, only to have those attempts denied Tuesday by a federal appeals court in Atlanta. The actor's legal team argued that Snipes cannot get a fair trial in Ocala.
Tax

New research provides resources on fraud prevention and financial reporting

Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF), the research affiliate of Financial Executives International (FEI), has announced the release of two important new pieces of research designed to aid public company management and corporate boards in the efficient evaluation of their assessment of reporting issues and internal controls.A new FERF Study, entitled "What's New in Financial Reporting: Financial Statement Notes from Annual Reports," examines disclosures from 2006 annual reports for the 100 largest publicly-traded companies which used particularly innovative techniques to clearly a
Tax

O.J., Dionne, Sinbad among top tax scofflaws

California Revenue & Taxation Code Section 19195 directs the Franchise Tax Board to publish an annual list of the top 250 taxpayers with liened state income tax delinquencies greater than $100,000. Each taxpayer is given an opportunity to voluntarily settle their liability with the state before their name appears on the public list.According to the California Franchise Tax Board, O.J.
Tax

Is your data safe? Survey reveals scandal of snooping IT staff

Results of a recent study reveal the hidden scandal of IT staff snooping at the confidential information of other employees.
Tax

Bonds' homer ball creates tax controversy

Even before San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds hit his record-breaking 756th home run, the analysts were lining up, giving their opinions about how much the ball would be worth and how and when the value of the ball would be taxed.
Technology

Beware phony IRS e-mail warnings

The Internal Revenue Service warned computer users about phony e-mails designed to scare people into believing they are under tax investigation in order to give scammers access to their computer hard drives. The tax agency said that the e-mail claiming to be from IRS Criminal Investigation falsely states that the person is under a criminal probe for submitting a false tax return to the California Franchise Board. Opening up an attachment to learn more about the complaint allows those behind the scam to gain remote access to the computer.
Community News

KPMG says companies unprepared for cross-border fraud

Rapid advances in global trade and information technology appear to have increased the speed with which cross-border crimes are committed, yet most companies are unprepared to investigate fraud promptly if it occurs in a country other than the home of the parent company, according to research by KPMG International.With 92 percent of respondents in a survey saying that they expected to perform at least the same number of international investigations in the coming year as last year, 56 percent acknowledged that they have not implemented comprehensive investigation procedures.
Community News

Anti-Money Laundering Leader Joins KPMG

Former federal prosecutor and banking executive Teresa Pesce has joined KPMG LLP’s Forensic Practice to lead its Anti-Money Laundering (AML) service line, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm has announced. In addition, she will help direct criminal and regulatory investigations for clients. She is based in New York.

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