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Lois Lerner Was Slammed for Playing 'Blame Game'

It's been revealed that the supervisor in the Cincinnati office accused of wrongdoings by Lois Lerner, former head of the IRS Exempt Organizations (EO) division, took umbrage when the finger was pointed her way.
Tax

Bernie Madoff Employees on Trial as Assistant Scammers

The name Bernie Madoff probably rings a bell. It has also been known to set off a few whistles and sirens. His well-publicized crime masterminded the biggest Ponzi scheme ever recorded.
Tax

TIGTA Report: IRS Needs to Make Virtual Servers More Secure

The IRS has made significant strides in expanding its virtual environment, but more attention is needed to ensure its virtual server configurations are secure, according to a report released by the TIGTA.
Tax

Crime Watch: November 18, 2013

Chicago lawyer Gary J. Stern designed at least three tax-fraud schemes that helped hundreds of customers falsely claim over $16 million in improper tax credits and avoid paying income tax on at least $3.4 million.
Tax

IRS Warns Consumers of Possible Scams Relating to Relief of Typhoon Victims

On November 15, the IRS issued a consumer alert about possible scams taking place in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
Tax

TIGTA Wants IRS to Improve Security Risk Assessments

In a report released publicly on November 14, the TIGTA emphasized that the IRS should take further steps to improve security at some of its facilities.
Tax

IRS Hands Over Tax-Exempt Training Materials to Nonprofit Publisher

In response to a lawsuit initiated by Tax Analysts, a nonprofit publisher of tax information and expert analysis, the IRS has released almost 3,000 pages of training materials used by its EO division, most of them dating from 2012.
Tax

IRS to Launch Fishing Expeditions for Pass-Through Entities

The IRS doesn't always try to catch the biggest fish in the pond. Case in point: It has announced it will devote more resources to auditing various pass-through entities instead of focusing on the traditional corporate targets.
Tax

TIGTA Reports Examine IRS Identity Theft Processes, Services

Identity theft was the focus of two reports released by the TIGTA – the first concluding the IRS issued billions of dollars in potentially fraudulent refunds, and the second finding the IRS needs to improve customer service efforts for identity theft victims.
Tax

Some IRS Security Program Areas Not Compliant under FISMA

A new TIGTA report stipulated that until the IRS takes steps to fully implement all eleven security program areas covered by FISMA, "taxpayer data will remain vulnerable to inappropriate use, modification, or disclosure – possibly without being detected."
Tax

TIGTA Says IRS Needs to Improve Emergency Preparedness

As the IRS continues to get back on its feet following the sixteen-day federal government shutdown, a new report released October 30 by the TIGTA concluded the IRS needs to improve certain aspects of its continuity program.
Tax

Crime Watch: November 1, 2013

Vernon Harrison of Montgomery, Alabama, was sentenced to 111 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $82,791 restitution for his role in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme. Harrison is a former US Postal Service mail carrier.
Tax

TIGTA Wants IRS to Take Steps to Prevent Fraudulent Refunds

After reviewing the IRS's primary tool for detecting fraudulent tax returns, the TIGTA recommended the IRS take steps to fix ineffective income and withholding verification processes that are resulting in the agency issuing potentially fraudulent tax refunds.
Tax

Italian Taxmen Hound Soccer Player Diego Maradona to Pay Up

Diego Maradona took a chance returning to Italy this month where he was once a well-loved soccer star. When he visited back in 2009, the Italian tax authorities promptly confiscated two Rolex watches and a pair of earrings, valued at about $20,700.
Tax

Crime Watch: October 25, 2013

A Los Angeles man was sentenced October 24 to sixty months in federal prison for defrauding professional football player Dwight Freeney in a multimillion dollar fraud scheme.
Tax

Dave Camp Scolds IRS for Delaying Tax-Filing Season

According to Dave Camp (R-MI), the powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the IRS' decision to postpone the start of the upcoming tax filing season could adversely affect taxpayers banking on early refunds.
Tax

Stephen Baldwin Chips Away at His Tax Debt

Last March when actor Stephen Baldwin made a plea deal in New York's Rockland County Court, he committed to paying off his back taxes within one year.
A&A

PCAOB Levies $2 Million Fine against Deloitte for Violation

Deloitte & Touche LLP was fined $2 million by the PCAOB on October 22 for permitting a former partner to perform activities as an "associated person" that were prohibited while he was subject to a PCAOB suspension order.
Tax

Beauty Jeane Napoles Bathes in Cash: Mom Swims in Legal Sewage

Young, beautiful Philippine designer Jeane Catherine Napoles filled a bathtub full with currency, climbed in, and took a photo of herself bathing bare in a sea of money. Then she posted it on social media.
Tax

Crime Watch: October 18, 2013

Randolph Scott of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, an attorney whose practice included estate and probate matters, was charged by Indictment on October 3, 2013, with defrauding a client's estate of more than $1.7 million.

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